Most dogs are bred to wean litters around holidays like Christmas, Valentines Day, etc. I don't agree with telling anyone that they should go to a shelter and adopt if they choose to do otherwise...you think that those shelter dogs haven't been traumatized? You think that they are going to make the best pet for your little child? Now, another point regarding deliberately breeding two purebred animals of different breeds to produce a very good, healthy combination of both of the breeds, for example, cockapoo, shipoo, most of the poodle crosses are excellent dogs and shouldn't be considered as irresponsible breeding. The first generation crosses are very healthy, taking the dominant genes from each parent and producing a wonderful, healthy, pet. I get sick of hearing that one shouldn't buy one puppy (that is already born, shots, wormed, tails, d/C, health inspected) , but that they have to pay for, as opposed to walking down the aisle of barking, unwanted waifs that obviously have not had good care since their birth, and pay an adoption fee as well. Yes, there are such people that cross breed purebred dogs to produce wonderful puppies and yes, those people are responsible breeders and do prepare their puppies physically, emotionally and socially to be very good pets...I agree, if you want to adopt, go for it...we have, several dogs and have had them for years, and they have been a blessing to our family, but don't try and lay the guilt trip on someone who chooses to determine to choose their pet in a different way and a different time frame than you deem correct.
EDIT*****KT...I don't know what experience you are referring to, but you are full of hot air...If you have had one bad personal experience, that doesn't make you experienced...there are breeders of all types and breeds of dogs that are in it just for the money...just like raising cattle, horses, want me to continue? That alone does not make them poor, irresponsible breeders who don't care about their puppies or how they breed and raise them. And no, the crosses are not MUTTS!!!! They tend to be healthier than both of their parents.
And the statement that reputable breeders won't sell their puppies around holidays...oh really? Why would they breed for the cute little things and then pass up the best market of the whole year? You need to check your references again...in fact, the prices go up around those times, not down...because that is peak season for sales...now, right now, just before Christmas.
EDIT: Meg, and just how did you become such an expert? Yes, they are breeds and all it takes to be a recognized and register able breeds is consistant numbers of healthy crosses in certain areas...Where do you think that all of our registered breeds came from anyway? You think they were all born pure bred?
EDIT*****So, someone contributes an answer filled with the truth and all you offer is "thumbs down"? Feel free to exercise the thumb on your right hand if it makes you feel important, or, on the other hand, you could have an open mind, or even, heaven forbid, do some research instead of just repeating what you have heard someone else say...you just might learn something.
EDIT*******Emmarrr...whoever told you that most places won't sell puppies around Christmas? That's exactly when they sell their most puppies...
EDIT*********** A good breeder does not operate like the dollar store. If they have a good reputation as a breeder and can and do provide references, they usually have deposits on their puppies BEFORE they are every weaned, sometimes, right after they are born. Many times the new family has has several visits with the puppy prior to their taking him home, so I see no reason why they should take him home at Christmas or any other holiday. And yes, many GOOD breeders do breed their mothers to whelp about 4 most prior to Christmas.
hockey_gal9...Just because you and others do not agree with me does not make me full of hot air.....I personally and many other reputable breeders that I have known for years agree with me. Just because some homes are full of "Christmas Chaos, doesn't mean all of them are. Tell me, what makes you an expert?