Dogs bring love and pleasure to every family, just like pensioners. Discover 15 of the best dog breeds here that can accompany your golden years.
The Pomeranian is not only an intelligent tiny pleasure people but also one of the cutest dogs you will ever see. Being small and light, Pomeranians are easy to handle and don’t need a lot of exercises.
- Shih Tzu
Shih Tzu is easy to handle, ranging from 9 to 16 pounds. Although the breed is a bit stubborn, most Shih Tzus can be trained without too many problems. The Shih Tzu tends to suffer from brachycephalic syndrome and skin problems.
The Pug is best known as an adaptable, charming and playful breed of dogs that don’t require a lot of exercise to maintain their health. Being small, the puppies meet the size requirements of assisted living communities.
- Welsh Pembroke Corgi
If you want a small to medium dog as your companion, the Corgi could be perfect for you with those adorable little short legs. Weighing in at 24 to 30 pounds, the breed is small enough for most people to handle. Corgis are fairly easy to train. The Corgi has minimal grooming needs, which can be very practical.
Although Beagles are traditionally hunting dogs, they can make excellent family dogs. At only 24 pounds, Beagles are among the best breeds of dogs for the elderly. They need plenty of exercises, which is ideal for the fitness conscious senior citizen.
- Labrador Retriever
If you have a yard for your dog to run in, the Labrador Retriever may be just for you. They are very intelligent, which means they train very quickly. They are gentle and loving, making them ideal companions for older people.
The poodle is one of the most intelligent and also one of the most popular breeds of all dogs. The best part is, you can choose your size. There are tiny toy poodles, the Miniature Poodle, and the Larger Standard. The poodle can be a loyal and loving companion. The breed learns very quickly and adapts well to all kinds of households. They must professionally care for every month or two.
Maltese is the quintessential “little white dog”. The breed likes to spend time on its owner’s lap. Like the poodle, this breed also needs professional grooming. The Maltese are fairly easy to train. Weighing only 4 to 7 pounds, the breed is very easy to handle. You can even take them in your bag!
- Yorkshire Terrier
Although Yorkshire Terriers have long hair that requires a lot of grooming, they are small and adaptable, making them a good choice for assisted living. They need enough exercise every day, and can sometimes get a little bossy.
- Basset Hound
The easy nature of the Basset Hound makes them fantastic pets for the elderly. The Basset Hound can sometimes be a little stubborn but is very affectionate. Some fans of this breed say that they shadow you closely. Basset Hounds need daily exercise to avoid gaining weight. Fortunately, grooming requirements are minimal.
How can a racing dog be a good companion for the elderly? You may be surprised to learn that the Greyhound is not the high-energy breed of dog most people might think they are. Although they enjoy daily walks and the occasional chance to run, most of them tend to be “couch potatoes” who like to bask with their owners. If you are a big dog lover, the Greyhound is the breed to consider.
- Bichon Frise
The little soft Bichon Frise is affectionate and makes a perfect companion. Ranging from 7 to 12 pounds in weight, this breed is extremely easy to handle. They are fairly easy to train. The breed needs to be cared for periodically but is also fairly low maintenance.
- Knight King Charles Spaniel
The Cavalier is a small dog that likes to snuggle up next to its owner. Weighing from 11 to 18 pounds, the breed is easy to handle and train. They need certain grooming needs, such as regular brushing of the hair, cleaning of the ears and an occasional visit to a groomer.
- French Bulldog
It’s almost impossible to be around the gay French Bulldogs. They are among the happiest of all dog breeds. French Bulldogs are muscular, compact and active dogs. Going in weight from 24 to 30 pounds, they are quite manageable. Grooming needs are quite low, but be aware of health problems such as brachycephalic syndrome and various skin problems.
The Schnauzer is available in a variety of sizes, including miniature, offering many choices for an elderly person trying to meet the pet size requirements of a community. They are fun, trainable and good with children.