Today we’re talking about choosing the best dog breeds for the elderly. Many seniors love dogs and their hearts instantly melt when they get a new companion in their lives. A dog as a companion for an older person can often be the best medicine. A person that was once lonely, now has a dog to play with, talk to and care for. Even for those in nursing homes or assisted living facilities that don’t allow full-time pets, a visit from a therapy dog can brighten their day. Keep in mind that there are some dog breeds that are just better suited for elderly companions. Let’s talk about them!
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Best Dog Breeds for the Elderly
Boston Terrier– Boston Terriers are small and weight about 15-25 pounds and only stand about 15-17 inches high. They have a pretty long life as they live about 10-14 years. Terriers are extremely loyal dogs that love to play, go for walks and hang out on the couch. They don’t need much exercise and they are ideal watchdogs.
Pug– Pugs are cute little dogs that weigh about 14-20 pounds and stand around 9-11 inches high. Pugs are very playful dogs that have low energy and don’t need much exercise. They are dogs that are happy most of the time and love to show off. Pugs are great for seniors since they are affectionate and love just being a lap dog.
Miniature Poodle– Miniature Poodles are small, weighing only 16-20 pounds and stand about 10-15 inches high. They have a life of approximately 15-18 years and are full of energy and love. This dog breed loves to please people, is easy to train and is very perky. They are ideal for seniors since they require a great deal of interaction.
Cocker Spaniel– Cocker Spaniels are ideal for those who love to have a dog by their side. They have pretty laid-back temperaments so they can deal with the family coming for a visit on a Sunday afternoon. Cocker Spaniels weigh approximately 20 pounds so they are just the right size.
Chihuahua– Chihuahuas are full of personality and form a tight bond with their owner. They may be rather protective when strangers visit but aren’t mean-natured at all. They love taking part in daily walks and outings but they also love being inside running around the house or playing with their favorite toy.
Do you have any of these best dog breeds for the elderly? Which is your favorite dog?