5. How much money are you planning to spend on a dog in the next year?
Both rescue dogs and purchased dogs can be expensive, but often a rescue dog ends up being less expensive than a purchased dog. Puppies from responsible breeders range from $800 to $3,000 depending on the breed, and you are responsible for vaccinations and the cost of spaying or neutering your dog. Rescue dogs can cost anywhere from $5 to $600 depending on the rescue and what services they provide with the dog. Often the dog will already be spayed or neutered and will have all vaccinations necessary. In both cases there are medical costs above and beyond routine care to consider.
6. Is there a specific breed you and your family is set on?
If the answer to this question is yes, a reputable breeder might be the better option, but there are breed specific rescues to consider. Breed specific rescues will often have adult dogs of the breed you are looking for.
If you and your family is looking for a dog of a specific breed type or size, a rescue group will often have several dogs to chose from to ensure that you and your family will have the right match.
7. Is a member of you family allergic to some types of dogs?
Working with a breeder may be a better option than working with a rescue group. You should set up many visits with the breeder and her dogs to see if your family member has an allergic reaction before picking out a dog to bring home. With careful bred dogs, you may have better luck identifying a breed or breeds that won’t set off your family member’s allergies.
8. Do you already own a dog? How does your dog feel about other dogs?
Working with a rescue group you will have the option of introducing your dog to other adult dogs to help discover if a new dog and your dog can be friends. It may take some work and time to find a dog that has a good play style match to your dog.
Brining home a new puppy to your adult dog can sometimes cause friction. It is best to have a plan in place from the beginning to ensure that both the new puppy and your adult dog get the time, attention, and rest that they need.
Laura Azevedo CPDT-KA