How do you choose a dog/puppy?

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anonymous user
Registered: 12-31-1969
How do you choose a dog/puppy?
Fri, 09-14-2012 - 3:42pm

I can't really afford a purebred dog, and wouldn't qualify for a rescue because I wouldn't meet their ridiculously stringent requirements. I like the idea of a purebred because you know of certain traits they're more inclined to have, but I also would like to rescue a dog from the pound, but when I go there, I can't choose. Not so much that I want to take them all, but I just don't want to leave any behind. 

How do you choose? 


iVillage Member
Registered: 10-16-2002
Sat, 09-15-2012 - 3:02pm

First, make sure you're asking questions from the staff about each dog to see which ones are a good fit for your lifestyle...their temperament and how it may be suitable for members of your household, the amount of space you have and their size, your activity level and how much energy they have, etc.

Outside of that, I think you'll just want to spend time interacting with the best candidates for you...although it's easy to have a soft spot for all dogs in trouble, I think you'll find that you bond to one more than the others. Good luck and keep us posted!

Community Leader
Registered: 11-21-2001
Tue, 09-18-2012 - 11:02am

Hi annie mac and Welcome to the Board.  I'm Laura and I'm the furmom to a 6YO lab/mix, Cleo.

I'm so glad that you are considering a shelter dog....I was just saying today how many thousands of dog and cats there are in shelters or rescues, many purebred, that need good homes.

I used to volunteer at both a shelter and a German Shepherd rescue in NJ.  I learned a lot at both.  The shelter was much more lax with their adoption procedures; they would adopt out animals right from their Adoption Days.  Unfortunately, "many" of those animals were returned for one reason or another.  At the rescue we never adopted out from Adoption Days; there had to be an Applcation, home visit, etc., and very, very few animals were returned.

I also know that it is frustrating at times to adopt from a rescue (I had that problem years ago) but I now understand that there are good reasons.

My Cleo came from our local Humane Society.  There were a lot of dogs to choose from but she just stole my heart.  You may have to visit your local shelter more than once before you find your perfect dog...but I believe that you will just "know".

As Jenn mentioned, the shelter volunteers are your best resource.  Talk with them about your home and family life and they should be able to steer you in the right direction; size, temperment, age, etc.

Good luck and please be sure to keep us updated.