Top 10 Best Dog Breeds for Seniors and Older People

Senior citizens, just like the rest of us, deserve a life full of happiness and companionship. Dogs provide both of these as well as enthusiasm, love and humour to name just a few things. If you are a senior citizen and you feel like you want a dog but don’t know what dog breed would be best for you, fear not, The Pet Embassy is here to provide you with our list on what we think are the best dog breeds for Seniors.

Please note that like any breed round up, all the following choices are subjective and are far from being exhaustive. We know there are many other wonderful dog breeds that could have made the list and the list is in no particular order!

If you have a dog whose breed appears on our “Top 10 Best Dog Breeds for Seniors and Older People” list or if you think your dog breed should have been on here, please let us know in the comments section below!

The Pet Embassy’s “Top 10 Best Dog Breeds for Seniors and Older People”

Poodle

Top 10 Best Dog Breeds for Seniors and Older People
A brown poodle standing on the grass. Photo by Artie Siegel from Pexels

Size: Medium

Temperament: Active, Instinctual and Intelligent 

The Poodle is a well-known and versatile breed that can come in miniature, toy or standard size. Poodles are one of the most active dog breeds as well as a family dog that responds well to training and are able to thrive in a number of households, they are one of the best dog breeds for kids and families.

Their easy going nature and ability to learn makes them one of the best dog breeds for beginners as well as one of the best dog breeds for seniors.

The Poodle is one of the smartest dog breeds in the world. Their intelligence, playful nature and the fact that they are one of the most energetic dog breeds means that obedience training is essential in keeping your Poodle mentally and physically stimulated. In addition, they also should be taken for exercise daily and they enjoy and excel at dog games due to their intelligent nature. The Poodle is one of our favorite medium dog breeds.

The Poodle is one of the longest living dog breeds and they can live for about 12 to 15 years, but note that toy and miniature varieties usually outlast standard poodles. All variations of the Poodle are amongst the longest living dog breeds.

Poodles are hypoallergenic and the Toy Poodle features on our favorite small hypoallergenic dog breeds.

Pug

Top 10 Best Dog Breeds for Seniors and Older People
A Beautiful Brown pug basking in the sunlight. Photo by Burst from Pexels

Size: Small

Temperament: Charming, Playful and Sociable 

The Pug’s face, with deep wrinkles around big, dark eyes and a flat round face, can’t help but make you smile. It is thought that the Pug’s name stems from the Latin word for “fist” as their face resembles a human fist. The Pug is a lazy dog for a lazy person, infact, they are so lazy they are one of our least active dog breeds, they are happy to remain snuggled on the couch for hours as long as they are getting their attention, which is why they are one of the best dog breed for seniors. Pugs are a sweet dog breed and generally get along with everyone and everything, meaning they are one of the best dog breeds for kids and families and they also get along with other dogs. 

The Pug is one of our least active dog breeds which makes them a perfect dog breed for lazy people and an even better dog breed for beginners and first time dog owners who live a less active lifestyle.

Even though the coats are short, Pugs are a double-coated breed. Pugs are typically fawn-coloured or black. The coat is short and smooth, however, pugs still shed a lot. Additionally, the Pug’s bulging eyes need special attention. Because they protrude, the eyes are vulnerable to injury and irritation from soaps and chemicals.

In addition, the Pug is one of our favorite small dog breeds.

Labrador Retriever

Top 10 Best Dog Breeds for Seniors and Older People
A lovely Labrador Retriever puppy enjoying some exercise. Image by Sven Lachmann from Pixabay

Size: Large

Temperament: Energetic, Intelligent and Tenacious

Like the Golden Retriever, Labrador Retrievers are another extremely popular breed and for good reason. Labrador Retrievers make great pets for first-time dog owners due to their affectionate and loyal natures. The Labrador is one of the most intelligent dog breeds in the world and they are frequently trained to aid those with blindness or autism. They are known for being calm and gentle, meaning they are a great family dog as well as a great companion to share the home with as well as being one of the best dog breed for kids and families. In addition, Labrador Retrievers are one of the best dog breeds for seniors.

Labrador Retrievers thrive in active environments, where they can be mentally and physically stimulated. If Labrador Retrievers do not get plenty of exercise as they as the Labrador Retriever is one of the most energetic dog breeds in the world and they also require lots of mental stimulation as they may become bored, therefore, if you live an active lifestyle and want a dog breed that will fit into your lifestyle, Labrador Retrievers could be for you!

Labrador Retrievers are a double-coated dog breed therefore they require regular grooming to keep their coats nice and healthy. Their coat should be brushed regularly as this can alert you to health and skin problems such as hot spots, hair loss or dry skin.

The Labrador Retrievers are one of our favorite large dog breeds as well as one of our top working dog breeds.

Shih Tzu

Top 10 Best Dog Breeds for Seniors and Older People
A beautiful brown and white Shih Tzu. Photo by mentatdgt from Pexels

Size: Small

Temperament: Funny, Mischievous and Tough

More than 1000 years ago, these chinese “lion dogs” were the stuff of royalty. However, despite their proud lineage, they are a cheeky and mischievous companion that will offer you hours of entertainment to you and your family, which is why they are one of our favourite small dog breeds.

Shih Tzus are a dog breed that loves everyone they meet and will happily be introduced to strangers as long as they get their attention! They are an easy going breed, which makes them a great choice for seniors. Shih Tzus are of the least active dog breeds that are equally happy resting on your lap, but, like all dogs enjoy running around in a park. Shih Tzus are known to be difficult to housebreak so they will need lots of training early on to ensure your house is clean!

The Shih Tzu is a lazy dog that does not require the levels of exercise as some larger dog breeds. They are very happy lying on the sofa with their favorite person, therefore, they are one of the best dog breeds for apartments.

The Shih Tzu is a tough dog and they do not tolerate much. They are not the best around children and may snap if their patience is wearing thin!

They can live up to 15 years or older, which makes them one of the longest living dog breeds in the world. Please make sure that you constantly keep their fur in check and take them to get groomed often!

In addition, the Shih Tzu is one of our favorite small hypoallergenic dog breeds, so you can cuddle for hours without having to worry about allergies!

Maltese

Top 10 Best Dog Breeds for Seniors and Older People
A beautiful white Maltese in a field of Grass. Photo by Pixabay from Pexels

Size: Small 

Temperament: Friendly, Gentle and Intelligent

The Maltese dog breed has an interesting history, their breed can be traced back into ancient times. This small charming dog breed was immortalised by many ancient civilisations in Greece, Italy and Egypt. They were even mentioned by a famous Greek philosopher called Aristotle! 

Maltese are very people orientated due to their long history as a companion dog. The Maltese is one of the least active dog breeds in the world, however, they are very intelligent and really easy to train. They thoroughly enjoy pleasing their owners. The Maltese responds well to lots of positive reinforcement, after all, how can you not be positive and happy around such a lovely dog breed.

Their love and affection combined with their gentle temperament, making the Maltese one of the best dog breeds for seniors.

The Maltese doesn’t require the space that some larger dogs do and the fact they are a relatively lazy dog means they are a great dog breed for apartments.

The Maltese is prone to getting the chills, especially if they are damp or walking in a cold environment. A nice warm coat is recommended if you live in colder climates.

Maltese are one of the longest living dog breeds. The typical lifespan of this particular dog breed is around 15 years. The oldest Maltese may reach 18 years of age!

In addition, the Maltese is one of our favorite small dog breeds.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Top 10 Best Dog Breeds for Seniors and Older People
A beautiful Cavalier King Charles Spaniel sitting on the grass. Photo by Mark Plötz from Pexels

Size: Small

Temperament: Affectionate, Patient and Playful

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel a family dog that is smart and very easy to train. They are willing to try whatever it is you want them to do and respond really well to food rewards and positive reinforcement. They are gentle and sweet and love pleasing their owner, which makes them a wonderful addition to a family with children as they are one of the best dog breeds for kids and families.

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is one of the least active dog breeds and as such they are a docile and lazy dog breed that does not usually show any aggression or bark at new people or dogs. This qualities make them one of the best dog breeds for seniors.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel are great playmates for children as they enjoy playing fetch, being taught new tricks or simply sitting on the children’s lap when they watch television or read a book, which also means the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is one of the best dog breeds for apartments.

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel really does tick all the boxes, hence, why they are one of our favorite small dog breeds.

Havanese

Top 10 Best Dog Breeds for Seniors and Older People
Look at the beautiful face on this Havanese dog breed. Photo by NicoleDenker from Pixabay

Size: Small

Temperament: Loving, Loyal and Responsive

The Havanese was originally bred as a companion dog by the Cuban aristocracy in the 19th century and have been labelled as a “Velcro dog” as they love sticking to their owners side. This little dog breeds thrives on being with their owners which makes them one of the best dogs breeds for seniors. They are known from suffering from separation anxiety, so it is best if someone is at home with them.

The Havanese dog breed does well in all types of homes, they are one of the best dog breeds for apartments and they also thrive in a house with a yard. They are known to bark when they see someone passing by the house or if they hear a strange noise coming from somewhere. Don’t worry, they don’t just bark for the sake of it, only if they have a reason.

In addition, the Havanese is a hypoallergenic dog breed. They are one of our favorite small hypoallergenic dog breeds.

French Bulldog

Top 10 Best Dog Breeds for Seniors and Older People
A French Bulldog on an adventure in a grass field. Photo by GUSTAVO H from Pexels

Size: Small

Temperament: Alert, Easygoing and Sociable

The French Bulldog actually has British origins and is originally from the city of Nottingham. During the industrial revolution, many British people lost their jobs and relocated to France, where their skills remained in demand. Their pets followed them, and their popularity in France quickly outpaced its popularity in England.

The French Bulldog makes an exceptional apartment dog. They do not require much space and they are a quiet breed who rarely barks, although, there are exceptions to every rule.

French Bulldogs do not need a lot of exercise, just a daily walk to keep them at a healthy weight. They also are great companion dogs and thrive when they have human contact, they do not do well when left alone for a long time. These facts make them perfect for senior citizens who may not be as mobile as they were in their younger years and tend to spend a lot of their day at home.

Boston Terrier

Top 10 Best Dog Breeds for Seniors and Older People
A true “American Gentleman” keeping warm in a lovely sweater. Photo by Erik Mclean from Pexels

Size: Small

Temperament: Affectionate, Intelligent and Friendly

The Boston Terrier’s tuxedo-like markings have earned them the nickname “American Gentleman” and what a nickname that is! The Boston Terrier was formerly a pit-fighter, but you could never guess that from their sweet nature today!

The Boston Terriers of today are lovers, not fighters, and will do anything to please their owners. This cute looking dog breed has bags of energy and will keep you entertained for years! They suit a fairly active senior who is in need of a companion who will make them laugh and feel loved! Their sudden burst of energy may land them in trouble, but who cant forgive a dog breed with such large eyes and ears!

Pomeranian

Top 10 Best Dog Breeds for Seniors and Older People
Adorable Pomeranian lying in bed. Photo by Ketut Subiyanto from Pexels

Size: Small

Temperament: Cute, Extroverted and Intelligent

Pomeranians are the definition of cute. Their large eyes on their tiny faces surrounded by their puffy fur make them exceptional show dogs. Pomeranians are alert and curious about the world around them and they sometimes forget their size! Pomeranians have a loud bark and make excellent watchdogs.

Pomeranians are not an overly dependent dog breed therefore make an excellent choice for older people or those who are busy most of the day. They are one of our least active dog breeds in the world but like all dogs they do enjoy going for walks. They are quite a laid back dog breed but they do however enjoy going for walks, which is why they make good companions for seniors.

Fortunately, their coat is not as high-maintenance as it looks. Regular brushing and daily exercise is all you need to keep your Pomeranian happy. They are highly adaptable and once socialised can live in harmony with other pets.

All these traits make them one of our favourite small dog breeds as well as one of the best dog breeds for beginners!

Is your dog breed featured in our “Best Dog Breeds for Seniors and Older People” list? Let us know in the comment section below.

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