Adopting A Purebred Shelter Dog: What's Right For Your Family?

15 January 2016
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If you've been itching to adopt a dog for a while, then the first place you should check out is your local animal shelter. Since many puppy mills have less than ideal conditions for their animals, you'd be better off supporting an institution that rescues needy pets. If you have your heart set on a purebred dog, you might think that finding a specific breed isn't possible through a pet adoptions center. However, according to, it's not uncommon to find well-known breeds along with mutts. Before setting your heart on one breed though, you'll need to consider how a dog will fit in with your family. 

What Are Some Good Breeds for Singles?

If you live alone and want to feel more secure late at night or when you're out and about, a good breed to consider is a German Shepherd. This breed is incredibly intelligent and loyal to his or her family. A Lab Retriever is a great dog for social or physically active singles since the breed is eager to please, playful, and friendly to new faces. In fact, the Lab Retriever has been the most popular dog in America for 24 years in a row!

What are Some Good Breeds for Couples Without Kids?

If you are married but don't have a lot of time on your hands due to work, etc., a good breed to look into is the English Bulldog since they need minimal exercise. This breed makes a great snuggle buddy when you just want to stream movies after a long day.

If you've got a little more time on your hands and you and your spouse are up for a challenge, a Chihuahua is a great breed. While young Chihuahuas are cute, older ones are notorious for being feisty and difficult to train. However, you may look forward to the challenge since you will have a spouse to help, and you won't have small kids hindering the training process. Despite their housebreaking difficulties, Chihuahuas do make very loyal pets and are great because they don't require as much space or exercise. 

What Are Some Good Breeds for Families with Kids?

Collies are easy to train, gentle, and loyal. They get along with little children, and since Collies were originally bred to herd sheep, they may even instinctively herd and protect your little ones! If you are looking for a gentle giant, the Newfoundland breed is a good choice for families. However, this dog is incredibly active and cannot be alone for long periods.

Once You Know What You're Looking for . . .

Once you have a couple of breeds in mind, talk with an adoption program in your area. Some organizations will let you try a home visit to see if the dog will fit well with your family. If you cannot find a purebred dog, be open to mutts--many have sweet temperaments that could work for you and your family. Lastly, you will want to make sure you know what the adoption fees cover. Many shelters fees will include things like microchipping, spaying/neutering, veterinary visit vouchers, and so on. While the adoption fee might be a little more than other places, it is a great way to rescue an animal and get them off on the right foot in terms of their veterinary care. 

For more information, talk to a local organization that facilitates pet adoptions, such as Pilot Knob Animal Hospital.