Best Dog Breeds for Seniors

by | Dec 11, 2023 | Blog

We love dogs at Prime Independent Living! Each of our communities features pet-friendly apartments and a bark park, so residents can spend lots of quality time with their furry friends.

Pets not only offer love and companionship but also provide multiple benefits for older adults, including increased exercise, stress reduction, and mental stimulation. However, not every dog is a good fit for every family, and not all breeds are senior-friendly. If you’re looking for the perfect dog to accompany you into retirement, use these factors to help aid your search.

Size Matters: Walking, Sitting, and Carrying

Smaller dog breeds are well-suited to seniors primarily because of their weight. Lightweight dogs are much easier to walk and transport, meaning you can take your canine companion more places. They’re also better suited for lap-lounging and cuddling, which is why many people refer to them as “lap dogs.” Small breed examples include Maltese and miniature pinschers, which typically weigh less than 10 pounds. Mid-sized dogs, like corgis and cocker spaniels, are also good options and weigh closer to 30 pounds.

Looking Fetching: Grooming Considerations

All dogs require a degree of grooming, but some need more maintenance than others, including daily brushing and regular trips to the groomers. If you’re allergic to certain dogs or sensitive to shedding, think about hypoallergenic dogs like certain types of poodles and terriers. Even if you’re not allergic, you still may want to pick a dog breed that doesn’t require constant grooming upkeep. Dogs like Chihuahuas and whippets aren’t hypoallergenic, but their short fur allows for minimal maintenance.

Age Isn’t Just a Number: Maturity Matters

Age is also an important consideration when picking out your companion. While puppies are certainly cute, they’re full of energy and can be difficult to train, especially if you have mobility issues. Fortunately, a lot of animal shelters are full of older dogs in need of a good home. These gentle creatures are past their endless energy stage and just want a loving, easygoing companion. Age mellows out most dogs even if they were high-energy when they were younger, making older dogs perfect for seniors.

Good Dog, Best Dog: Top Dogs for Families and Friends

Besides picking a dog who’s well-suited for your needs, it’s also important to factor in how your potential pet will behave around guests. If you’re expecting regular visits from your grandkids, you’ll need a dog that’s good with children. Boston terriers and pugs are both patient and fun-loving, making them great playmates for little ones. Shih tzus and French bulldogs have a reputation for relaxed natures, so they would be perfect cohosts for entertaining friends in one of our apartments.

Pets and Their People Lead the Good Life at Prime

Your four-legged friends will find a cozy, comfortable home at a Prime Independent Living community. Contact us for more information about our pet-friendly amenities and how we can welcome both you and your furry friends (canine or feline!) into our active older adult community.

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