Being a dog owner is an amazing experience, but it's also a huge commitment. It takes a lot of time and effort to keep a dog healthy, happy and well socialised - meaning that not all households are suitable for a dog. Many rescue centres and responsible breeders are not too keen to give a dog to people who'll be away from home most of the day, unless they can make adjustments to their lifestyle to better accommodate a dog's needs.
This is the reason why many dog lovers remain dogless throughout their working life, to finally adopt one when they're retired and have plenty of time to spend with their new friend. But some argue that, while a retiree may have time, they may be lacking the stamina needed to properly look after a dog. Moreover, elderly dog owners may pass away while the dog is still young, leaving his future uncertain.
While many find that evaluating the match between dog and potential owners on a case-by-case basis is enough to ensure the dog's welfare doesn't suffer, this raises the question of whether you can simply be too old to have a dog.
We ask: should there be an age limit to adopt a dog?
We'll be publishing responses in our upcoming June 2017 issue.
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