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ok so we have been puppy hunting.anyway i have seen a 13 month old for sale.apparently excellent with kids and other animals. ok so would you buy an older chi i was more concernd coz we have 3 children?. advice would be great i dont know yet why they are selling her just waiting to hear back.
 

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I think an older, larger, less fragile Chi would be even better for living with 3 children, especially if she is already used to children. Your children still need to understand that she shouldn't be handled or picked up. There are many benefits to buying an older puppy if they were trained properly from the start. Then you don't have to worry about the early socializing and potty training!
 

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yeah i will ask questions. my children are quite good with animals we had cody from a puppy so they know wrong and right. just waiting to hear why she is selling her.
 

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Totally agree, it depends on the dog and how it has been brought up.
We got Harley at nearly 5 months and he was not socialised, he has always been a little more difficult than Bambi who was well socialised by her breeder and came to us as a baby.
On the other hand with an older dog it is much easier to assess personality. Do the current owners have children of similar ages to yours? Both of mine came from homes with small children and continue to adore them now even though I don't have young kids.
 

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My next Chi is defo going to be an older one. I think it's great that he is older. You can visit him and see how he is with other dogs and your kids. Don't know why it should be a problem.
 

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I agree with everyone above. There are advantages and disadvantages to getting an older dog (or a puppy!)

Puppy advantages: Tiny and cute, of course. Puppy breath. You can raise him up as you like, and you know his history (because it was with you).

Adult advantages: More likely housebroken. No sudden growth spurts or color changes, what you see is what you get. Dog is already socialized, past the teething stage and will require less exercise. Probably already knows how to walk on a leash. May already be fully vaccinated for a year+ and may already be spayed or neutered.

The difficulty comes if you get an adult that's unsocialized or has behavioral issues. Those things are harder to work with the older a dog is. But, an adult dog who is good with kids will always be good with kids. You're past that adolescent stage of rampant crazies that a lot of pups go through on their way to growing up.

So, in short, meet the dog, have your kids meet the dog, and if you feel comfortable, don't be intimidated by the fact he's not a puppy. Dogs adopted as adults make just as wonderful pets and dogs adopted as puppies!
 
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