Myth Buster: Do animal shelters have purebred dogs?

<p>Photo courtesy of ADOPT Pet Shelter.</p>

Photo courtesy of ADOPT Pet Shelter.

One of the more common questions we get at our shelter is: “Do you guys ever get any purebred dogs?” Unfortunately for those dogs, the answer is a resounding YES.

The economy, terminal diseases, allergies. These are just a sample of the reasons animals come to us. None of these factors discriminate by breed (or lack thereof). Despite increased public awareness with regard to adoption as a viable way to get your next companion, many families still acquire their canine family members from breeders or “puppy stores.” Most of these animals are “pure bred.” Unfortunately, these “pure bred” animal companions are just as likely to be surrendered.

People often have the misconception that shelters are filled with mixed breed dogs, or as some like to say “mutts.” You might be surprised to find that shelters actually house more pure bred dogs than expected.  

As potential adopters stroll through the kennel they will see a variety of breeds; most commonly Chihuahuas, Shitzus, Beagles, Pitbull Terriers and Labrador Retrievers. On occasion you might find a Schnauzer, Cocker Spaniel, Golden Retriever or Siberian Husky. On the more rare occasions you will see a Chinese Crested, Great Dane or even a Saint Bernard. Mostly, however, you will see the “Magnificent Mutt” a combination of many of the breeds listed above and a fabulous companion.

Do we have any purebred dogs? Darn right we do, and just like all the Magnificent Mutts we have as well, they’re waiting for the perfect home to find them.

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