This Veterinarian's Take on America's Purebred Lust Problem

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Purebreds can’t all come from responsible breeders, no matter how much we try to convince ourselves that they do.

And we're not just talking about puppy mills disguised as reputable breeders. An alarming percentage of my purebred patients come from overseas. They're often shipped as pups who are much too young to be away from their mothers or receive vaccines, much less travel internationally.

Although I repeat that there’s nothing inherently wrong with purebred pets, the reality is that a surprisingly tiny percentage of them are truly responsibly bred. This means that, as a culture, our demand for purebreds is fueling an industry that’s ultimately doing a great disservice to our dogs, especially if you consider the health care and animal welfare implications of “purebred lust.”

Adoption Is the Answer

So what’s the solution? We need to wean ourselves from the bosom of purebred addiction.

Instead of seeking out breeds that we believe are compatible with our tastes, identities and lifestyles via suppliers, it would seem to me that it’s only morally correct to adopt otherwise unwanted animals — be it purebreds or mixes.

I know it’s not a popular position to advocate against purebred ownership, but when you consider the genetic disease and animal welfare problems it raises, it makes sense for me to urge my clients to consider mixed breed dogs.

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