The Dog Merchants: Inside the Big Business of Breeders, Pet Stores, and Rescuers

The Dog Merchants Inside the Big Business of Breeders Pet Stores and Rescuers In what promises to become an Omnivore s Dilemma for dog lovers breed devotees and adoption advocates alike The Dog Merchants is the first book to explain the complex and often surprisingly similar bu

  • Title: The Dog Merchants: Inside the Big Business of Breeders, Pet Stores, and Rescuers
  • Author: Kim Kavin
  • ISBN: 9781681771403
  • Page: 447
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In what promises to become an Omnivore s Dilemma for dog lovers breed devotees and adoption advocates alike The Dog Merchants is the first book to explain the complex and often surprisingly similar business practices that extend from the American Kennel Club to local shelters, from Westminster champions to dog auctions.Without judging dog lovers of any stripe, The Dog MercIn what promises to become an Omnivore s Dilemma for dog lovers breed devotees and adoption advocates alike The Dog Merchants is the first book to explain the complex and often surprisingly similar business practices that extend from the American Kennel Club to local shelters, from Westminster champions to dog auctions.Without judging dog lovers of any stripe, The Dog Merchants makes it clear that money spent among these dog merchants has real world effects on people and canines Kavin reveals how dog merchants create markets for dogs, often in defiance of the usual rules of supply and demand She takes an investigative approach and meets breeders and rescuers at all levels, shedding much needed light on an industry that most people don t even realize is an industry.Kavin s goal is to advance the conversation about how all dogs are treated, from puppy mills to high kill shelters She shows that a great deal can be improved by understanding the business practices behind selling dogs of all kinds Instead of pitting rescue and purebred people against each other, The Dog Merchants shows how all dog lovers can come together with one voice as consumers, on behalf of all our beloved companions.
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    • Jen says:

      Disclaimer: The author, Kim Kavin, came to my store to do a book signing. She was there for her first book "Little Boy Blue" as well. Both books are amazing and incredibly well researched. The following review is based off of the quality of the book and the writing and is not influenced by the fact that she is also a sweet, intelligent and vibrant dog lover. That doesn't hurt though. :)Ok, disclaimer over, lets sink our teeth into this book.First of all, she is amazingly balanced in her research [...]

    • Judy N says:

      I believe this book should be required reading for anyone who owns or plans to own a dog. The book is meticulously researched and enjoyable. I'm a "dog person" and consider myself a responsible, informed dog owner. Yet, as I read this book, I learned so much about the market forces and the rescue movements that impact how we acquire the dogs that become important members of our families. Getting a dog is a very emotional experience, and I found this book made me reflect on my experience with the [...]

    • Nancy says:

      Pets are a product. They are developed, marketed, and sold for profit says the author of The Dog Merchants, Kim Kavin. And too often buyers do not consider all the ramifications of what their dollars are supporting.Once we understand the business, what can we do about it? Kavin believes that smart shoppers can make a difference, even in the dog industry. I am a lifelong dog owner. I was about four years old when my father brought home a puppy, Pepper, a mutt I loved dearly. She would follow me t [...]

    • Margie says:

      This is a book that really makes you think. It's an interesting read and covers puppy mills, breeding farms, rescues, shelters, etc. Of course, there are parts that are a little difficult to read ; that is, the cruel ways of some people towards dogs, how easy some pet owners abandon their dogs, and the treatment of dogs in other countries. Well researched. I now understand what happened to a relatives puppy that she purchased from a store-many years ago-but the heartbreak of it remains.

    • Susan says:

      At this very moment, there is a battle going on in Montreal over whether certain breeds of dogs ought to be "banned" from our society. Why did this happen? I think a big part of it is because unscrupulous breeders and distributors have failed us. They have emphasized profit to the detriment of the animals, and they have sidestepped common-sense screening practices in order to increase sales. The Dog Merchants follows the money through the big business of breeding and selling dogs. From backyard [...]

    • Virginia Beam says:

      People who are passionate about things tend to be bad about nuance, so I expected this book to be the equivalent of the vegan friend who posts inappropriate pictures of tortured animals on Facebook. Instead, this book looks at the dog business realistically and comprehensively, with all its ethical grays. Dog breeders aren't always evil, rescues sometimes get things wrong, and looking at dogs as products might be the key to changing the system for the better. I was intrigued and surprised. The b [...]

    • Jennifer says:

      Wow-a look into where we get our dogs-shelters, rescues, on-line, dog stores, small breeders and big.This is the most objective analysis I've read about the dog industry, with no sad or scary pictures and serious research translated into real world impact. If you care about the conditions that dogs are raised or housed in, want to know why one pup can be $1000 and a another $200 and why neither is a guarantee of good temperament or good health, this is the book for you. It includes some intrigui [...]

    • Alysa H. says:

      An incredibly informative, eye-opening, and surprisingly well-balanced book that has changed my perspective on dogs and dog ownership. I don't have a dog, but I had one as a child and have always loved them. But now, I see dogs around me -- out for walks, etc -- and cannot stop mentally questioning what I am seeing. A must-read for all dog lovers, dog owners, and aspiring dog owners. ** I received a Review Copy of this book via NetGalley **

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    • Sassafras Lowrey says:

      Interesting premise and has some strong arguments but FAR from unbiased favoring rescue/mixed breeds (though it claims journalistic balance). i think i'm probably one of the more balanced readers - long-term vegetarian & animal welfare advocate, grew up training/showing dogs, hobby dog trainer, and lover of both mixed breeds and purebreeds. The biggest red flag for me was the way in which the author used facts but didn't provide honest or accurate explanation for them. This stood out most to [...]

    • Cynthia says:

      This was an uncomfortable book for me to read. On the one hand, I am heavily involved in dog rescue so my conscience wasn't that wounded, but on the other hand there are breeds I do love, like German Shepherds and Pekingese, and if I had a chance to get a purebred and my life style allowed it I would. But to read how these dogs suffer - and not just in the puppy mills, but by the very traits they have been bred for. Like the ones whose brains are too big for their skulls, and who scream and seiz [...]

    • Beckimoody Moody says:

      This was a very interesting book and I think a lot of my friends would find it informative. As a dog person, there is a lot of fighting among groups all claiming to have the best interests of animals at heart. I think Kim did a pretty good job of looking at different sides of the debate and pointing out ways that everyone gets it a little bit wrong. She discusses breeders (including large scale operations), rescue groups, dog shows, no-kill shelters, backyard breeders and more. It isn't quite as [...]

    • Minna says:

      This is a book that will make you think, for long, loooooooooong after you're done reading. If you are a dog owner, a dog lover, a dog anything, this is a book you ought to read. Dogs are examined from every possible political, legal, economical and emotional angle. I learned a lot, reading this, and I know it will stay with me for a good long time. Please: do yourself a a favor and pick up this book, especially if you have, have had, or would like to have a dog.I received this book as an ARC fr [...]

    • Marcy Graybill says:

      Okay, I know that some rescues do a great job and get little reward, but when someone is making large amounts of money and importing dogs from overseas instead of rescuing dogs in need here in the US, how is that any different from puppy mills?I find that Kim spends a lot of time justifying just this, while dissing all breeders. She also really has no understanding of the point of Dog Conformation shows. I'm not saying the dog world is perfect, but making money off of dogs that are "rescues" is [...]

    • Christie Bane says:

      This is a well-written, well-researched, contemporary book about the current state of dog buying and selling. Topics investigated include rescue groups both good and bad, top AKC breeders, hobby breeders, "middlemen" (dog brokers), and the ways in which value is assigned to products that we buy, including dogs. It's written in a neutral, investigative journalism tone. Overall, a good, informative if not terribly exciting read about the current state of dog buying and selling today.

    • Jeri Waterloo says:

      Great book for to read before getting a petVery interestingInformative educationRead before getting a dog or any animal research on Google ask friends check references avoid hearts being broken. Remember this is the only member of your family you will have 100 percent say so.other than spouse

    • Shelley says:

      Ironically, I ordered this from my local library system, and it arrived a few days after committing to be the northern Michigan representative for a rescue. Totally unrelated. LOLI learned a lot from this book. I stuck more bookmarks in this book than any I've read this year.

    • Kristen Lauderdale says:

      This book provided some answers to so many questions I've had about breeders and rescue groups over the years but couldn't find much non-biased information about. Very balanced and informative. A book I wish everyone would read.

    • Tina Grove says:

      Excellent book, so well done. highly recommend for any dog or animal lover or anyone considering adding a dog to their family in the future.

    • Susan says:

      I won this book through . Gah I really dislike people. Hopefully these inhumane practices can stop very soon.

    • Jessica says:

      I remembered reading and liking Kim Kavin's previous book Little Boy Blue about her personal story with adopting a dog who was transported from a high-kill shelter in the South to her home state of New Jersey. In The Dog Merchants Kavin takes on breeders. Is there such a thing as a "responsible" breeder? Can legislation stop puppy mills? Why does the Westminster dog show have such an impact on breeding and dog popularity? These are just a few of the questions that Kavin tackles in this book. I w [...]

    • Kristin says:

      I won this book through a FirstReads giveaway and didn't realize until about 1/4 of the way through the book that it was written by the same person who wrote 'Little Boy Blue', a book about her own dog adoption experience that opened my eyes to the reality of dog rescues and probably contributed to the adoption of my current dog. Ollie came from unknown circumstances in Tennessee and being an ordinary, pit bull-ish looking dog probably would have never found a home before being euthanized due t [...]

    • Jill says:

      This is not a “How Much is That Doggie in the Window?” feel good tale but is about behind the scene activities that occur before the cute little face appears for public consumption. There will be no doubts left in readers’ minds that puppies are big business and for some big money. As the author found, as in any business, greed will result in cut corners, indecent conditions, overcrowding, and a disregard for limited regulations. The author does a good job illustrating problems with the pe [...]

    • Cara Achterberg says:

      This is such an important book! I love Kim Kavin's engaging style. She is an excellent journalist and digs deep into the business of buying/selling/rescuing dogs. Her research is thorough and documented. While there is plenty in this book to break your heart, there is also great reason to hope. Kim offers solutions and inspiration for making the business of buying and selling and saving dogs one that is best for the dogs well-being and begins to solve the problem of unwanted dogs. She offers cre [...]

    • Robert says:

      A must-read for all dog lovers, even though it will piss off virtually every part of the dog-raising world. Kim Kavin meticulously researches every aspect of the issue, from breeders to dog show organizers to rescue groups to dog owners, in an even-handed way to show there are no easy answers to the issue of dog welfare. Ultimately, she concludes, the solution to the curse of dog overpopulation and abuse is the economic power of the dog-loving public. Bravo, Kim.

    • Mary says:

      "Making sure dogs are treated the way they should be treated is like trying to organize a giant puzzle of irreparably mismatched pieces. It involves uprooting a global industry based on history, religion, tradition, culture, politics, gender, societal obligations and personal responsibility.". Sigh

    • Ruthie says:

      I highly recommend this book to all dog owners or those considering getting s dog. I'm surprised it took this long for someone to do this investigation. A superbly researched and well written documentation of the world of dog breeders and rescue. Both contribute to dogs' lack of well-being.

    • Victoria Hagemeister says:

      An honest look at where dogs come from. The author provides a factual account of puppy mills, rescues and purebred breeders showing that there are no angels or demons in the world of dogs.

    • Rachel Rose says:

      The Dog Merchants: When Kim Kavin writes she is on the side of the dogs, I believe her. This thoughtful, meticulously-researched book is eye-opening, disturbing, and important for all who care about the well-being of dogs. I had no idea, for example, how blurred are the lines between breeders, pet shops and rescuers—Kavin’s research into what actually happens with the sale of dogs in America is groundbreaking. Kavin argues persuasively that we can change the way we think about dogs, and show [...]

    • Kristi says:

      This is the first book I’ve in a Giveaway. It’s a good example of why I love nonfiction: it involves a subject I want to immerse myself in; it’s well-researched, so I discover things I didn’t already know; and the author has a nice writing style—no clumsy sentences or fatigued phrasing. Although my hype antenna went up when I read “what promises to become an Omnivore’s Dilemma for dog lovers” on the book jacket, I’d say the comparison is fair, whether or not the “promise” [...]

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