One in Five Pedigree Dogs Is Discarded Within Two Years

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A survey conducted by the RSPCA found that one in five pedigree puppies purchased from a breeder was given up before his or her second birthday. Not only did many of these puppies end up in already crowded animal shelters, but 36 percent had health problems and 3 percent died.

Virtually any breed can be found at a shelter or through a breed-specific rescue group. So there’s no excuse for patronising breeders, who profit from contributing to the animal overpopulation crisis. When you’re ready to add a new a new member to your family, please remember the thousands of animals who are euthanised in animal shelters every year, and consider opening your home to one – or two!


  • KT commented on February 12, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    And many breeders claim that they take unwanted pups back, I bet they don’t if it’s been a few months since the purchase!

    Save a life – adopt!

  • Jackie commented on February 15, 2011 at 11:32 am

    We have a lovely crossbreed staffordshire bull terrier/rottweiler, with a very cheeky funny personality. Please don’t buy from breeders, when its proven that crossbreeds/mongrels have far less health problems!

  • SR commented on February 15, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    The problem with many breeders is that they are not ‘good’ breeders at all. Many people misunderstand what a true good breeder is, and instead go to any old backyard breeder or money-hungry show breeders. Good breeders are the ones that health test for everything and don’t breed if there is something wrong, not not breed often, and take any dogs back without question. If these were the only breeders allowed to breed their dogs we would not have an overpopulation problem.

    I am 100% for animal shelters, I volunteer at one and also adopted my wonderfull Border Collie mix from one. However, I understand that adopting a dog can be very tough, as many ended up that way due to medical or behavioural problems. I have waited three years for a dog to come in that can be rehomed with dogs, cats and young children… It is quite a task. These dogs get snapped up very quickly.

    It has actually been proven that mutts and mixed breeds are not infact healthier, and this is a myth (I learned this while doing my National Diploma in Animal Management on my way to becoming a Vet)

    I always tell people to go to a shelter first, and to wait for the right dog to appear. However I’m fine with the idea of buying from a good, responsible breeder as I have previously stated.

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