Best Dog Breeds for Seniors: Our Top Recommendations
Would you agree that Small is usually better when considering which breed is best for senior citizens.
Admittedly, we’re a little biased around here, but there’s lot to be said about the perfect dogs for senior citizens and retirees. Big or small..
The warmth, companionship, love and entertainment that dogs provide can make all the difference in the life of an older person.
We know that dog ownership can benefit humans in many ways, all of which are vitally important as we reach our senior years.
For at least 15,000 years and perhaps much longer, dogs have lived side by side humans.
There must be something to this human--dog bond.
Research into the health benefits of owning a dog is now well established. All the important health and psychological reasons for owning a dog are especially critical as we age. For example, did you know…
But, before rushing out to purchase a puppy,
there are many things to consider.
Don’t! If you are in a position to purchase or adopt a dog for your parent or grandparent, please stop and ask them if they really want a pet.
Owning a dog may be the best solution to loneliness, but if the senior does not want one or does not feel they are capable of caring for a dog, you will be adding additional burdens and stress into their life.
A person should always choose their own dog. Giving the gift of a dog is never a good idea. There will always be bonding issues and the possibility of hard-feelings on the part of the senior.
BUT, it they are interested in choosing a dog,
by all means, Show them this Page!
If you are a senior and are thinking about the addition of a four legged friend, please consider the following:
Older dogs are better than puppies for a retired person.
They are beyond the crazy puppy stage and many have already been trained to walk on a leash, obey basic commands and eliminate in appropriate places. This is not always the case, so it is important to learn as much about the background of any dog you are considering as you can.
If you can find an adult dog from a good rescue organization or shelter this is, in our opinion, the best dog option for a senior.
Senior dogs can be a great choice. Many people shy away from a senior dog, but they deserve just as much love and attention as any younger dog. They are the least active, often the most appreciative and loving dogs, but may have health problems. Often health concerns can be as simple as giving the older dog a pill once a day.
Veterinary bills can be an issue, but there is health insurance for pets that help with these costs. Most of all, senior dogs have so much love to give and just the act of adopting one knowing you may be his/her last chance provides rewards greater than words can express.
Small Portions, Smaller Products, Larger Savings
Many seniors, who have had large dogs all of their lives gravitate to small dogs as they get older. Large dogs require more exercise, are much stronger, and not as easy to manage. Consider a four-pound dog pulling on a leash as compared to a 114 pound dog.
Not all small dogs are the same so it is important that you look at each breed to see which one might make the best pet for you. We looked at different scenarios when forming our top list of best dog breeds for seniors.
Here are some of the categories we examined:
Do you want a dog that requires little in the way of grooming?
Our choice in this category of best dog breeds for seniors would be one of the short haired breeds:
Want a good watch dog? Our choice of best dog breeds for seniors in this area are:
So, here are my top ten of Best Dog Breeds for Seniors, not in any particular order. Use this list along with the recommendations above to find a breed that is right for you.
All breeds listed on this page are purebred. There are many hybrids and mixed breeds that would make perfect pets for a senior. Don't rule any of those great designer dogs out when making your choice.
Those that didn’t make the top ten
but still best dog breeds for seniors...
According to the 2015-2016 APPA (American Pet Products Association) National Pet Owners Survey, 65% of U.S. households own a pet, which equates to 79.7 millions homes
Dogs are still the number one choice for pet ownership with an estimated 54.4 million households owning a dog. Cats are owned by 42.9 million households in the U.S.