Saving homeless pets wins our Best in Show

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Last night the Westminster Kennel Club crowned an Affenpinscher as Best in Show. If you’ve now fallen in love with this breed, remember that you can adopt an Affenpinscher from a shelter or rescue group. You can find the breed you want without adding to the pet overpopulation problem.

adoptable Affenpinscher

Toto is an adoptable Affenpinscher.

I’m always surprised by how many people think that they need to go to a breeder to get a specific type of dog. I’ll admit that I have a fondness for adorable mixed-breed pets — I figure they’re like me (my background is a mix of Irish, Polish, German, and Czech). However, I do understand that many people like a specific look or want a pet for a specific reason.My boyfriend’s dad loves Border Collies. A cousin of mine is active with a German Shepherd rescue in Indiana. It’s okay to prefer a specific breed! You can still save homeless pets and care for the breed you love.

Just the other day I received a Facebook message from my friend, Rachel. Rachel wants to adopt, but she also wants a specific breed because of the training and work that she does with horses. I gave her advice on how to look up a specific breed in our pet search. I also suggested that she try typing part of a breed name into our “Find Pet-Adoption Groups” tool to pull up breed-specific rescues. Both search tools can be found on our homepage, although you can search for a pet from any page.

Dogs of all breed types are looking for homes on Petfinder. The next time a friend mentions wanting a specific breed, help her look for that breed on Petfinder.