Pure Bred or Rescue? Which Is the Best Fit for Me?
Our Goldendoodles, Dunkin on the left, Lilly on the right.
Choosing a Pure Bred
While there are countless choices for dogs out there, some people just really prefer a purebred dog. Knowing the dogs unique characteristics and what to expect as far as health and breeding are concerned can give you great piece of mind. Also, some people just are looking for a certain look or disposition that only a purebred dog can offer. Through the years we're always had a "mut" of sorts for a family pet. It wasn't until I had seen a friends dog, which was a Labradoodle, that I considered getting purebred myself. This dog had such a gentle, docile demeanor that I instantly fell in love with him. After researching the breed, I stumbled on photos of goofy yet endearing "Goldendoodle." The facial expressions on their faces pulled me in and I just had to have one of my own. We now own two, Lilly & Dunkin. Lilly is a medium or "mid-size" doodle while Dunkin (her nephew) is what's called a "mini" doodle. Now our dogs are 6 and 9 and I was recently asked if we would get Goldendoodles again when they pass. I immediately said "of course, this is the only breed I will ever get." The demeanor of these dogs is unlike any I have known before. They have the gentle, goofy, laidback way of a Golden Retreiver yet they DON'T shed (huge bonus!) and they are very smart thanks to the Poodle in them. Currently 2 dogs and 2 cats are plenty for our house although the more dogs I meet, the more I would take home in a heartbeat if I could!
Told ya they were goofy!
Choosing a Rescue
Rescuing a dog someone else has cast off is such a wonderful gesture. There are countless dogs in shelters and in privately funded rescues just waiting for that special family to choose them. Once you rescue a dog and you see the look of gratitude in their eyes, you know they'll forever be loyal to you for it. The hope is that they'll be a good fit for your family and your lifestyle. The problem is that without knowing their history most of the time, this is difficult. Many rescues are fearful of people and have been abused in some way making transitioning them hard for new owners. If you have the time and the patience to take one of these dogs under your wing and work through their issues you won't ever regret it. These dogs know they're getting a second chance and want to please you, they just need time, patience and love. Then you also get to wear that "Who rescued who?" badge proudly :)