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Everyone Wants a Puppy But Is a Puppy Right for You?

Updated on July 28, 2009


Puppies are super cute, cuddly, and sweet, but everyone wants a puppy when they're thinking about getting a new dog. Most people feel that if you get a puppy, you can raise it to be a more loving and "better" dog, but you know what? Not everyone and not every situation is the perfect situation to add a puppy. Now, I'm not saying that a new dog is a bad thing, but not necessarily a new puppy.

In the end it's always your decision to make, but it's always a good thing to consider the pros and cons of a puppy versus an older dog.

Puppies are considered puppies until they are at least one year old. Some breeds will consider the puppy a puppy until two years old.

Although, you may think that it's easier to get a puppy, you really have to think about several things before your opt for a puppy versus a young dog.

  • Puppies are more fragile than young and adult dogs.
  • Puppies need more vaccinations than adult dogs.
  • Puppies need more training, especially with house training. Generally, if you adopt an adult dog or even an older puppy (1 year or so), they more likely already house trained or at least crate trained.
  • Puppies have more energy and need more exercise.
  • Puppies chew more.
  • Puppies can be more nippy.
  • Puppies can be rougher in play than an older dog.

 There are many reasons that puppies just aren't suited for everyone and every home. The factors and circumstances will vary.

Most breeders won't deter you from purchasing a puppy because they want the cash that you're about to fill their pocket with. Now, if you're purchasing from a reputable breeder of high quality pups and dogs, and he feels that the pup you're looking at isn't the pup you should choose, he'll tell you.

Shelters will generally deter you if they fill like a puppy isn't the right choice for your family.

You do not need a puppy if:

  • You have very young children who won't be able to help out with the responsibilities of a puppy. Plus, young adult dogs and older dogs are more calm and suitable for younger children (generally under the age of 5 or older depending on the child's maturity and personality).
  • You are older or you have older people living in your house that may not be able to properly run after a new sprite of a pup.
  • You have other pets that may not take to a rambunctious puppy running around.
  • You do not have proper experience with dogs. If you are new to owning and raising a dog, then it's typically better that you start with a young adult dog or an older dog.
  • You have someone in your home with a disability, as puppies can easily trip up a person without walking issues, much less a person with walking disabilities. A person with a mental disability may not understand why a puppy is using his/her hand as a chew toy and may react accordingly.
  • You have a very busy schedule and won't be able to spend the proper time training the puppy, and in this case, I wouldn't recommend you getting a dog period, as dogs require a lot of work, even if you do adopt an older dog. You can't just leave them in the yard or in the house alone all day, every day of the week.


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      Smiley 6 years ago

      Get a dog that is 1or 2 they are less work because most of them are potty trained which makes it less work for you... Also I recommend getting one from a shelter or a rescue etc. You would be saving a life and making an animal happy :) if u do get one from a shelter make sure you know why it's there and if there was any past health concerns hope I was a help :)

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      Eileen Kersey 8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Puppies are so cute but that period of there life is brief. Fall in love with an older dog and what you see is what you get. My older rescued dogs have all been fab.

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      rb11 8 years ago from Las Vegas

      Puppies are cute, but people don't look forward to when the outgrow cuteness and become more dependent on you. As a side note I watched a show the other day where puppies were being sold at swap meets. 4 or 5 in a cage, some without cover and it was nearing 100 degrees. This should be a crime and the newscasters should be held in contempt for watching and doing nothing. What is wrong with this country. (easy does it now) Great Hub.