The love of dogs is unconditional. They are loyal creatures and possess several psychological and health benefits. They are the best companions for the seniors. According to the center for disease control and prevention, “Keeping pets reduces anxiety and helps in correcting the old –age-related brain degenerative diseases. in meantime should pick hypoallergenic dogs for fewer health problems and medium dog breeds are the best for seniors lifestyle.
All dogs are right loyal, and funny creatures, but their personalities vary, and here we will discuss the 30 best dog breeds for seniors and retirees, making the best companionship with seniors as recommended by any veterinarian
Temperament: They are Active, playful, energetic, curious, and affectionate. Keep in mind that Schipperke needs some extra training.
Suitable: For those seniors who want to stay active. It is ideal for studio apartments.
Average size: reach up to 13 inches (height)
5-5.5 kg (weight)
2- Lhasa Apso
Appearance: They are Silky fur, with deep-set eyes and dark brown pendant ears. This small breed originated from Tibet.
Temperament: easily managed, calm, playful, easy to handle, guard dogs.
Suitable: best for seniors because It needs little training, easy to manage (lovely and sweet breed). It just needs regular grooming.
Average size: 10-11 inch (height)
7-8 kg (weight)
3- Labrador Retriever
Appearance: Dense, harsh weather-resistant coat, broad skull with a clear-cut head, and an otter tail. This dog breed belongs to a sporting group of dogs.
Temperament: They are intelligent, hardworking, friendly, loyal, and lovely.
Suitable: best for those seniors who want a good friend and guard. They are a bit hard to handle.
Average size: 22-24 inches (height)
65-80 pounds (weight)
Appearance: These mini creatures are called balls of fluff: fox-like build, bug eyes.
Temperament: They are friendly, easy to train, talkative.
Suitability: For those seniors who want fluffy friends to cuddle with them. Small dogs are highly suitable for small apartments. These mini creatures don’t need much exercise as well.
Average size: 8-14 inches (height)
3-7 pounds (size)
Temperament: Friendly, playful, active.
Suitability: For seniors. They love to play and are ideal companions for small apartments. Easy to handle and respond politely. They don’t need much grooming at all.
Average size: Approx nine inches (height)
16-33 pounds (size)
Temperament: They are lovely and friendly. Havanese love to sit in laps and are playful dogs.
Suitability: for seniors. They don’t need much grooming and exercise. Please don’t leave them all alone at home.
Average size: 8-11 inches (height)
7-13 pounds (size)
7- Bichon Frise
Temperament: Friendly, playful, and intelligent
Suitability: For apartments.
Average size: 10-15 inches (height)
10-12 pounds (size)
Temperament: Lovely, playful, intelligent
Suitability: For small places and less need for grooming because of their short fur.
Average size: 10-14 inches (height)
14-18 pounds (size)
Suitability: For seniors considered as best companions
Average size: 9-12 inches (height)
8-14 pounds (size)
10- Chinese Crested
Temperament: lively and friendly
Suitability: Small dog breed appropriate for seniors
Average size: 11-13 inches( height)
11 pounds (weight)
Temperament: Friendly (family pet)
Suitability: For seniors, easily adjustable
Average size: 6-9 inches (height)
3-6 pounds (weight)
12- Yorkshire Terrier
Appearance: Silky coat, grayish blue, toy dog breed
Temperament: Friendly and easily manageable
Suitability: Smallest dog breed, appropriate for small apartments
Average size: 6-9 inches (height)
3-6 pounds (size)
LIST OF OTHER FRIENDLY BREEDS FOR SENIORS:
14- French Bulldog
15- Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
17- West Highland White Terrier
18- Brussels Griffon
19- Miniature Schnauzer
20- Cocker Spaniel
23- Shih Tzu
24- Boston Terrier
25- Basset Hound
26- Pembroke Welsh Corgi
27- Golden Doodle
30- Italian GreyhoundChoose the breed then search on google map about dog shelters near me