Designer dogs are not always easy to find, especially when you want to adopt one instead of buy one. Buying a designer dog is often very expensive, it takes a long time and it requires a significant amount of work on your behalf. On the other hand, finding a designer dog at a rescue or shelter is next to impossible. People want hybrid designer dogs desperately, and there is often a waiting list for a particular breed, including the Goldendoodle. The cross between the beautiful golden retriever and the poodle, this intelligent and beautiful dog is often impossible to find without paying a hefty price tag.
Before you start thinking you’d rather spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on a designer goldendoodle puppy because it’s the only way you’ll ever have one; hear us out. Sure, it’s difficult to find an adult goldendoodle at a rescue, but it’s not impossible. It’s also less expensive and it’s also better in the long run. If you’re still not convinced that you should adopt and not shop, we have a long list of other reasons to consider adopting a goldendoodle rescue.
You’re Saving a Life
Let’s just get to it right away; when you rescue a goldendoodle, you are saving the life of this animal. Not all shelters are kill shelters, but many are. What this means is that older dogs, dogs who have been there and not been adopted for a long time and dogs that are not considered ‘perfect’ are often sent off to be euthanized so that shelters can make room for more animals that are in need of their help. This is not ideal, and it’s not something that even these shelters love. They’d love to keep animals forever until they find a home, but space requirements and financial restraints often do not make this possible for many shelters. When you adopt a dog that’s in a rescue or shelter, you’re literally saving its life. If that doesn’t inspire you to simply adopt instead of shop; we don’t know what will.
No Training Required
That’s right, friends. When you adopt a goldendoodle from a rescue instead of purchasing a new puppy, you are getting a dog that’s already been trained. It’s not fun to train a new puppy. It takes a lot of time and energy, and it requires a significant amount of patience. This is not something everyone has. The amount of time you have to spend with your new puppy teaching it not to make a mess in the house and not soiling the carpet is significant. Not everyone has this kind of time or this kind of dedication. However, if you rescue and adult, you don’t have to worry about this; someone else has already done it for you.
Yes, it’s wonderful to have a puppy that wants to jump all over you, gets so excited to see you that it can’t sit still and that clearly loves you. However, that puppy exuberance can be a bit much at times. They’re difficult if you think about it; they jump, they attack and they don’t really listen. It takes some serious obedience training to make a goldendoodle puppy learn to listen, and it’s not something you always want to deal with. Rescuing a slightly older dog, however, is a great idea. The puppy annoyances are in the past, and you didn’t have to deal with any of that.
Appreciation and Love
Adult goldendoodles are very mature dogs. They recognize that you are someone who has come to rescue them, and they will be forever appreciative of all you do. When you rescue a goldendoodle from a pound or shelter, you will find a friend for life the second you take that dog home. That’s a dog that’s going to obey, behave and make sure you know forever how grateful and appreciate the dog is of everything that you’ve done for it. This is a dog that knows life is not always perfect, and it’s going to appreciate all that it has once it becomes a part of your family and a part of your life. This dog will want to be your friend forever. This is an animal that will protect you, be loyal to you and love you. This is the perfect dog for any household and any home.
One of the biggest benefits of adopting an adult rather than buying a puppy is that you know ahead of time just what it is you are getting. What does this mean? This means that you are going to see what the dog is like. You’re going to see if it’s calm by nature, if it’s a more excitable dog, if it’s friendly, if it’s skittish, and if it’s loving. Adult dogs have their personalities all ready for you to see. Puppies on the other hand, are a bit more difficult because they haven’t yet developed their personalities. This means you don’t know exactly what it is you’re getting when you shop for a dog. It’s nice to take home a grown animal and know what to expect from it.
Unfortunately, not all goldendoodle breeders are reputable. Some of them have what can be described only as puppy mills. They don’t care about health or history of the dog’s they’re breeding; just the bottom line. This means that they breed dogs that aren’t healthy, that have health issues and that aren’t all that amazing to have. When you adopt from a rescue, however, you’ll know exactly what you’re getting considering the rescue will take the dog to the vet. You’ll know if you’re dealing with a sick dog or a healthy one, and that makes it a lot easier to feel confident in your new pet when you bring it home. It’s hard to bring home a puppy – especially one this expensive – only to realize that it was improperly bred and very sick. It can be devastating, which why adoption is better. It really eliminates a lot of that.
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