Would you be as likely to adopt a grown dog as you would a puppy?

Bignuf Bignuf
If you went to a shelter and saw a really cute, GROWN dog, would you be as likely to adopt it? Be honest. I know PUPPIES have puppy cuteness (and no "psychological baggage" according to some. To others, an older dog is SO appreciative to find a loving home.
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
Yes, I would adopt an older dog.
38
No, I want to start fresh with a puppy...just being honest.
8
Other?
6
Total votes: 52 (49 voters)
Poll is closed
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underHim underHim
Maybe actually. If the adult dog was well trained.
04/19/2012
ksparkles16 ksparkles16
I definitely would. Older animals are always at the shelter longer because they aren't puppies. I'm a total cat person though and the first cat I'll get will definitely be an adult car from a shelter
04/19/2012
VelvetDragon VelvetDragon
DEFINITELY an adult dog -- or a teenager (a year to two years). I love playing with puppies, but good grief they're a lot of work. Adult dogs, especially those in foster situations (more and more common with rescues these days) often have some training. You also have a better idea of their personality and what they're like, and whether they're compatible with you. Puppies have yet to grow into their personality. Even if they aren't house-trained yet, they can hold it much longer, so you don't have to get up in the middle of the night, etc. etc.

I prefer my puppies on a play-with-them-but-not -own-them basis.
04/19/2012
lisasharrer lisasharrer
Quote:
Originally posted by Bignuf
If you went to a shelter and saw a really cute, GROWN dog, would you be as likely to adopt it? Be honest. I know PUPPIES have puppy cuteness (and no "psychological baggage" according to some. To others, an older dog is SO appreciative to ... More
i worked there and i would take a big doggie thay all need love
04/19/2012
GONE! GONE!
Oh yes! Puppies are cute but they are a load of trouble. Been there done that.
04/19/2012
js250 js250
The shi tzu we just had to put down was an adult rescue dog. Twice.
04/19/2012
puppylove puppylove
Puppies are SO CUTE!! but I lobe my adopted adult dog
04/19/2012
Geogeo Geogeo
I worked at a shelter for years and saw how neglected the adult dogs were compared to the puppies and never got adopted (some are still there after TWO YEARS) so I would without a doubt get an adult before a puppy.
04/19/2012
Terri69 Terri69
I would definitely adopt an older dog...
04/19/2012
Ice1 Ice1
Puppies are cute but they're a pain in the ass.
04/19/2012
AmberM AmberM
I would adopt an older dog if it were potty trained and had a good temperament.
04/19/2012
anonkitty anonkitty
Adopting either have their pros and cons, so- either. (We adopted our dog when he was fully grown. He still acts like a puppy though. )
04/19/2012
sexxxkitten sexxxkitten
I would. All dogs need a good home.
04/19/2012
Zombirella Zombirella
It wouldn't matter me, I'm an animal lover. I'd rescue them all if I could .
04/19/2012
rawsonbr rawsonbr
Any dog is a great dog!!!
04/19/2012
kendra30752 kendra30752
Quote:
Originally posted by Bignuf
If you went to a shelter and saw a really cute, GROWN dog, would you be as likely to adopt it? Be honest. I know PUPPIES have puppy cuteness (and no "psychological baggage" according to some. To others, an older dog is SO appreciative to ... More
Absolutely! Possibly even more likely to go with an adult rather than baby. However, I would worry if he was too old because I'd be sad to lose him too soon! Lol. We have a million year old weiner dog who I've had since my middle school years! He's old and I really enjoy him in his old age HE'S still super playful and fun.
04/19/2012
Rossie Rossie
I prefer a puppy; I've seen too many dog-lovers having problems with their adopted adult dogs, I don't want to go through that kind of ordeal.
04/19/2012
AzureStroke AzureStroke
Quote:
Originally posted by Bignuf
If you went to a shelter and saw a really cute, GROWN dog, would you be as likely to adopt it? Be honest. I know PUPPIES have puppy cuteness (and no "psychological baggage" according to some. To others, an older dog is SO appreciative to ... More
The only made thing about getting an older dog is that they probably will have less time with you. Otherwise, it's nice not cleaning up messes daily.
04/19/2012
MidnightB MidnightB
Yes of course we always have adopted animals that need rescuing, as long as you have some knowledge of how to train or look after certain behaviour problems it may have, of course we should all adopt older dogs; give them a chance in life!
04/19/2012
CindyH CindyH
I sure would adopt an older dog.
04/19/2012
ViVix ViVix
Quote:
Originally posted by Bignuf
If you went to a shelter and saw a really cute, GROWN dog, would you be as likely to adopt it? Be honest. I know PUPPIES have puppy cuteness (and no "psychological baggage" according to some. To others, an older dog is SO appreciative to ... More
I have no interest in owning a dog. It's quite possibly worse than having a child. At least my daughter will eventually take care of herself (for the most part), but a dog will always be needy.
04/19/2012
SexyTabby SexyTabby
It really depends on the circumstances. One of my children wanted a puppy and that's what we adopted, another one of my kids wanted any dog and he got a year old that just kinda needed him and our foster child needed a dog that could deal with her special needs and already house trained so he is older. There's definitely all kinds of dogs on the adoption block and it's important to choose one that fits your family needs and fit in to become part of the family.
04/19/2012
Destri Destri
If we could have a dog where we live, I would actually prefer an older dog. First, they would have been fixed (because we would get it from the Humane Society). Second, no house-braking would be necessary. Third, an older dog is most likely more settled and calm. And last, and most importantly, older dogs need homes! Everyone seems to want puppies (or kittens), so an older dog is more likely to need a home.
04/19/2012
Beck Beck
Only puppies for us. We want to train our own dog. There is usually a reason people got raid of their adult dog. I am not taking a chance that it is biting children. Also, just because you purchase an adult dog doesn't mean it will be trained. That could also be the reason why people got raid of their dog.
04/19/2012
TransMarc TransMarc
Well, first I'd only adopt a small dog, not a big dog.
I'd be willing to adopt a grown dog, but there is a problem I'm not sure really is: maybe there'll be some conflicts with my rules and that of the precedent owner and the dog will be confused.
04/19/2012
Petite Valentine Petite Valentine
Puppies are adorable, but I love older dogs. They're (usually) already housebroken and far less prone to spazzy behavior (unless they were abused). I would take an older dog from a good home in a heartbeat.
04/19/2012
powerandintent powerandintent
We adopted a 4 year old Jack Russell and she is the sweetest most well behaved dog I've ever seen. We were honestly expecting her to be a handful considering her breed is supposed to be energetic, but she just lays around and cuddles with us. Also, she's only had two accidents in the house the entire time we've had her and it was in the first week. Going with an older dog was the best decision ever because she might have been put down if we didn't adopt her, and I can't imagine not having this sweet girl living with us.
04/21/2012
Shellz31 Shellz31
I wouldn't. And not just cause puppies are so cute, but I want a dog to take on and grow up with who I am from the start.
My mum has taken on a number of older animals - dogs and cats. Every single one of them has had some big issues!
04/21/2012
melissa1973 melissa1973
Actually I adopted an adult dog just a few months ago.
06/19/2012
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