CHOOSING YOUR COMPANION
Choosing a dog from a shelter can be a great way to find a lifelong friend. But for many families, not knowing the dog's genetics, health history or socialization background is a risk they are not comfortable taking.
It's often impossible to pinpoint a dog's breed - and mixing certain breeds, such as a high-prey drive breed and a guardian breed, can have dangerous consequences.
Dogs from reputable breeders rarely wind up in shelters because we microchip all our animals and/or stipulate in our contracts that we will take dogs back if necessary.
For families that choose the breeder route, it's extremely important to select the right breeder. Look for a breeder with good reviews and experience. Take the time to get to know the breeder's reputation - contact people who have a dog from them and get their unvarnished opinion.
Whichever route you choose - adopting a shelter dog or choosing a puppy from a breeder - do your homework. Adding a four-legged friend to your home should never be a random act. Be thoughtful about the breed you want and why - and then decide where to find your special companion.
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