Dogs are great companions for seniors. They can reduce loneliness, motivate us to remain active with walks, and they can even help to break the ice when meeting new people. Finding the right dog takes some research so we've developed this list of the top 8 dog breeds to consider.
This list takes 3 traits into consideration:
- Size - often smaller dogs are easier to handle
- Energy - lower energy dogs require less activity, such as long walks
- Training - how easy is it to develop habits to become a good companion
So let's take a look at the breeds that rise to the top.
- Pembroke Welsh Corgi - A low maintenance breed weighing in around 27 pounds. They are adaptable and easy to live with.
- Bichon Frise - This pleasant house dog likes to snuggle on laps or pillows and doesn't need a lot of exercise. One consideration in training is that this breed can have difficulty in housebreaking. Weight averages around 10 pounds.
- Tibetan Spaniel - A playful yet laid-back companion who is sensitive to its owners moods and feelings. Weighing between 9 and 15 pounds this breed does well in apartment style living.
- Cavalier King Charles Spaniel - These are a comfort-loving breed that like to curl up in your lap or lay next to you, but they also love the chance to get out and exercise more than the other dogs on this list. They respond well to praise and treats for training.
- Pugs - The amiable Pug is a playful dog but rarely gets into real mischief. Ranging from 14 to 18 pounds this sturdy dog has a soft coat that is easy to groom but they do shed daily.
- Yorkshire Terrier - This dog is fine-boned and easy to carry. Yorkie show dogs weigh between 4 and 7 pounds but most pet Yorkie weigh in around 13 pounds. They shed very little so this is a good breed to consider if allergies are a concern.
- Greyhound - Not all dogs for seniors are small dogs. Adult Greyhound are quiet and graceful living indoors. They excel with speed vs. endurance so they don't need long walks to keep them exercised. They have an easy to care for coat and this gentle dog rarely barks.
- Maltese - The smallest dog of this list, ranging from 6 to 8 pounds, the Maltese is one of the brightest of the toy sized dog breeds. This quick-moving companion doesn't need a lot of outside exercise. They are sensitive to training and prefer a covered location to do their business, so training them to use a litter box is even an option.
As you can see there are many options out there so you can find your perfect furry companion. At Caring Senior Service, our expert staff is comprised of extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and trusted professionals who take pride in helping your loved one manage their daily activities. Contact us today to learn more!