Best Dog Breeds for Seniors

October 14th, 2011
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If you’re a senior citizen and are thinking of adopting a dog, you should choose a Dog Breed based on your activity level and your living space.

For a senior, owning a dog can bring numerous health as well as emotional benefits. A dog can give you a constant companion, and can greatly reduce stress in your life.

Smaller dogs are a common choice; they’re more ideally suited for apartments or condominiums and have lower activity requirements.

Small dogs don’t need to be exercised regularly like a large dog breed would, which makes them ideal for seniors who may not feel energetic enough to walk or play with a dog every day. Common small breeds are Pugs, Pomeranians, Bichon Frises, Chihuahuas, Yorkshire Terriers, and Poodles. One thing to watch out for is that some small dog breeds are noted for excessive barking, which will annoy your neighbors if you live in an apartment or condominium.

If you’re an active senior with a large living space, a larger dog breed might be a good choice. They can make a good guard dog, as they are more menacing than smaller breeds and more likely to scare away intruders or dissuade them from trying to break in. You should select a large dog breed that has an easy-going temperament, such as a Golden Retriever or a Labrador. Breeds noted for occasionally being aggressive or having behavioral problems should be avoided, as they might accidentally injure you or your friends.

You may want to consider adopting an older dog rather than getting a puppy. Puppies are often quite rambunctious, and will need to be potty trained. Potty training a puppy can be a great deal of work, and you may not want to put up with the work that it entails.

Older dogs are usually already house trained and are less active than puppies. They’re also more likely to have a personality suited to seniors, as they will be more laid-back.

As another plus, adopting an older dog and giving it a loving home gives a dog another chance at life. Most older dogs in shelters unfortunately end up being euthanized.

For a senior, owning a dog can bring numerous health as well as emotional benefits. A dog can give you a constant companion, and can greatly reduce stress in your life.

In general, pet owners often have better health, get sick less often, and report having less stress than those without pets.

Dogs are a great choice for seniors who feel isolated or who have recently lost a loved one. The addition of a dog in your life can greatly ease the pain and suffering you may have gone through and can do wonders to fill the void.

By Kelly Marshall

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