Decision To Buy Or To Rescue

To buy or to rescue a cockapoo, or any animal can leave you in the turmoil of wants and guilt, you maybe feel that you should rescue, saving a beautiful dog that is need of a loving home but…. you want a specific size or breed from puppyhood. So what do you need to consider when making this hard decision?

I actually had Luna as a puppy but now think maybe I should have rescued, there are just so many loving dogs that are in need of a good home. Sadly, as the popularity of Cockapoos and other mixed breeds has increased in recent years there are more and more that are ending up in rescue shelters alongside the loveable mutts, giving you the opportunity of getting your Cockapoo from a rescue centre.

The reasons for this vary, but the biggest by far, it seems, is the fact that even responsible owners underestimate just how time-consuming and what hard work it can be bringing a puppy into the home. This is not only sad for the puppy but also for the new owners that had so been looking forward to getting their family pet and companion.

Rescuing vs Buying

I am sure we have all heard it said at some point……why buy a dog when there are plenty of available dogs that are living in the rescue shelters just waiting for a loving home, especially if you happen to mention that you are going to buy a purebred dog or a mixed-breed dog such as the Cockapoo or Labradoodle from a breeder.

My mission here is not to decide for you or to preach to you, as there is no real right or wrong only opinions, emotions and advantages or disadvantages depending on your circumstances with many factors that need to be taken into account before jumping into either adopting a shelter puppy/dog or using a breeder to find your new furry friend. 

This article will talk about some of the pros and cons from both sides of the camp, the extreme opinions of those that decry anyone who dares buy from a breeder to those that say buying is the way to go because you know what you are getting. 

Pros and Cons of getting a rescue dog


The biggest reason for rescuing a dog is that you not only give a loving home to a dog in need but in doing so, you make room in the shelter for another dog that is down on its luck, add that to the fact that it is also cheaper means both pet and the new owner come out as winners.

As most shelter dogs tend to be older you avoid the first year with a puppy which can be hard work, although you will, of course, find puppies and young dogs in shelters that are just as deserving of your love should you decide that is what you want.

With an older dog, you will have a good chance that the dog has had training and has had some socialising, although this will be to varying degrees. Another very important point to make is that nearly all rescue shelters will have each individual animal spayed or neutered before adopting them out, saving you the cost and trouble at a later date.

Just think, if all prospective dog owners were to use animal shelters or a rescue centre to find their family pet unreputable breeders, puppy mills and pet shops selling puppies would be a thing of the past.


As rewarding as it can be to get a dog from a rehoming centre there are no guarantees as to what you will be taking home with you because you have missed the opportunity to shape the dog’s personality and behaviour from a puppy. Although a good shelter will usually have some background information, depending on how they came to have the dog, along with the fact that they will have carried out a number of checks and tests by professionals for both health issues and to find the personality and behavioural traits of the dog.

However, there is always the possibility that the dog may change once in a home environment so it is well worth asking for a trial period to ensure that both you as the new owner and the dog are happy before making it a permanent arrangement. 

If you are someone that would like to know what the possible inherited diseases or health problems may be, then rescuing may not suit you. With the mix of breeds in the dog not being known you cannot determine what they may suffer from in the future, but would knowing these diseases or problems really help, as it is possible for all dogs to develop problems, even from a breeder? 

Purchasing a dog from a breeder


Buying a mixed breed dog such as the Cockapoo or a purebred dog from a reputable breeder guarantees that you get what it says on the ticket, so to speak, you can check out the history of the dog going back through the generations giving you the peace of mind you need. A good breeder doesn’t just go on the breed standards, they also take into consideration the temperament of the dogs being bred as well.

You will be able to get invaluable advice from the breeder to help you through the early stages of your new puppies life up to adulthood, but more importantly, they can advise if they think the breed is suitable or not for your lifestyle and home. A good breeder is not just in it for the money, they do it for the love of the breed, mixed your purebred, and the dogs that they breed, most will willingly give you all the help you need to ensure that every one of their pups stays healthy, safe and happy. 

You will also be able to meet the parent dogs, if they have used a sire dog then the breeder will be able to provide photos and paperwork for him, allowing you to see the temperament and personality of the parent eliminating the need to rely just on the history and the breeders say so, this is also a great opportunity for seeing the surroundings that your puppy has spent the important first weeks of its life. 


Buying from a breeder means that you will be paying a lot more and, that you are buying a puppy and a puppy will require a lot of your time and attention with house training, obedience training and socialising all to be done (although puppies from a good breeder will be partially socialised). Puppies also require numerous trips to the vets for their vaccinations etc in their first year so you will need to allow for this in your budget. 

Sadly there are a lot of breeders that you should avoid at all costs and this can turn finding the right breeder into a minefield, meaning that you need to do your research and check them out personally. Always avoid buying from breeders where you cannot see the conditions the dogs and puppies are living in for yourself, or if the breeder can’t or won’t’ answer your questions as the chances are your puppy will be coming from a breeder that is unknowledgeable and doesn’t care about the dogs or even worse a puppy farm.