My family disapproves of my breed choice
I mentioned to my family tonight that I had started planning for a dog this summer, and when I told them I was looking into Chinese Crested Powderpuff, they didn't believe me! They were shocked I wanted such a "hideous" dog.
They've always been very supportive of me and my dog passion, I was really surprised when they were so disapproving of my breed choice.
My sister and her partner want me to foster for the rescue they got their dog from...but...I really want a dog with health testing behind it. I need my next dog to be healthy and long-lived. I cannot go through the heartache of health problems any more.
I know health testing isn't fail proof, and I know the vast majority of dogs in rescue are healthy and long-lived dogs...I just want the odds on my side.
Now I feel guilty for choosing a breeder over rescue. It's been my plan to rescue for so long. There are so many dogs that fit me perfectly out there already in need of homes. With rescue, I feel like I take a chance of health problems arising, but with breeding, I feel like I'm taking a chance with personality and temperament. What if the breeder dog/puppy turns out not to be what I want in a dog? I almost feel like that is a bigger risk....