I've previously argued that we do not currently need any more dog breeders and noted that twenty-five percent of dogs who enter local shelters are purebred and that this number that might actually be an underestimate. So, with a little work and perhaps some luck, a person can find the perfect or near-perfect dog for their home, even a briard. And, perhaps, there won't be a perfect fit, but with some work and lots of care and love, a not-so-perfect dog can become a wonderful companion.
Dr. Kalish also writes, "Reputable breeders are not the reason there are dogs in shelters, and people who buy purebred dogs are not the cause of dogs in the shelters, either." But, this is not so. Reputable or not, dog breeders and those who choose to buy a dog from a breeder clearly are the reasons that dogs in shelters are not adopted. If someone wants to bring only one more dog into their home, then their choice means another dog is not taken in.
I also agree with Dr. Kalish that good people do buy dogs from breeders and that in some cases it's not a shameful decision. This is not a matter of judging those who buy dogs or adopt them. Rather, it's a matter of taking into account the fact that millions of dogs need homes. And, it's also the case that many people do not know how many dogs there are who need homes. I'm always surprised when someone I know -- good people for sure -- simply do not know that there are dogs in local (or distant) shelters or in rescue groups who are available.