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Adopting a Golden Retriever is a great idea, and after you’ve taken the time to figure out if the Golden Retriever is truly right for you, you can’t wait for your new buddy to come home. But the question remains, should you get a puppy or an adult dog?
Granted, puppies are really cute, but they’re only puppies for only so long. If you have your heart set out on one you still need a decent amount of research into available puppies, you need to find a responsible breeder, and you need to take care of many of the puppies vaccines and veterinary checks.
Besides, you might be looking for a specific color for your golden retriever, and it’s impossible to predict just how a puppy will look like when he’s an adult.
How Is A Puppy’s Temperament Like Compared To An Adult Dog?
The cuter a puppy is, the more you can be sure he’s a relentless machine bent on destroying everything around it. Now, I know what you’re thinking, you’re going to make sure yours doesn’t. But even the most well-behaved puppy will get his paws and jaws on telephones, bedsheets, carpets, shoes, remote controls and so on.
And it might look like it’s coming out of a bad cartoon, but they have really sharp teeth. And they won’t hesitate to use your hands and feet, nose and hair for sharpening. And that might not be a problem for you, but it will be a big problem for a little child.
To prevent all of that from happening you need to spend most of your time supervising his moves. Do you have that kind of time, because I don’t. On the other hand most Golden Retrievers in shelters are already trained. They’re ready to go just like that, all you need to do is let them know of your schedules and make it clear what they can and can’t do.
Adult dogs have a much longer attention span compared to puppies. They’re much better and faster at learning. Even an adult has needs but they are nothing compared to a puppy, and he will give you much less of a headache overall.
You Can’t Predict A Puppy’s Personality But With An Adult Dog What You See Is What You Get
With a puppy it’s always a question of chance. Will he be good with children, but what if he’s too playful, what if he’s demanding, what if he’s shy, what if he has health problems I couldn’t know about when I first got him?
Of course, raising a puppy is a very rewarding experience. You’re essentially raising another child. However an adult is already developed and you can easily see what he’s like beforehand.
When you adopt an adult dog you already know if he has any health problems. And of course, you won’t adopt him if he doesn’t have the necessary health papers. But you can see if he has hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia and so on, which you can’t see in a young puppy. These diseases can be diagnosed when the puppy is at least 4 months of age.
There is a general opinion that dogs in rescue centers have something wrong with them. That they were left there because the original owner found something bad about them.
The truth is most are there because the original owner didn’t have the time or the resources to keep taking care of them. It wasn’t because they were bad dogs, and it wasn’t because they had problems.
A Common Misconception Is That Rescue Dogs Cannot Bond As Deeply As Little Puppies
Regardless of the reason they were there, most rescued Golden Retrievers are exceptionally caring and loving, often times even more so than with the original owner.
This happens because they need help, they need a home and they know it. And in the instant you decide to adopt one you become his hero. You have saved him and you are his new pack and have provided him with his new home. He wants nothing more than to thank you for it.