Once you have an idea of size, energy and how you want your dog to fit into your lifestyle, now it is time to figure out where to actually look for your new buddy. The two most common ways to obtain a dog are either through rescues and shelters or from a breeder. Both sides have their pros and cons. Getting a dog from a shelter, you get to save a life, and there is nothing better than feeling like you made an impact on an animal’s life. You also have the opportunity to adopt an older dog, where you have a better gauge of how large the dog will be and their temperament isn’t as much as a coin toss. However, rescue dogs can come with their fair share of problems, including separation anxiety, resource guarding, etc.
When you are purchasing a dog from a breeder, you have the ability to get history on the dog’s lineage and get an idea of what to expect health and personality wise. A good breeder is often willing to help new owners match with a puppy. Getting a purebred dog also allows you to be particular about the type of dog you are buying based on general qualities of the breed you pick. However, you can often be looking at higher price tags with these dogs, and you run the risk of unconsciously supporting a puppy mill type of operation.
“You run the risk of unconsciously supporting a puppy mill type of operation.”