There’s no denying that puppies are absolutely adorable. They nuzzle into your neck, give warm kisses, gaze at you with soft, trusting eyes, and have sweet puppy breath. For many people, these benefits are well worth all the trouble that a puppy can cause.
When deciding to get a puppy or adult dog, it’s wise to consider that puppies are trouble in a cute little package. Puppies are definitely great at trouble . They chew shoes, soil carpets, ruin furniture, cry all night, bite toes, pull down drapes, chase the cat, bark at nothing, refuse to go outside to pee until 3:00 am, and generally disrupt everyone and everything around them.
Many people want to get a puppy because they can train and socialize it exactly the way they want. This is actually a pretty good reason to get a puppy, as long as you’re willing and able to undertake the huge responsibility of training and socializing, and aware of the uncertainties that come with getting a puppy.
One of the biggest potential disadvantages of getting a puppy is that you don’t know exactly what you’ll get. It can be difficult to determine a puppy’s personality and adult size when deciding if you should get a puppy or an adult dog.
With mixed breeds, it can be especially difficult to determine a puppy’s adult size and temperament. Even with purebred puppies, you may end up with an adult dog that is very different than what is normal for the breed.
Why get an Adult Dog?
When deciding if you should get a puppy or grown dog, consider that adult dogs are often socialized, house and obedience trained, and many are even spayed or neutered. Unlike a puppy, you know an adult dog’s size and temperament, with no surprises. You can feel good about adopting an adult dog and possibly saving it from being put to sleep at a shelter.
But Puppies are Cuter!
When deciding whether to get a puppy or adult dog, many people won’t consider an adult dog because they feel puppies are much cuter. While puppies are unquestionably cute, they’re also much better at soiling the carpets, chewing on shoes, and getting into trouble than an older dog. Adorable puppies quickly grow into adult dogs. The little puppy stage really only lasts a few months, and then you’ll have an adolescent dog anyway. And keep in mind that all ugly, ill-tempered, misbehaved, aggressive adult dogs started out as adorable little puppies.
Are you trying to decide if you should adopt a puppy or an adult dog?
Adopting a dog from a local humane society is a great choice, whether you decide to adopt a puppy or an adult dog. Humane societies are chock full of great dogs, including adorable puppies and lovable grown dogs.
Five Myths about Adopting an Adult Dog
Myth 1: An adult dog won’t bond with me
This myth is just wrong, wrong, and wrong. An adult dog may take a little while to adjust, but it will bond with you. It will just need time, patience, and love, and you’ll have a new best friend in no time at all.
Myth 2: An adult dog will have bad habits
While some adult dogs may have bad habits, it will likely take less time to retrain an adult dog than to completely train a puppy! When deciding to adopt a puppy or adult dog, consider that adults may have already been trained out of many of their bad habits.
Myth 3: An adult dog will have health problems
While dogs do tend to develop some health problems with age, these often won’t develop until your dog is a senior. A younger dog or adolescent should be perfectly healthy. If you want to avoid getting a dog with these issues, consider a young adult or adolescent dog. No matter the age of the dog you get, you should always have a veterinarian check her out!
Myth 4: An adult dog will not live as long
All dogs will eventually pass on within about 10 years for large dogs and 14 years for small dogs. It’s a sad fact of life that you will eventually lose your pup. If losing your dog early still really bothers you, consider getting a younger adult or adolescent dog. These dogs will still have plenty of years left to enjoy with you!
Myth 5: An adult dog will be less energetic
This is a bad thing? Dogs, especially puppies, tend to have way too much energy for most people anyway. You can also put an adult dog on a weight loss program to add spring to its step and years to its life.
In all, whether you adopt a puppy or adult dog, adopting can be a great option. You could get your perfect dog, and help save a dog’s life.