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What You Need To Know When Looking For A Purebred Dog

The emotions you get when adding a puppy or even an adult dog to your family is a little bit what I imagine skydiving might feel like. It is filled with anticipation, anxiety, excitement and a sense of euphoria when they finally come home. A huge part of the anticipation and anxiety is finding the right dog for your family. If you are looking for a loving pet and family member, adopting a shelter pet is a fantastic option. You can find a wide variety of mixes in all different sizes, colors, and personalities at your local shelter or at a rescue within your state.

Sometimes adopting a shelter pet is not the right option for your family or your needs, and that’s okay. Purebred dogs have been developed over hundreds of years to do very specific jobs, tasks and services. In fact, the American Kennel Club recognizes seven groups of dog breeds. These groups are; Herding, Hound, Non-sporting, Sporting, Terrier, Toy and Working. Each group represents a category of dog breeds that were bred and developed for a specific purpose. A fantastic example is the Bloodhound; the Bloodhound was developed to have a, “long wrinkled face with loose-hanging skin and huge drooping ears”( These features allow the Bloodhound to have exceptional tracking abilities. This is due to the fact that as they are tracking a scent, the scent is swept up by their large ears and catches in the wrinkles of their face.

What you need to know

If you have made the decision that you want to add a purebred dog to your family, there are a few options to consider.

  1. Develop a relationship with a responsible breeder to obtain a puppy
  2. Find a local breed-specific rescue
  3. Find a breeder that is in the process of re-homing a dog.

The best way to begin the process is to research the breed you are interested in and find the breed’s national club. Nearly every purebred breed within the United States has a national club that develops and maintains the standards of their breed. Anyone can become a member of a breed club but each club has different entry requirements; usually you need recommendations from current club members. For example, my two dogs are Cardigan Welsh Corgis and their breed’s club is called the Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club of America. Each breed club is a little different but most will have detailed information about their breed, a breeder directory, suggestions for finding breeders and information about their breed rescue.


Gwenhwyfar (L) and Saphira (R), Purebred Cardigan Welsh Corgis

Once you have completed your research about the breed you are interested in, it is time to start searching for a breeder or breed specific rescue. Breed specific rescues can be national, regional, statewide, or local; they focus on the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of their specific breed. Using Cardigan Welsh Corgis again as a reference, the national breed specific rescue is called The Cardigan Welsh Corgi National Rescue Trust. The best place to start when looking for a breed specific rescue is the breed club or local breeders. Speaking with breeders can also help you to find young or adult dogs that are being rehomed for various reasons.

Questions to ask about purebred dogs.

When searching for a responsible breeder there is some essential questions you must ask. 

Nina – Boxer/Lab with DM


Saphira doing therapy work through Therapy Dogs International

These are just a few of the questions you should ask to begin the conversation with your potential breeder. When you find the right breeder the relationship becomes more of a friendship than a transaction. My mentor and friend, Nancy has been the best resource I could ask for when learning about Cardigans. She is friendly, open, knowledgeable, and always willing to answer my questions. Finding the right breeder is a long process but when it is done right, you will never regret it.



Lindsay Breuler

Corgi-Mom & Dog-Lover

Lindsay Breuler


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