How to Get a Dog –
Getting a Cheap Dog or Puppy

It is an exciting time!

You are looking for a new dog or puppy to share your life with. You can’t wait to get one, but …

How to get a cheap dog that will fit with our budget?

There are generally four places where we can get a dog or puppy

The first step in “how to get a dog” is to decide on a dog breed. Do some research on popular dog breeds and find one that is right for our family and current lifestyle.

Dogs have a lot of bad habits, so think carefully before getting one.

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Accredited Dog Breeder

These are dog breeders that are registered with an accredited organization such as-

Each club has a section that lets us search for dog breeders that are registered with them. These breeders have to follow rules of conduct set by the club, and are frequently active participants in showing their dogs in club events.

Accredited dog breeders tend to breed healthy puppies, whose parents have been screened for hereditary issues. They will usually socialize their puppies early-on because that will help with subsequent conformation competitions. Many will also breed for good puppy temperament.

As a result, dogs from such breeders end up having fewer vet and puppy training bills.

Even though puppies from accredited breeders may not be cheap at first glance, they actually end up being cheaper dogs in the long-run because of their good health and temperament.

These puppies usually sell for about $800 to $2000, for the breeds that are more rare.

Some things to look for from a good dog breeder:

A good dog breeder …

  1. Will want to meet with you, or interview you over the phone, before selling one of her precious puppies. The more questions the breeder asks the better, because that shows she cares what kind of home the puppy is moving to.
  2. Will show you the mother and father (if available) of the puppies, and let you interact with them. The temperament of the parents will affect the temperament of the puppies.
  3. Will breed from champion bloodlines, and provide you with the puppy’s “family tree” that will contain many champions.
  4. Will have proper health certifications for the puppies’ parents. This will vary by breed, as different breeds may have different hereditary or genetic issues.
  5. Will give you some kibble, a blanket that smells like the litter, sometimes a crate, and the puppy’s favorite toy. This will make the transition of homes easier for the puppy. The kibble and smelly blanket are especially important.
  6. Will not over-breed their dogs. It is expensive and time consuming to properly care for a litter of puppies, so accredited breeders do not breed very often. Places that have litters every month or every other month, are likely puppy mills that are trying to generate as many puppies as possible to maximize profits.

If possible, it is a good idea to get our puppy from a local breeder. Someone local can hook us up with nearby club activities, and will also be available to give us puppy training advice. My breeder also visits me from time to time, and we get to set up some fun play sessions with her dogs.

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Backyard Dog Breeder

Unlike accredited dog breeders, backyard breeders do not need to follow any rules of conduct and are usually less experienced.

Backyard dog breeders tend to be –

  • Hobbyists who are experimenting with dog breeding,
  • Dog owners who get accidental litters, or
  • People who are looking for some supplemental income.

As a result, they are less careful about health, temperament, and socialization of their puppies.

Backyard puppies may have genetic defects, unsound temperament, and may be skittish around other dogs or people. This may ultimately lead to dog aggression.

Most of the puppies advertised in online buy-a-puppy sites (e.g. are from backyard dog breeders or puppy mills. Accredited dog breeders spend the time to seek out good dog owners from their club connections, and rarely, if ever, advertise on these sites.

Getting an online puppy may be quicker and more convenient, but they are more likely to have health and temperament issues.

In the long-run, backyard breeder puppies will end up costing us more in terms of time, money, and heartache.

Puppies from online sites range from about $100 to $1000, with an additional $200-$300 if shipping is necessary.

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Pet Store

Good dog breeders who breed healthy and balanced puppies will never place their dogs in a pet store to be sold. This is because they care about their puppies very much, and take a very active and hands-on role in placing their dogs into good homes. They often establish a long term relationship with their puppies’ owners, and regularly check up on how their dogs are doing for their entire lives.

Pet stores have very little quality control on how their puppies are treated while at the store. Pet stores also do not screen who they sell their puppies to.

Most, if not all of the puppies in pet stores, come from backyard breeders or puppy mills.

Puppy mills are only interested in making as much money as possible. Their dogs are often treated cruelly, and are kept in small and dirty cages for their entire lives. They are not handled, groomed, or exercised. As a result, pet store puppies commonly have a lot of health issues, inherited genetic issues, as well as serious temperament issues.

If you love dogs, DO NOT get a puppy from the pet store as that will only support the cruel puppy mills behind them.

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Dog Adoption Agency and Dog Shelter

These are dogs that have been surrendered, seized, or abandoned by their owners. To adopt a dog in need, we may go to a nearby SPCA, city-run animal shelter, or a dog rescue group.

City Shelter

City shelters are usually underfunded and undermanned. To keep their dog population to a manageable size, dogs that are unclaimed and not adopted after a short period of time, are usually euthanized.

City shelter dogs are examined for health and temperament by staff, before they are put up for adoption. In addition, shelter dogs are spayed or neutered, and are up to date on their shots.

If we are looking for a cheap dog, consider that these health procedures more than pay back for the initial adoption fees.

City shelters have adoption fees that range from $50-$100.


SPCAs (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) are privately funded, non-profit organizations.

They are better financed than city shelters, and usually have a no-kill policy. Most SPCAs get their dogs from surrounding city shelters. They temperament test all available dogs, and choose the ones that are healthy and most adoptable. They may also accept owner surrendered dogs, but only after the dog passes a temperament test. As a result, dogs at the SPCA are usually healthy and have good temperaments.

I used to visit my local SPCA for dog-to-dog socialization sessions. Almost all the dogs I met there were very playful, well socialized, and friendly to people, as well as other dogs.

If we are looking for a cheap, well-temperamented dog or puppy, our local SPCA may be one of the best places to find a furry friend.

SPCAs have adoption fees that range from $100-$300. Most SPCAs will also throw in a free dog obedience training class, and many give adopted dogs a big discount in subsequent training courses.

Rescue Group

Rescue groups are privately funded, non-profit organizations, with a particular mission.

For example, there are a variety of rescue groups that are devoted to saving dogs of a chosen breed. Other rescue groups may be devoted to special needs dogs, old dogs, retired racing dogs, dogs in dire need, etc.

Rescue groups will often take-in dogs that are about to be euthanized at the shelter. Most rescue groups have less stringent temperament tests than SPCAs or city shelters.

As a result, dogs from rescue groups may vary more widely in terms of temperament.

However, many rescue group volunteers will spend time to foster, train, and rehabilitate problem dogs, before adopting them out.

Adoption fees range from $100-$400.

How to Get a Cheap Dog or Puppy?

While considering where to get a cheap dog or puppy, it is important to factor in the costs for the entire life of the dog, rather than just the initial cost of getting the puppy. What we pay for in terms of food, toys, vet bills, and training classes will far outweigh the initial purchase or adoption fee.

A healthy and well-adjusted puppy from an accredited breeder or dog adoption facility, will have cheaper and fewer vet visits, as well as require fewer training classes.

  • Vet visits range from a minimum of about $40 for an examination, to about $100 or more if medication is needed. Another $100+ may be required if the dog needs to be sedated for an examination.
  • Training classes range from about $80 to $150, and usually last for 4-8 weeks. Private training sessions range from about $80 to over $100 per hour.

At the very least, a puppy with good temperament will save us $100+ per vet visit because he does not have to be sedated for an examination. When we add in the cost of extra training, and possible property destruction from a less carefully bred puppy, we are looking at many thousands of dollars more throughout the dog’s lifetime.

This does not even take into account the cost of emotional distress to us and our family, from an unhealthy, and unbalanced puppy.

In the long-term, cheap puppies come from accredited dog breeders, or our local SPCA, because they are healthy and have good temperaments.

Getting a Dog or Puppy Does Not Always Mean Buying One

Owning a dog is expensive.

The initial cost of shots and spaying or neutering can add up to about $500-$1000 in just the first few months.

Add to that the cost of dog food, dog medicine (Heartguard), dog toys, obedience training, vet visits, and yearly booster vaccine shots, and we are looking at a yearly cost of over $1000 just for maintaining the dog.

Getting a puppy or a dog is a lifelong commitment.

Consider carefully before taking on the responsibility of caring for another precious life. If we want a dog but do not have the time or financial resources at the present moment, there are other ways to spend quality time with a canine friend.

  • Volunteer at our local SPCA or a nearby rescue group.
  • Get to know our neighbors who have dogs, and volunteer to help them walk their dogs. We may even start charging them a nominal fee for our services.
  • Get a part-time job as a pet sitter, or at a dog training facility once we are more comfortable with dogs.

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  1. Big Pic says

    For those interested in Huskies, they are beautiful and amazing but can be a real handful! They are bred to run 30 miles a day, and eat a little chunk of frozen fish. Obviously they are not your normal pet, realize they are really semi-wild and will never stay unless always confined or on a leash – large dog parks required if off-leash – they will run far far away. So think long and hard before getting one – not many have blue eyes, and may be bred for blue eyes so be careful. I have 2 and mine are outdoor dogs. Summer can be tough (need to contact cool,cool earth in a large patch of shade under a deck or somewhere like that) but winter is the normal environment for them.

  2. Diana Diaz says

    My last two dogs were you little Yorkies I love them dearly the one before was a Lhasa apso I would be willing to look for a Lhasa a Yorky or any fluffy little ball of the dog that a 72-year-old widow could be responsible for in her apartment.

  3. Anke says

    Love your website, especially everything about Shiba Inus. We have two Shiba Inus- got them from good breeders as puppies. They are now 17 and 15 years old. Everything I’ve read here about Shibas rings true, and is great advice for Shiba owners. My two are both very opinionated, but so much fun! One is anxious and nervous, barks a lot, lives for food and tries to dominate her “brother” and her human family, the other is calm, not all that interested in food, hardly ever barks, and self-sufficient. He’s a buddha of a dog- emanating peace.
    Both Shiba Inus, but so different.
    Thanks for you advice, reports, pictures and training tips!

    • shibashake says

      Wow! 15 and 17 are amazing! Have you had any health issues with yours as they got older? Sephy is almost 9 and he recently developed some spinal/back issues.

      Big hugs to your two.

    • Anke says

      Shibashake- responding to your question about health issues. The 17 year old one (Tokimo) has a loose patella on two of his legs, but it has not affected him, so we did not have any surgery done. He broke his leg a number of years ago, when he was younger. The vet said that it was just unlucky- he was playing with our sun, jumping up, and landing in a twisting motion. With old age he developed vestibular disease- that was when he was 16. That was traumatic for him, and the whole family, because he was stumbling around, bumping into things, being restless and very uncomfortable. It took about 2 weeks until he got used to his world constantly turning around him (that’s what it feel like for him, like severe vertigo). Later last year he had the same problem on his other side. Now he’s ok, but not as stable as before. Tokimo also is senile. He does not understand being on the leash any more. He cannot find his way back home, gets distracted and follows anybody walking by, but that’s just old age. Oh, and Tokimo cannot hear any more. He understands some signing.

      The 15 year old female (Takashi) is much more alert and intentional. She can hear (but less well), and so far has no age-related infirmities. Of course she sleeps a lot. Takashi started having allergies when she was 2. We experimented with her food, but nothing helped. She scratched her face until it was inflamed and getting infected, and she got a steroid shot to stop the scratching and allow the face to heal. After that episode our vet suggested that she get very small amounts of steroid when she needs it. We try to minimize the dose, and give her 1/4 of a tablet every two days or so, That keeps the allergy in check. Takashi also had bladder stones, and had to have surgery to remove them. Now she has to eat a special diet (kibble) that prevents these stones from forming. Too bad, because she loves food and we used to feed both dogs raw chicken wings regularly, and they loooooved that!

      As you see I go on and on about our shibas…
      Thanks for asking.
      9 years is NOT old!

    • shibashake says

      Thanks for letting us know some of the things to look out for. Big hugs to Tokimo and Takashi.

  4. R-G says

    Thank you for the information posted here.

    Had a Black Lab/Austrilian Cattle Dog mix from 3 months old to over 14 years. After over a year without a dog & getting over the loss; I am now starting to look for another to open my heart, fill that void and make that commitment again.

  5. Radu says

    I would like to adopt a siberian husky.My family had three dogs:a german sheppard,a pug and another one that i’ve forgotten the breed.Now i search for 5 months a husky but without results.I don’t live in U.S.A,I live in Romania.I’m luky cause i’ve found this site .

  6. steph says

    Missed an obvious source. Your local veterinarian. Lot of vets charge an adoption fee but my vet has never charged me anything for any animal I have taken off their hands.

  7. Linda Anastas says

    I would love to get a Dog; Because my Dog who was a Chesapeak Bay Retriver ; his name was Samantha – I had him for along time ‘ but he did die because he got Cancer; which was terrible – I wish he did not die ; I miss him so much. That is why I would love to get another Dog. Thank You I Hope – Linda Anastas

  8. Ju-Ju says

    :o) Hi there. When me and my siblings were growing up my mother told us how she was allergic to dogs. I Just recently found out that she just didn’t like digs. I just felt like sharing hee hee

  9. Cristina Garcia says

    I am concerning adopting a shiba, but I am moving to Taiwan soon for college, so I was wondering is it was a good idea for a college student to get a Shiba as a puppy or is it better to adopted in a older age? Does it make any difference?

    • shibashake says

      In my experience, caring for, and training a puppy (especially a Shiba puppy) will require a lot of effort, time, patience, and money. Here is more on why Shibas are a challenge to train. Here is more on the Shiba temperament.

      An adult dog that is already trained, will require less. However, all dogs need a good amount of daily exercise, time with their people, a consistent but interesting routine, regular teeth brushing and grooming, and more.

      Before I got Sephy, I asked myself these questions –
      1. Do I have the time to walk him every day?
      When he was young, we walked for over 2 hours every day. In addition, we had play sessions, grooming sessions, training sessions, and more. We did not have a backyard then. Now he is fine with 1 hour daily walks, but we have a large fully enclosed yard and two Huskies that he plays with.

      2. Do I have a consistent routine, as well as the time to train him and make sure all of this needs are met.

      Dogs are pack animals and need to be with their family a large amount of the time. Sephy also really needs a consistent set of rules, and a fixed routine. He gets stressed (understandably so) when I do not get home at my usual time, or when I leave early. If our schedule is very inconsistent, that will likely create problems for our dog.

      We also do yearly checkups and shots at the vet, and have them do a teeth cleaning. In addition, there may sometimes be unexpected health issues, and therefore large vet bills. Dogs are much more expensive than what I originally thought they would be.

      3. Will I be able to commit to a dog for the rest of his life.

      Caring for a dog is an endurance activity. I walk my dogs every day whether it is sunny, raining, very hot, or very cold. If I am too sick, I get someone else to walk them. I can’t just leave on a vacation, unless I find someone reliable to take care of my dogs. I can’t just take off to a party, because I have to get home to feed my dogs and take them out.

      Dogs are a big responsibility. They bring big rewards, but they also place a lot of restrictions on my time and activities.

      I waited until after I finished school before getting Sephy because then, I have more financial flexibility, and my environment and schedule are a lot more consistent and stable. This is not to say that having a dog during college is bad or impossible, but only that it is very difficult to fit the great demands of college (both social and academic), in together with the great demands of a dog. We only have so much time in a day.

  10. Miranda says

    Omgosh thank u so much!!! I was going to buy a dog from the store but not anymore I don’t want to support puppy mills so I am gonna get one from my local humane society or from a local dog breeder !!!!! 🙂 thank you!!!
    -Miranda <3

    • shibashake says

      That is great to hear! Post us some puppy pictures when you get your ball of fur. 😀

  11. Regine says

    Thanks for the great post, is very informative!
    I stay in Singapore, which I think we do not have any local breeder here. Our local SPCA normally only have large dogs which I cannot adopt because there is a law here in Singapore that large dogs are not approved to stay in a flat due to their size. Most Singaporeans like me, stay in a flat (a small house something like the size of a small apartment). Thus, if I want to get a puupy, I have no other choice to buy it from a pet shop. Do you have any idea is it possible that I can still get a puppy from an accredited breeder? Will it be even more expensive because of the logistics?

    • shibashake says

      Hello Regine,

      Many breeders here will transport a dog by air. However, they will charge for the crate and shipping. I would consider looking for an accredited breeder from a closer location, e.g. Australian Kennel Club.

      Note that there are many breeders who offer “Club papers” but many of these are fake. I only look at breeders who are directly listed on the directory of a recognized Kennel Club.

      Also, there may be a wider range of adoption agencies in surrounding areas (e.g. Malaysia). Here are some current adoption listings. As you say, there are many more large dogs, but there are also a few small ones in the mix.

      Hope this helps and good luck!

    • Hilary Alabaster says

      I have never had 1 but i do reasearch on them and yeah they are more expensive

  12. Lewis says

    Hi, im currently searching for a shiba inu puppy in puppyfind, do you mind telling me which breeder you bought your sephy from?

    • shibashake says

      I got Sephy from a Northern CA breeder called Andrea Schmidt. She was a new breeder at the time I got Sephy. She seemed most interested in making the sale, and was not really interested in following up with Sephy once she sold him to us.

      In contrast, I got my Sibes from a more experienced breeder (Kelly) that I found by visiting the Siberian Husky Club breeder page. Kelly is awesome. First, we met with her and her puppies. She had already socialized them well since they were little by bringing them to various “puppy-safe” Sibe events, bringing them to meet her co-workers, etc. We also got to meet the puppy’s mother, who is a very sweet, friendly, and well-socialized dog.

      After we met the puppies, she brought Shania over to our house to do a house check, and talk to us further about the breed. She also gave us kibble, some toys, and a blanket with scent from the puppy’s mom and litter-mates. This helped Shania feel more comfortable and less anxious in her new environment. Kelly also hooked us up with various Sibe activities in our area, and comes to visit us whenever she has some free time.

      My next Shiba I am going to get from a breeder like Kelly – one who is experienced, cares greatly about her dogs, and truly loves the breed.

      If you are looking for a Shiba puppy, I would start with the National Shiba Club of America breeder list.

      I found out the hard way that getting a puppy from a good breeder makes a very big difference, especially in terms of temperament and early socialization.

      Good luck and share some puppy pictures with us when you get your Shiba. 😀

  13. judith cruz says

    i would like to get a puppy like persay puppy english bulldog or puppy golden retriever or puppy siberian husky . I would most likely prefer golden retriever or husky becuase those are my favorite but its all with the price how much do they cost CHEAPPP PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! Itll be superb thank you and please get back to be ASAP! Thank you , judith

  14. Linda Anastas Howard says

    We would like to get a puppy or dog real cheap because my husband and me have been layed off from our Jobs; But we would love to take care of a real nice puppie or dog because we are in our house everyday and we would love to have a puppy or dog to hang out with and make him or she real happy to enjoy them selves.
    Thanks for your help – Alton and Linda Howard

    • shibashake says

      Hello Linda,

      What really helped a lot before I got my second dog is to make a lot of visits to my local SPCA or humane society. They have some really great dogs there who are so happy to have any kind of people attention. I also learned a lot about different breeds, differences in temperament, and what type of dog would fit well into our family.

      I did not do this with my first dog (Sephy), and we both had a very difficult first year. I expected Sephy to be something else that he was not, and things did not go well.

      Also, dogs, especially younger dogs, frequently get into trouble. This summer, Shania (our second dog) accidentally got hurt during play. Then two weeks later, she got bitten by a rattlesnake. It was really very horrible. Needless to say, our vet bills were also quite horrible.

      Happily, Shania is much better now and fully recovered, but it has been a very difficult time.

      Sharing my life with dogs has been very gratifying, but I really wish I had taken my time in picking out our first dog, and also planned better for unexpected costs.

      Good luck and share pictures with us when you get your pup!

  15. Brittany says

    Hey I have a shiba and husky also! Both puppys! I got mines from the pet store in the mall so I hope they don’t end up with any problems, I take them to the vet and make sure there always healthy, there like my kids I love them! How much does ur shiba weight??

    • shibashake says

      Heh, my Shiba is really big for the breed. He is over 30 pounds, in the low 30s.

  16. Jessica says

    i wish I had found your website BEFORE getting a puppy! I thoughtlessly got a “morkie” from a backyard breeder, paid a lot, and paid more in time and money because of all his behavioural and health issues! He’s got a skin problem since he has a lot of dandruff and some yellow/red bumps near his ear, right side of his back, and lower tummy area. I actually noticed one of the bumps on his back when we went to pick him up from the “breeder” but I thought it was just a knot in his fur or something so I forgot about it, but now he’s scratching constantly and it’s making it super hard to train him (for example when we say “sit” he would sit and start scratching or when we say his name he might start coming toward us but then stop to scratch). He also licks and bites at his lower tummy area.

    I wonder if it could be some kind of mites or infection. Also, he likes to sit and lie down on his pee pads and whenever we give him food or throw toys he’ll bring it back to the pads to eat/play with; we’re trying to teach him to do these things in his crate but he keeps going back to the pads..

    Today we gave him a bath with a natural puppy shampoo (aloe, oatmeal etc that are supposed to be soothing) but afterward he’s still scratching constantly so I don’t think it helped.

    We went to one vet but I don’t think he did a thorough examination because he didn’t notice the bumps and was about to complete the exam until we pointed them out to him. He said it could be that he previously had fleas but like you said, that’s really doubtful.

    He also has severe separation anxiety, constantly whining, fussing, barking, and last night he barked for 3 hours straight.

    The breeder claimed he is “pee pad trained” but we have found many puddles outside his pee pad and he seems to think his pad is his bed because of the taking toys/food to it habit.

    This is adding so much stress and worry to my life, it is affecting my work and just I don’t think I (or my family and neighbours) can cope if this goes on longer! I don’t know how we could give him up either though, I would probably be even more depressed afterward. We are all having a very tough time, I don’t know if all the time and money we are spending and will spend will be worth it. I feel like I am a terrible person and I’ve been in tears several times already. My family is not rich and I don’t think we can afford expensive treatments or taking him to multiple vets, or private training. I would really appreciate any advice you could give me and thank you so very much. I wish I found your website BEFORE I bought my puppy, it is a wonderful resource and I hope many others can find it before they make bad decisions like I did.

    • shibashake says

      Hello Jessica,

      Thank you for sharing your story with us.

      In terms of the bumps, it wouldn’t hurt to just talk to your vet again about it, and push him for an answer given that it is still causing itching. Another possibility is to go to a skin specialist. I went to specialists twice with my dogs -once to examine Shania’s crooked leg and then again to examine Sephy’s cracked tooth. Both times it was very useful. The specialist was able to identify the issue and come up with a list of options of us.

      At the very least, it helped to reduce some stress for us because now we know exactly what is wrong, and what steps we can take.

      In terms of the pee-pads, likely the puppy grew up on a pee-pad and is used to it. But this is something that can be trained away with time and patience. Is it possible to train puppy to go potty outside instead of on a pee-pad? In that way, there may not be a need for pee-pads at all. Here is a bit more on my experiences with puppy potty training.

      Here are a couple of articles more about my puppy training experiences-

      My Shiba Inu was also a very stressful puppy, but things got a lot better with time and training. Now, he has fit in quite well with the family, and is happy and enjoying life. Hope this helps.

      Let us know how it goes.

  17. Anon says

    Never ever ever get your dog from a backyard breeder. My family just bought a “morkie” (not even a real breed of dog) from a backyard breeder for $800. Not only did was the breeder untruthful, but she was only breeding to make money to support her large house and expensive car. Our puppy has caused me so much stress in the past few days and also my family members – I was in tears several times already and it’s only been a couple of days. It feels like it’s been a week. It’s consuming my life and worrying me constantly because he has bumps and is always scratching/licking/biting at these spots. We’ve ruled out fleas and tried giving him an oatmeal/aloe puppy shampoo bath but nothing has helped. We’ve spent so much time, money and frustration, I don’t know how we can go on with this as his scratching problems and temperament problems are making it near impossible for us to live our lives!!! But it would kill me to give him up, this is completely awful. don’t make our mistake and STAY AWAY from backyard breeders. if you have advice please let me know as well. I’m really worried at this point and don’t know what is the right thing to do now that I’ve gotten my family into this situation.

    • Lucy says

      Hi!Anon would it help if you sell it to me please…..out there the price is too much for me..and I really love Siberian Huskey..I am 16years old..Please contact me at [email removed]…

    • shibashake says

      Dear Lucy,
      It is generally not a good idea to post your email in a public area. Some people write programs to browse through public pages, extract e-mail addresses, and then spam them with ads, etc. It may also result in stalking and various other types of abuse.

      For your safety and privacy, I am removing your email address.

      Also, based on her comment, I believe that Anon has a Morkie. As for Siberian Huskies, one possibility is to participate in a fostering program from a Sibe Rescue. They usually have many dogs that are in need of some help and a temporary home.

      Another alternative is to walk dogs at a nearby shelter or rescue. One of my friends is currently doing that to get ready for when she gets a new puppy. She is having a lot of fun and also learning a lot about training and walking dogs.

      Good luck!

  18. says

    i really must have a beuatiful,young age puppy in my perfect house with my kids and it would see the pleasant visitor cames!we’ll have a wonderful time with a beutiful,young,little cute puppy in this big space appartment!p.s.this puppy could sleep in my room or my nice cildrens perfect,comfortable bed.this would be a much new and better life with a new puppy.i do not what to my old dog since it died $ad.i rally want to see how this year this cute puppy is gonna be well trained and has good behavior!i can’t really wait to get a puppy for myself and my crazy,and raally fun!

  19. Riza says

    I’ve recently come across your website and have been reading much about your wonderful dogs. In fact, I just recently purchased a Shiba Inu puppy who is supposed to fly in here on the 23th of this month, so I am preparing myself for his arrival. This however leads me to asking you this question.
    Unfortunately, I had found your page a little too late and noticed that you said sites such as aren’t good for finding a puppy. In fact, I actually found the puppy I just purchased from there. I spoke to the woman on the phone about the dog, she told me about the puppy I purchased, such as his behavior, how he is doing with potty training. She also sent me pictures of my puppy’s parents (the parents appeared to be family dogs, since they were sitting with children). Do you think this puppy sounds like he comes from a good home, in which, he may be free from being aggressive? Or do is it hard to tell since he more than likely is from a backyard breeder and the chances of problems are higher?

    Thank you for your time and your wonderful blog! I appreciate it!

    • shibashake says

      Hello Riza,

      Congratulations on your soon to arrive Shiba puppy.

      I actually also found Shiba Sephy from an online puppy place and he is from a backyard breeder. I got him before finding out about such things. Essentially, his breeder was just starting to show her dogs.

      We went over there to pick up Sephy and got to briefly meet his mother. After a brief meeting, she ran out of the house to the cul-de-sac and did not come back. Luckily Sephy is a healthy dog, but I think his temperament is only so-so. He tried to bite everyone (including the breeder’s husband) when we tried to put a collar on him that first day. That should have been a warning sign, but we just didn’t know, and we really wanted a puppy.

      His breeder was only interested in collecting her money, and did not ask us any questions about our home situation, our experience, etc. She was happy to let her puppy go to wherever and whomever as long as she got her money.

      In contrast, my Sibe breeder asked me many questions, first over the phone then when we visited her to see the puppies. Afterward, she brought the puppy over to us so that she could have a home visit. Both puppies were already comfortable with collars and even riding in cars. Both of them were also well socialized with people as puppies. My Sibe breeder also set us up with local club events and visits us when she has some free time.

      The good news is that Sephy is doing pretty well now, but we had to put in a lot more work in the beginning. Some of that was breed related, some of it was owner related, but I think some of it was also temperament related due to not very careful breeding.

      Hope this helps to answer some of your questions. Let us know how it goes with your new puppy, and take lots of pictures! 😀

    • shibashake says

      The puppy pictures are of Shania, a Siberian Husky. Now, she is over 4 years old and all grown up. Her red friend is Shiba Inu Sephy.

      I think of them as my friends and companions. 😀

  20. Gevo A. says

    Hi Im going to be moving into my First house with a A pretty good wide backyard and also psyched to get my first Special Dream puppy since I was a young boy im 19 and Really Interested in German Sheperds also Golden Retrievers but I prefer German, whatever comes to my convenience Is there anywhere I can get a good healthy New Born Puppy My Maximum Limit is $1000 give or take 2,3 hundred more. Please Any Good information will be Helpful.
    – Sincerely Gevo A.

  21. Lauren says

    My family doesn’t want a dog except for my grandma how can i get them into buying a teacup yorkie their my favorit but their really really expensive and i cant find one anywhere i also have a really mean cat and he is now 18 but the dog i want a super small dog and i’m scared he’ll kill it

  22. shibashake says

    Thanks akirchner.
    “Great article! And how do you get your links to show up in the text without the http: associated with them! ”
    When you are in edit text module mode, there should be a bunch of icons at the top of the module. Some of theme are grayed out – one of these will allow you to add links to your text.
    Just select the text you want to associate a link with, then look up at the icons – two that were grayed out before should now be available. One of them kindda looks like a paper clip 🙂 – click on that and it will allow you to add links to your text.
    If you hover your text over the icons there should be more information given. The one you want says – “hub_link.desc”

  23. akirchner says

    Oh the pictures – they got me~ We have an Alaskan Malamute pup and he is just adorable – he is a fuzzy and just starting to come into his colors. Great article! And how do you get your links to show up in the text without the http: associated with them!

  24. shibashake says

    Hello Yasi,
    As you see from the comments above from other dog owners, there are no truly free dogs. Dogs need food, training, grooming, and health-care which can all add up to quite a lot of money.
    Volunteering at your local SPCA or getting to know your neighbors and their dogs is usually a good way to start. Both methods are free, and allows you to acquire some useful dog training skills first before getting one of your own.

  25. dahoglund says

    We have gotten our dogs from shelters because we like to support the work they do. I’ve learned the hard way about most dog problems over the years. While I have never run into the amount of expenses you talk about, I have found health problems can be expensive. Our dog is old and is diabetic. My wife gives the dog insulin shots but it is still quite expensive.

  26. shibashake says

    Hey Whitney, Always good to see ya. Yeah depending on the pet store, some of the dogs can be pretty expensive. Many of them charge the same prices as an accredited breeder. Yet another reason to get rid of puppy mills :-/

    Some of my neighbors get free dogs from their friends that have accidental litters. Then they realize afterwards that the cost of maintenance is quite large, and a free puppy is not really free after all.

    Btw – how is Mia? She is all done with chemo right?

  27. Whitney05 says

    Usually puppies from pet stores are not cheap. I know someone who’s sister bought an English Bulldog from Petland and is still paying it off 4 years later.

    I’ll agree that no matter how little you pay for a new dog, you’re in the expenses from there on. No dog is cheap when you plan on buying food regularly, toys and toy replacements, bowls, beds, leashes, collars, etc.

  28. shibashake says

    Thanks for dropping by Keith. It is so good of your daughter to save a stray dog. Sadly, I think that many people would just keep on driving.

  29. Keith S says

    My daughter used the I almost ran over a dog once. She ended up having that pooch for almost 13 years. I don’t suggest that method, but it worked for her and for the dog.

  30. Angelina says

    I really want a dog, but I can’t afford a really expensive pure-breed I want. And, I can’t pay 4 the shots! Can you give this girl some advice on how to get a cheap, but well taken cared pure-breed? It would help! Also, CUTE DOG PICTURES!!!

  31. shibashake says

    Hello Angelina. I know where you are coming from. When I was very young, I really wanted a dog as well; any type would do. Sadly, it was just not possible because nobody was home most of the time, and vet bills would have been too expensive. My parents said that we were just not ready for a dog, and if we got one, the dog would feel sad and neglected.

    I was very unhappy, but then several of my neighbors had dogs, so I would visit them often and play with their dogs. There was this brown and black mix-breed dog who lived nearby that was really awesome. I would sit with him all the time. Sometimes, I even got to take him out on walks. I pretty much thought of him as *my* dog even though I didn’t officially own him 🙂

    After a few years, we actually got a family dog so it worked out well. I think there are many ways to spend time with dogs without actually buying one 🙂

  32. shibashake says

    Thanks k@ri. You are absolutely right about the payback 🙂 Dogs are very awesome; they make me laugh, smile, and relax a lot more. Although, being the rogues that they are, they frequently take advantage of me. They know exactly how to look, and exactly how to push my buttons to get what they want 🙂

    Would love to see your Akita/Chow – so please let me know if you have pictures of her up. What is her name? She must be really independent 🙂

  33. k@ri says

    Oooops, I accidentally posted twice so I’ll just say I’m enjoying your hubs as much as I liked your pictures!

  34. k@ri says

    Your dogs are so beautiful! I went and checked out the photo album and I could barely make it back here. They are so happy! You give very good advice to people who may be looking to own a dog. Dogs are social animals and need to have interaction. If one can give the time needed, the payback is enormous! Everyday when I come home it’s as if I was gone for a year, our dog is soooooooooo happy to see me…talk about unconditional love! 🙂

  35. Peter says

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    Great information for the would-be puppy owner. It’s important that people understand the commitment that they make when buying a puppy. That cute little bundle will grow up all too soon. That’s great if you seriously wanted to share your life with a dog, but can be an unwanted dose of reality if you just fell in love with those cute puppy eyes!
    And while I totally agree about getting a dog from a shelter, if someone wants to show their dog, or do AKC-sponsored activities, theyn have to have papers.

  36. shibashake says

    Hi Amanda. It is always good to see a dog lover! Here is what I would do:

    1. Talk to my parents about it, and ask them to bring me to a nearby SPCA or city shelter. If there is an SPCA nearby, that is probably better.

    2. It may be a good idea to visit several shelters/rescues before making a choice. I would take my time to pick the right dog because a dog is a lifetime companion, so we want one that is exactly right for us.

    3. Check out, they will have a list of dogs that are available in our area.

  37. Amanda says

    HGi im Amanda Perez and i would like to buy a cheast dog and littlest dog. Please i mean Please show me a picture or give me one and ill order it.

    And i will love to adopt one puppy and i would like to save it.

    Im 9 years old


  38. Lauren says

    OMG you have so cute puppies!!!
    I realy want a dog or a puppy but my parents say I can’t because they don’t want to leave the dog on it’s own for 5 hours. But it would be better than a RSPCA she;ter right??? Especially if i gave it loads of love and attention when i’m home!!!
    Plz answer my question this is the link!!! 🙂;_ylt=AtQ8D

  39. shibashake says

    Hi Lauren, Thanks for visiting. I was somewhat lonely too when I was young and I had a family dog, a mutt. He was a really lovely boy and I loved him very much. I remember sitting and talking to him a lot, and he really helped me by providing companionship. However, I don’t think I did very well by him. During the day, when everyone was out, he would always escape from our backyard. I think he got lonely and went out to look for people and other dogs to be with. This was very dangerous because he could have gotten hit by a car, or gotten attacked by other dogs, or accidentally hurt people or young children. We tried securing the backyard, but he always found some way to escape. When we managed to keep him in for a short period of time, he would be very depressed. Dogs are pack animals and they really want to be with people all the time, especially a puppy that has a lot of energy and is always looking to play and interact. 

    One thing we can do is to go with our mom to visit the local SPCA or shelter. There are many nice dogs there and they always let people visit with their dogs. In fact, before I got my dog, I visited my nearby SPCA a lot so I could get a sense of what it would be like to walk, train, and properly care for a dog. I also got to interact with a variety of breeds, so I learned a lot from my visits there. This is also a great way to help some dogs that are in need.

    Hope this helps and please let me know if you have more questions.

  40. shibashake says

    Yeah I am definitely with you on this one. Especially with the puppy mills. They show them from time to time on the Animal Precinct shows on Animal Planet and they are awful beyond words.

  41. Lady Guinevere says

    Yes it came through. I just get all excitable when I see this topic.  Some breeders are known to become puppy mills too.  Just would like you to know that.  It isn’t about the dog or the breed at that point thier main reason is for the money.  There was a ad in one of our local Yahoo groups that this woman wanted to find a new home for her 8 month old puppy.  Her reason–so her kids wouldn’t get attached to it because it was less quality then it would be to be a show dog when it got older. Believe me a few of us ripped into her!  I don’t know if she found a home for it or not or even if she finally got wise and spay or neutered it and kept it.  We have this all the time around my area–same with cats and kittens.

  42. shibashake says

    Jim: Thanks for all your comments 🙂 Yes I definitely agree with you on shelter dogs. The SPCA especially has some awesome dogs.

    Lady Guinevere: Yes I definitely agree with spaying and neutering dogs. I hope this article did not suggest that I disagreed with this. The point I was trying to make here is that the cheapest puppy is actually one from a shelter or accredited breeder because you save a lot more on vet bills and training. Did this not come through? Please let me know if not. Thanks.

  43. Lady Guinevere says

    Go to a shelter! Get them spay/neutered asap! At most shelters they will have you get them spay/neutered and you will pay a price for the animals. They are not free! They have had their shots and everything. Please be responsible and have them spayed/neutered! See my hub on "The Importance of Spaying/Neutering your Animal Companion–and spread the word. My hub is mostly about cats, but puppies need this too as well as dogs.

  44. jim10 says

    I definitely recommend going to a shelter. We got our dog last year as a puppy from the Sterling Shelter in MA. She was obviously well taken care of and they even had her up to date on shots and was spayed. It was much cheaper than a pet store. They didn’t have any pure breeds but I would prefer a mixed dog anyway.

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