Adopt A Puppy Or Buy From A Breeder?

This is a question that as a dog lover you will inevitably come across. There are pros and cons to both sides of the argument.  See our list below.

Buying From A Reputable Breeder

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The Pros:
You Know Exactly What Type of Dog Your Getting
Good Genetics – Access to Pedigree
You Can Get Exactly What You Want
Established Training Values
Good Work Ethic
All Initial Shots Should Be Done
Dog Should Be Papered (AKC Registered and/or Chipped)
Return Policy/Puppy Guarantee

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The Cons:
A Good Dog With Good Genetics Is Expensive
Your Not Taking A Dog Off The Streets/Shelter
Breeder Can Take Dog Back
May Have Breeding Guidelines
Waiting Lists
Dog Will Not Be Trained
May Not Be As Reputable As You Think


Adopting A Dog From A Shelter

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The Pros:
Taking A Dog From A Bad Situation
Low Adoption Costs
Initial Shots Should Be Done
Pup May Already Be Spayed/Neutered
Wide Variety of Dogs
Potentially Saving The Dog’s Life
Trial Period For Adoption
May Be Already Trained

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The Cons:
You Don’t Know The Complete History Of The Dog
You May Not Get The Dog You Want
Behavioral Problems Likely
Most Likely Can’t Breed The Dog
Unknown Medical History
Longer Adjustment Period For Dog & Owner


This list is only meant to be informative. We endorse getting the right dog for you above all else, either a bred dog or a shelter dog. There is a dog out there that is going to fit in your life better than others. If you are looking for a sport dog, who will do IPO or Protection work there are certain traits that you will want in that dog VS someone who wants a family companion or house dog. We urge you to choose the dog that fits your lifestyle not the dog that you “must have”.

The most common issues we see as dog trainers is people who have rescued a dog or puppy and got something they were not ready for. The dog then either ends up back in a shelter or is neglected. That’s the last thing we want to see. The same goes for people who purchase from a breeder, they might end up with a top of the line working dog and have no idea how to control or train the dog. That dog ends up being neglected or abused and might end up in a shelter as well. Neither of these situations are ideal for the dog or the owner!

If you have any questions about what type of dog you should get, and where to get that dog ask yourself (and be honest with yourself) the following questions:

  1. What do I want the dog for?
  2. Can I handle an extremely active dog?
  3. Do I have time to train 15-20 minutes a day?
  4. What will I do if I cannot handle the dog’s behaviors?
  5. Do you have the finances available to afford a dog?
    (The average dog owner spends $750-$1000 annually on their dog)
  6. What will the dog’s job be?
    (Family pet, protection, house dog, cattle herder, companion, service dog, etc.)

Once you have answered these questions do your research and find the breed that you will be most compatible with. The ultimate goal is for you to have a happy dog that fits into your life and family dynamic as seamlessly as possible. If you have any questions feel free to drop us a line we’re more than happy to help you find the right dog, no matter where it may be!


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