If you’re looking for a great companion, look no further than the senior dog!

Senior dogs are often overlooked in shelters, but they make wonderful companions. They’re less likely to be adopted because people think they’ll be more work, but in reality, senior dogs are mellow and often require less attention than younger dogs.

If you’d like to consider adopting a senior dog, here are some things to keep in mind:

Great Companion

According to the ASPCA, most senior pets have grown into their personality. You’ll have the ability to skip the puppy phase and choose a dog based on their adult behavior.

Less Work

Senior pups still need stimulation but may also be just as excited to snuggle up and take a nap. Most senior pets are house-trained and are past the ‘redecorating the house’ phase.

Less Likely to be Adopted

Senior dogs are sadly less likely to get adopted. Pet parents might worry about health risks or what they’ll do for potty breaks when their senior pet can’t hold it as long and can’t go to a doggy daycare. Hiring a dog walker is a great way to give your senior dog the midday break while getting personalized attention to their specific needs.

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According to Chewy, an older dog’s lifestyle is significantly slower than a puppy’s. All dogs have different personalities but senior dogs tend to be much more mellow. So if you’re looking for a dog to spend days snuggling with, consider adopting through a senior rescue below. We also recommend checking breed-specific rescues. They may have senior dogs in their rehoming program.

A List of Senior Rescues