There are many places where you can find a great dog. The type of dog you want will play a part in determining where you should get your dog. For example, if you want a purebred puppy, you should purchase your dog from a reputable breeder. If you want an adult dog, an animal shelter or a rescue group might be a better choice for you.
When looking for a puppy, make sure you choose a reputable breeder who will meet with you and allow you to meet the puppy's parents. To find a breeder who raises the type of dog you are interested in, you can contact the American Kennel Club for a breeder referral service. You can also check the Internet for breed clubs that can direct you to reputable breeders.
If you are interested in obtaining a dog from a rescue group, you can consult with local veterinarians, groomers and dog trainers to find a rescue group in your area. Regardless of where you purchase your dog, you should try to find out as much as possible about your dog's background.
If you want a purebred puppy, you should contact a reputable breeder who raises the type of dog you are interested in.
Reputable breeders are very knowledgeable about the type of dog they raise.
Reputable breeders will be happy to answer questions and provide advice even after you have purchased the puppy.
Reputable breeders usually keep the puppies inside their home and will encourage you to meet the puppy's parents and other relatives.
Most reputable breeders carefully interview potential puppy buyers and will usually have you sign a contract specifying
the responsibilities of both the breeder and the purchaser.
A reputable breeder will also provide you with registration papers for your new dog.
A reputable breeder will always take a dog back if the dog does not work out in your family.
How will I know if a breeder is not reputable?
There are some breeders who breed dogs only for financial benefit, without regard for the health and welfare of the dogs. Be wary of buying a dog from a breeder who is selling a large number of litters of many different types of dogs for a high
price. When buying a puppy, be aware that some non-reputable breeders sell mixed-breed dogs as though they were
purebred. Only American Kennel Club registered dogs are considered purebred.
What sources should I avoid?
You should be wary of buying dogs over the Internet, from a classified advertisement or from any other source that
does not allow you to meet with the breeder and see the dog's parents.
What should I keep in mind when adopting a dog from a shelter?
Many shelter dogs suffer from anxiety due to being caged, though with love, mental stimulation and exercise, they usually settle down nicely. Since shelter workers work with the dogs daily, they will usually be able to tell you about each dog's personality.
Breed Rescue Groups
If you want a dog of a specific breed, a breed rescue group may have the dog for you.
A breed rescue group cares for unwanted puppies and dogs of a specific breed until a permanent home can be found.
Rescue workers often work on basic training with the rescued dogs to ensure the dogs will make good pets. Note: Any group can call itself a rescue group. You should beware of groups that have a wide variety of breeds of young dogs or puppies available.
If you want a dog to share your life but you are not set on a particular breed, check out your local animal shelter.
Many dogs in animal shelters are not there because they have problems, but simply because they did not fit with their previous family.
Shelter dogs are as likely as any other dog to make happy, reliable family pets.
You may have to return to the shelter several times until you find the right dog for you and your family.