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    My partner, daughter and I are on a waiting list for a Dalmatian puppy. We hope our fur baby will be born around January. I told some people this and I got many rude comments saying it's selfish to want a specific breed and be on a waiting list when there are so many abandoned dogs that need homes in rescues. So my question is, is there a problem with wanting a certain breed that is right for your family and lifestyle? Is it selfish to not rescue a dog? I just feel like a Dal will be perfect for our lifestyle and want my daughter to grow up with the dog. Why is this so wrong?

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    Why do you think a Dalmation would be perfect compared to any other breed? What research have you done? Is there something specific or do you just like the look.

    I'm all for reputable breeding and rescue. Both are the ONLY two options, in my opinion. BYB, oops litters and Farms are obviously not what anyone should be looking at.

    Normally when people are trying to decide what breed to get or whether they should get a dog for their family, always suggest fostering for a rescue group, be it breed specific rescue group or standard rescue group. That way the family gets a feel for having a dog in the house and the different dogs (not breeds). If you like a foster that is with you, you can adopt that dog.

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    Its not wrong at all. Its a personal decision, are new parents being selfish by choosing to have their own child rather than adopt? No, not at all.

    If anything its better in some ways, because you've done your research, you know the traits of the breed, the requirements of the breed, you know what you're expecting. And a bonus with buying from a breeder is that you have records of your pups family history, so you know what diseases run in his lines, and you also know what temperaments his relatives have. With rescuing a dog, you will never know these things.

    Neither of my dogs are rescues, and thats fine. When I was looking for my Australian Shepherd, I knew 100% that, that is the breed I wanted, and they very rarely come up in rescues. Sure I could have settled for a rescue dog of another breed or cross breed, but that dog could have easily ended up not being what I was looking for at the time.

    I think my next dog will be a rescue Kelpie, the main reason i'd be going for a rescue is because I'd like to skip the puppy stage and go straight to an adult dog, who's personality and energy levels are already known. Other than that, In general I would rather buy from a breeder so that I know the dogs family history (health and temperament wise) and I have the support of the breeder.

    Don't worry about what people are saying... I've met a few rescue obsessed people over the years, sometimes I feel like they go a bit overboard (of course one could say the same about breeder obsessed people)

    You are making the best decision for you, and your family I bet you can't wait until January!!
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    We are a very active family, all the research I have done suggests Dals love lots of running, hiking etc which is what we love too. We live just by the beach too so it is pretty common that we will go for runs along it and Dalmatians are great for jogging buddies. But yes they look beautiful too. I have done research and have found a breeder who can provide me health details of the puppies and parents of the puppy. I have even found the perfect diet as I know Dalmatians have issues with processing Protein, a full eye sight test will also be done including hip testing etc with papers. We couldn't get all this from a rescue as the litters blood line is usually unknown.

    We are very exited for January!

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    It sounds like you made a great choice for you Family......Don't allow people to make you feel guilty. You have every right to choose a puppy. having a dog from puppy is awesome. And the relationship you get is very special. I have three rescues and three dogs from puppy...as much as i love my rescues and they love me. the bond I have with my dogs from puppy is very special. There are no skeletons lurking in the back ground, they are solid and happy. but I think it should be our own choice and no one has the right to make you feel guilty. As long as they are not bought from puppy farms, shoddy money grabbing breeders or petshops.
    Pets are forever

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    I think seeing as you have a kid, a puppy would be the better choice. I don't know how old your daughter is but if she's still young, you can teach the puppy the rules of gentle play before it grows up, whereas with a shelter dog there is the possibility it could already hate children.

    Shelter dogs are good when you don't want to go through the hassle of a puppy (you'll be on your toes for a few weeks!), because generally the shelter will know all their temperaments and could recommend a dog that suits you. On the other hand though, that's one advantage of a shelter dog over a puppy - you already have an idea of what they'll be like once they're older.

    Once you've had one puppy you might decide to never have one again - or you could love the experience and want to raise more puppies - varies from person to person. The worst mistake you can make in life is to live it based on how other people think you should - I realized this a long time ago and not worrying about other peoples opinions is so much stress off your shoulders

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    Quote Originally Posted by Niko0028 View Post
    My partner, daughter and I are on a waiting list for a Dalmatian puppy. We hope our fur baby will be born around January. I told some people this and I got many rude comments saying it's selfish to want a specific breed and be on a waiting list when there are so many abandoned dogs that need homes in rescues. So my question is, is there a problem with wanting a certain breed that is right for your family and lifestyle? Is it selfish to not rescue a dog? I just feel like a Dal will be perfect for our lifestyle and want my daughter to grow up with the dog. Why is this so wrong?
    There is nothing wrong. I have both. I will generally only pick up a rescue if the dogs suits my needs. Personally I prefer starting with a puppy from the lines that I want, but then I have specific requirements from my dogs because they are working and sports dogs.

    What is wrong, is getting a puppy from bad breeders, puppy farms, BYB etc. So I look at both rescue and reputable breeders when making a choice. Personally I prefer starting with a puppy and one of my rescues was a working bred puppy from an oops litter that was dumped at a local shelter. She is totally fantastic.

    Good luck and enjoy your dalmation puppy.

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    The right way to get a dog is to do what you're doing. Consider what your needs are, and work out what kind of dog fits that, meet some if you haven't already and then find the best possible source. Given that there have been several movies about Dalmatians - they can be popular with really irresponsible breeders who don't do any health checks and don't care about what happens to the puppies after they've gone to their new homes.

    This breeder you have researched carefully - hopefully had recommendations from people you know or other Dalmatian breeders, it's not an impulse decision.

    Selfish is the person who goes to the pet shop and buys a puppy farm special (no health checks) on impulse because it's so cute and adorable and then dumps the dog because they want to travel overseas or get a job interstate or can't find a rental that allows pets and that breeder or pet shop won't take the dog back. And the selfish person won't put the time in to train the dog to be a well behaved family pet...so it grows up to be an unmanageable destructive dangerous dog - that's why dogs are in the shelters - not because you got one from a responsible breeder.

    You could get a puppy from Australian working dog rescue that would meet most of your needs - except - most of those don't have much of a chill switch especially as puppies. Not like Dalmatians.

    Here we can be a tad ruder to people who won't do the research, and reward back yard breeders (who don't do health checks etc), or puppy farms who supply cute but poorly socialised badly mannered puppies to pet shops. And research does not mean reading the testimonials on the supplier's website.

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    I volunteer for dog rescue and I think it's wrong to get a rescue dog simply to save a dog from death row. Whatever dog you get must suit your needs. And if that is a purebred Dalmatian for you, then you're doing the right thing.

    The saddest kind of fosters we get are those that are returned after being adopted.

    I do have a rescue dog myself, but I didn't get her out of selflessness either. The process of getting a purebred is just not right for me. And I also didn't want a pup at that time. I actually had a checklist of requirements, ordered by priority, when I was looking. But I also didn't mind that element of potluck you get with a mystery crossbreed, which is probably a personality thing.

    Next time someone tells you you're being selfish for not adopting a rescue, suggest to them that they could foster one if they're that concerned about abandoned dogs. :-P Or donate money to a random bogan neighbour to get his dog desexed! The problem with abandoned dogs really isn't people buying from responsible breeders...

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    It is fine to want a specific breed u r adding a member to your family that is very exciting u want wat your family wants we can not all save a pound baby becuase we are not all equipped to care for one theres alot that can come from a pund baby but it oes bolth ways there are many many good awsome dogs at pounds

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