Are Rescued Dogs Good Dogs?
December 5, 2011 8:10 AM Subscribe
Is adopting a rescued dog safe for a young family? I've never considered it before, but I am trying to expand my horizons.
posted by MustardTent to pets & animals (33 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm starting the process of dog adoption, and my goal is to have a dog selected and adopted in about a year's time.
I try my best to be very careful of the animal I take into my home. This is a big decision as I will have an animal living with my family (wife, 2 year old daughter, 3 year old son), for years, so I don't take this kinda stuff lightly.
Which brings me to the whole point of this. I'm very hesitant to adopt a rescued dog. I won't necessarily know the animal's history or lineage, and I really like knowing those type of things and the (real or perceived) reassurance I get from that knowledge. Maybe the dog was abused by a 3 year old boy in it's past, maybe not. Maybe the dog was allowed to eat off the dinner table? Maybe tons of other things that I could go on about.
The thing is that when I adopt a dog from a breeder (which is what I've always done), I know all about how it was treated, what it's lineage is, and I have a puppy that never had a master before me.
So, the question is: does that stuff really matter? Is a dog adopted from an animal rescue center just as likely to be ill-tempered or whatever as a puppy from a breeder?