Rescue dogs from rescue groups are an easy way to get a purebred dog for less. If
you're thinking you can't find a purebred for adoption and you have your heart
set on one specific breed, you might be surprised to learn that there is
probably a rescue group near you. (If there's not, there's still another way, described a couple of paragraphs below...)
These selfless organizations ( rescue groups are often breed specific) foster animals they find at local shelters or rescue from bad situations... And they will most likely have at least one dog, possibly even a puppy, with the exact characteristic you're looking for; young, cute, smart, good with kids, likes walks, good with cats or other dogs... you name it.
When I rescued my first Chinese Crested, I was sure that I wanted to adopt or rescue, but a Chinese Crested isn't exactly a common breed and at the time there was not a rescue group in my area, so I had an idea...
The only dogs I could find online at the time came from breeders, but there was NO WAY I was going to risk supporting a puppy mill... you know, one of those large breeding operations that breed for profit, not quality and keep their animals in horrible situations... (see below)
Anway, a lightbulb went off. I knew when I saw one particular webpage that it was likely a puppy mill site, based on the number of different breeds available and the number of puppies currently for sale, but I called anyway. Here is how the conversation went:
Me: (being offended, but trying not to be offensive) "I am interested in a Chinese Crested, but I've never purchased a puppy before. I prefer an adult dog... just as a personal choice. Would you happen to have a breeding dog you'd consider retiring? As a pet only, of course."
Breeder: "Well, I don't know. I probably have one, but I'm just not sure I'm ready to give her up yet. I do have a friend who's a hobby breeder who also has Chinese Cresteds. I will call her for you."
Me: "Oh, that is great! Thank you so much. I will wait to hear back from you"
Long story short, the next day I got two of the most beautiful Chinese Crested dogs I'd ever seen, including the one she couldn't decide if she wanted to part with and one from her friend who sadly happened to have several dogs she was potentially ready to retire. The sad part is that I couldn't take them all.
That's how easy it was to get 2 purebred dogs. The total cost to me was a road trip, which I happen to enjoy and $100 for each dog. But I'm sure I could have negotiated and got them for less.
SPOILER ALERT! Fancy hybrid dogs like goldendoodles -that people pay thousands for- are little more than mutts. And millions of them are waiting to die in shelters.
Think about it. Someone somewhere mated a Shihtzu with a Brussels Griffon, gave it a fancy name (shiffon), convinced you why you needed it and named their price.
Dogs have been doing this for years without the interference of people. No charge, unless you count love.
Before spending $500 to $1500 on a labradoodle, Yorkiepoo or Puggle, we'd suggest checking out your local shelter. You can probably find the same type of dog there for a fraction of the price and save a life in the process.
Don't let breeders take advantage of you by charging a ridiculous price for a mixed breed dog. Shelters are full of them! Adopt a Yorkie-poodle mix and call it a Yorkie Doodle Dandie instead of Yorkiepoo! Or adopt a Shih tzu-Chinese Crested mix and call it a Shih tzinese Crested. It would be exactly the same.
So visit your local shelter or rescue group and adopt your own barely-used hybrid dog today!
Pet stores should NEVER be an option.
Buying a puppy from a pet shop keeps the puppy-mill industry booming.
These ‘so-called’ businesses are in it for profit only with little or no regard for the health or well-being of the animal. The conditions are horrendous and the dogs suffer unimaginably.
No matter what the employee at the pet store tells you, the photo on the left is exactly how their puppies are acquired.
They will all say, "a local breeder", but trust me, the place on the left is "local" to someone. And your locality has a similar operation.
Read our FAQ page to learn how to avoid these places and the questions to ask of breeders to be sure you're not supporting a puppy mill.
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Have you chosen dog adoption as an option, but you're still unsure of which breed is best for you? Review our List of Small Breed Dogs. Gather all the information you need to find the best pet to suit your life and your lifestyle.
Don't forget to recommend dog adoption to your friends. We just did :)
You can help find a homeless dog a loving family. Share your dog adoption story with others. Did you find the best dog in the world at a Humane Society.... Did you contact a rescue group and fall in love with a puppy mill survivor?
These are the kind of stories that keep people out of pet shops. We can all do something to save a life. Here is your chance!
Click below to see contributions from other visitors to this page...
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