Should You Adopt a Dog from a Rescue or Purchase from a Breeder?

Should You Adopt a Dog from a Rescue or Purchase from a Breeder?

Ellen Britt for CNT #wooftips

Rescue organizations do incredible work and so deserve to be supported. Dogs that otherwise would undoubtedly be euthanized find loving and caring homes through their work. 

People who go through a rescue organization to adopt are doubly rewarded, both for saving the dog and for years of wonderful loving canine companionship.

I love the work rescue organizations do, and I also love there are responsible, careful breeders out there who work diligently to ensure the survival and propagation of the breed they have chosen as theirs. Through careful selection and breeding, they ensure the breed standard is upheld and carry on a tradition that for many breeds spans a considerable length of time.

Two Sides To This Fence

Some people are clearly on one side of the fence or the other when it comes to this issue. Personally, I have found that a few folks who are passionate about rescue work sometimes don’t approve of those people who choose to go with a breeder to get a dog. Most folks who go for the breeder option support rescues, but when it comes to their personal companion canine, they want a particular breed.

A Personal Choice

For me, the Alaskan Malamute is my breed. I have had three (one at a time) and since the recent passing of my beloved Mal, am looking to get another possibly this fall. The breed speaks to me, both because of the breed’s stunning physical beauty as well as their personalities. I have never, ever formed as deep a bond as I have with my Mals.

In the end, it’s a personal choice. If you go with a rescue organization, I salute you. And if you choose to purchase a pup from a reputable breeder, I totally understand, as I am in that camp as well.

By Ellen Britt

Dr. Ellen Britt has loved dogs since she was a child. She is particularly fond of the Northern breeds, especially Alaskan Malamutes. Ellen worked as a PA in Emergency and Occupational Medicine for two decades and holds a doctorate (Ed.D.) in biology.

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