When adopting a dog, a dog’s age can often factor into your decision. Although puppies are a perfect choice for some owners, other owners could find their new best friend in a senior dog.
And senior dogs often aren’t much older than puppies— senior dogs can range from 5-years-old and older, depending on the breed, whereas puppies are often under a year old.
“It is very common to see adopters run straight to the puppies and younger dogs, completely disregarding the senior dogs for one reason or another,” Dr. Mary Mauldin Pereira, a veterinarian and professor at the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine told INSIDER. “It takes a special person to adopt a senior dog, but there are many benefits to it.”
Here are some reasons to consider if you’re thinking of adopting a senior dog instead of a puppy.