Do you have questions about dog adoption? We’ll answer your questions on what you should know and give you some resources on where to find your new small breed dog.
Give It Some Thought…
Dog adoption carries a huge responsibility. Although this website is dedicated to small breed dogs, these guidelines apply for all pet adoption. Take a few moments to think about the responsibility you are considering.
Adopting a dog is like adopting a child, except she will be dependent upon you for her entire life. Some small breed dogs can live up to 18 years. Are you ready for that responsibility?
Then, let’s get on with your dog search…
- Other Pets & Children
Small dog adoption in homes with other pets or children is possible; however, consider the attributes and temperament of the dog before adopting.
Some small dogs are not good around children because the dogs are fragile and will bark and nip to protect themselves. Other pets may present a problem but not necessarily. Many small breed dog owners have a multiple dogs that live and play together in harmony.
Does anyone in your household have allergies? Finding a dog that you and your family can live with is at the top of our list for dog adoption. The good news…many small breed dogs are hypoallergenic. When you find a dog you want to adopt, spend some time with her to see how you react. It wouldn’t be good for either one of you if she irritates your allergies.
- Living Space
Small breed dogs don’t need much room, so you might be asking yourself why this is something to consider in dog adoption. Hmmm! Do you live in an apartment or condo? Are you allowed to have pets where you live? Although it might be enough room for you and your small breed dog, it might not give your neighbors enough space!
Your dog may be lonely when you’re away which may cause excessive barking and whining. And, you may not have anywhere outside where your dog can potty.
There are indoor potty solutions and ways to keep your dog from barking (proper training, pet sitters , and doggy day care), but these are things you should consider before adopting.
- Can You Afford a Dog?
The initial costs of dog adoption vary depending on where you find your dog. If you purchase a small purebred dog from a breeder, you’ll pay more than you will if you rescue a small dog from your local shelter.
In addition to your initial costs, consider the ongoing and unexpected costs you will have when raising your small breed dog over the next 12-18 years. Take a look at the estimated yearly cost of owning a dog! This chart shows the cost of dog adoption and is posted in the resource library at Petfinder.com.
- Responsible Dog Ownership
Dog adoption is also about being a responsible dog owner. You will be responsible for your dog’s health (vaccinations, shots, preventative heartworm, emergency care, etc.), protection (fenced yard, leash, obedience training, etc.), training , socialization, behavior and reproduction.
Please think about each of these areas carefully, and then decide if you still want to adopt a small breed dog.
The Humane Society of the United States provide even more topics for consideration in helping you make the right decision.
If you’re at the end of this section, you’ve probably already considered the costs and responsibilities of dog adoption. Great! We can now look at where to find your new friend.
Where Can I Find a Dog?
Finding the right dog to adopt may take a while, but several resources are available. We’ll talk briefly about five places you can find a dog for adoption: local resources, purebred rescue groups, animal shelters, pet stores, and dog breeders.
- Local Resources
One of the most common places to find a dog is in your local community. You may adopt your dog from someone you know such as family members, friends, and work associates.
You may also find the perfect pal through your local newspaper’s classified listings. Or better yet, try out Live Deal where you can search for specific breeds that are available in your local area.
You will probably find more local listings here than in your Sunday paper. We included the link here for your convenience. It’s a free service, and we think it’s really cool.
Finally, it’s possible that you’re considering adopting the dog you found in the park or on your doorstep.
Every lost dog needs a forever home. Just make sure you do your research before you make the commitment.
- Purebred Rescue Groups
If you’re looking for a particular breed of dog, you might want to look for a purebred rescue group for that type of dog. Purebred rescue groups take care of the dogs that come to their centers until a permanent dog adoption is approved.
These purebred dogs originate from many sources. Some of them are lost and dropped off at a local shelter, some are abandoned at a boarding center or the vet’s office, and some of them are rescued from puppy mill operations.
- Animal Shelters
Animal shelters are another great source for finding a dog to adopt. You can visit local animal shelters in your area to see if a dog matching your search is available. You can also visit non-local animal shelters with the use of the internet.
- Pet Stores
Please consider your other options for adopting a dog before running straight to the pet store. Pet stores may seem like a viable place to find your new dog, especially if that cute little puppy pops up his head and ears to get your attention.
That cute little puppy probably came from a mass-breeder organization and is considered “inventory” by the retail store. Due to overbreeding, inbreeding, and poor care in mass-breeder organizations (puppy mills), a dog from a pet store may have problems with socialization or experience serious health issues. Please read more about puppy mills before choosing this option for dog adoption.
- Dog Breeders
Another resource for finding the right dog for adoption is to find a reputable breeder. A reputable breeder should interview you to ensure you can provide a good home and adequate care for the dog. A reputable breeder doesn’t sell their puppies through pet stores or through the face of the internet. She will invite you to visit the home of the parents and see how these puppies are living.
You can find a reputable breeder through breed clubs, dog shows, and referrals. You can also search on the internet, but stay vigilant and do your homework to ensure that you only interact with reputable breeders who are interested in the dog’s well-being.