Why Breed When You Can Adopt?

By Katerina Cotroneo – March 18, 2022
Katerina Cotroneo

I know we’ve all heard the saying, “Adopt don’t shop,” but why don’t we dive into some benefits as to why it’s so much more beneficial to rescue a dog instead of breeding or buying. Let’s start with the basics!

Higher Intelligence

Dogs obviously have different degrees of intelligence depending on their specific breed, but there is something about a dog that lived or started some of its days on the streets that has a much higher IQ. They are clever, they have had to use their instincts for survival and that makes them not just funny life partners but instinctual better buddies to have around. My rescue can open doors, sense emotions and is perceptive to his surroundings. He knows when there is danger even far away, and he is protective over me and our house as a whole. 

Dog walking.


Dogs that are purebred often die sooner than “mutts” due to their lineage. So your furry friend will be around a bit longer statistically if you chose to adopt. I don’t know about you but I’ll take my chance at 14 years over seven any day (the average lifespan of a purebred Bernese Mountain Dog). 

Better Health

Medically, a rescue has fewer issues than a purebred in its lifetime most likely due to its odds to have more breeds mixed within. A mixed dog is less likely to have allergies, hip issues, spinal diseases, joint issues, certain cancers and other health issues since it has most likely many different dog traits. The phrase “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” takes on a whole new meaning here. 

Dog smiling.


Be it their airways are obstructed or their coat is more maintenance, purebred dogs are statistically more costly and harder to maintain. Not to mention purchasing a popular breed such as a Goldendoodle or a French bulldog, the cost can range anywhere from $1,500 to $5,000 depending on specifications and you most likely will have to travel to get them. Why spend thousands when you can go to your local shelter or rescue and save a life! The dogs at the pound have personality, depth and soul. They are grateful for you and unconditionally love you. There is a pep in their step unlike any bred dog you see when they become confident in their home for the first time and truly trust you, and it is a beautiful thing. 

The ASPCA reported that in the United States each year, an estimated 390,000 adoptable shelter dogs are euthanized due to lack of space to care for these animals. I am sure we’ve all heard the puppy mill horror stories and have seen the awful videos. So if you are looking for a furry friend and are deciding on a specific “breed,” I encourage you to take a look at your local Austin shelters/rescues because there are plenty of loving, kind, intelligent dogs worth taking a look at. Not to mention, the odds of the dog already being potty trained are pretty good!

Dog posing.

As a two-time adopter from Highland Lakes Canine Rescue on the outskirts of Austin, I will admit I am a bit biased. However, when writing this I truly learned so much about both processes. Both my pups were accidental rescues, as in “love at first sight” at an adoption fair and that was that, but we were in no way looking for a dog at the time. 

The beautiful thing about adoption with animals is it’s a lot easier than going through the process of finding a breeder and certifying them. Most places just ask you to apply and once they approve you and see you’re a fit home for the sweet pup, you’re good to go! 

Don’t be another person that adds to the statistic — do something to change it! Adopt, don’t shop! 


About the Author

Katerina smiling.

Katerina Cotroneo is a professional photographer turned lifestyle writer. Using her marketing background and her talent behind the camera, Katerina tells unique stories through her lens and captures diverse perspectives. 


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