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Honestly, when you get a puppy from a shelter or rescue, it can be a bit of a crap shoot. What they are like as puppies might not be what they're like as adults. For example, sometimes they develop dog selectivity or aggression, or perhaps they no longer appreciate strangers, when they reach maturity. Some of this can be predicted if you know what breed the pup is, but if its a mixed breed, you just never know. But yes, they're usually guessing the breed. Sometimes they will have the mother there, or perhaps the litter was surrendered and the previous owner was able to give breed info.

But, yeah, you want to look for a puppy that wants to engage with you, is eager to interact. You don't want the one that stays back and and seems disinterested or timid. Ask the foster about what the puppies are like, too, because they might be able to help you choose. Meet the mother dog if she's there. Get as much history as possible.
 
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