When people talk about adopting a dog, most assume that they intend to get a puppy. And while the idea of raising a cute, tiny, silly puppy is pleasant, there are a lot of aspects of raising a puppy that can be downright draining.
Senior dogs, on the other hand, are not most people’s first choice when it comes to adoption. However, what most people are forgetting is that senior dogs have a ton of benefits! Here are some of the big ones.
1. You Know What You Are Getting
Adopting a puppy is a serious roll of the dice. Unless you are certain about the breed, there is no surefire way to know exactly how big they will get, or what kind of temperament they will have. With a senior dog, on the other hand, you know exactly what you are getting. They are done growing and have developed their personality, so you don’t have to worry about them turning into some hulking beast that takes up half of your sofa.
2. Puppies Turn Into Adult Dogs – Fast!
Newborns are cute. That is a fact. Babies, Puppies, Kittens, Calves, Fawns – all newborns are adorable. However, nothing stays a baby forever. And, before you know it, your precious little puppy has grown into an adult dog. Just take a look at this video and see how long it takes for these puppies to grow up.
That was fast, right? So now these puppies are fully grown and have all the energy of a toddler. Do you? Because these lumbering, lovable giants expect the same amount of play time, and if that need is not sated, they will find other outlets for their energy (i.e., chewing up your stuff).
A dog with a few more years under his or her belt is far more likely to be cool with spending a Saturday lounging about on the sofa and watching that “Chopped” marathon. If that sounds more like your speed, a senior dog might be right for you.
3. Senior Dogs Are Awesome for First Time Pet Parents
Raising a puppy is not for the faint of heart. Housebreaking, training, socializing – these things don’t just happen on their own. With a new puppy comes a handful of months (or more) full of puddles in the kitchen, “surprises” on the carpet, and a melange of chewed up shoes, books, and furniture. Just see how much damage these puppies did to this house!
A senior dog, on the other hand, has been around the block. They know what they are allowed to chew and what they aren’t, and they know that they have to wait to go outside before they relieve themselves. With a senior dog, you’re getting a pooch that is ready for home life right out of the box. Pretty sweet, right?
4. 50 is the new 35
Many people are hesitant about adopting a senior dog because they feel that the better part of their life is behind them. And while you are likely to get more time with a younger dog, thanks to advancements in modern medicine it is possible for many dogs to comfortably live into their teens. And thanks to programs like PetPlus, getting your dog the medicine they need has never been more affordable.
5. Adopting a Senior Dog Makes You a Hero
A senior dog can find his or herself in a shelter for any of a number of reasons. However, there is only one way for them to get out. Sadly, for many senior dogs, they spend their twilight years praying for a new home in a tiny concrete cell. Meanwhile, the younger pups tend to get scooped up faster.
Now, anyone who saves a dog from a life in a shelter is a hero, but people who rescue a senior dog are likely adopting a pooch that nobody else would. That makes you a super hero – especially in your senior dog’s eyes.
So if you are looking to bring a dog into your home, please consider rescuing a senior dog.