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Q: Where to buy dog?

February 16, 2009 | By Emily B. | 72 answers | Expired: 1969 days ago

Emily B.

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Betsy S.
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Feb 17, 2009

Go to a shelter first. Those dogs need a loving home and most of them are wonderful dogs. If you are set on a particular breed, try the shelters first (they often get purebreds), and if you have no luck, use Petfinder.com and Google the breed rescues. If all else fails and you feel you have to buy from a breeder, do your research and find a reputable breeder who breeds carefully, for the good of the breed, and is careful about who gets her puppies. Under any circumstances, do NOT BUY FROM A PET STORE. Those puppies are cute but almost certainly from a puppy mill. They will be more expensive than buying from a reputable breeder and may be sick. Even if they are not, their parents are suffering. Don't shop; adopt.

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bell o.
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Feb 17, 2009

I for one wish that breeder or whoever should stop of bringing more poor puppies into this world only to be put to sleep.I just came from the shelters websites and tears fell from the sadness of how many adorable puppies there is in that terrible cage waiting for their destiny especially pittbulls and lil chis. Please DONT SHOP ADOPT.

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Leah G.
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Feb 17, 2009

Getting a pet from the shelter is a good recommendation for someone who really wants to do their homework, can spend a lot of time obedience training, etc. because *many* shelter dogs require a certain commitment to get them ready to be in your home. That said, there are also many dogs that are perfect pets ALREADY! They've already been housetrained, can walk on a leash etc. Not everyone gets rid of their dog because of behavior issues. So it might just take a little longer, but there's no reason you can't find the perfect purebred dog you want, from a shelter or rescue group.

There are benefits to getting a breeder puppy too--so long as the breeder is 100% above board, and you can meet both parents, see the entire facility/house etc. If they hide anything or don't answer some of your questions, RUN! But then you have to deal with housetraining, biting, puppy classes etc. It's still a lot of work--just different work!

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