Dogs Trust is urging for the public to rehome older dogs instead of purchasing puppies during lockdown.
This is in response to the charity finding almost half of people looking to adopt were searching for a four-legged friend under the age of six months
Adam Clowes, the charity’s operations director, said: “In the last year so many people have wanted to welcome a puppy into their family, but older dogs make fantastic companions too.
“Older dogs are often calmer and less energetic so although they may still be playful and enjoy a stroll in the park, hiking up hills may be a thing of the past for them, which suits some owners, young and not so young.”
He added: “Also with an older dog, what you see is what you get both in terms of personality and size. And although you can certainly teach an older dog new tricks, they usually know the training basics and have experienced many things in their lives, so they are more likely to take things in their stride.”