If you’re considering adding a furry friend to your household, there are lots of excellent reasons to opt for an older pet: Their personalities are already well-developed, you don’t have to worry about them growing any bigger, and they’re more predictable than younger animals.

Most senior pets already have an established routine and tend to be more relaxed and less demanding, according to the Vienna-based animal protection organisation Vier Pfoten.

The fact that they are less demanding doesn’t mean that older animals don’t have the same complex needs as all other pets. But training, walks and playtimes don’t need to be as long for seniors.

They are generally very good at fitting in with the lifestyles and routines of their human companions, which makes them ideal pets for single people, couples and families, as well as for pensioners, according to the experts.

Another advantage of older pets: Most are already house-trained and understand basic commands – that means they won’t scratch your furniture and know how to behave themselves, unlike puppies. – dpa