One of the first decisions you have to make when getting a dog is whether to get a puppy or an adult dog. A puppy is probably the cutest thing that you can get your hands on. It’s a ball of fur and energy who is ready to shower unconditional affection on you. Buying or adopting a puppy implies spending a huge amount of time with her during her first year. You will have to care for her and teach her good behavior. If she grows up in your household, it is more likely that her personality will be molded as per your desire.
Buying or adopting an adult dog can be fun too. Doing so, you will benefit from skipping the growing-puppy stages such as housetraining and teething. These stages are sometimes accompanied by destructive behavior as the puppy learns to adapt to her new home. This is, of course, assuming that the dog you buy/adopt has gone through basic training, at least. Once the adult dog becomes used to your home, you will have a friend to accompany you forever.
Following are the factors you need to consider when you are making that challenging decision of getting a puppy or an adult dog –
Personal time availability
Raising a puppy requires a lot of time and attention, particularly during the first few months. You need to supervise them constantly so that they don’t chew up your shoe, carpet or furniture. Puppies need to be taken out every few hours for relieving themselves. You will have to train them so that their behavior is acceptable to you. So, if your work schedule is flexible and you are able to spend enough time at home, when needed, you can go for a puppy.
If you have a busy lifestyle and you spend most of your time out of your home or busy in work, an adult dog may suit you more. If you are thinking of getting an adorable puppy and leaving it at a friend’s home when you are out, bear in mind that not everyone likes dogs, even puppies. So, go for an adult trained dog if you are challenged for time.
Every dog (and puppy) has her own personality. An adult dog’s personality is already formed and it is difficult to change. An adult dog may also bring along some undesirable habits from her earlier home. On the other hand, you can mold a puppy’s personality as per your requirement. Bringing home a puppy is likely to develop a more affectionate bond between the puppy and your family.
Have small children?
If you have small children, you may want to rethink your decision of bringing home a puppy or adult dog. Reason is that small children may end up harming the dog, and vice-versa, and you will have to double the supervision that you have to provide at home. Older children, however, are often able to take care of most activities associated with a puppy or an adult dog. If you have small kids and still decide to bring home a dog, better to bring in a trained dog that has been raised in the company of kids. Such a dog will be tolerant of the pranks that kids are likely to play on her.
A purebred puppy is usually costlier than an adult dog. Further, you will have to spend a lot on vaccinations and medical care of a puppy. So, if cost is a factor, consider getting an adult dog or adopt one.
In addition to the factors mentioned above, consider your experience in raising a puppy, if you have already raised one. Think about your current and future activity level and also the current and future makeup of your household. Hopefully, you will be able to make the right decision!