8 Reasons to Adopt a Senior Dog

By Valdette Muller| September 6, 2016 | Blog


Most animal shelters are overcrowded and it is a sad fact that the older dogs are usually the first to be euthanized. This is because most people only want to adopt a puppy or a young dog. For those reluctant to consider adopting a senior dog as its life expectancy is shorter, remember that life offers no guarantees. Quality of time together is so much more valuable than quantity.

Here are 8 benefits when adopting a senior dog:

1. Older dogs are less destructive and will be out of the puppy “chewing”’ phase. Your plants, shoes and furniture are unlikely to be destroyed beyond recognition.


2. An older dog would usually be “house-trained” and won’t require the time and dedication needed to teach a puppy the house rules. Most adult dogs will only need a matter of hours or a day or two to settle into their new environment.


3. Adult dogs have longer attention spans than puppies or young dogs. They are smart and are able to focus when being taught new things. Some may have a grasp of basic commands and will have learnt what “NO” means. A mature dog is easier to train.


4. Older dogs are fully grown and therefore there will be no surprises in terms of size or personality. With puppies whose heritage is unknown – you never know. Puppies can grow up to be quite different from what they seemed at first.


5. The first year of a puppy’s life is expensive as many trips to the vet are needed for the all important inoculations. A healthy adult dog need only go to the vet once a year for a checkup.


6. Most adult dogs are already socialized; they are calmer and less energetic than younger dogs. Because you will not be constantly chasing around or cleaning up after an older dog, you will have more time to do fun things or just relax together. They are a good choice for older people or busy families with young children.


7. Older dogs are used to normal everyday routines, increasing your chance of getting a good night’s sleep, because they sleep when you do. Older dogs generally don’t need comforting, feeding or bathroom breaks during the night.


8. Senior dogs at shelters need homes just as badly as puppies and younger dogs. They lose their homes for a variety of reasons usually not because of bad behaviour, but more due to that fact that their owners have lifestyle changes. They make loyal and loving companions, appreciative of the new lease on life they’ve been given.

1 Comment

  • victor says:

    I am healthy 60 year old and I am looking for a senior dog , medium size ,

    we have a cat , dog will be sleeping inside so we need to make sure it is house trained . My wife is full time at home as well.

    We live in Piketberg

    Thank you

    Victor Matthews

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