A recent essay by Dr. Nancy Kalish called "It's National Purebred Dog Day" caught my eye as I was scrolling through essays posted on Psychology Today's homepage. In this piece, Dr. Kalish argues that it's perfectly okay to buy a dog from a reputable dog breeder, in this case advocating for purchasing briards. While I somewhat understand some of her arguments, I'd like to offer another point of view given the number of dogs who need homes and who either will spend their lives in shelters or will be killed -- aka euthanized -- because no one wants them.
These are special times and special times call for decisions that we'd otherwise not make. So, while briards have a lot of very appealing qualities, this does not warrant buying one in lieu of adopting a dog who needs a home. I don't see any reason to focus on some of the negative traits of these dogs because weighing their pros and cons is not at issue here. Neither do I think it's fruitful to argue which breeders are reputable and which are not. What is of issue is that there are millions of homeless dogs who, I'm sure, have many if not all of the qualities of briards. And, there are plenty of briard rescue groups who have dogs who need a home.