Young Puppy or Older Dog?

They’re cute and so very cuddly. A puppy can be a joy to raise but is also a tremendous responsibility.
For some people choosing an older dog makes more sense. Here are the advantages of choosing a puppy or an older dog:

Large adult bull dog standing over young bulldog puppy

Advantages of choosing a puppy over an older dog:

You can shape a puppy’s personality
If you raise a puppy from a young age, you’ll have some influence over his personality as an adult dog, within the limitations of genetics. With the proper care and training, you can raise your puppy to be friendly and obedient with both adults and children. You have more control over the outcome of a puppy’s personality as opposed to that of an older dog.

You may have some background on your puppy’s genetics
If you have purchase a puppy from a reputable breeder, you can obtain information on the health history of your puppy’s parents. This will allow you to make your veterinarian aware of any potential hereditary tendencies your puppy may have toward particular diseases so you can practice preventative care.

You can train your dog at an early age to participate in certain activities
If you enjoy frisbee and would love to have a canine partner, you can expose your dog to frisbee at a young age in hopes that he’ll develop a fondness for it too. You can increase your chances of creating an avid frisbee player by choosing particular breeds such as a Border Collie or Australian Shepherd. These dogs are known for their frisbee and ball skills.

You can enjoy watching your puppy grow into an adult
Just as some people love the prospect of raising a child from birth, raising a puppy can give the same satisfaction. You’ll have an opportunity to take lots of pictures and create lots of memories to look back on over the years.

Advantages of choosing an older dog over a puppy:

An older dog’s personality has already formed
With a puppy, you can’t tell what type of personality he’ll have as a full grown dog. With an older dog, his personality is already formed and you know what you’re getting. An affectionate and obedient older dog is going to stay that way. There are fewer variables and surprises with an older dog.

Old Dog looking upwards in devotion
An older rescue dog may be more loyal and devoted

An older dog may easier to care for
If you adopt an older dog, you avoid all of the time intensive training associated with raising a puppy. A puppy can be a huge time commitment if he’s raised properly. An older dog usually just needs some initial socialization and acclimation to your home.

An older dog may be more grateful
When you give an older dog a second chance at life, he may express his gratitude by being intensely loyal to you and your family. Older dogs who have been adopted from shelters and rescue groups often make very devoted and loving pets.

It’s your chance to make a difference
If you adopt an older dog from a shelter, you may be saving a dog’s life. Every day older dogs are euthanized at shelters as people choose puppies over adult dogs. These older dogs need a caring home and you could be the one to make a difference in their lives. It’s a good feeling.