Read on to find out which breeds are the best dog breeds for seniors.
The Pug dog breed is known for its wrinkled face, flat nose, and loud snoring. Seniors looking for a relaxed dog that does not require long daily walks would especially enjoy this breed. Since ancient times, the Pug has been bred as a lap dog; Since then, “companion” has been added to the job description. Pugs are friendly, and very playful, and they do not need a lot of grooming. But watch out for those treats.
The Havanese, as the name suggests, originates from Cuba. Its appearance is eye-catching with a silky curved tail and a long coat. This means frequent brushing and grooming, but this 7 to 13 pound dog can easily be handled by seniors who enjoy spending time with their pet. Havanese should have supervision over children and other dogs, at least initially.
Described as friendly, bright and amusing, the Boston Terrier is ranked 21st on the AKC’s list of 194 dog breeds. Their small size is manageable at the end of a leash, and it takes very little to keep them groomed. Boston Terriers also do well with children who may visit the household, but they are always happiest with their owners curled up in a favorite chair or on the bed.
The Miniature Schnauzer is very friendly towards little children and other dogs. It is also friendly to outsiders, yet the dog is very watchful and barks enough that it is considered an effective watch dog. The Miniature Schnauzer is very easy to train with treats, so as with most small dogs, it is wise to supervise these snacks between meals.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has a silky coat, melting brown eyes, and surprising strength at the end of a leash. This toy spaniel adapts well to the habits of their owners. Whether seniors and their families are active or at home, this little dog will be happy by their side.
The Dachshund comes in a few sizes and varieties, none of which are designed for running, jumping or swimming other dogs. Instead, these dogs know how to attack prey or at least bark at them when they have a chance. Dachshunds make great companions for seniors who may not enjoy running or jumping, but want a loyal dog from a familiar and beloved breed.
The Poodle is a breed that comes in miniature or standard sizes. This means they can weigh as little as 10 pounds, or up to 50 pounds for a female and 70 pounds for a standard male Poodle. Their curly coats don’t shed much, although most owners keep their coats clipped. Poodles are described as active, proud, and especially smart. They can adapt to almost any older lifestyle, from active nesters to happily retired homebodies.
Golden Retrievers can be excellent companion animals for seniors. The breed has an uncanny knack for lifting spirits, so they can ward off boredom or feelings of isolation. They are also easy to train and have an instinctive desire to please. Seniors older than 70 should consider an adult Golden Retriever, as these dogs can easily reach 12 years or older and weigh up to 75 pounds – and a large, old dog with mobility issues will be a challenge for most 80 year olds.
The French Bulldog, also known as a Frenchie, is ideal for seniors looking for a cuddly companion who loves attention. They are also adaptable, smart and loyal, although they are often stubborn. They can be expensive to purchase, as the mother usually has to deliver by cesarean section.
The Labrador Retriever is related to the Golden, but as the #1 most popular AKC dog, it certainly deserves its own notice. Labrador are a family favourite dog breed for seniors looking for a loving dog to keep them active, and for grandchildren who need a tolerant dog that can put up with a bit of tail pulling. At up to 70 pounds to a male, the Labrador Retriever has a life expectancy of 10 to 12 years.