Mixed breeds not your thing? No problem! Animal shelters are the frequent stop for a variety of purebred dogs. The frequency of certain types of breeds varies with demographics. For instance, if you live in Los Angeles, you may be more likely to find a purebred Chihuahua than a beagle. Vice versa if you live in Charlottesville.
For years, the animal sheltering industry has estimated that 25% of dogs entering U.S. animal shelters are purebreds. However, a 2015 study by the National Animal Interest Alliance claimed that the actual figure is more like 5%.
Though this is much less than previously thought, please do not be discouraged by that single digit. If we are going by the more conservative estimate, that still amounts to roughly 300,000 to 400,00 purebred shelter dogs a year. Let’s just say if you’re looking for pure breed options, animal shelters have them!
There are also dizzying numbers of puppies that enter the shelter system. Every. Single. Day. Selfishly, I am grateful for this fact. It means I can sneak my puppy “fixes” in while I work. For adopters who have their hearts set on rearing a young one, it provides a very wide selection of puppies to choose from.
I have mostly adopted and fostered adult or senior shelter dogs. However, I adopted my current dog when she was just a wee little shelter puppy. Though I’ve had other non-shelter puppies, she is the best puppy I have ever raised. That’s probably in part because shelter puppies come with their own dash of hope that will brighten your world. Every day of the rest of your life.