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: 07-27-2000
Sat, 07-19-2014 - 11:39pm

Ours have come from breeders, shelters and one was a stray my husband found some fool dumped because she was pregnant (and she lived a very happy, secure life with us until we lost her at 15 or maybe even 16).  It's such a win-win to go to that shelter and take home a baby desperately needing a home, we've done it a few times and were glad we did.  I've also found a couple from good breeders and have no issue whatsoever with those who do the same.  I think sometimes the dog chooses YOU, esp. if you go to that shelter.  I almost can't go there anymore, though, I'm more teary the older I get and can barely handle it, but I'm sure we will.  If you open up the site you will find many, many pets needing homes from a variety of sources, many are in shelters and your heart is bound to get warmed up there.  You can look in nearby areas but be careful, many are halfway across the country, too.  They all need and deserve a good home, good luck finding one that works for you. 




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.

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!