Puppy vs. Adult Dog – Which to Adopt – Animal Facts
Puppies are cute, there’s no doubt about that. But, when searching to bring a new dog into your life, there are several excellent reasons to at least consider the pros and cons of adopting an adult dog, over getting a puppy. Let’s discover why you might want to adopt an adult dog or a puppy.
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7. All in all, a puppy is a tremendous amount of work — much more than many unsuspecting adopters realize.
Puppies, by default, are needy.
Your new puppy will need to be trained so that it knows what you want it to do and not do.
Your puppy will need lots of safe exercise and play so that it develops properly. It will also need you to socialize it with other people and animals so that it feels comfortable in its new world.
On the other hand, many shelters put in lots of effort to train their adult dogs, socialize them and to make them overall more pleasant pets.
Ask yourself do you have the time to dedicate to raising and training a puppy?
If this is your first dog, or if you cannot devote the time necessary to train, socialize, and exercise a young or adolescent puppy, an adult dog could be a better option for you.
6. As a puppy learns and grows, it’ll get into things, chew, make messes, and have accidents in the house for months.
If dealing with puppy pee on the carpet and needle-sharp teeth shredding your favorite shoes sounds like too much chaos for your taste, you may want to adopt an adult.
If you adopt an adult dog, you’ll skip the awkward (and sometimes-destructive) puppy developmental stages, like teething and potty training.
5. As we’ve seen, training a puppy is a lot of work. On the plus side, with a puppy, you’re starting with a fresh canvas.
The only bad habits the puppy picks up are those you allow it to learn. But, then again, old dogs CAN learn new tricks, despite a popular, but wildly inaccurate cliche. You just have to help the dog unlearn the bad tricks.
4. Puppies don’t stay puppies. Your puppy isn’t going to be a puppy for long. For most breeds, dogs retain puppy-like traits for less than a year and are often fully physically mature well before that.
So, even if you opt to adopt a puppy rather than an adult, the puppy bliss is short-lived and you end up with an adult dog.
An adult dog, will, for the most part, remain the same animal for the rest of its life.
3. Cost can be an issue. Though both puppies and adults both have costs associated with adopting them, the purchase price of a purebred puppy is often hundreds of dollars more than that of adults or rescues, even of the same breed. If the price is an issue, consider adopting.
And, you’re not necessarily going to get a mutt from an animal shelter. Although a mutt is certainly not a bad thing. Animal shelters are filled with purebred dogs.
2. Do you have small children? If you have a baby or toddler in your family, you may want to wait a few years before adopting a puppy, as curious kids can accidentally harm the small puppy – and vice versa.
Older kids can help with the chores involved with raising a puppy, such as taking it out to potty, training and socializing it, as well as cleaning up the inevitable messes a puppy will create.
If you choose an adult dog, make sure they will be tolerant of playful children.
1. Puppy mills are a huge problem. By adopting an adult dog, you are directly affecting the demand for puppies and thus cutting into the potential market for puppy mills.
All in all, the fewer people looking for puppies, the less profitable running a puppy mill becomes.
Puppy mills don’t always look like puppy mills to the public. The puppies you see in the shop or flea market may look healthy and clean. But, do you really know the breeder?
If you’re willing to give researching your breeder due diligence it’s easy to avoid puppy mills, but it’s all too easy to get sucked into the cuteness of a puppy at a shop or flea market.
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