Top 10 Dog Breeds Commonly Found in Shelters
Looking to adopt a pooch? Check if your favorite dog breed can be easily found in shelters and rescues.
One of the most common misconceptions about adopting a dog is that only mixed breed dogs and mutts end up in shelters. People who are set on a particular dog breed think that they have to go to a breeder if they want to get a furry companion, but they’re unaware that their dream pet might be waiting for them in their local shelter.
Bully breeds, in general, make up the majority of purebred dogs in shelters and rescues. Pit Bull Terriers are very popular for their lovable personalities, but they’re also often singled out by discriminatory breed bans, which is why they’re frequently relinquished by their owners.
Statistics are both in favor and stacked against the Labrador- as the most popular dog breed in the United States, the lovely Lab is also one of the breeds you’re most likely to see in a local shelter. It doesn’t help that black Labradors are among the pooches that are least likely to get adopted, as black and big dogs rarely get a chance for a furever home.
The feisty Chihuahuas are often chosen by their owners for their tiny size and cute looks, but people tend to overlook their nervous personality and bossy attitude. When their pet develops behavioral issues or they realize that caring for a small dog is not as some pooch-toting celebrities made it out to be, the unlucky Chihuahuas end up homeless.
These gentle giants tend to get overlooked to their size and the fact that they have a fairly high activity level. But, if you give them a chance, Boxers will impress you with their loyal nature and a pawesome, easy-going attitude.
Who would have known that the adorable Doxies are frequently surrendered to shelters and rescues? As most small breeds, wiener dogs are often mistaken for cute toys- people tend to disregard the fact that tiny pooches have all the needs (sometimes more!) of a big-sized pooch, just in a smaller package.
The cute button eyes, the big floppy ears- what’s not to love about Beagles? Sadly, these pooches end up homeless mostly because their owners didn’t expect them to be active and loud: these affectionate, sweet dogs need a lot of exercise and love to bark, which doesn’t bode well for them in apartment settings.
These impressive dogs need to lead active lives- this means both physical and mental exercise. Unfortunately, a lot of people realize too late that they’re not cut out to be the companion for the loyal German Shepherd.
Border Collie is considered to be the most intelligent dog breed out there- so it doesn’t come as a surprise that many humans find it hard to keep up with them.
When a working dog doesn’t have a task, they’re miserable. In turn, their owners get frustrated and instead of creating a more active lifestyle for their Australian Cattle Dog, they decide on relinquishing them.
The Jack Russell Terrier might be small in size, but they sure have a big personality! For humans with a hectic schedule, what was originally a fox hunting breed, can turn out to be too much to handle.