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Thinking About Getting A Dog? 
Consider An Adult Purebred

Thinking about getting a dog? Keep in mind that while new puppies are cute and cuddly, they require an
extraordinary amount of care and attention as they acclimate to new surroundings. That's why the ideal canine
companion for many dog lovers may be an older dog.

Prospective dog owners looking for older dogs typically visit animal shelters. Shelters can be great places to find a pet,
but many people do not know that they can "rescue" a dog, while still enjoying the many benefits of owning a purebred.
The benefits include the ability to choose the desired appearance, disposition, size and instincts-knowing the dog will
possess those defined characteristics.

The American Kennel Club's Web site, www.akc.org, can be a great place to begin the search for a purebred pet. All
national breed clubs, which are members of the AKC, offer contact information and can put you in touch with rescue
groups in your area.

The volunteers who run these rescue groups spend countless hours taking in stray, abandoned, relinquished and/or
impounded purebreds because they care deeply about their breed.

As experts in matters concerning their breed-including the breed's strengths and weaknesses, health issues, best training methods, grooming how-to's, and temperament-they are well equipped not only to provide temporary "foster care" but also to assess which new home will ensure the best match between dog and owner.

Experts at the AKC urge you to ask yourself if you want a lap dog or one that can accompany you on jogs in the park. Do you have time to care for a dog with a full bushy coat or prefer one with a coat that is short and smooth? Do you have a fenced in backyard or will you be able to provide your dog with appropriate exercise to keep it healthy and fit? The more you know, the happier you and your new pet will be.

If you are interested in giving a rescued purebred dog a second chance for a safe and happy life, visit www.akc.org to
find an AKC breed club for more information about purebred rescue.

One of the benefits of owning a purebred dog is that you know what to expect.

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