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10 Reasons You Should Adopt a Mature Dog

10 Reasons You Should Adopt a Mature Dog

When people think about adopting a dog, they usually look at puppies first. While there are many advantages associated with adopting a puppy, adopting a mature dog may make your life even richer.

  1. Mature Dogs Know How to Relax – They’re well out of their puppy stage and are often content relaxing in your company. They don’t get bored as easily and rarely get into mischief like younger dogs.

  2. Your Carpet Will Last Longer – Most mature dogs have been housetrained at some point in their lives. Even in an unusual case where they haven’t, it’s much easier to train a mature dog because they can “hold it” longer much longer than puppies.

  3. You’ll Get More Sleep – Younger dogs, especially in the first year, need to relieve themselves at least every four hours, even during the night. Most mature dogs will sleep throughout the night without waking you up for a potty break.

  4. What You See is What You Get – Mature dogs are fully grown and won’t get any bigger, so you’ll know exactly what you’re getting.

  5. What You See is What You Get – Mature dogs are fully grown and won’t get any bigger, so you’ll know exactly what you’re getting.

  6. Getting a Mature Purebred is Easier Than You Think – Rescues and shelters take in dogs for all different reasons. Some of them could have been abandoned but many of them come from perfectly loving homes. The previous owner may have moved, passed away, or simply just couldn’t care for the dog anymore.

  7. You CAN Teach an Old Dog New Tricks – Forget the old saying because it’s not true. Mature dogs have a better attention span compared to younger ones and can quickly learn tricks and commands.

  8. You Instantly See Their True Colors – At this point in their lives, they have developed a personality. After one visit with them at a shelter or rescue, you will know if they’re a good fit for your family.

  9. They’re the Perfect Companions for Senior Citizens – A senior citizen who lives alone may not have the energy to raise a younger dog but would enjoy the company of a calm, easy-going pet, like a mature dog.

  10. Save a Life – This is the last reason but certainly not the least. Unfortunately, mature dogs are the first to be euthanized at shelters. Adopting a mature pet saves a life.

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