If you have trouble finding common ground with certain people, maybe one area you can agree on is the love of dogs. In fact, it's been demonstrated in some studies that people like dogs more than cats and even more than other people.


Black labrador retriever

Black Labrador Retriever


But when it comes to owning a dog, many people who love all dogs, and love all dogs more than all people, prefer to own a certain breed of dog. And that's one reason why there are so many mixed-breed shelter dogs.

Since 2013, The American Kennel Club (AKC) has supported a country-wide rescue network of full breed dogs, the AKC Rescue Network, including more than 160 different breeds of dogs among 450 rescue networks. Most of the dogs are surrendered by their owners due to lifestyle changes or incompatibility with the breed. Others say they do not have enough time to spend with the dog.


Bull Mastiff



The AKC Rescue Network consists of breed support units that give extraordinary care to the abandoned dogs, most of which are fostered in volunteer homes until they are adopted. Twenty-three percent of the abandoned dogs are adopted in less than one month, but most of the dogs (70 percent) stay in foster care between 1 to 6 months.  Eight percent are fostered for more than 6 months. 

The families that take on breed-specific foster care of the dogs are obviously devoted to the particular breed, but many homes foster more than one breed. Foster dog care is very rewarding and foster dog parents tend to be very careful about the homes that they place their dogs.

What's really neat, if you are interested in adopting a certain breed, is that you can get to meet many of the available dogs online.  Just visit this page to get started; each breed can be found alphabetically.

Here are some resources you may need:

Information about breed rescue.

AKC Rescue Network

If you want to enter your adopted dogs in an AKC sponsored activity: AKC Purebred Alternative Listing

If you have a weakness for a particular breed, there are reliable places you can adopt. Whether you adopt a full-bred or mixed breed dog, I can tell you there is no dog happier than an adopted dog.

(If you don't have room for an adoptee, perhaps you can help support the rescue and supportive care for the breeds you admire. Those opportunities are found on the breed-specific pages of the AKC Rescue Network.)


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