To pick a dog that’s right for you, you need to determine what you want and what kind of dog will be suitable for your home and your lifestyle. The fact that there are so many animal shelters proves that a lot of people do not get this right, which is why it is so important to think through all the aspects of getting a dog.
Most people find puppies absolutely irresistible, but they often forget that with time a puppy may turns into a big dog and that the cute puppy face is also a deceivingly large chore. A Labrador Retriever puppy may be the most adorable thing you’ve ever seen in your life, but when it grows into a 75-pound animal that can easily knock things off your coffee table with its tail, you may feel very differently.
When getting a puppy, you get to control both training and socialization. You also have an opportunity to bond from the beginning of puppy’s life and have a larger amount of time to spend together compared to getting an adult dog.
The cons of getting a puppy have to do with time and resources. Training takes a lot of time and work. Most puppies are balls of energy that need a lot of exercise and stimulation.
You will not have to deal with these issues when getting an adult dog because most dogs in shelters are well-behaved pets that have ended up in a shelter without doing anything wrong. Some had owners who didn’t know how to manage their perfectly normal behavior. Others had owners who got a divorce, moved or died. The most common age of dogs in shelters in between 9 months and 2 years, when their owners realize that the dog stopped being a puppy and became an adult animal. Many adult dogs have been housetrained and will keep their good behavior. They are also more laid back and need less attention compared to puppies.