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How about adopting a year old dog rather than a puppy a month old?

How about adopting a year old dog rather than a puppy a month old. I know a guy who's ready to sell his Lab at a reasonable price to animal loving homes. The reason he quoted is he's flying off to UK to united with his grandparents. Is house-breaking a fullygrown dog a challenge? Is it tougher to train an adult than a puppy. My conscience says a fully grown dog who has been a pet before can learn more quickly than a new born puppy. More over he will not require a same care as a puppy requires. When I say care I don't mean care to feed regularly or to take out for walk. I mean a fully grown dog doesn't require that supervision that a puppy requires. I really want experienced guys to comment on this as these will influence my decision. Navjot Singh
By Navjot Singh · 11 Jan 2011 11:40 pm

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By KamalRaj J Kuppal · 12 Jan 2011 11:04 am
Its all depend on the dog that you adopting, if you adopt a dog having calm temperament then you are right away go for it, but if in case if you are adopting the dog having "Marley" temperament (watch Marley and Me hollywood movie, you come to know it) then you will be in trouble. First you need to figure out that the dog you are adopting belongs to field line(american) labrador or british (english) labrador. Basically british labrador are easy to calm down than the field labrador. You need to do lot of research before adopting adult labrador, Even I too had this idea in my mind i.e. adopting adult lab but later i got puppy as i felt my dog care experience will be only fulfilled if i get a dog from his childhood onwards.

If you are strong enough to handle such a big dog while walking or playing then go for it, else better go for puppy itself.
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By Navjot Singh · 12 Jan 2011 6:46 pm
Thanks for the response, how do we ascertain if a Lab is British or American? Do the two kinds have any specific physical feaures?
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By KamalRaj J Kuppal · 13 Jan 2011 10:02 am
Yes you can figure out whether the lab belongs to British or American line by their physical appearance itself. British labs are stocky with shorter thicker legs, and a shorter nose, breed for speed in water. While American labs are leaner with longer legs and a sleeker face, for speed on land. You can also check the images of both labradors in internet.
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By Anil @ DoggiesDude · 13 Jan 2011 10:10 am
go ahead and adopt him. Its easy and non fussy to get an adult lab. More-over you should be happy that you will provide a dog a new loving and caring home.
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By Bijal · 13 Jan 2011 1:24 pm
@ Navjot : Its a good decision to adopt a dog better than a puppy. Personally my exp. says that. We a year ago adopt a pomerinan mix puppy but within the period of 3-4 months it was totally a mess up in the house. No things were allowed to leave on floor like shoes, socks, small toys etc. finally after that period we were compelled to hand over her to another person who was interested to keep her. Now, I've adopted a 3 yrs male lab six months before. He is such a cute guy with a training and we are all safe. We dont have to tell him what to do or where to do his daily business. My child is very much happy with him and all other neighbouring children also play with him. Because he obeys commands. Go ahead for adopting a dog and have a happy time with it. In my opinion lab is very lovable & friendly breed it will better adjust than any other dog.
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By Rana Atheya · 14 Jan 2011 11:55 pm
I will go for Adult dog. I have seen lot of adult dogs adjudting to our family. Will suggest to go ahead for it!
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