Whether you’re looking to adopt a dog from a shelter or you’re interested in finding a breeder, there are numerous ways that you can add a dog to your family. With that in mind, if you’re planning on adopting your first dog, you may have a few questions about which route is best for you. In today’s post, we will compare and contrast adopting your new furball from a shelter versus adopting from a breeder.

Once you bring your new pup home, training is the next step. While some owners decide to train their dog on their own, others may discover that the process is best left to the professionals. Luckily at ACDT, our trainers can provide you with the expert dog training tools you need to get the job done. Whether you’re looking for puppy training, advanced training, or you need to go back to the basics, we can help! Check out our extensive dog training classes and give us a call at ACDT to sign up today!

Breeders

When most people think of dog breeders, they think of top-of-the-line purebred dogs puppies. However, there are many sides to a breeder and depending on what you are looking for in a dog, adopting from a breeder could be the right choice for you.

Pros

The main benefit of adopting from a breeder is that you will know everything there is to know about your new pup. In most cases, you will be able to meet your dog’s parents and see how he or she will turn out as an adult. Because most breeders breed within the same bloodline, you will also be able to see a comprehensive lineage of your pup.

In addition to all the information you will receive regarding your dog’s history, you will also be able to mold your dog’s behavior as he or she grows. Typically, breeders only offer puppies. While a puppy is a lot of work in the beginning, the work you put in will help you to shape your dog’s behavior to fit your needs and lifestyle, whereas adopting an adult dog may come with some bad behaviors and habits that you need to break.

Cons

As we mentioned above, in most cases, adopting from a breeder usually means bringing home a young puppy. While puppies are cute and adorable, they are also a lot of work. They require a lot of attention, training, and care. In addition to their general needs, you will also be responsible for their health needs, and unfortunately, puppies require a lot of vaccinations and vet visits within their first year of life.

Having the time and energy to take care of a puppy is one thing, but it’s also important to consider the cost. On top of the general costs, it’s important to note that adopting from a breeder is usually more expensive than adopting from a shelter.

Shelter

Unfortunately, numerous dogs end up in shelters every year for many different reasons. In some cases, people adopt dogs that they find out they can no longer keep, or the dogs are brought to the shelter because they are found abandoned or neglected. Whatever the situation may be, if you’re looking to adopt a dog, a shelter may be a great place to start.

Pros

There are many benefits to adopting a dog from a shelter, and possibly the most important benefit is that you are saving a life. By adopting a dog from a shelter, you are not only providing him or her with a new home and a better life, but you are also providing a space in the shelter for a new dog.

In addition to saving a life, adopting from a shelter comes with many health care benefits. Most shelter dogs will come with all of their shots up-to-date and in some cases, they will even be potty trained! This saves you both time and money. Not to mention, many shelters work closely with vet clinics and will give you a voucher for a free visit when you adopt your pup.

Cons

As we mentioned above, some dogs are rescued from bad situations and brought to shelters. Much like humans react to traumatic situations in different ways, dogs will have different ways that they may react to the situation that they experienced. As a result, adopting a dog that was in a bad situation may require a lot of patience and kindness, and it may be awhile before you see your pup’s full personality.

Another downside to adopting from a shelter is that you probably won’t know the full history of your new pet or even the exact breed. If you’re planning on showing your dog, not having this information may not be ideal, but if you’re just looking for a lovable new pup, then this shouldn’t be a problem.

Whether you decide to adopt from a shelter or from a breeder, adding a new dog to your family is never a bad decision. If you’re in the Medford area and you’re looking for dog training classes for your new pup, visit ACDT! Our experienced dog trainers can help you give your pup the skills he or she needs to become a well-behaved member of the family. Browse our website to learn more about our dog training classes, and contact ACDT today!

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