Purebred Shelter Puppies Not a Myth

Over the past couple of weeks we’ve had an incredibly lively discussion about, among other things, the idea that it is all but impossible to find a young, healthy purebred dog in the shelter. Although a few people held fast to that belief, most of the participants agreed with me: There are plenty of purebred puppies and teens in the shelter!

The following pups, all of whom are purebred shelter puppies or teenagers, are adopted, in rescue or still in the shelter. I live in California, but if you search online in your area, you’ll find similar results — maybe not today but within a few weeks.

Winston is a 1-year-old purebred silky terrier who was rescued from the Redlands animal shelter.


Kasey, a rare purebred Biewer yorkie, was about 2 years old when she was rescued from the Redlands animal shelter.


Fawney, an 8-month-old purebred great dane, is currently available for adoption in Ventura County.


Mandy, a purebred cocker spaniel, was 3 months old when her new mother adopted her from the East Vally shelter.


Rue is a purebred smooth collie who was 10 months old when an Ohio rescue pulled her from the shelter.


Carl is a purebred maltese who was rescued from the South Los Angeles shelter when he was 4 months old.


From left to right: Barzini, a purebred Neopolitan mastiff, was rescued from the Baldwin Park shelter when he was 6 months old. William, a purebred Old English mastiff, was 2 1/2 years old when he was rescued from the Carson Shelter. Valente, a purebred Fila Brasilero, was 10 months old when he was rescued from the Castaic shelter.


Coco the goldendoodle (“designer” dog) is an 8-month-old puppy rescued from the Corona Animal Shelter in Riverside.


Frankie and Mamie, purebred standard piebald dachshund littermates, were 4-month-old puppies when they were rescued from the West Los Angeles shelter.


Larry is a 9-month-old labradoodle who was rescued from the Redlands Animal Shelter.


Diego and Frida, toy Xoloitzcuintles (Mexican hairless), came from the Redlands animal shelter at 6 months old.


Tenoch, a rare standard Xoloitzcuintle, was rescued from the Redlands animal shelter when he was 5 months old.


Wicket is a purebred Lhasa Apso currently available for adoption at the Ventura County animal shelter.


Sissy and Barney, purebred springer spaniel littermates, were 9 months when their mom adopted them from the Bonita Shelter in San Diego.


A purebred pomeranian, Marcus was about 1 year old when he was rescued from the Baldwin Park shelter.


Cio, a purebred Shar Pei, was rescued from the Baldwin Park when she was about a year old.


A purebred American Eskimo dog, Spence was about 6 months old when he was rescued from the Harbor shelter.


Artie, a purebred Jack Russell Terrier, was less than 1 year old when he was rescued from a Los Angeles shelter.


A purebred miniature pinscher, Chico was about 9 months old when he was rescued from the East Valley shelter.


In addition to all the purebred dogs I’ve included, there are now more than 900 dogs in Southern and Central California animal shelters who are less than 1 year old, including dozens of puppies younger than 4 months old.

Some of these dogs will be sick, yes, but usually with a respiratory infection or kennel cough, both of which are easily treatable. Most of them just need grooming. Whether you’re looking for a purebred puppy, a purebred adult, a “designer” breed or an amazing mutt to share your life with, don’t shop! Adopt!

Now that you’ve seen the evidence, do you still think you can’t find a purebred puppy in the shelter? Let me know what you think in the comments section below.

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  • http://www.maxapooch.com Keith

    Max, who I got from one of the largest and oldest animal shelters in the country, even had his papers. The shelter claims about 25 percent of the dogs it gets are purebreds.

    Now, it may not appear that way when you visit a shelter because a purebred dog may only be at the shelter for a few days while many mixed breed dogs will be there for weeks or even months.

    That means if you wish to get a purebred dog from a shelter you may have to visit a few of them on more than one occasion.

    Another great way to get a purebred dog is find the local breed rescue group in your area or region.

    If you go to the website of a group such as Midwest Labs it will dispel any notion or myth that purebred dogs are hard to find.

    Visit Max’s website http://www.maxapooch.com to see what kind of wonderful dogs are available at shelters.

  • Kelly Sawyer

    I have an immediate forever loving home for Coco the golden doodle… is he with a Rescue org? The home is in Tustin, only 15 minutes away on the freeway from Corona… PLEASE let me know! If he is not available, a great home is looking for a male labradoodle… :)

    • http://www.crankyeditor.com/ Tamar Love Grande

      Thank you so much for wanting to give him a home, but he was adopted out of the shelter, and his new mama loves him very much :-)

  • Diana

    Just out of curiosity- I noticed that for a couple of dogs like the Xoloitzcuintles, you didn’t write whether they are up for adoption or adopted already. Do you know their status? -Thanks

    • http://www.crankyeditor.com/ Tamar Love Grande

      Most of these dogs have homes. The only ones who don’t are those that specifically say they are still available.

  • Blondechickv

    I have heard sometimes they do not put their pictures online because people will adopted them then sell them at a huge profit not caring who they sell to. Best thing to do call your shelter tell them the purebred you are looking for they will normally tell you if they have them or not.

  • Kate

    We adopted a purebred Golden Retriever, about 10 months old, from a NY shelter.  We are currently fostering 2 purebred Chihuahuas rescued from the same shelter.  You can find just about any dog you could possibly want in a shelter or rescue organization.  Petfinder.com is a great resource, I highly recommend anyone looking for a pet – purebred or otherwise – do a search there.

  • Aejhaye Merilles

    i wonder if here in the philippines they have purebred dogs in shelter??i wanna adopt 1, i currently have 2 shar-pei, and 1 lhasa apso.. i would like to add a room for their playmates/brother/sister