We adopted Samantha when she was about a year old. She was a great dog, from the get-go. Have never had a single regret, she is good natured, loving, not destructive, and generally just fits in perfectly. We have now had her for over six years. In our experience the only down-side, when we brought her home, she had an ear infection, an eye infection, kennel cough and had just been spayed, so the first three weeks involved some pretty intense nursing, but it has been 100% worth it.