Posted: 28/03/2015 at 11:04
Well said Steve a subject very close to my heart too - there are far too many greedy, ignorant and uncaring people producing puppies, poor scrappy little things with heart problems and other defects caused by in-breeding or breeding from bitches carrying genes for hereditary problems. You can't always tell by looking at them! However the problems lead to huge expense and often misery for the dog and heartbreak for the owners.
However, a good breeder who understands what they're doing, takes advice from a good vet and cares about their reputation and the puppies they produce is a treasure. It's well worth paying a premium for a properly produced puppy. Even a cross-breed costs money to produce properly.