Dog Breeds

Great Dog Breeds for Older People

Written by Nancy Boland

If you are wondering about the right choice of dog breed for yourself or someone elderly, this article will hopefully provide you with some suggestions on which are the best dog breeds for older people.

Age of the dog

An older dog will generally tend to be quieter and require less early training and supervision than a pup, and may pose less challenging to keep than a young dog. However, this is not always the case as many small dogs live for as long as 15 years and sometimes more so it’s important to take breed into utmost consideration as well as temperament.

The Shih Tzu

The Shih Tzu dog breed is a great breed and companion for older people as they are love sitting on your lap for hours upon hours and thrive on your company. While they require a few thirty minute walks a day, they are not exceptionally boisterous and won’t run you ragged like other smaller breeds of dogs. They also require regular grooming which is high maintenance and an aspect of care that must be done consistently.

The Miniature Schnauzer

The miniature variety of Schnauzer is a great choice of dog breed for those who want all the playfulness and activity a small dog brings without the physically large size.

Miniature Schnauzers are  intelligent and respond well to training, love to play, and generally fit in well with other existing pets and new people. They are great if you want to continue to maintain your active lifestyle with walks and plenty of outdoor time.

The Pug

Prone to bursts of silliness that will do nothing but entertain you,  Pugs can also be somewhat independent in temperament which often means they are more than happy entertaining themselves while you supervise from resting position!

They need regular walking, but due to their brachycephalic faces and build, will be happier trotting beside you on the lead than leading you astray and require more short bursts of gentle exercise than long luxurious walks for hours on end!

The Poodle

Miniature poodles are low-shedding, meaning less to clean up and are eager to please and easy to train. Small and miniature poodles are well suited to life in smaller homes, and need to be walked regularly, but they do not tend to be unruly, or pull on the lead making them a great choice for someone who still wants to be active without the boisterous nature of a dog to content with.

The Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier is another dog that is very popular with the older generation, and are quite suitable for smaller housing accommodations. They are lively and fun little characters but because of their small size, get easily tired out after exercise and love nothing more but to cuddle up on your lap and keep you company.

About the author

Nancy Boland

I'm Nancy, owner of a very spoiled, one eyed Jack Russell called Basil. I'm a trainee veterinarian with a love for all things dogs. I'm especially passionate about dog adoption and always advocate rescue and enjoy writing about canine health and nutrition, alongside overall well-being tips for happy dogs!

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