When adopting a dog, there are lots of things to consider. You want to think about breeds and ages. You want to decide between rescues or breeders. With so many options and choices, it can be overwhelming to figure out just what you want and what will be a good fit for your family.

Choosing your dog

Research is the most important thing you can do in choosing your dog. Research breeds – what they are like, how they age. Find out the kind of care each breed needs. The more information you have handy, the more informed of a choice you can make. You can find lots of different breed selectors online that will tell you what kind of dog might fit with your lifestyle and family environment.

Where to adopt

Once you have done the research to find out what kind of dog you want, you have to decide where you want to get your dog from. You most likely have about three options: breeders, shelters, or rescue organizations. These three have some similarities but mostly are different. They all have pros and cons to adopting from them and with more research into ones near you, you can decide what is best for you.

Breeders

If you are looking for a specific breed and looking for answers to personal questions regarding personality, health concerns, and other things, a breeder may be a good choice. Out of all three options, this is definitely the most expensive option when it comes to purchasing a dog.

The pros to this option though include that you know exactly where your dog came from, and you will have access to a lot of information. Most breeders have medical records, proof of breed, information about the parents of the dog, and even access to the parents or siblings of your dog. If these kinds of things are important to you, a breeder will be your best option.

Shelters

Most people think that if they want a purebred they have to go through a breeder – but a less expensive option is to look at a shelter. They may actually have more purebreds available than you think. Shelters are typically government run and have lots of resources to look after the welfare of the dogs and to care for them while they are in the shelter. The difference between a shelter and a rescue organization is that many kinds of animals are in a shelter for many different reasons. not all dogs we rehomed there for bad behavior or other untoward reasons.

Rescue organizations

Rescue organizations are typically much smaller than a shelter and work with a smaller number of dogs. The dogs are typically taken cared of by volunteers or other employees. The dogs here typically move through “foster homes” and these “foster parents” get to know the dog and its personality and they may be a good resource for information on the dog you are looking to adopt. You may even have the choice to foster before you adopt.

Getting started

If you are looking for a new friend, get started as soon as possible. There are so many resources available on the internet and from local shelters and pet stores. Anywhere is a good place to start.

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