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Six Dog Breeds Perfect for Seniors

Just like it is important to carefully look for a dog that has a temperament fit for a family with children – often of varying ages – it is also important for senior citizens to consider their needs when contemplating the addition of a canine companion to their households.

Sure, senior citizens are a lot more active and also a lot healthier than even just a little over a decade ago, and so the old adage that a senior citizen should stay away from an active breed no longer holds true.

Yet just the same it is important to consider the fact that your ability to remain active and healthy may change quickly, and for this reason it is a good idea to keep this in mind when choosing a breed to add to your household.  Similarly, while you have more time on your hands, do you really want to fill it with grooming, or would you prefer to spend it traveling with your dog, walking, or just snuggling on the couch together?

Here is a list of 6 dog breeds perfect for seniors.

1.      If you live alone and you want a small dog to lavish all your love and attention on, then a Chihuahua may be the perfect way to go!  These tiny dogs do not require hour long walks in freezing rain, or daily grooming, but instead will delight going everywhere with you.

Additionally, there are now so many accoutrements available for dog owners, that you will be able to dress your dog warmly in the winter, have a comfortable dog carrying purse to sling over your shoulder, and keep him warm and snuggly at home with a little dog bed as well.

This is a great dog for someone who might be more sedentary or who might have to accept apartment regulations that forbid big or even medium sized dogs.

2.      If you are active and will love to have a small dog by your side that shares your love for life, then a Rat Terrier will be your perfect companion. Alert, quickly to participate in play, and very appreciative of long walks or just short bouts around the neighborhood, this dog is a great canine friend for an elderly person or couple.
3.      If you do not have small children in the home, stay home most of the time, and are willing to lavish all your love and attention on a small fur ball – all combined with the desire to do some moderate grooming – you will find a perfect recipient of your attentions and love in the indomitable Yorkshire terrier.

4.      For those who are no longer as active as they once were, and who do not wish to spend a lot of time grooming, but instead want a little companion in their laps while watching television, the Affenpinscher might be considered perfect.  Small, undemanding, yet big when it comes to giving love and attention, this dog is sure to win your heart quickly and completely!

5.      Another perfect lapdog for those who are moderately active is the Bichon Frise. Loving, loyal, and very sensitive to its owner’s needs and moods, this breed will be happy with little or much exercise – depending on the pace you set.  If you keep to the traditional Bichon grooming standard, you will probably want to take the dog to the groomer’s frequently.  Most pet owners usually just shave them to make them more “user-friendly” for everyday life.

6.      The Cocker Spaniel is another one of those breeds that is famous for its loyalty, ability to adapt to any kind of lifestyle you may have, and its overall willingness to be pampered.

As you can see, there are a large variety of breeds out there that are simply chomping at the bit to share your life.  As always, keep in mind that the choosing of one breed over another does not excuse you from the need to properly train the animal.  No matter how sedate a breed is, without proper training even a saintly dog breed may become a devilish barker who will not heel and obey not matter what you say!  So go ahead and find yourself that perfect little canine companion!


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