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A Keeshond-Sibirian Husky puppy

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Part of choosing a new puppy or dog is deciding how old your new family dog should be.  Most people choose to pick a puppy.  For some of those people, an older dog might be a better choice.  You know from our previous choosing a new dog posts that there is a lot to consider.  Age is one of those big things to consider.  If you get a dog that is the wrong age, you could regret it.  I’ve outlined the pros and cons of both puppies and older dogs.

Grab that paper you’ve used to keep track of what you want in your puppy or adult dog and keep track of what you want and don’t want.  Consider your options and make sure you know what you want.

Benefits of Puppies

  • They are small, cuddly, and cute
  • You get to train them from the beginning
  • You see them grow up from the beginning
  • They are a lot of fun

Negatives of Puppies

  • Getting up in the middle of the night to let your puppy go potty
  • Potty Training
  • Crate Training
  • Absolutely no training
  • More money for spay/neuter and initial vaccinations

Benefits of Older Dogs

  • May have some training
  • Probably will be potty trained
  • Less money because spay/neuter and initial vaccines have probably been done
  • Should already have some house manners

Negatives of Older Dogs

  • May have some bad behaviors that you need to fix
  • You miss the cute high maintenance days