Having a little puppy is such a joy. Getting to choose exactly what breed you want is even better. Many people assume that, if you adopt, you can’t do either of these things. Not true at all! You can, and you get these added advantages:
Knowing their habits.
A lot of people worry that rescued dogs will have odd behaviors. But, think about it—you have no concept what a puppy will grow up to be like. Mostt rescue services and shelters see and understand the habits of their pups and can let you know which one could be the very best match. Where I adopted my basset hound, the pups had different colored collars on to indicate who they got along with. Certain colors indicated the dog did not like to be around children, or did not like to be around old people, did not like other dogs, did not get along with cats, or perhaps got along with absolutely everybody! These dogs are already grown up and have already formulated their behaviors, so you can be fairly sure that their habits won’t change.
They are grateful.
You actually can see the difference between a rescued dog and one from a dog breeder. A rescued dog has had to probably share a little cell with various dogs, and if he is lucky, get pet and walked a couple times a week at most. Perhaps no human can say “I love you” as genuinely as a rescued dog’s eyes say it. I work from home, and frequently talk to and even though I don’t know how to sing, I end up singing to my pup. He enjoys when I get up and dance around the apartment and sing to him. He sits up and wags his tail and simply appears so happy to have human interaction. Not to mention, I think I’m learning how to improve my voice. I didn’t even have to see a singing coach.
You can choose the breed
To encourage people to adopt rather than shop, a lot of rescue services specific to one breed have been founded. I adopted my basset hound from a basset hound rescue called DaphneyLand where there were housed 93 rescued basset hounds. This really gives you the chance to connect with the perfect one. At a breeder, you perhaps can meet 15 dogs at most. And you simply need to settle for the ones there.
They are house trained.
Most rescue services house train their dogs prior to adopting them out, as well as neuter or spay them, give them all of their shots and even microchip them. These services could cost over $500 if you had to pay for them yourself. In the end, all you typically pay is an adoption fee of between $100 and $200.