You did it. You finally made the decision to adopt a new dog to love and accept into your family. You start to scour the local shelters and adoption centers in the hopes you will see your new bundle of joy and just know that this is the one. Now chances are, most of you will gravitate towards the youngest pups available. This makes sense—the younger the pup, the longer you will have him or her in the family.
While there are countless perks to adopting a puppy or younger dog, don’t scoff off the older furry canines just yet. There are many benefits to adopting an older dog that many people don’t realize.
Here are some of the best things about adopting a doggie that is all grown up.
Older Dogs Make Loyal and Loving Companions
Many older dogs up for adoption were once a part of a loving home. For a variety of reasons, and often not ones that reflect poorly on the dog, their owners had to surrender them to a shelter. Often these reasons include allergies, the death of a guardian, a new baby, loss of a job, a move, change in work schedule, and various other lifestyle changes. These dogs need homes just as badly as their younger friends do. Being uprooted from a home puts these precious canines in dire need of a new home to feel loved and secure again. If you make the decision to bring home an adult dog, chances are they will make a wonderful household pet. With immense gratitude, their loyalty and love for their new family is sure to shine for the remainder of their precious life.
You Know What You Are Getting With an Older Dog
Canine retirees are open books. From the start, you will know how big they are full grown, what kind of grooming requirements they need, any food requirements, and distinctive personality traits. Having the abundance of information about your new family member beforehand makes it easier to pick the right dog for your home. So if you are not into surprises (like that teeny tiny mutt who turns into a 150 pound giant) or need certain traits and temperaments in your house, an older dog may be for you.
Senior Dogs Enjoy a Mellow Life of Leisure
Let’s face it, younger dogs can be a lot to handle. Older dogs still need some exercise, but not as much compared to active pups. So if you get a dog in his or her formative years, chances are they will love having a lazy afternoon on the sofa with you during a weekend Netflix marathon. A puppy, on the other hand, may need an actual marathon.
There Will Be Less Disruption in Your Home With a Senior Dog
An adult dog has graduated from the puppy stage and has established their unique demeanor and temperament, which will give you an instant idea of how it will fit into your household. Not only will you know their personality, but they also have all their adult teeth and are out of the hyperactive puppy phase, so less chew marks on the sofa or broken vases from flying puppy syndrome.
Whether you are on the hunt for a new furry family member or are thinking about adopting in the future, remember those dogs who may be going gray on your next trip to the shelter. Give that senior dog with the big puppy eyes a chance—you may just find yourself with a loving, loyal, and low-maintenance pet to bring home.