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Fantastic and Loving Dog Breeds Perfect for Seniors

By Robin Mei - April 03, 2019
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Beagle

Beagles are incredibly bright, curious and active dogs. They love spending plenty of time outside which makes them a perfect breed for all senior citizens who still enjoy taking walks and don’t mind playing lots of fetch with their beloved four-legged friends.

But before choosing a beagle for a pet, you should know that they are loud dogs who tend to howl a lot. If you’re looking for a quieter breed, this next one might be perfect for you.

Source: Here Are 2019’s Top Dog Breeds For Seniors

Greyhound

Greyhounds are best known for their unbelievable speed. These canines can run faster than any other breed in the world, reaching speeds of over 70 kilometers (up to 45 miles) per hour.

That doesn’t mean they’ll be chasing you around the house all day long. On the contrary, when inside greyhounds are napping champions. They love to spend their time lying on the sofa pretending to be a cushion ready for cuddling whenever their human friends are in the mood for it.

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Chihauhau

Chihuahuas might be small in size, but when it comes to their personality, this breed can seem to be bigger than most. Even though they rarely weigh over 2.5 kilograms (less than 6 pounds), they tend to behave like true watchdogs to the point of becoming hostile towards anyone people but their owners.

If we put aside the chihuahua’s vivacious character, these dogs are not too demanding to maintain — they are relatively easy to groom, don’t require much space to exercise and they eat very little food.

Yorkshire Terrier

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Who doesn’t like Yorkies? They are one of the most popular breeds in America, not only because they are quite small in size and thus perfect for apartment living, but also because the Yorkshire terriers’ affectionate nature makes it an excellent life companion, especially for the elderly.

When properly trained and socialized, Yorkies are incredibly loving, loyal pets that are easy to take care of. But, they are not the only one — the next one in line is a real comedian!

Welsh Terrier

Whoever decides to have a Welshie for a pet can rest assured that there will be no more dull days in their life. The Welsh terriers’ cheerful character and dynamic nature help keep their owners in both a good mood and good shape.

Like most other hunting breeds, these terriers are very energetic and playful dogs. These pups do need a lot of exercise, but once they get their daily dose of running they can be amazingly cuddly indoor dogs too.

Pomeranian

Pomeranians make wonderful family dogs; they are incredibly loyal to their owners but friendly to other people too. They usually remain somewhat cautious and a little bit suspicious of strangers, so they can also make fantastic watchdogs.

Pomeranians could be a perfect choice for the elderly as well, particularly those who live alone. These lovely, affectionate pups will always alert their owner if someone is at the door, plus they will make sure that their owner is always getting some fresh air.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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Every Cavalier King Charles spaniel is born to be someone’s companion. They simply love to be around people all the time and should never be left alone for more than a few hours since they don’t enjoy a solitary lifestyle.

Many people love to call them toy dogs, but they are actually just a little too large for that label. After all, they are spaniels both at heart and in genes, so if you want more of a fluffy toy breed this next hound will steal your heart.

Shih Tzu

Despite their Shih Tzu name, which translated means “little lion,” nothing about these dogs is frightening, not even their bark. Moreover, the entire breed was “invented” thousands of years ago to be lovingly held in a person’s arms and cuddled all day long with no complaint. That’s how affectionate Shih Tzus are.

These pups are the happiest when surrounded by their human family, even if that means having only one person to follow around from room to room.

Cairn Terrier

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Like other terrier breeds, the Cairn loves to run around, chase small animals, bark and dig. With proper training, most Cairn terriers can be taught to behave, but with their energy level they will never be happy as an all-day lap dog.

Cairn terriers can be a bit stubborn and independent on occasion. At the same time they are incredibly sensitive dogs whose feelings can be easily hurt, so if one really wants to befriend this breed they must be resolute but kind, and always in command.

Maltese

Having a Maltese around is a sure promise of fun. These dogs have such a friendly nature and love being with people, which makes them perfect companions for seniors. They are playful, intelligent and very active pups who require a bit of attention but definitely know how to give all the love back.

However, before you make up your mind which dog breed would work best for you, make sure to check out this next one too.

Papillon

It only takes a glance to realize why this breed is called papillon – their ears are just like widespread butterfly wings fluttering in the wind. And their personality is no different. Papillons are very active dogs who need a fair amount of exercise, which is what many people in their golden years need too.

Papillons are also known to be very devoted and obedient companions too, so if properly trained they can make great apartment dogs.

Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Despite their funny and possibly misleading appearance, Dandie Dinmont terriers are self-confident and strong-willed hunting dogs. They were originally bred to chase and hunt badgers and otters in the British countryside, which is precisely what they did for at least two centuries before they ever became house pets.

Still, they kept their typical terrier nature of being bold, intelligent and independent dogs, unquestionably loyal to their human family and slightly reserved toward strangers until they get to know them better.

Golden Retriever

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The Golden Retriever is one of the most popular family dog breeds found in the United States. These dogs are known to be very friendly and sociable, highly intelligent, patient and, most of all, loyal to their human friends.

Their sweet and gentle nature makes them eager to please the hand that feeds them. They just love to hang around their owners all day long, but don’t really appreciate being left alone. If that sounds like too much work, the next canine in line might be a better option.

Pug

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Pugs are small dogs with big personalities. If there’s a breed with the genuine sense of humor, they’re it. Pugs just love to show off and entertain people around them, especially those they love the most — their owners.

The pug was primarily “designed” to be a toy, lap or companion dog, so if you’re looking for a dog that loves to serve, guard or hunt, the pug might not be a perfect choice. Pugs are here to keep you smiling, but probably not safe.

Schnauzer

The schnauzer is a breed that comes in three sizes: giant, standard and miniature. Whichever one a person chooses, they can be certain that the dog is going to be very intelligent and affectionate with the entire family.

In case one lives alone and is looking for a four-legged friend to keep them company schnauzers are great, but they will also get an excellent watchdog always ready to serve. Even miniature schnauzers are known to be good guardians, not to mention amazing entertainers.

Cocker Spaniel

For a very long time, cocker spaniels used to be the most breed of dog in America. During the first half of the 20th century, these charming little dogs were even more popular than golden retrievers.

These spaniels are playful and lovable pups that are happiest when pleasing others. Whether they’re just lying on their owner’s lap or playing fetch with the grandkids in the backyard, these pups always appreciate the attention they get. This next adorable little American gentleman shares many of these same qualities.

Boston Terrier

They don’t call them little American gentlemen for no reason — Boston terriers are one of the most wonderful dogs breeds there is. Plus, they look so sweet and funny, as if they are perpetually dressed in a stylish tuxedo.

Originally bred as fighting dogs, the Boston terrier’s gentle nature makes them ideal pets wholly devoted to their owners. These pups are equally suitable both for families and single people of any age, senior citizens included.

Standard Poodle

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Three words describe this breed best: smart, proud and elegant, so it’s no wonder why poodles make fabulous show dogs. But even if one doesn’t have the ambition to take their beloved curly-haired canine to compete in a dog show, they will still love them for their companionship.

A poodle is much more than just a beautiful pet. It is a very loyal dog that is protective of its family’s home. They will never miss anyone approaching the front door, and will often let oput a warning bark before the doorbell is even pressed.

Schipperke

Nicknamed “little black devils” for their amazingly fearless, feisty and curious nature, Schipperkes are an excellent choice for people with an active lifestyle.

This highly energetic breed needs regular daily walks and plenty of exercises, so if you choose a Schipperke as a companion you better be ready to spend at least an hour every day playing with your dog outside. If that seems like too much, this next breed might be perfect for you.

Chinese Crested

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The Chinese crested almost seems like it was designed specifically to be the pet of someone who doesn’t have an active lifestyle. This breed is a perfect choice for senior citizens who don’t have the time to take care of a dog with too much energy.

While they are noted jumpers and like high places, they are also famous for their calm and patient nature, and they never expect to be taken outside for a long run or game of fetch.

West Highland Terrier

The West Highland white terrier is known as good-natured and friendly. Initially used for hunting and ratting, these small but bold dogs definitely have a mind of their own. With proper training and a clear set of rules, they make perfect family dogs that can be suitable for older households too.

Westies, as they are affectionately called, do not require a lot of exercise but are happy with one or two daily walks. A little bit of playtime will keep them happy and well-behaved if they’re indoors.

Otterhound

Otterhounds are large dogs with loads of energy and a vivid, playful personality. The breed can be traced back to England more than five centuries ago when it was used for otter hunting, but today these big pups are mostly indoor pets who love to spend time with their families.

Still, otterhounds require daily walks and vigorous workouts, which makes them perfect for seniors who enjoy living an active life. But if that doesn’t sound like you, maybe the next breed would be a better choice.

Scottish Terrier

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Scottish terriers might be small in size, but not in character. These short-legged dogs are famous for their dignity, high intelligence, independence and determination, traits often associated with hunting breeds.

As house pets, they make excellent watchdogs, always on alert and ready to chase away uninvited guests with their surprisingly loud bark. If there’s no one at the door, Scotties will not make too much noise. Instead, they’ll keep quiet and patiently wait to be taken out for a walk.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

The Pembroke Welsh corgi breed was initially bred to herd cattle, which means these canines are not only incredibly smart and highly independent workers, but also loyal and devoted pets.

Welsh corgis are always eager to please their owners so training isn’t too difficult unless their sometime-stubborn nature overpowers their will to serve. They are also rather energetic pups and regular exercise is a must. Plus, they tend to eat more than they need. Because of this, corgis need exercise to keep their weight under control.

Havanese

The Havanese dog breed is named after the capital city of Cuba where they served as companion dogs to Havanese aristocracy in the 19th century. They are nicknamed “velcro dogs” for never wanting to leave the side of their owner.

Their charming and loving personality, as well as their loyalty and affectionate nature, makes them a very popular dog that can be perfect for senior citizens. They’re not the only small dog breed right for the job, though, and this next pooch proves that.

Brussels Griffon

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The Brussels griffon breed was initially developed to hunt rats, but when the need for that particular talent ceased, their affectionate and cheerful nature made them exceptional pets.

Known for their intelligence and incredible sense of humor spiced up with a dash of pomposity, the Brussels griffon makes an excellent companion for elderly people. But, if the grandchildren are around, you should probably teach them not to give your griffon unsolicited hugs, since the breed is known to be testy about its personal space around strangers.

Basset Hound

Basset hounds are the perfect choice for anyone who doesn’t have too much energy to spare to run after their beloved four-legged friend all day long. These pups are known for their laid back nature and tranquillity, lack of initiative and somewhat moderate intelligence. In other words, they’re slow and not too bright.

The combination of these characteristics makes them a bit challenging to train, but once they learn the rules, this hound dog can behave itself and be very loyal to its owners.

Goldendoodle

The Goldendoodle is a prime example of the relatively new trend of designer dog breeds. These lovely pups are the result of selective crossbreeding between poodles and golden retrievers. Goldendoodles can vary in size, from rather small (some breeders classify them as “minis”) to quite large.

Their energy level is usually not too high, but they still need regular daily exercise. If that sounds too demanding, maybe this next breed could be a better option for you or someone you know.

French Bulldog

Primarily because of their small size, French bulldogs are absolutely perfect pets for seniors. They don’t need too much space to run around, and they also tend to keep quiet, which makes them ideal for living in apartments.

They like to spend their time with people and love being the center of attention, so if you are looking for a faithful companion and have the time to devote to them, this little fellow can be your number one choice.

Golden Labrador Retriever

Golden Labrador retrievers are getting more and more popular in recent years, especially among senior citizens who like to keep themselves busy and active every single day.

Having a pup like this one could be the soundest reason to go out and spend a couple of good hours walking and playing fetch. Once the fun time is over, this breed will not mind taking the rest of the day off to keep snoozing on a sofa with their human friends.

Shar-Pei

Initially, the Chinese Shar-Pei breed was developed to herd, guard, hunt, and even to fight. Thanks to their loyal nature they soon became loyal companions and great family dogs.

Devoted as they are, Shar-Peis make amazing watchdogs who will do anything to protect their families. They do tend to be quite strong-willed and independent, so if you don’t have the patience to deal with those traits maybe the next breed could work better for you.

Japanese Chin

For over a thousand years, Japanese chins have been “decorating” Far East imperial palaces and courts, but thanks to their charming nature these little cuties have won many hearts across the globe.

Japanese chins are highly intelligent, enthusiastic dogs, who love to please their owners, but also want to be entertained themselves. If they are left out of the spotlight for too long they will get bored and seek your attention in every possible way.

Chinese Crested

As the Chinese crested dog breed was originally developed to be a companion for people with disabilities, they also make excellent pets for the seniors as well. Petite in size but high in intellect, these dogs are the perfect fit for small living spaces.

Chinese crested dogs are very social and eager to bond, but that doesn’t mean they’ll accept strangers too quickly. They need time to adapt, but once they fall in love with their owners they will never want to leave their sight.

Shiba Inu

The Shiba Inu breed was initially bred for hunting, but today they mostly serve as companion dogs, primarily in Japan but they can also be found in the States. They are best known for their spirited nature, cat-like swiftness and their strong will.

They are unquestionably loyal and devoted to their families, but they can be quite stubborn as well. They will not always listen to their owners, so if you don’t have the patience for outwitting with your pup, you should probably consider this next breed.

Silky Terrier

If any dog breed truly embodies the famous phrase “small dog, big personality” it’s the Silky terrier. Even though they hardly reach a weight over 4.5 kilograms (10 pounds) when fully grown, these little pups are tough, wiry and super confident for their size.

Silkies are incredibly devoted to their owners and love spending time with their human friends. They are happiest when they can follow someone around all day long, which makes them an excellent choice for someone older.

Bolognese

Named after Bologna, the Italian city where they initially originated, these adorable pups are some of the best companion dogs one could hope to find. No matter what they do, they love being surrounded by their human friends.

Remarkably curious and bright, Bolognese dogs are always in the mood to do something — they will gladly follow you when going shopping or are running other errands, but if you decide to stay home all day they have no problem lazing around on the couch.

English Bulldog

Even though they were originally bred to herd cattle, there was a time when adorable bulldog pups were made to compete in an awful, bloody “game” called “bull-baiting.” Thankfully, nowadays they mostly do what they are best at — keeping their human buddies company.

Incredibly sociable and kind, these robust canines also have also made a name for themselves as being great watchdogs even though they don’t bark too often. It seems like they rely more on their appearance to frighten off unwelcome guests.

Lhasa Apso

The Lhasa Apso originates from Tibet, and despite their small size these dogs are quite fearless and highly independent — traits which came in useful when guarding ancient monasteries and palaces. Nowadays Lhasa Apsos are considered loyal family dogs, and great companions for elderly people.

These playful and sometimes even mischievous pups love to stay close to their owners and follow them from room to room. They are not particularly active, but do enjoy short walks and low-impact play time.

Dachshund

Dachshunds were initially bred to hunt smaller tunneling animals like rabbits, badgers and foxes.  Packs of these small but highly intelligent dogs were sometimes used to track wild boars, but today they make wonderful family dogs. These funny little pups are also fantastic pets for anyone in their golden years.

Dachshunds are known for their cheerful spirit and independent nature, but it might take a little bit of patience to get them trained on the obedience front.

Pekingese

The Pekingese is best known for its pride and its elegant, graceful posture. It’s no wonder why these small (and very self-confident and stubborn) dogs were bred to be the highly admired companions of the Chinese imperial family.

Today these beautiful dogs are cherished family pets, perfect show dogs and amazing companions for seniors. They are also excellent watchdogs that never miss the opportunity to bark an alert any time someone gets near the door.