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I think you'll be fine! If this 3 year old boy is what you want, you should adopt him! Don't let the marking thing stop you.
You have to treat every dog, no matter what gender or age, like they are a puppy whenever they come to a new environment. There are dogs that are raised from puppyhood in a home, and if they go to a friend's house or a grooming salon, they will go IN the building! Some dogs will not go in new environments, but some will due to new smells or the fact that "this isn't my home."
I got Louis when he was 2 years old. He was intact until I got him. I also have a neutered male in the house. Louis was a show dog and was only used to going in an ex-pen, and he was around intact females all the time. I'd say he was not housetrained at all when I got him. He did mark in my house for the first week, but that's becuase my husband wasn't as vigilant as I was to let him out all of the time. I went to puppy basics with him. The first week, he'd also pee over my other male dog's pee. The first few months were a lot of work, but now we are at a point where I have been letting him sleep on the bed with me. Before, he would be crated cause I couldn't trust him to hold it overnight. He can definitely hold it, but I wasn't sure if he would know to hold it until I took him out. I've had Louis for 10 months now. The first week was rocky. I thought I made a mistake. The first 2-3 months were hard (always being so watchful). By 6 months, he REALLY settled in, and I just kept up with the potty routine. Now by 10 months, he's good in the house. I take him to work with me and he will still go in the salon! But I can't hold that against him, to him, that's not his home and there are so many other dog smells, he will poop. He has marked once in the salon. I had an intact dog that sprayed on the floor, I thought I cleaned it well, but Louis marked over it. He does not indicate when he has to go, so I never know! I just take him out on a schedule. He's stayed in hotels with me and never messed in there. I even put out a puppy pad and he never used it - I don't think he even knows what it is. Some dogs need more of a schedule than others, it really depends on the dog you get. You just have to find out what works. If you don't want to put in a lot of effort into potty training, then make sure the dog you get is reliably potty trained. Just remember that marking and just peeing is different.