I have been looking at getting another dog and some of my friends have told me to go to a humane Society and my other friends have said buy from a breeder. I cannot decide which one to get. Please help me by giving me suggestions and which breed should i get?
***Edited By: Black_Lab_Lover on 9/4/2006 4:51:39 AM*** Reason: Had to fix some errors
There are so many dogs in shelters that need good homes that I would go to the shelter. You'll get a dog that is housebroken. temperment tested in most cases, you can bring your other dog along to see if they like each other or even let your other dog choose it's own buddy.
Good luck with whatever you decide. This will probably open a big debate but when it comes down to it you do what's best for you.
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Well it really depends what you are looking for. From your screen name it says you love labs, there are thousands of labradors in the shelters already. You can find every color lab, every age, gender, personality...etc. If you live down south please check out http://www.shelterrescue.org they have lab pups every week that will be pts if not adopted. Just look around, you'll find one.
It shouldn't matter. If you have kids though, you need to be very careful and selective about the adult you rescue, and be aware that some rescues may exclude you-- if you have kids.
The other factor, is that MAYBE the dog is at the rescue for a reason. You may not know it's health or history and that inexpensive rescue dog may cost you thousands in vet bills on down the road.-- but you chance that with any dog even from a breeder.
Why dont you leave both options open and start visiting both breeders and shelters. Any dedicated breeder would love to assist you in finding a perfect match. Ask lots of questions and get difernt opinions from both breeders and rescues. Make a educated choice and dont settle on others opinions. Have your own. Because you'll be the one with the dog for the rest of its life.
I happened to find my toy poodle off of pet finders and I love him to pieces. I also have a rescued pit that is just as loving. So you never know what will be the best option untill you start investagating on your own. Hope you find your match!
I went to a breeder and got my german shepard because that is all I knew. My parents aways got theirs from breeders. My husband grew up getting his dogs from the humane Society.We wanted a playmate for our shepard he took me to the HS. I found the most beautiful 2 year old lab. She died 2 years ago and I have wanted another. My husband kept watch on the HS website and last month we went to adopt the second most wonderful lab. She is 3 years old and I named her DejaVu. I waould take the time and check it iut.
Are there any suggestions as to what breed would be best to adopt?
Also i already have two dogs, and one is pretty aggressive at times and other times she can be so friendly (Black lab/border collie) and my other one is as friendly as can be to other dogs except when comes to his toys would that be too risky for the third dog?????
I you want to deal with somebody's else's problems, get a dog you know nothing about it history, upbringing, training, temperaments, behavior, health and genetic problems and the real reason it ended up in a shelter, then a shelter is a good place for you to start.
"I you want to deal with somebody's else's problems, get a dog you know nothing about it history, upbringing, training, temperaments, behavior, health and genetic problems and the real reason it ended up in a shelter, then a shelter is a good place for you to start."---Juno
Okay I do buy purebred dogs for sport. But i have found countless companion dogs from shelter. Whom all have done a wonderful job being a companion. the nice thing about dogs is that they are all totally honest. I can learn a great about a dog in a matter of minutes. Though some problems do arise they are usually minor. nothing to be worried about. First the shelter evalutates the dog. Which is very conservative. a bit much in my eyes. but they have to be sure. then YOU evaluate the dog. I find it disgusting that someone would make such a post...rescuing a dog is not buying a car. If you do not want to conserve time....I suggest you revamp your schedule on some other area. Also if it's money on the health problems. look for another area to cut your budget. Whether you buy from a breeder or rescue.
First, let me say I am very committed to going the humane society route and Petfinder.com is the best site ever.
However, here's what I've learned in my first 6 month with our rescued dog--some things I read about but some I never thought about. Also, if there is ANY option to "foster" the dog for a couple of weeks before you adopt, it's a fabulous way to get to know the dog. Also, there's a book I read about choosing a shelter dog (in the library, don't remember the name) which was really helpful.
1. If you have children, dog temperment is your #1 priority. Our first foster dog got terribly excited and bit my 3yo. Also knocked her over a couple times with his tail. She had to leave. Our current dog is a gem with kids.
1.5 Similarly, how the dog interacts with other dogs/cats/animals is huge if this applies to you. That first foster dog wanted to eat the cat and the guinea pigs which just wasn't going to work. (But it was great to discover all these things before we had to make a final commitment on adoption.)
2. Think about whether you want a dog which you can take to the park and talk with other dog walkers while the dogs sniff/play. We never thought this was important to us, but Sophie is dog agressive and we can't take her around other dogs at all. We are bummed about that. (She got along with 2 other dogs at her shelter.)
3. Ask about lab testing. Sophie was Heartworm negative when we got her but tested positive several months later (which I've learned is common). This means we're paying $1000+ for treatment which we didn't anticipate.
4. Think about how much time you want to spend potty training. We DIDN't want a puppy b/c we had no interest in potty training and didn't have the time to be there every few hours. So a 1yo rescue was a much better choice for us.
5. Think about your time for dog walking. From what I understand, labs need a LOTTTTT of exercise. If you don't have that time, consider a small dog or a breed that doesn't need so much (Couldn't tell you which ones).
6. Consider things like separation anxiety (does the dog freak out and chew/destroy things when you leave?) when picking a dog breed.
7. I will say that every time I read a story or see a TV show about some horrid treatment of dogs, I feel REALLY good that we've been able to take in our shelter dog. There are tradeoffs, obviously, but I'm really glad we have a rescue.
8. Finally, I think getting a dog is a little like getting a house...don't move too fast, take your time to ask the right questions, don't fall in love with the picture or the dog until you make sure this is the RIGHT one for you. Be picky and be patient.
I guess another distinction needs to be made.... are you talking about going to a 'no kill rescue' where they actually do a vet workup on the dog, temperment testing and all that ALONG with a normally lengthy interview process with your family and often a $150+ adoption fee.
Or are you talking about going to an 'animal control' shelter-- where dogs will be killed after 4-7 days of not finding a home. Where they are just dumped or found. Where any one can adopt the dog for a $30-75 fee.
Juno - in regards to your post: I you want to deal with somebody's else's problems, get a dog you know nothing about it history, upbringing, training, temperaments, behavior, health and genetic problems and the real reason it ended up in a shelter, then a shelter is a good place for you to start.
I have adopted two dogs from rescue shelters, and have worked with two rescue teams and it is my experience that most dogs in shelters are there because of bad owners, and not because of the dogs having issues themselves. Shelters will do temperment testings, good with kids or not, any health issues, etc... We adopted one puppy that had been physically abused and went through major surgery at the rescue and I was given access to his previous vets (we are in different cities, so I am now using my home vet).
Regarding what kind of breed you should get - We love the Poodle crosses. Most are hypo-allergenic and do not shed. They make great pets.
Definantly the shelter, those dogs NEED a good home and they also cost less (usually). And breeders can find a home for their puppies, you know what happens to little shelter dogs who don't get adopted! ( ccccccccccc)
Juno, I adoped a dog with really bad issues (someone elses problem), he is the best dog I could ever ask for. You make me sick.
I would suggest getting a dog from the humane society. If your other dog is dog aggressive, it may take some training for them to get used to eachother. When you adopt a dog, you are saving their lives. When no one else wanted them, you did.
Rescue dogs are not always inexpensive to be sure. I have worked with rescue groups and know that they put a lot of time and money into the dogs they save. If you notice, rescue dogs are up to date on their shots and have been spayed/neutered. They also have been heartworm checked and are on preventatives.
Most rescue dogs are placed with competent fosters who teach them the basic commands and test them for temperment, ect.