Cassie - I respect your decision as well. But I never said that breeder dogs were better than shelter dogs and that's why I don't want one from there. There are just certain reasons of why I chose a breeder dog, over a shelter dog, and that wasn't one of them. I never meant to suggest anything about breeder dog owners being more caring than shelter dog owners, because that's purely absurd. There are loving shelter dog owners and loving breeder dog owners as well as (unfortunately) neglectful shelter dog owners and neglectful breeder dog owners, and all of that in between. Owners are all types of people. SilverSpoon I know what you're saying about the genes, and loving animals as much as I do, I do know this about dogs. Rottweilers are known for hip dysplasia, as well as other big dogs...Pugs are known for problems with their eyes...etc etc etc. My point is, I know exactly what the dog is and what I will possibly encounter even if it is a genetic disorder, which I never ruled out that a purebred wouldn't have. I guess instead of saying "less chance of running into that situation", I should have just put I would have knowledge before hand on what type of meidcal situation may arise. But who ever knows with any animal what could happen, so I guess it's all a risk.