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Should You Get A Puppy Or A Rescue Dog?

So you’re thinking of getting a new dog, but wondering what might be the best option. Getting a puppy is obviously very appealing, but it has its drawbacks. Although puppy's make your heart melt, they are A LOT of work, and a huge commitment. You need to be ready.

Or you could get a rescue dog, but you aren’t quite sure if you want a slightly older dog, or where to start when it comes to finding the right dog. Taking on a rescue dog is a wonderful things to do. It is a tough decision, and you need to do what’s right for you and your family. Here are some pros and cons to both getting a puppy and getting a rescue dog. The decision is in your hands…

Puppy pros

  • Your life will be filled with cuteness
  • Did we mention puppies are cute?
  • You get to raise a dog, your way, from a pup
  • You don’t inherit a dog with existing issues, although puppies can develop behavioural issues too
  • You get to go through the process of choosing and bringing home an adorable puppy
  • If you get a puppy, you will have had them all their life and can train them yourself
  • Everybody loves a puppy and you will make lots of new friends


Pupp cons

  • Puppys are really really hard work.
  • You have to toilet train your puppy from scratch.
  • You need the time and patience to be able to raise a puppy.
  • You can’t be too house proud as puppies can be destructive and make loads of mess.
  • There will be quite a few toilet accidents, so get used to cleaning up poop and wee.
  • When you get a puppy it’s a huge commitment because you have them for their entire lives, which can be anything between eight and seventeen years depending on the breed of dog you get. That’s a huge chunk of your life.
  • Puppies are expensive to buy and raise.


Rescue dog pros

  • You are doing the right thing. There are so many dogs out there needing homes that it makes sense to help a dog in need rather than get a puppy.
  • Taking on a rescue dog can be extremely rewarding.
  • You will develop an incredible bond with your rescue dog.
  • You can choose the right dog for your family, and already know a lot about their temperament. Puppies can change a lot as they get older.
  • Buying a rescue dog is much cheaper than buying a puppy. Rescue dog fees vary between £80 and £300, whereas puppies cost between £400 and £2000 depending on the breed.

Rescue dog cons

  • You often don’t have them from a puppy (although can get easily rescue a puppy if you like).
  • A lot of rescue dogs have behavioural issues, but many have been rehomed through no fault of their own.
  • It can take a while for your new rescue dog to settle in, some may have had a traumatic past.


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