Adopt or Shop For Dogs?
All dogs have different behaviors and personalities, so you should keep this in mind when looking for your own. If you are unsure of adopting or shopping for a dog, there are key differences between each option that you should consider before making a decision.
Adoption is a great decision, mainly because you are saving its life and keeping one more dog out of a shelter and off the streets, abandoned. Despite the common assumption that you are limited to only mixed-breeds, there are lots of rescue shelters that are breed-specific, such as Pitbull, German Shepard, Rottweiler, and more. Also, many dogs in shelters are fostered by the employees themselves or just people like me and you who love a loyal pet.
Shopping for a dog can be beneficial if you have a passion to breed the animal, show them, or for health-specific reasons. Buying your dog from a breeder gives you the opportunity to know more about the background, temperament, and health. You can possibly meet the parents, if you are interested in buying a dog to show this will help you get expectations for what your dog will look like. This is extremely helpful for individuals who have health problems or allergies that are more compatible with your well-being.
Whether or not your dog is hyper, playful, friendly, or gentle all depends on breed, and their environment. Regardless of a dog that is adopted or shopped, different breeds vary in health issues and life span. Breeders can sell mixed-breeds and sell them with or without official papers of documentation, keep this in mind based on your reason for getting a dog.
Ultimately, there are benefits on either side of owning a dog, what works best for you and possibly your family is what matters most.