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Oh Those Adorable Puppies!

Puppies vs. the Adult Dog

Front view - Two dogs laying down on the floor - A brown and white Basset Hound puppy is sleeping on a floor next to an adult black, brown and white Basset Hound.

One thing we can all agree on, puppies are cute. All too often I get an email asking, "What kind of dog is this?" In most cases the photo sent in is an adorable picture of a very young puppy. When I email back and tell them what kind of dog it is along with a link to the information page, I hear back, "Oh, well are there any dogs that stay cute like that, even when the dog is full grown?" You guessed it; those adorable little puppies grow up to be adult dogs.

Puppies are cute, rambunctious and adorable. You can pick them up and cuddle with them. Raising puppies is similar to raising children in some respects. Puppies are babies and like human babies, they need a lot of sleep and will often fall asleep on your lap. Who can resist their adorable faces? But puppies can also be mischievous, defiant and destructive. They need leadership and guidance. They need to be secure in their new human pack and know the humans are capable of showing authority. If they do not feel/see this they will not be happy and secure and you just may be raising a dog who thinks he is alpha to humans. Instinct tells them there must be a strong leader and they crave and need discipline to feel secure. If you do not provide this structure your puppy will instinctually begin to try and provide it for YOU. Love and affection is enjoyed by the pup and important to the human, but it is not the number one thing this little canine animal that you bought into your human home needs. While your pup was still with his mother she gave the pup structure. She placed rules upon him, told him where he was and was not allowed to go and when he was allowed to go there. She told him when he was allowed to eat and how rough he was allowed to play. In return the puppy bonded with her and learned to follower her. The center of the pup’s life was around her and her authority. Once a puppy is separated from his canine mother, the humans must take over this role in order to raise the pup into a balanced and well-behaved dog. Getting a puppy is a lot of work and a long-time commitment. Puppies not only need leadership, but exercise, visits to the vet, housetraining, behavior training and socialization. Puppies go through a teething stage where they feel the irresistible urge to chew on everything in your house.

The cute, cuddly puppy stage does not last long. Their size, temperament, activity level and coat all change. Puppies grow up very quickly into adult dogs. In between the puppy and adult stages is a rebellious adolescent phase where puppies require almost constant supervision. Depending on the breed, by the time puppies are one year old, they are considered adult dogs. Some breeds of dogs take longer to mature out of their adolescent phase than others.

Less than one year will be spent in cute, cuddly puppy stage, while the next ten to 15 years you will be living with the adult dog. Puppies are cute, but by no means should one choose their dog solely on the looks of the pup. If you do not choose the right type of dog and provide leadership and daily exercise, your adult dog could grow up to be a holy terror.

Are you the passive type? Can you be calm, but stern even with the adorable teddy bear face of a puppy? What size dog do you want? Do you have children? Do you have a fenced-in yard? How much time will you have to train and walk the dog? Canine animals have an instinct to migrate, following their leader, and need to be taken for daily walks every day. These are all factors which you must consider before you decide on what type of dog you wish to own. Adopting a pup should not be taken lightly. It should be a well thought out decision which involves the entire family.

If you do not provide the proper amount of leadership and exercise these are the types of things you have to look forward to: Caught in the Act!

Below are some examples of puppies vs. adult dogs.

While the full-grown versions of these dogs are cute, there is something even cuter in the faces of the puppies.

Close up - A wrinkly tan Ori-Pei puppy is sitting on a green couch and she is looking to the left. A tan Ori-Pei is laying on a bed and its eyes are closed. Its head is wrinkled and it has lots of extra skin.

Barkley the Ori-Pei as a very young pup and Barkley all grown up.

A fuzzy brown and white with black Farm Collie is sitting on a tiger print blanket. Its small ears are flopped over towards the front and its nose is half pink in the center and black around the edges. A long coated brown and white with black Farm Collie is standing on a blacktop surface. Its ears are perked standing upright and its nose is all black.

Cody the Farm Collie as a young puppy and Cody all grown up.

A cute little wrinkly tan with black Pug puppy is laying on top of a cheetah print pillow. A thick, tan with black Pug is sitting at the base of a tree. It has wrinkles on its head and a lot of extra skin.

Bugsy the Pug as a young puppy and Bugsy all grown up!

A shaved black and tan Shih-Tzu has bows in each ear and is standing on the side of a white wicker chair and she is looking forward.

Full-grown Shih-Tzu with her coat shaved short

Front view - A cute little black, tan and white Pembroke Welsh Corgi is laying under a bush and on top of a stone. Its head is tilted to the left and its mouth is open. A small, short-legged, tan with white Pembroke Welsh Corgi is sitting on a tiled floor in front of a bag of puppy food.

An example of what Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppies look like. Yep, these puppies are cute, cute, cute!

Front side view - A fluffy looking, cute little white Havanese puppy is standing on a carpet and there is wood paneling behind it.

This white Havanese Puppy is the same dog as the adult white Havanese below.

Two long haired dogs - A tan and white Havanese is laying on a brick porch and behind it is a black and white Havanese. They both are looking up.

Adult Havanese dogs—The white Havanese is the same as the white puppy pictured above