I read an interesting article (in my Subaru freebie magazine) claiming that anyone outside the "dog fancier" world who buys a pure bred dog is aiding an abetting the pet overpopulation problem. Such persons (pet owners) should, the article claims, be adopting the mixed breed dogs that need a home-and there is no reason beyond snobbery to get a pure bred dog. Buying a dog from a breeder directly contributes to the misery of pet overpopulation.
I have both "types" (two mutts and a basenji), so I have mixed feelings about that. On the one hand, my mutts are great-my Collie/shepherd mix is to me a more beautiful dog than the pure source lines. On the other hand, I have to admit a fascination with basenjis-and I did adopt her through a rescue organization. So, it is hard for me to dismiss entirely people who select a particular breed.
What do the dog owners think about this article's conclusions?