Don't get me wrong. I like shelter dogs. I know that you can find great dogs at shelters and I have rescued and re-homed more than my fair share of dogs, cats, and other animals. However, it does get on my nerves when people act like I am a cruel person because I have purebred dogs from breeders. Apparently, I am responsible for every animal in the world who is abused or abandone because I paid for a dog. I have one dog that I bought from a breeder, one dog that was bought from a breeder and given to me as a gift, one dog from a breeder that my husband got before we were married, and one dog that I rescued from the street.
My collie, AKC regestered, from a breeder, show dog parents, is the best dog anyone could ever ask for. She has saved my life and my children's lives and even my neighbor and her family's lives. She is the most loyal and devoted dog I have ever seen. She is protecive and loving and gentle and loves my kids very much. My other breeder dogs are loyal and loving as well. When I was a toddler, it was a cockapoo from a breeder that protected me from a strange dog that attacked me.
I am not knocking shelter dog. I personally prefer purebreds but I love mutts as well. The puppy I may be getting soon is a mutt and all of my cats are rescues. I just don't think that where a dog comes is a guarantee of a good dog. Shelter dogs seem more attached or more grateful because their owners have decided they are. Dogs don't remember or think about the past. They live in the moment and, right now, they are attached because they love their owners. It has nothing to do with where they come from. I have also known some shelter dog nightmares as well.