Although most people prefer to adopt puppies, there are many advantages for adopting older dogs. Maybe someone can't afford Fido, but you can provide a loving home.
More and more irresponsible dog owners are dropping off their pets at animal shelters. Tragically, many of these dogs will be put to sleep because of overcrowding, as well as the reality that most owners prefer puppies to older dogs.
However, there are many advantages to adopting an older dog. If you don't have the time or energy to train a puppy, then choosing a more mature dog may be a better choice.
There are just as many different personalities of dog breeds as there are owners. While some owners may actually prefer an active dog (who's also older), others opt for less athletic, smaller dogs such as toy breeds.
Realizing that older dogs already have some time on them, it's probably better to choose smaller breeds simply because they generally have a longer lifespan. In other words, you may love large breeds, such as Great Danes, but unfortunately, such big breeds typically live less than ten years, whereas smaller dogs, such as Fox Terriers, can live up to 14 years.
Don't hesitate to establish a routine as soon as you bring your new dog home. Also, let each family member get to know the new addition on a one-on-one basis, rather than the whole clan descending on Fido at once. For additional tips, study books on the subject to help your dog adjust to his new home.
Although there are many good reasons for adopting an older dog, the best reason is that you're saving a life. You can feel good that you're giving an older dog another chance at life. Maybe his original owner couldn't afford him, but you can make a comfortable home not only for a lovable new pet, but also help your local animal shelter have one less dog to feed or even worse, to put to sleep.
Isabella Miller is a dog lover who's passionate to share her knowledge about pets. In her free time she helps to find owners for abandoned puppies and she writes at me Puppy, a blog about dogs.