When you have made the big decision to bring a new dog into your home, one of the first decisions to make is if you want to get a new puppy, or if you would consider rehoming an adult dog. Puppies are lovely, but can be very draining. For some households, an adult dog can be an easier addition, and don’t forget – it gives a homeless dog a second chance to be part of a loving family.
What if I want a pedigree dog?
Many of the dogs that come into shelters are pedigree, and there are also breed-specific rescue charities. Breeders may also look to rehome adult dogs that are later in their life, or they may have slightly older puppies returned to them from other homes.
Older dogs tend to have a better established personality. This means that, although training and your own home routine will be able to make a difference to an adult dog's behaviours, their personality is already firm and you can be more sure about who you are bringing home. This is especially true when the dog’s history is known. Puppies are still learning about themselves and the world around them at eight weeks old, and their personality is often not fully developed. Depending on what you want this may be a problem or not; for many, watching their pup’s personality grow and being a part of that process is an important part of the experience.
Training is also often easier with an adult dog – they may already know basic commands, and this can make moving into their new home and routine more simple.
Some adult dogs, however, especially those that have been in kennels for a while, are very nervous or have behaviour issues, may need re-training or even specialist help so you shouldn’t expect all rescue dogs to come as the perfect fully-trained package.