So you’ve made the decision to adopt a new dog as a member of your family. Good for you! Now, before you start to search your local shelters and adoption centers as you look for your new pup, consider looking out for an older doggie to love.
While there are countless perks to adopting a puppy or younger dog (and they really are cute), don’t scoff at the older furry friends just yet. There are many benefits to adopting an older dog that many people don’t realize.
Here are some of the best things about adopting a doggie that is all grown up.
There are Not Many Surprises When you Adopt an Older Dog
When it comes to getting a senior dog, for the most part, you know what you are going to get. You know how big they are full grown, any food requirements they have, how they need to be groomed, and even their distinct personality traits. Senior dogs are open books. Remember when you adopted that teeny tiny mutt that turned into a 100-pound bruiser? Yeah, that won’t happen with an elderly canine. So if surprises are not your thing—a retired and loveable older dog may be a good choice for your new pet.
Older Dogs Make Loyal and Loving Pets
Many older dogs up for adoption were once a part of a loving home but had to be surrendered for reasons beyond their control. New family members, moves, allergies, or deaths of a guardian can all be cause for an elderly dog to lose their home. None of these reflect poorly on the dog or the dog’s personality traits. Being uprooted from a home puts these precious canines in dire need of a new home to feel loved and secure again. If you make the decision to bring home an adult dog, chances are they will make a wonderful household pet. With immense gratitude, their loyalty and love for their new family are sure to shine for the remainder of their precious life.
Senior Dogs Tend to Be Mellow Dogs to Enjoy a Life of Leisure
Let’s face it, younger dogs can be a lot to handle. Older dogs still need some exercise, but not as much compared to active pups. So if you get a dog in his or her formative years, chances are they will love having a lazy afternoon on the sofa with you during a weekend Netflix marathon. A puppy, on the other hand, may need an actual marathon.
Whether you are on the hunt for a new furry family member or are thinking about adopting in the future, remember those dogs who may be going gray on your next trip to the shelter. Give that senior dog with the big puppy eyes a chance—you may just find yourself with a loving, loyal, and low-maintenance pet to bring home.