Originally Posted by aslan
If all ethical breeders(breeding to preserve the line) stopped breeding then only byb puppies or puppymill puppies would exist. Would this not damage the bloodlines and lead to medical or mental issues in the breeds?
Yes asking ethical breeders to stop breeding would entice puppmillers and BYBs to meet a demand. This is very true and infact would be disasterous.
Your statement about stopping the millers and BYBs is the only way to combat the overpopulation (along with everyone sterilizing their pets) is on the money. That is not a grey way of thinking. This is the only way to protect the integrity of breeds that are properly bred but this will not however alleviate all medical and mental issues unfortunately.