You've heard the phrase "adopt, don't shop."

Kennel to Couch reports that Last Chance for Animals, a non-profit animal rights organization, started the campaign in the mid-1980s to encourage the public to adopt pets from shelters instead of buying them from breeders or pet stores.

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While adopting a dog from a shelter is great, it can be a challenging thing to do if you're looking for a specific canine breed.

Perhaps you need a hypoallergenic pup, or maybe you've always dreamed of owning a St. Bernard — what are you going to do if you can't find the dog you're looking for at the shelter?

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Of course, there are other options besides shelter adoption. However, if you're committed to rescuing, you can take another route: dog breed-specific rescues.

According to Colorado Citizens for Canine Welfare and Sidewalk Dog, Colorado has numerous organizations dedicated to rescuing specific types of dogs.

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From colossal canines like Great Danes and St. Bernards to petite pups like Yorkies and pugs, check out 25 dog breed-specific shelters in Colorado where you can find your next furry friend:

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Just because you want your next furry friend to be a specific dog breed doesn't mean you can't still adopt them from a rescue. Read on to see the 25 dog breed-specific rescues in Colorado where you can find your next four-legged family member.

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