I'd like to adopt a dog but am torn between getting a puppy or an adult dog. Are there any reasons why I shouldn't bring home an older dog?
From the Editors of The Dog Daily
The short answer is no, and you can probably find a new furry housemate at your local animal shelter. Canines sometimes wind up in shelters through no fault of their own. Many unforeseeable situations could lead to that predicament, such as owners having to move or a new housemate suffering from severe allergies.
There are numerous benefits associated with adopting an adult dog. They're usually socialized and ready to be your best buddy. Although they still like to play, older dogs tend to have a mellower disposition. You won't have to worry much about roughhousing -- a perk if you have young kids. While there are also misconceptions that adult dogs might require more expensive care, your mature canine would typically just need its biannual veterinary office checkups, compared to the cost of a puppy's shots, and spaying or neutering.