...you can't afford the dog.

The initial cost of a puppy is just a drop in the bucket of the total cost of dog-ownership.

Adopting from a shelter or rescue comes with all sorts of benefits. Purchasing a purebred is sometimes required when you NEED certain traits in your dog (service, therapy, work, etc.).

I love all dogs! I hate to see the "designer breeders" making a mess out of things though.