I may be getting a dog soon, but before i get one i want to make sure i have reserached everything i possibly can so i know everything i need to know when i get my puppy. I would like to get a puppy from a breeder but then i see the dogs at the pound and feel like i shouldnt get a dog from a breeder, but resuce one.
What are the Pros and Cons of Adopting? What are the pros and cons of buying from a breeder?
I know its a good cause when you adopt, and you saving an animal that would be worse off without you, but dont they come with emotional problems? I will be a first time do owner, and i dont think i can handle a dog that is scarred emotionally...
I also would like a younger dog, that is healthy because i would like to spend as much time as i can with my new dog before they leave.. I know you can adopt young dogs but ...Could you please help me?
Well as we all know there are no guarantees in life, so heath wise you can get whatever from where ever! I always suggest to people to write down what they want out of a dog, ie. the amount of exercise, training, grooming and IF one even has time for a puppy. Personally I have always adopted and have always had a good result. I suggest fostering a dog from the local shelter if you can to see if it's a good match and if you are up to it! If you do get a dog from a breeder be sure it's a reputable breeder in case you have problems. The other option is adopting from a rescue where they know the dogs a little better and you could sign up as a foster home, again that way you get to know the dog and to see if it's a match.
Shelters have an average of one third pure bred dogs at any time, & plenty of the "designer" mutts for far less money.
If you adopt from a reputable rescue, the fee will include vaccines, neutering, HW testing, flea & HW preventative, usually housebroken & leash trained. The great majority of rescues are foster home based so that the dog will have lived for at least a month with a family so they will be able to tell you a lot about it.
Shelters are so varried in what they provide for the animal & of course some AC's give nothing but the dog. Plunk down $10, show your drivers license & leave with the dog.
Many dogs are in shelters & rescues through no fault of their own - loss of a job, moving, divorce etc & really don't have baggage. Also with an adult dog usually what you see is what you get. With a puppy, you just don't know what it will grow into.
No matter what you decide, do your homework. Reputable breeders are few & far between & normally don't advertise on line, or in newspapers, & have a waiting list of about a year.
One pro buying from a breeder is if your looking for a certain breed and have your heart set on a puppy then it'll be easier to obtain. Shelters get what ever they get and you may have to be put on a waiting list for what you want. I wasnt qualified to adopt a toy poodle from my local area poodle rescue ( I have children and 2 resident pitbulls) and I wanted a puppy between 6-16 weeks and no shelters in my area had any that met that critera.They only had a few old ones with apparent health problems and just not what I was wanting. I did happen to find my toy poodle in the petfinders classified section. So I think it was fate. Though I was on the verge of contacting a breeder.
Rescue/Shelter dogs don't all come with baggage. You have to be patient, and find the right dog. Sometimes th dogs that end up there were surrendered when the owner was in a bad accident, or passed away and those dogs are often excellent quality, well trained, etc...
But if you take the rescue path I recommend you get a dog that is past it's puppy stage and getting close to 2 years old.
The biggest gamble with rescuing is that you don't know what kind of temperament and health is genetically behind the dog. In an older dog (two or older) temperament is more or less set, and you're past the age when most health issues that are "inherited defects" show up.
Some people push rescuing as the obvious choice. I don't think it is. I have rescued, and as a breeder, I see a definite difference in the average rescue and a well bred dog. You're going to pay a lot more for a well bred dog - but you're going to get to see the parents and interact with them. You get a good solid health guarantee and ideally you're pups parents have been tested for the breed specific defects that you would be concerned about which would decrease your odds of running into a health problem - and if you did, the breeder would help you out. You also get a puppy that has been started out well with socialization and training and they usually tend to be easier to transition into your home and through their puppy days.
But here's the key - it has to be a well bred dog. If you're only wanting to spend $200-500 for most breeds, you're better off going to the Shelter because you're going to get about the same dog. Why? Because those breeders, are probably the same ones that bred the dogs in the Shelters (or a good percentage of them). A lot of the Shelter dogs were either accidental litters by pet owners who didn't intend to breed (and gave the pup away to someone who wasn't interested in a long term commitment) or were bred by Puppy Mill breeders and were probably dumped at the Shelter due to some kind of temperament or health problem. Good breeders do try really hard to make sure if their buyers can't care for the puppy for any reason, it goes back to them and not the Shelter.
Look at your budget and see what you're price range has to offer. If you can't afford a great breeder puppy - find a Shelter puppy or dog that you click with. Go play with them, meet them, etc... Decide how "helpful" you want to be. If you don't want a troubled dog, don't adopt the one that was surrendered by it's owner and nearly starved to death. USUALLY Shelters have a good idea what the dog is like...
Better yet - look into a breed specific rescue organization. They usually help match the right dog with the right family and a lot of the dogs in their care haven't been living in shelters. They've been living in foster homes as a part of the rescue person's family.
If you have small children - I usually recommend getting a well bred, breeder puppy. If you have older children or are single and willing to work with a dog that may have some MINOR issues (keep in mind, puppies are a lot of work - sometimes an older dog with some quirks, a larger bladder, and a long attention span works out better) then go the Shelter route.
I've adopted and while my experiences were far from perfect they worked out well in the long run. They involved as much work as a puppy - but I was drawn, like you are, to saving a needy animals life. As a breeder, I see the need for great breeder puppies as well though.
Keep in mind, that when you commit to a dog it is a "for better or worse" thing. If you're not prepared to handle problems, don't get a puppy or a rescue. If you don't want to deal with possible baggage - don't get a rescue. If you don't like pee and poop and getting up at 4 AM and going outside in your PJ's, don't get a puppy... ;)