Puppy vs Older

This list is not a comprehensive list but has been written as a guide to demonstrate some basic points for you to consider. It has been written on the assumption that you do not already have a dog or puppy, but you are currently embarking on choosing one.

It is important to note that we do not generally accept dogs over the age of 5 years old. However, older dogs will be considered on a case by case basis and you would have to contact us directly regarding this matter.

Young Dog

vs

Older Dog

Pros

Cons

Pros

Cons

Blank slate - you know as much history as possible. Genetics do play a role in how your pup matures and personality and temperament development; however, much of his this will also be facilitated by you, his owner, trainer and "parent."

Can be quite demanding and need a lot more time and attention than an older dog. This may increase anxiety if the handler is inexperienced or has little to no support. In addition, if the handler is of a more anxious dispostion or struggles with anxiety a puppy may exacerbate the issue.

Past the puppy phase of house training and mouthing stage

Undesireable habits may be more ingrained Inappropriate "marking" may occur. Or you may have counter-surfing issues

Can give the best possible start with the right training as you will be around for all the sensitive learning periods/development stages

Toilet training and play biting and mouthing can be very challenging

Issues may already be known and/ or worked on. If choosing an older rescue dog, a reputable rescue will have thoroughly assessed the dog.

May not be suitable for the tasks you require and this may not be known until a later date.

Controlled exposure at the right time during development is beneficial long term

Temperament isues or behaviour issues may manifest later

Good choice for older owners or less mobile owners

Some breeds may still remain quite energentic until an older age

The younger the better in terms of training and building confidence

Cost of spay/neuter and initial vaccinations

May be calmer and less active. Less likely to "get under your feet"

May need to over-come certain issues that "suddenly" manifest. Adult dogs may have an unknown characteristic to them.

Dependent upon owners need or experience a puppy can add to

You won't be surprised by the dogs size

May have some basic or more advanced training