Most people these days consider adoption when it comes to looking for a new dog. One of the questions every person should ask is, “How old of a dog should we get”? Although many people will look for a younger dog, there are many good reasons to consider adopting an older dog. Now the difference between what is considered young and what is considered old will depend on the breed that you are looking at. Generally speaking, smaller breeds live longer than larger breeds.
Typically, when a family goes to a shelter or kennel to adopt a dog, they will go straight to the puppies.
Often leaving behind the older dogs. Most people incorrectly assume that the reason an older dog is in a shelter or kennel is because they are bad dogs. But frequently that is not true. There are many reasons why an older dog may be left at a shelter or kennel to live out it’s remaining years. Sometimes previous owners have passed away. Or there are times when the dog’s family has to move and cannot take their dog with them. And yet there are still other times when a family must give their dog to a shelter just because they financially can not care for him or her anymore.
Now let’s consider the benefits of adopting a senior dog. First, we all know that puppies are a lot of work. A lot of work, right? I could make a long list of all the things a puppy needs and does that is time consuming and mess cleaning. But with an older dog, they are typically more laid back, house trained, and had their full personality. That way you will know what you are getting from day one, unlike when you get a puppy. And one other large advantage of getting an older dog than a puppy, other than the obvious house breaking, is they usually don’t need to be ‘entertained’ all the time and can be left alone more often.
One consideration when getting an older pup is that with age comes potential health issues.
Or that any health issue will come sooner than later. And even if an older dog comes with a bad habit or two, it is never too late to teach an old dog a new trick.
So if you ask, “is it worth getting an older dog”? The answer is yes! The benefits of having an older dog and the knowing that saving one more dog from early euthanasia is well worth it. So go to the shelter and get an older dog today!