Puppy or Adult?
Do you want a puppy or would the best dog for you be an adult?
Puppies are cute, there’s no doubt about that, and everyone loves a puppy. But puppies are babies and need a lot of care, require very careful supervision, and need to spend a lot of time with you. On the other hand, puppies are like lumps of clay, ready for you to shape and mold. When you raise a puppy, it’s your responsibility, yes, but you can also raise the puppy the way you wish her to grow up.
If you don’t have the time or the patience for a puppy, or if you have very young children or senior citizens in the house who might be too fragile for a puppy, you may want an older puppy or an adult dog.
This dog is past the worst of puppyhood (the house-training, mouthing and biting, and, we hope, the chewing) and, depending on the dog’s age, is usually a little calmer.
The downfall of adopting an older puppy or an adult is that doing so is much like buying a used car. You have no idea how the dog has been treated, whether the dog has had any training, or how sit has been socialized to people and other dogs. Like a used car, it may turn out to be good or bad.