Should I Buy a Puppy or Adopt a Puppy?

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Should I Buy a Puppy or Adopt a Puppy?

Bringing home a new puppy requires a whole lot of decision-making. One of the many choices you’ll have to make is whether you want to buy or adopt. As with any doggy-related decision, it’s critical to take your time and evaluate what’s best for your lifestyle. Your new doggo is going to be with you a long time — let’s make it a good time, too. Today, we’re going to look at both methods of bringing home a new puppy, and talk about the pros and cons of each.

Note: We will say there’s an ethical side to this debate, but today, we are purely looking at the practicality behind each option. 

Adopting a Dog

Cost of Adoption

Adopting from a pound is almost always the cheaper option here. Buying a puppy from a breeder can be a costly endeavor, depending on the breed. Some dog breeds can cost upwards of $5,000.00. But, when you adopt a dog from a pound, they often will charge you some very minimal medical and clerical fees. 

Training Your Dog

More often than not, adopted dogs will already be trained to some degree. In most cases, that will at least include house-training. If you’re a first-time dog owner, or simply have a hectic sort of life, training might seem like a daunting task. In that case, adopting a puppy could be something to consider.

Finding What You Want

With adopting, you probably won’t get to pick exactly which breed you want. But, over 3.3 million dogs enter shelters each year. So, if you don’t have your heart set on one specific breed, your local pound probably has a perfect dog for you.

Buying from a Breeder


If you’re inclined to train your new dog, buying a puppy from a breeder is a great way to go. By starting from scratch with your new puppy, you can train the dog however you want. Many people worry about getting a poorly-behaved dog from an adoption center or dog pound, and that’s understandable. You know what they say about old dogs and new tricks, after all… But with a new puppy, you can make sure your dog grows into a personality that works with your lifestyle. As well — training is a great way to build companionship with your new friend!

The Unknown

When adopting a dog, there are a lot of ‘what ifs’. Any dog that you get from a pound has had some kind of past experiences that may have permanently shaped its personality. On top of that, it’s almost impossible to get a full understanding of the dog’s complete personality during your first meeting. When you get the dog home, you may be in for some surprises. But, by buying a new puppy, you’re starting with a clean slate! If you do your research on the breed and work with a reputable breeder, you know exactly what you’re getting. 

Picking Your Breed

There are plenty of choices at your local adoption center or dog pound. But, if you’ve got a specific breed in mind, it’s unlikely that the pound will happen to have that exact breed. With a service like PawFax, finding a professional breeder with the exact dog breed that you want is super easy. On top of this, because the dog you’re buying will likely be purebred, you’ll know exactly which traits and temperament predispositions it may have. Learn our helpful tips on finding the best dog breed here: View Article 

Pick What’s Best For You (and Your Dog!)

At PawFax, we recognize the different methods of bringing home a doggo, and we know each has its own unique benefits. It’s important to carefully consider how you want to find your next best friend, before taking any further steps. It comes down to personal preference in a lot of ways, and so there’s really no universally ‘best’ option. 

Here is our helpful article on using a Puppy Finder service: View Article

We hands down trust Preferable Pups and the puppies they offer. They were the first breeding operation to integrate the PawFax platform 100%.

As always, if you have any questions, comments, or conversations, don’t hesitate to bark at us! We’ll be happy to help you with any dog-related needs. 

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