Once you have considered all the costs involved with getting a puppy, and you’ve sufficiently prepared both your family and your house for the new addition, it’s time to look at exactly where you get your puppy from.

Basically, there are two options available for you to consider, each with their own pros and cons. Take a look below to determine the best option for you and your family.

Puppy for Adoption

adopting a puppy

If you are getting a puppy, it’s highly recommended that you adopt one as oppose to buy one. This is because there are hundreds, even thousands, of puppies and dogs throughout Melbourne who are looking for their forever homes – so why pay for one when you can change one’s life for free?

There are many animal rescue shelters in the greater Melbourne area that you can visit and start your search for your new puppy. Don’t be scared to look at adopting a dog either – although they are not as cute as puppies, they are likely to come already partially trained.

Adopting a puppy instead of buying one can actually save a life!

Buying a puppy

This option is best for those people who are looking to get a particular breed of puppy. Unfortunately animal shelters may not have the breed of dog you are looking for, so then you’ll have to look to buying one from a breeder.

There are hundreds of breeds of dogs for you to choose one – each with their own personality and attributes. You may be looking for a breed that is hypoallergenic, which works well for people in the family who suffer from allergies. Hypoallergenic dogs not only don’t malt, but they don’t have that “dog” smell to them – this does mean that they have to be bathed more often though.

To buy a specific breed of dog, visit your local pet shops or take a look online at local dog breeders.