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Best Dog Breeds for Seniors


Dogs are a man's best friend. Owning a dog can improve quality of life, health, and social interactions. As we age, it is common for seniors to sense a void, feel lonely, and sometimes depressed. A dog is a great companion for your senior to reduce those feelings of anxiety, depression, and loneliness! Whatever the reason for getting a dog for your senior, there are several great choices.

These little furry guys are very affectionate and love attention. These dogs are great for seniors who can give them plenty of time and energy. They have a longer coat, so they need to be brushed out frequently. Overall, a great cuddle buddy!

Golden Retriever
Golden Retrievers are another very common breed of dogs. Again, they are on the large side but also very friendly and well-attuned to their owners. They love to be active and are very loyal.

Labrador Retriever
This breed is very popular because of its outgoing personality and how friendly they are. This breed can be easily trained and often serves as a service dog. Labs are large dogs; consider if a large dog can fit your senior's lifestyle.

Poodles are a very smart and easily trained breed. They love to be in a family setting and are very loyal to their owner. This breed is gentle and very sweet. Poodles aren't a very active breed, so they don't need a lot of exercise, and they come in 3 sizes: toy, mini, and standard.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
This breed is on the quiet side and makes some of the best lap dogs for seniors. Cavaliers get along very well with adults, children, and other pets! They love nothing more than to be snuggled up with their owners.

This tiny little breed weighs about 4 to 7 pounds! Maltese are very playful, get along with other pets, and are attentive to their owners' moods. Maltese are frequently used as therapy dogs. This breed doesn't need much outdoor exercise, maybe a walk here and there. It doesn't take much of a walk to tire out their little legs!

The perfect dog for your senior depends on your seniors' abilities and preferences. Whether you are looking for a small dog or a big dog, a furry friend is out there, perfect for your senior.

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