Many who seek pets prefer the lower cost and good feeling of rescuing an animal from a pound or shelter.
Mixed-breed dogs can be healthier and more even-tempered than purebreds. But in picking a mutt, experts recommend using as much caution as when buying from a breeder. At the shelter, ask to visit with the dog away from the caged area and barking dogs. Take the animal to the vet before taking it home and falling in love with it.