I understand where you're coming from. It just seemed, momentarily, that you thought: Why adopt foreign dogs when there are plenty available domestically? I just wanted to say that adopting dogs from abroad isn't bad--a dog in need is a dog in need.
A lot of people go to breeders because they want puppies. Even at shelters, puppies get snatched up while older dogs are overlooked. This is a part of society that is unchangeable Everyone loves little squirmy adorable puppies--even though they are generally much higher-maintenance than adult dogs.
Anyway, it's great to educate people that there are purebred dog rescues, but there are pros/cons to everything.
Pros of adopting a purebred from a rescue group: (1) you save a life, (2) the adoption fee is usually much less than what breeders charge, (3) older dogs may already have basic training down.
But there are cons...such as: (1) some of the dogs were relinquished by their previous owners because they have behavioral or health problems that require extra time, money, and usually a more experienced household or else they'll just end up back at a shelter; (2) you don't know the dog's background and therefore don't know whether or not to anticipate genetic health problems down the road.
The same can be said of purebred dogs that are purchased from breeders, of course, but truly responsible breeders will scan all their breeding stock for genetic health problems and only breed the dogs with correct temperaments. They'll also socialize the puppies well before they go to new homes and offer follow-up advice. Of course, these dogs usually come with a hefty price tag. And, again, nothing is guaranteed and even healthy stock can produce offspring with problems.
So, it's not a black/white situation. Just because you rescue a dog doesn't mean you'll get a great dog and live happily ever after--you may have to invest a great deal of time rehabilitating it. And, just because you choose to purchase from an ethical breeder does not make you shallow. I think it's great when people adopt, but I will not judge those that choose to buy from good breeders, so long as they make educated decisions. Personally, I wanted to buy from a breeder because I wanted to meet the breeding stock and be sure they were good with small children and that the puppies were well-socialized with sound temperaments. It's nice to know your dog's background, especially if you'll be raising it with a young child.
Anyway, I'm not saying that you judge, but just saying that as long as people are well-informed and explore all the possibilities, then their decisions should be respected.
[QUOTE]Some people still dont know they can adopt a pure breed from a shelter or a rescue group. I am here to tell them yes you can, if you choose to./QUOTE]
Looks like we're on the same boat