8 Best Dog Breeds for Seniors

Medically Reviewed by Kathleen Claussen, DVM

WEBMD – Dogs make great companions for seniors because they reduce loneliness. They also increase physical fitness and reduce anxiety.

Poodle. Poodles are very smart and easily trained. They form a strong bond with their owner and love to be in a family setting. They’re very gentle and sweet animals. They don’t need a lot of exercise other than a daily walk. They don’t shed, but do need to be groomed monthly. Poodles come in three sizes: toy, mini, and standard.

Pomeranian. Pomeranians are small soft and furry dogs. They are very affectionate and love attention. They are great for older adults who can give them plenty of time and energy. Because they have a longer coat, they need to be brushed frequently to maintain a healthy shine.

Pug. Pugs are great small dogs for older adults. They love to be inside and to cuddle with their owner. They don’t need a lot of exercise and like to spend most of their time napping or with their owner. They don’t bark a lot, but they do snore.

Havanese. Havanese are small and hairy dogs. They are great for retired seniors who can spend a lot of time with them. They are very smart and easily trainable. They can even serve as therapy dogs. They are happy dogs and love to be the center of attention.

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Maltese. Maltese are very small dogs which makes them great lap dogs. They are intelligent, playful, and gentle. They are also frequently used as therapy dogs. They don’t need a lot of exercise but enjoy going on short walks.

Golden Retriever. Golden retrievers are larger dogs, but they’re friendly and well-attuned to their owners. They do need an active lifestyle, as they love to run, hike, and swim.

Labrador Retriever. Labrador retrievers are a very popular dog breed because of how even-tempered, friendly, and outgoing they are. They love their owners and make wonderful companions. Labs are easily trained and can serve as service dogs.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Pembroke Welsh Corgis are intelligent dogs that have a lot of energy and love pleasing their owners …

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