What are the pros and cons of adopting a puppy over a puppy from a shelter

When you adopt a puppy instead of an adult puppy from anywhere there are big differences. Puppies are untrained and you start from scratch! There’s getting them through the night, potty training, immunizations, chewing, teaching them everything! A puppy is a baby and they simply don’t come with a lot of behavior that you can count on. If you’re up to it and are a good, patient sport, puppies are lots of fun and joy, but you need to be committed and patient. Adopting an adult puppy (depending on his past experiences) can be either easier or a different kind of “work”. I’ve done both and each dog is different. One I adopted had lived outside for 9 years (an 85 lb male). I had to potty train him for starters. He also knew very little human interaction so it took time for him to trust me to kiss his head and hug him. He still doesn’t “kiss” back. Or wag his tail (after 2 years) but he now is craving attention and is begging for hugs and petting. He’s wonderful! Another that had been dumped by his owner in a high kill shelter had different problems because he was a 17 year old blind dog (small dog). He had to get used to a whole new world that he couldn’t see and trust someone by touch and voice. I had to learn how to deal with a blind dog. After two years, he’s my heart! I adore them all but there’s something about him depending solely on me that gives us a little different bond. A third is a little 15 year old, 4 1/2 pound MinPin that is toothless and half blind. She’s come in and taken over! She’s an Independent easy keeper. Each one is different, the only thing they have in common is the desire and longing for a home and family where they can be loved and accepted! You will probably not be looking for seniors like I have. There are all sorts of wonderful dogs of all sizes, breeds (some purebreds) and ages waiting for someone to be their hero! One thing I have found is that every dog that comes from a shelter or a Rescue, is so very grateful! My original two dogs are divas and have been spoiled all their lives so I know I’m their person and they love me but they don’t seem to have the same attitudes as my rescues do. I know you will do the right thing for you and as long as you love your choice dog/puppy, spend quality time together, you will have more joy than you’ve ever known.

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I have rescued cats, instead of dogs, but the principle is mostly the same.

Pros of puppies

-cute, obviously

-you get more time with them, over the course of their lives

Cons of puppies

-training. It is very time consuming and can be a stressful process to house break a dog.

-the chewing. Puppies chew on everything, and have been known to destroy clothes, furniture, among other things.

-change in personality as they grow. As with any animal, including humans, personality changes as they grow. The puppy you get will probably not have fully developed temperament, and it’s possible they will develop traits that aren’t desirable. For example, jealousy (of children or other animals), unnecessary aggression, etc. A friend of mine had a dog who was young, who developed severe aggression with their baby, out of jealousy. They had to re-home the dog, because he bit the son.

-puppies have to be a certain age to be vetted, which can be an expensive and time consuming process. Most puppies don’t necessarily come to their new owners already vetted.

Pros of adults

-fully developed personality. Except in cases of abuse and neglect, frequently what you see is what you get.

-trained. Adults are typically already potty trained, leash trained, and know a certain amount of commands.

-less likely to completely destroy everything in your house.

-if you work 40 hours a week, an adult will be better able to handle that alone time.

-if coming from a reputable shelter, the animal will be fully vetted. That will include shots and spaying/neutering.

Cons of adults

-baggage. Some shelter animals come from abuse or neglect situations, puppy mills, or other bad situations. Sometimes, that can affect their behavior (aggression, startled easily, skittish or scared)

-if it is an older adult, you will have less time with them over the course of their life.

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Interpreting this question to be asking about the age of a dog from a shelter at the time of adoption, not adoption versus purchase from a breeder.

Pro: Puppies rarely come with “baggage.” They don’t have a past, and you can shape their socialization and training from an early age.

Con: Young puppies in shelters change a lot as they grow and may end up with a genetically iffy temperament that isn’t apparent when they are that young.

Pro: A puppy is likely to be with you longer than an adult dog – they have more life ahead of them.

Con: Health is harder to assess in a young puppy, you can’t tell if that wobble in the walk is puppy clumsiness or the first sign of a serious orthopedic problem.

Pro: A puppy is very cute and very fun.

Con: Puppies are in high demand and are a very small portion of shelter intakes. It will be harder to find and be first in line for a puppy than an adult dog from most shelters.

Pro: A puppy will often have an easier time adjusting to a new home – particularly if that involves introductions to other pets – than an adult dog.

Con: The breed/mix of a puppy is a guess at best, and you may adopt a “Boxer mix” and end up with anything from a Pug to a Bullmastiff. It is hard to know if the adult that this puppy will grow into will be a good fit for your home.

Bottom line: Puppies are in higher demand and shorter supply than adult dogs in shelter situations. They are bundles of potential but also bundles of unknown. If you can’t handle the unknowns – size, exercise needs, coat type, temperament, etc. – then you shouldn’t gamble on a puppy. If you can handle some variation and put in the work to turn that potential into actuality, then a rescue puppy can be a fine choice.

I would go for a shelter puppy every time. Unless a friend’s dog has available puppies.

In a shelter the puppy will have been checked over for any illnesses. Lots of Puppy Mill puppies are only bred for money. Nobody is thinking of the mother or the pup’s welfare. You buy the puppy fall in love with it, it gets ill, you spend a lot of money on vets fees, or the worse happens.

In a shelter it will have had its inoculations, and the workers will know the personality of the puppy.

They normally can try and match you with the right dog or dogs.

You have time to play with the dog and get to know it.

Win. Win.

Personally I think all Puppy Mills should be banned. A lot of them have already been closed.

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In today’s world ..I would adopt a middle age or senior dog..there are many…they are already most likely house broken….have some social skills..and needing a new home…they are afraid..shaken in that shelter…sad…depressed..wondering why ..they left..did not want me anymore..they have lots to offer…love..friendship…their personality will really shine the moment you say yes and rescue one…they know..you will feel a constant bond…because you chose him…a puppy is cute..sweet..lots of work..time..adorable..rambunctious..full of life..sweet ..adorable..needs to be trained…socialized…taken out every 2 hrs..at first..needs lots of shots…at least 4 vet visits in first yr.. $$$ ..play bites.. with razor sharp puppy teeth …need to be spayed or neutered…dew claws removed if they weren’t…$$$…loveable…cute..adorable……so now..you decide..depends on what amount of time you have…to give…remember..you are rescuing a friend..companion..a family member..life long responsibly…not a throw away toy…whim..think about…real hard…..now go rescue your friend. little..new.. big..small..old..just love them..treat them right..be a good fur baby parent

Pros – really cute (which helps when you are dealing with a con), they are not complete blank slates as some learning has happened before you got it,

Cons – If there is house training or chewing issues, they can often be more easily (and take less time) to deal with, may have some training already.

Puppies can be a lot of fun but are also a lot more trouble. They need more attention and make a lot more messes. Dogs have more experiences and sometimes these can color the way you can bond for good or bad. As I aged I found dogs easier to care for.