Why You Should Consider Adopting a Senior Dog

Senior dog lying in the grass, happy he got adopted

Adopting a dog is one of the kindest things a human can do. Adopting a senior dog may be even kinder. If you’re visiting shelters or scouring available rescue dogs online, we urge you not to scroll past those dogs that are past their prime puppy years.

In fact, there are many advantages to adopting a senior dog.

How Old Is a Senior Dog?

As the saying goes, age is just a number.

Seniority doesn’t hit all dogs at once. For smaller breeds, it takes longer while giant breeds can be considered seniors at the young age of 5. However, most dogs can be labelled as seniors once they’re 7 or 8 years.

Determining if a dog is a senior also become tricky when dealing with shelter doggos. Often, shelter staff doesn’t know the exact age of the dogs that enter their doors.

However, if a dog has become a bit white or grey around their muzzle, slowed down a bit in energy level, they’re probably a senior.

Why Do Senior Dogs End Up at Shelters?

.Many senior dogs have found their way to a shelter because the original dog parent:

      • Passed away
      • Had to move into a place where dogs were not allowed
      • Could no longer care for the dog because of financial or health reasons
      • Became lost, confused, and was labelled as a “stray”

Of course, none of these are reasons for excluding these dogs as you look to adopt.

When planning to adopt a senior dog, remember that smaller dogs generally live longer than older dogs. This can mean more years of snuggles and love. it can also amount to a longer list of medical bills. So, you might want to consider that as you are getting ready to make your choice.

The many advantages of adopting an older dog

There are many good reasons to choose a senior dog when looking for a forever friend. Sure, they don’t have that puppy bounce anymore, but then, they don’t have that puppy bounce, so you won’t be chasing them around or picking up all the things that they have knocked over.

1. Senior dogs are full of love

While they might not be full of puppy kisses, older dogs do not lack love and still can give their human parent a lot of affection. Many senior dogs know that they do not have a good chance of being adopted, so they are much more grateful when they are taken to their forever home and will quickly bond with their new parent.

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