I'm all about getting puppies as well. We have two boxers that I got at 6 and 8 weeks old, they're now 8 and 10 years old respectively and are absolute sweethearts with our 3 month old baby.
I'm not trying to start a ruckus or anything (my comment history should reveal I'm a pretty peaceful dude) but why are some folks so openly and adamantly against buying from a breeder? I'm genuinely curious. I've had folks flat out try and make me feel bad about getting pups from breeders when truth is, it's nobody else's business. I mean, don't puppies that weren't purchased end up in shelters anyways? They need homes just as much as the rescued dogs, no?
I realize that this isn't always the case, but based on my personal observations, the majority of incidents involving dogs that I've seen or heard about typically involved dogs that were rescued/found. Again, I know there are plenty of good rescued dogs out there and yes they need homes too.
But now that we have a little one running around the house I feel much more comfortable that I can trust my dogs to not flip out and maul my kid by having properly broken and trained my dogs since they were pups. I'm all they know. My young nephews climb all over my dogs pulling at their jowls/ears/neck skin and poke them in the eyes and they just lay there with their nubs wagging and occasionally lick the kids in the face.
My mother-in-law is adamantly anti-breeder yet their dog has bitten/snapped at people more times than I can remember and she gets offended that I don't trust her dog around my child. Don't get me wrong, I love their dog, it's just difficult for me to trust that it's not going to suddenly snap at my child for no reason.
My brother-in-law rescued a boston terrier....the dog is a riot to hang out with until my dogs enter the picture, then the dog suddenly has ten pound balls and is ten feet tall. They have to cage their dog, because it can't handle being around other dogs....which isn't fun for anyone, least of all the dog.
Sorry for the long winded post, but in my opinion ALL dogs need homes. Not just rescue dogs. Sometimes it's better for a family to go to a breeder to get their puppy and I think that's perfectly okay. I just think it's wrong for folks to make other people feel bad for buying from a breeder.