With puppy prices soaring over the past two years, it’s hardly surprising that many heads are turning towards adoption. During the recent lockdown, a whopping 3.2 million households introduced a new pet; 70% of these were dogs. Most households have certainly delighted at the ability to work from home during the pandemic, and at a first glance, using this time to bond with a new friend has been amazing! However, with offices calling the work force back and day care prices being at an all-time high, rescue centres all over the world are seeing a huge influx of adult dogs being dropped at their doors.
In the age of social media, we all see videos of miniscule balls of fluff toddling around or attempting their first tiny howl, and it is adorable! It is enough to make anyone impulsively start searching ‘puppies near me’…but, unfortunately, as with a lot of social media, 7 seconds is just a snapshot of a much, much bigger picture. Having a puppy is hard work, not only is it your responsibility to keep them safe, but it also falls to you to shape their entire personality, instincts, and reactions. Dogs are only (visibly) little puppies for less than a tenth of their life, so why not consider adopting an older dog? To give you a little more understanding of what you can expect from each age category, we have outlined their key characteristics and a bit more about the kind of work you will need to put in.
Please note that this is a general outline, and all dogs have unique personalities and needs. If you are looking to adopt, being open to all ages may make it easier to pair you with the perfect pup.