A common myth exists that the only way to get purebred animals is through a breeder. This is not true. People might prefer a purebred dog or cat because of family tradition or personal preference. In that case, shelters again should be the first option. At the Animal Rescue League in Des Moines, Iowa, over 20 percent of dogs are rescued purebreds. Other shelters around the country also carry a significant number of purebreds.
Breed rescue organizations are yet another option -- and a better one than a breeder -- for purebred seekers. These organizations focus on rescuing, and sometimes rehoning, a particular breed, and finding homes for the animals.