Pros and Cons of Adopting a Puppy

Pros and Cons of Adopting a Puppy
Deciding to adopt a puppy is not an easy decision. Puppies require training, understanding, money, and time. We all want a warm, cuddly companion at home, but there are significant costs and responsibilities associated with taking care of a puppy. Considering the consequences of adopting a puppy can make all the difference in keeping your pup safe and happy. While having a puppy is challenging, weighing the pros and cons of adopting a puppy can help you decide if you are ready for this monumental occasion.

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Pros
Adopting a puppy from a local shelter has two distinct advantages over purchasing a puppy from a breeder: saving a puppy’s life, and providing it with a loving, permanent home. Shelters are overflowing with dogs of all ages, sizes, and shapes hoping to be adopted, which can make choosing to adopt a puppy more heartwarming than purchasing a one from a breeder. Other advantages include:
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  • Learning patience
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  • Teaching responsibility
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  • Improving your mental health

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Cons
Puppies from a local shelter usually don’t come with requisite pedigrees to become show dogs or be bred with champions. While adopting a puppy is noble, purchasing a puppy from a breeder gives you the option to choose the breed, size, and personality of the puppy you want to add to your family. You will have papers and information on the puppy, including litter size and genetic health issues that you won't get from a shelter. Other disadvantages of adopting a puppy from a shelter include:
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  • Unknown litter history
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  • Possible medical requirements
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  • Undiscovered breed background

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In the end, purchasing a purebred puppy will cost you a lot upfront financially. If you adopt a puppy from a shelter, you will incur far less initial financial burdens. The rewards of adopting a puppy are numerous, but take time to do some research and become familiar with the responsibilities involved before deciding to become a puppy parent.

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