Originally Posted by Maverick James View Post
Also you have to consider the convenience/quick gratification factor.
Most often when you dealing with a reputable breeder, it is not just a matter of deciding that today is the day to get a new puppy. Often, with reputable breeders, you do your research, you find a litter that you like and then you wait for them to be born and/or at least finish being raised to 7-8 weeks. No instant gratification.
With Puppy mills and BYB's, if instant gratification is what you seek, you will most often be able to satisify it.
Today, our society is very instant gratification based and that cause a lot of undesirable consequences.
That's the thing. The vast majority of puppy buyers want a puppy. They are not breed aficionados. They know nothing about disease or health clearances, and hearing about it would sound ridiculous to them, because they all grew up with BYB puppies that were "wonderful" and "just fine."
I'm thinking in particular of one person (I'll call her "Lisa") who I'm having a play date with tomorrow. She loves Goldens and has three of them, but knows literally nothing about them. She buys repeatedly from a back yard breeder who does not get clearances, does not prove her dogs, and actively markets to pet buyers. In fact, because the city has come down on this breeder for having too many dogs, "Lisa" has taken a female pup for the purpose of raising it and allowing this breeder to plop out litters in Lisa's home. Lisa just loves the dogs. She doesn't know anything about hip dysplasia. She's had Goldens for 20 years and if she's had a dysplastic dog she doesn't know it.
I'm convinced that if Lisa had had easy access to a reputable breeder when she thought of buying a puppy, she'd be having nothing but quality Goldens right now. As it is, her whole life experience is buying dogs out of parents without clearances or titles, and she's had no problems with it, so she doesn't see why that's even an issue. And that's how a LOT of people think, but they wouldn't think that way if they had easy access to good hobby breeders.
In order to find a good hobby breeder, you either have to luck out or you have to really want to find a good hobby breeder and go to a lot of trouble finding one. That's even true here in California where you can't spit without hitting a Golden. Even here in my very upscale gated community, where there are Goldens everywhere you look, most of them are obviously poor quality and not from serious hobby breeders.
With most folks, I think it's a combination of instant gratification and lack of education (and not even understanding why one needs to be educated). I don't think it's a "look down your nose at those who merely want instant gratification," though there's certainly an aspect of that to it, cuz when little Johnny wants a puppy we get him a puppy. I think it's more that most well-meaning folks simply don't get why quality is important, and they never will unless they happen across a reputable breeder by chance.