Besides giving you a reason to leave the house a couple of times a day, studies have shown that owning a dog may also help lower blood pressure, reduce stress levels, and even help with depression. Read on to learn more about the different dog breeds and discover which one will work well with a more mature citizen and which one is better off staying with the less experienced. That can make the perfect companion for you! If you are retired and thinking of adopting a dog, this list will tell you whether you should take it home or leave it alone.
When looking to adopt a dog, instead of looking for a newborn pup, how about making a home for a senior dog? Most of the older dogs in the shelters get overlooked because people prefer puppies, which is a pity because older dogs have their benefits, too!
They'll stay their current size; they have passed their hyperactive pup years, and they are just waiting for someone to love them. So, is considering adopting a senior dog the right advice for more mature people? You could spend your golden years together; however, you could also find yourself finding it very difficult to give the dog the basic needs and go out for a walk on a rainy day but be a bit too much.
One senior in the house is more than enough. Leave it alone!
If you’re in search of a small and gentle dog, then let's tell you more about the Yorkshire terrier. It can live up to 20 years, so it will be by your side for a long time as long as you take good care of it. Yorkies are common in assisted living centers mainly because it's low-maintenance.
They don't need much grooming or exercise; they’ll be happy to rest on your lap for most of the day. Once they have passed the hyperbaby years, Yorkshire turns into a calm and pleasant dog. This has to be one of the best choices for the elderly.
This is a great choice. Take it home!
Shiba Inu has been called the ultimate family pet, as it can easily adapt to a large family and bond with people of all ages. It's a very confident and independent breed but still loves nothing more than spending quality time with its owners.
The Shiba is an affectionate dog and very loyal; however, if they are not receiving the proper guidance and are not trained properly by professionals, they could get a little aggressive and unpleasant. Saying that the training process is usually very short and besides, they are not known for having too many health problems. Is this one for you?
If you are willing to invest a little, take it home.
If you feel like you've worked hard most of your life and want to spend your retiree years chilling on the couch, then a Pugis the perfect companion. Relaxing is pretty much their favorite hobby. Pugs make amazing pets for elderly people; it's smart, friendly, easy to maintain, and easily adapt to almost any environment.
To sum it up, they are mall, they are adorably cute, they come in a variety of colors ( so you can have your pick), and they don't have high maintenance. One of their favorite activities is hugging together on the sofa. We think that says it all.
If you are in for a sofa snuggle-up, take it home!
Poodles are very popular among pensioners and for a good reason! It's one of the smartest dog breeds out there. You can have endless fun teaching them new tricks. And Poodles naturally have a loving and tender nature. If you suffer from fur allergies, you're in for luck because these lovable dogs are allergy-friendly.
Another thing elderly people love about the poodles is that they are very easy to train. They are intelligent and calm. However, the poodle requires more than average exercise, so maybe it is not the best dog to pair with someone a little more mature. Don't you think?
It could be a little too much. We say, leave this one alone.
The Italian Greyhound, or 'Iggies,' is the purest form of the Greyhound. It's energetic, slender, and muscular. The Greyhound's accentuated curved back gives it a royal appearance. The Greyhound is the largest dog on our list, and despite being known as a swift racing hound, ironically, it's also the laziest breed.
It'll be happy to just relax on the couch for most of the day. Perhaps you can adopt one from a track near you! They are petit, and even when fully grown, you can be assured they won't take up too much space. Your Greyhound companion will suit even small apartments.
Even if you have a small space, take it home.
West Highland Terrier
With seniors, Terriers seem to be a popular choice; however, how much of a good choice is this breed really? The West Highland Terrier is one of the popular ones for families to adopt since it has a nice temperament and is a good lap dog. Not to mention, this breed is suited for apartment living and only needs an hour of exercise every day.
Despite having a soft fur coat, you won’t need to do too much grooming. These small creatures can become very demanding, and you could find yourself surrounded by a spinning tornado running around your legs for all hours of the day.
In for a quiet night? Leave it alone.
You may be just discovering this unique breed, and you'll be happy you did. The Biewer is a relatively small dog, well, one of the smallest, in fact, but its heart is huge. Biewers are known for being very affectionate, clever, and playful. Despite its thick mane, it actually doesn't shed much.
If taken good care of, it typically lives up to 14 years, so you'll have many years to spend together. The Biewer is part of the Terrier family and is considered one of the best breeds for a family. Although the dog is small, the maintenance list is not - so one must be prepared.
The smaller, the better. Take it home.
If you’re looking for an affectionate and active dog, a Pomeranian could be a perfect fit for you! Their small size makes them great in small spaces like apartments, and even though it's fluffy, it hardly sheds, but you should brush it often. And you’ll have no trouble training a Pomeranian because it's very intelligent.
However, as it turns out, the outcome of adopting a Pomeranian can vary from person to person. The lifestyle, personal abilities, and overall atmosphere around the house can turn this little creature into a loveable one or a better stay-back one. We wouldn't risk it.
Not worth the risk. Leave this one alone.
Yes, you read correctly, Peekapoos. You may not have heard of this breed; it's actually a crossbreed between two adorable dogs we've mentioned before, a Pekingese and a poodle! Like their parents, Peekapoos are smart, friendly, and affectionate dogs. It's an excellent breed for people who suffer from allergies due to its coat that is allergy-friendly.
If you have a backyard, you'll find it running around several times a day since it loves its exercise, but don't let this put you off. Although it loves to run around, it is also a professional when it comes to lying around and doing nothing. Excellent choice for retired and more mature citizens.
This crossbreed is the perfect choice. Take it home.
The Japanese Spitz has it all. This bundle of joy has fans all over the world. The Japanese Spitz is adaptable, friendly, and energetic. The breed's size ranges from small to medium, making it suitable for apartment and home living. Because of its thick mane, it should be brushed at least twice a week, but don't let this turn you off.
Once you own a Japanese Spitz, you won't mind even if it does require the treatment of a home spa. It's an ideal companion for older people; it will make a great friend for the grandchildren and its high intelligence will leave you with someone whom you can easily communicate with. Not all communication is down to words.
It's a highly intelligent choice. Take it home.
The Manchester Terrier came to us from England, as its name suggests. The small, petite, and calm dog only needs a moderate amount of exercise and almost no grooming. Manchester Terriers are known for being affectionate, cheerful and well-behaved.
So, if those are traits you're looking for in a dog, this one may be the one for you! As it turns out, apparently, the Manchester Terrier is most recommended for families with old children, and it is not a lover of small kids hovering around and pulling its tail. Are you a senior citizen? This could be a perfect match.
A little English manners won't hurt. Take it home.
The famous English Bulldog makes a great pet for people of all ages. Most people know that despite its tough appearance, it's actually a very friendly dog, and they're very loyal to their owner. Bulldogs can be pretty lazy, so be sure to take your pup out a few times daily and watch its diet. Hey, same for you! Diet and exercise are key.
This breed has been known to hold their beauty, so even when they reach old age, they will still look their best. The English Bulldog can also become a great friend to cats, so if your neighbor, or even yourself, has one, no worries. Your English companion will adapt perfectly.
A cat and gentleman. Take it home.
Much like Labradors, Golden Retrievers are extremely friendly and clever dogs that are easy to train. They also have high emotional intelligence and are very attuned to humans’ emotional needs. However, they need lots of exercise and keep their owners extremely busy. Golden Retrievers thrive on companionship and have a lot of patience.
The thing with all retrievers, not only the golden ones, is that they never seem to grow up. Out of most dog breeds, the Golden Retriever resembles Peter Pan more than anything else, so we are afraid the older you get, the less the golden companion will do.
The never-growing companion. Leave it alone.
Papillon (Continental Toy Spaniel)
Being a Toy breed, Papillons are petite and easy to bathe and transport; you may have even seen one in women's purses. Papillons are very intelligent, so you'll have no trouble training one. And it's very fun; some would even call it silly. This breed can be quite possessive of its owners, so it’s best not to have other pets around.
To sum it up, if you live alone, have no other pets, or have too many grandchildren visiting, you can consider taking a Papillon into your care. It will keep you company as long as you keep it company, too.
For never being alone, take it home.
Japanese Spaniels, also known as Japanese chins, are dignified yet silly dogs that'll keep you entertained during your newfound free time. It's relatively low-maintenance, as you only have to brush it about once a week, and this breed doesn’t bark as much as other dogs, which is a plus if you have sensitive neighbors.
The Spananese Spaniel is a great dog for children, but not very young ones. So, if you are a retired citizen or someone who doesn't have too many young children around, this is definitely a great choice for you. Note that it is a very vulnerable breed and can easily hurt itself.
For those who love the piece and quiet, take it home.
Labrador Retrievers, also known as Labs, are famous for being affectionate and intelligent dogs, and rightfully so. The qualities of Labs make them great companions for senior citizens as long as they provide the exercise they need, so do you think you are up for it?
This breed is large and should not be cooped up in a small apartment. So, if you have a nice-sized yard, they’ll be ecstatic. Labradors are very loving and loyal and will be a great watchdog. We are not sure this is the first choice for a retired owner and would rather go for a less demanding breed.
A little too demanding. Leave it alone.
The classic Sealyham Terrier, also known as the Welsh Border Terrier, shows off a lush wavy coat that comes in different shades. It was first created in the 19th century and has since been a loved family dog all over the world. It can grow up to weigh around 24 pounds.
This breed is suitable for seniors who enjoy their sofa time as these pups don’t require as much exercise compared to other dog breeds. The Sealyham Terrier doesn't need much. You won't have to take it out too often; you won't have to groom it too often, and you will find yourself with a loving, beautiful, and compact companion.
For that little Welsh touch. Take it home.
As its name implies, this breed originates in Ireland. While the Irish Terrier is known for being aggressive, it's actually a great dog breed for older adults. It's loyal and independent, and if you happen to be the active type, this dog will make a great companion. The Irish Terrier is one of the oldest breeds of Terries, and in 1873, it was first recognized as a separate Terrier breed.
The Irish companion is intelligent, secure, and very confident, and besides being a great family dog (and a great senior dog they are also good watchdogs. So, is an Irish terrier going to be the one?
Ready for some Irish Spark? Take it home.
The eerie-looking Chinese Crested requires no grooming at all, unlike most of the dogs on our list; however, is this a good enough reason to adopt it? Chinese Cresteds are playful and, at times, can be the best family and older citizen friends; however, we are not sure it would suit all.
They derive an amount of energy but are also more than happy to sit quietly and chill with their owners. One thing different about this breed is that you will need to care for its exposed skin. As the dog has so little hair, if the skin is neglected, it may bring on some serious diseases.
Bear the skin or leave this one alone.
If it's fluffiness that you’re looking for in a domesticated companion, then look no further than the Keeshond. It is a black, gray, and white coated dog known for its curled tail. It is descended from ancient Arctic dogs and is related to the more famous German spitzes.
This is another unique-looking dog that has an impressive and charming mane. It's known for being obedient, clever, playful, and quick, so with traits like this, you're in for an entertaining ride getting to know and raise one of these furry fellas. Is this the perfect retired citizen dog? Not so sure.
If you are ready to take things to the extreme, maybe, if not, leave it alone.
Brussels Griffons are known for being very clingy to their owners so if you are retired, this could be a great choice. Once this domesticated companion falls in love with you, you'll have trouble keeping it out of your lap! This breed may feel overwhelmed by young children and tend to prefer the company of older people.
Brussels Griffons are affectionate and relaxed; it just may be "the one" for you. Fun fact; there are three variations of the Brussels Griffon: the Brussels Griffon (Griffon Bruxellois), the Belgian Griffon (Griffon Belge), and the Petit Brabançon, which all descend from one breed called the Smousje.
This shaggy little thing is simply adorable for senior citizens. Take it home.
You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on a purebred dog. Why not adopt a mixed-bred dog from your local shelter? Mutts have benefits of their own; they usually experience fewer health problems and live longer than purebred pups. And you'll enjoy the best qualities of their parent's breed.
They won't care what color you are, what your ancestors did, or where you originate from. They will accept you just the way you are (which is the least we can say about any other breads on this list). So what would it be? A small, medium, or large dog? Male or female? Loud or shy? You name it, we've got it!
If you are ready to stay simple? Take this baby home with you.
Originating from China, Shih Tzus, also called ‘Lion Dog,’ is wonderful for seniors. These pups are loyal, friendly, and pretty relaxed, as it doesn't require too much exercise. And the best part is it loves to snuggle. Surprisingly, despite their (small) size, Shih Tzus makes for good guard dogs and will gladly take the watch for you whether you live in an apartment or a duplex; it can adapt to any lifestyle!
They love spending time with their owners and overall get along with children and with other dogs. It will take some time to train, however, once it's learned the trick, it will turn into your best friend.
Perfect in almost every way. Take it home.
Boston Terriers are often described as couch potatoes because they just love chilling and can spend all their time lying next to their owners. These Terriers have wonderful personalities, making them great dogs for people of any age, and are known to live between 11 and 13 years. Seniors love this breed especially because of its easy grooming requirements and relaxed nature. What's not to love?
The Boston Terrier is an American dog, and in 1893 was accepted as the first non-sporting American dog. Known for being very friendly dogs, they are also known to be very stubborn dogs, so be prepared to negotiate.
What's not to love?
This one may look very familiar because Toto from The Wizard of Oz was a Cairn Terrier! These dogs aren’t just great actors but great companions as well. It's said that it can be stubborn at times, but these Terriers are also friendly, cheerful, and love to socialize. So they do well with an owner who’s firm yet affectionate.
It originates in the Scottish highlands, so naturally, it is fit for even the most cold weather. It is considered one of the first dogs to work alongside humans. They live on an average of 15 days and are not known to have too many health issues.
There is no place like home. Take this one home with you.
Like the Havanese, the Maltese are another breed that is low maintenance and sweet-natured. They require less grooming and exercise and love their cuddle time. Maltese adjusts well to smaller spaces like apartments. Did you know it's often used as a therapy dog because of its calm personality?
The Maltese are an Italian breed and are part of the dwarf canine family. It doesn't take up too much space, and it loves children (which is great if there were small grandchildren walking around). It's most recognized for its pure and silky white coat, hanging long ears, and curly tail.
For a sprinkle of Mediterranean magic, take this one home.
Here is another breed that families love. Meet the Bolognese. Its plush-like fur won't leave traces all around the house like other breeds, housekeeping. The Bolognese is also a very intelligent and clever breed and easy to train. It also has a naturally calm demeanor, so if you're in search of a house pup, this could be the ideal breed for you!
It is part of the toy dog group and is considered one of the most popular ones in northern parts of Italy. They are known for their mellow characteristics, which make them perfect for senior and more mature citizens.
More than just pasta. Take this one home with you.
Originating from China, the regal appearance of the Pekingese is the reason it has millions of fans around the world. While its Chinese ancestor is the "lion dog" in nature, it's not lion-like at all. In fact, it's the ultimate 'lapdog'. Pekingese are loyal, independent, and affectionate, and they need much exercise; only 30 minutes a day is enough to keep pups of this breed healthy.
You could spend hours brushing its gorgeous mane while it sits in your lap. The Pekingese has a life duration of more than 11 years, so if you decide to adopt one, you are bound to have a long and happy life together.
Go on, take it home with you. It'll be so worth it.
If you’re a pensioner who isn't such a fab of lapdogs and prefers a real beast, then the Shar-Pei may be the perfect breed for you; plus, it's one of the easiest to train! Shar-Pei are loyal to their owners and are not too fond of strangers, so they make for great watchdogs.
In fact, they were used as fighting dogs. It's a very independent breed, making it a good choice for owners who leave the house for long periods of time. The Shar-Pei is medium-sized and has a very short coat so that you can relax. There isn't going to be much cleaning after.
For an easy life and not much cleaning up, take this one home with you.
The Lowchen originates from France and Germany and comes in an array of colors like brown, black, red, and even silver. It can grow to be about 13 lbs.. so if you prefer a small dog that is also alert, then a Lowchen may be the breed for you. The Lowchen was once one of the rarest breeds in the world.
There were only 65 registered dogs in the world, and even to this day, there are no more than just a few hundred who are reported. It doesn't have too many health issues; it's small and happy and fun. So why not?
It's so fluffy and has the cutest little tongue. Take it home with you.
This unique and impressive dog breed comes from Mexico and is also known as the Mexican hairless dog. It's one of many breeds of hairless dogs and comes in a variety of colors. Being bred for thousands of years, this breed is not as prone to health problems as others. Its personality is happy, friendly, and alert, and he only needs a moderate amount of exercise.
As it originates from Central America, the Xoloitzcuintli is most adapted to warm weather. If you live where a better winter hits and the occasional snowstorm falls, this could possibly be a wrong choice.
We have no time for uniqueness. We need a regular dog. Leave this one alone.
The miniature pinscher is one affectionate and loving tiny breed that would make it great for families and seniors who are looking for a feisty little companion. Miniature Pinschers are playful, curious, and independent. This breed shows limitless affection to its family but can be wary of strangers.
One thing to keep in mind is that it requires a lot of activity, but because of its size, it can be done indoors or outdoors. It also isn’t too fond of cold weather. It's considered 'The King of Toys' because they absolutely adore toys. And if they adore toys, we adore them.
If you are ready for an all-day play, then take this one home with you.
Dachshunds or ‘weiner dogs’ are cheerful little dogs with big personalities. It grows to be very attached to its owner and loves their playtime. So get your tennis balls, ready to play lots of games of fetch. They’re great in small apartments and require minimum grooming, and their silly antics will just amuse you.
The Dachshund loves chasing rabbits and other small animals, so if you have a garden or another rabbit haven, the Dachshund will feel very comfortable in its new premises. In 2022, it was ranked 9th in the popularity ranking in the U.S.A. and an old-time favorite with families all over the world.
The little ones' best friend. Take it home with you.
Dandie Dinmont Terrier
Another breed that originated from the United Kingdom is the Dandie Dinmont Terrier; it was bred as a hunter's assistant. Don't let it be offputting because its personality is golden; however, we are not sure it is the best match for senior residents! It's very affectionate, loyal, and very sociable. In fact, Dandie Dinmont Terriers thrive on the attention!
You will also admire its intelligence, which makes it easy to train. But with all the attention it requires, you might find yourself taking care of another little baby, and we are not sure this is the best option for the retired.
Despite the English manners, it requires too much attention. Leave it alone.
Jack Russell Terrier
Jack Russell Terriers are one of the more popular breeds on our list, and its popularity is totally justified! It's full of personality and has a reputation for being mischievous at times. But that's only when you don't give them enough attention. This breed of Terrier also makes for an excellent watchdog since it's usually very alert.
This breed would be happiest with seniors who are active and enjoy exercising. The Jack Russell is a very happy dog; however, it is most happy when given a job to do, and we must ask. When you are retired, how many jobs will you have to dish out?
Take off the mask. Leave Jack Russle alone.
For some reason, the Otterhound doesn’t get as much publicity, so you may not be familiar with this exquisite breed. But it's such a great companion for seniors we had to introduce them to you. If you're pretty active during the day or want to become so, you'll love an Otterhound because it'll always be happy to go out for a stroll.
It's also very intelligent, loyal, independent, and loving; you'll wonder how you lived your whole life without one by your side. At first, you might think it's too big and shaggy; however, we promise you it will be love at first sight.
Love at first sight. Take it home with you.
Schipperke is another dog breed that would make a fantastic pet for more active seniors. They have an average lifespan of 15 years and are lively and playful. These loveable dogs do, however, require that you devote some time to train them. But if you're a pensioner, you probably won't mind that.
Since they grow to weigh around 12-18 lbs, they’re suitable for a nice-sized apartment and a house. They were originally bred to watch over boast in the past century Belgium and turned out to be great family companions who get along great with other dogs, too.
For 15 years of joy, friendship, and companionship, take this one home.
If you like to spend much of your free time outdoors, the Skye Terrier may be the breed for you! You could spend time together at the park showing off its lovely bangs. If you happen to be a cat owner, this isn’t the dog for you, as Skye Terriers don't generally like cats.
Otherwise, it's very dependable and sociable and makes for a great pet for people of all ages, but is this one perfect for a senior? It has a reputation for animal aggression and together with the many hours of outdoor activity it requires, we think as a senior, you should look elsewhere.
It gets scrappy with other dogs very easily. We suggest to leave this one alone.
Welsh Corgi Pembroke
With their huge ears and squat bodies, the Welsh Corgi Pembroke is nothing short of adorable. No wonder it's the Queen of England's favorite pet. In fact, she's owned at least 30 of them. Their great companions whether you live in a house or in an apartment, Corgi's will fit just fine.
However, keep in mind that it likes to move around, so it'll need plenty of exercise. If you live in a palace or you are related to a prince by any chance, look no further. The Welsh Corgi Pembroke is a perfect fit, even if you are not a queen.
Fit for royalty, fit for us all. Take it home.
Beagles are quite notorious for being noisy, but in fact, many senior care experts recommend this dog breed to them. Beagles are very playful, which will keep their owners active and will keep the grandkids entertained. You also won't have to constantly be sweeping up fur, and it requires minimal grooming.
The Beagle was originally bred for hunting and it's professional in duck hunting and other gird catching. They have an outstanding scent of smell, so if you ever lose your spectacles or if you ever misplace the remote control be sure your beagle will find it in no time.
If you are in for a little duck hunting or remote control finding, take this one home with you.
Havanese is another breed seniors would appreciate. It's small, playful, and sharp. And it only needs a moderate amount of exercise a day. Havanese just adore their owners, so you'll have one cute, clingy pet at your legs. Its abundant thick fur is fairly easy to maintain with regular brushing, however, you will get used to it within no time.
Fun fact: Havanese is the national dog of Cuba! The Havanese is a highly intelligent dog and it's known for getting along easily with young children and other companions you might have around.
A perfect sernior citisen comanion. Take it home.
The Miniature Schnauzer can often be seen in big cities. While it's an active breed that needs plenty of exercise, it's very sweet and gentle. These Schnauzers will also need some routine grooming in order to keep their coat clean and healthy.
Now, because the Miniature Schnauzer, as you could figure it out, is a very small dog, even your smallest grandchildren could take it out for a walk in the garden or sit and play with it, so don't be intimidated by how small it is. Get overwhelmed by how big its heart is.
A great gift in a small package. Take it home with you.
When combining two affectionate dog breeds, it's hard to compete with the Goldendoodle. The breed is a mix between a poodle and a Golden Retriever, so you can just imagine what a gorgeous dog this is. If you are not the outdoorsy type then we wouldn't recommend this breed to you because the playful Goldendoodle needs plenty of exercise and should be taken outside rather often.
The dog has a great personality, and it's a great solution for those who suffer from allergies, however, squeezing this one in a small apartment with only minimum hours of outside, is just not going to work.
This wasn't bred for everyone. Leave it alone.
The popular Chihuahua is known for being ‘tiny but mighty.’ This faithful companion loves sitting in your lap and is loyal to its owners. The long-coated Chihuahuas are super cute, and despite the extra fur, they require minimal grooming. And because they don't require much exercise, short walks are perfect for them.
Believe us, they'll get enough physical activity just by jumping up and down your lap. The Chihuahua loves love and loves attention and they are known as the world's smallest dogs. The secret with the breed is to start training early. Then, you are guaranteed a close and loving relationship with your new companion.
A small dog, but a big love. Take it home with you.
Toy Fox Terrier
The Toy Fox Terrier is a direct descent from the Smooth Fox Terrier however in 1936 the breed went its individual way. It can be a great option for seniors who aren't very active since it doesn’t require much exercise or grooming. Another advantage is that it is fairly easy to train. The little dog is spirited, playful, and very loyal.
Because this breed is so intelligent, you'd want to provide it with plenty of mental stimulation. One of the best things these dogs are known for is that they absolutely love to please their owners. So, if you say 'fetch' it will come, and if you say stop, it will. Trust us.
Although a little hyper, this is a great choice to take home.
The Lhasa Apso is a great dog to own at any age. This ancient breed has been making a great companion literally for centuries. The average life span of the Lhasa Apso is 14 years, so you'll have plenty of years of quality time. The Lhasa Apso originates from Tibet and is one of the few non-sporting dogs in that region.
It used to be used as a watchdog, however, in recent years, it has become very popular among families. Its long and soft hair makes it a great dog for children and its high intelligence makes it a great dog for you.
The Tibettian perfect companion. Take it home.
American Eskimo Toy
This small toy dog has a pretty impressive mane. The American Eskimo Toy is a sub-breed of the smallest type of American Eskimo. They’re super cute and petite and weigh about 7-8 lbs as adults. It's a very affectionate and adaptable breed that's fairly easy to train and bond with.
The only con that we can think of when it comes to this adorable pup is the shedding that comes along with its admirable mane. So, if you are unwilling to spend hours sweeping away the lost hairs of your four-legged companion, we suggest you give the American Eskimo Toy a pass.
Had enough of hair sweeping? Leave this one alone.
The Bichon Frise is a small and fluffy dog breed that is happy, affectionate, and relatively easy to train. It can weigh between 7 and 12 lbs, making it compact and easy to raise in nearly any living condition. They do need to be groomed every now and then and require a moderate amount of daily exercise, but otherwise, it's a pretty low-maintenance breed.
It could become your new best friend! The Bichon Frise is one of the most friendly dogs around. It's sociable and affectionate and will make any guest you have more than welcome. They are also great with other dogs, so it's a win.
The friendlier, the better. Take it home with you.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
With a name like 'Cavalier King Charles Spaniel,' it's no surprise that this breed has been a royal family favorite for centuries. You can't really get any more British than Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and who wouldn't want a touch of royalty in their home? It makes a great house dog, as it usually doesn’t grow past 18 lbs.
And this breed is so affectionate, intelligent, and endearingly devoted it'll conquer your heart in an instant. For looking the best when walking it down the road and for feeling the best when snuggling up at home, this is a great choice.
For a royal way of living, take this one home with you.
These pups may look tough, but in actuality, French bulldogs are tenderhearted and loveable! According to experts, these are some of the most loving and lively dog breeds one can own. If you prefer smaller dogs or just live in a modestly-sized apartment, Frech Bulldogs don't take up much space at all. And like Terriers, it, too, doesn't need much exercise or grooming.
They are easygoing and adapt easily to any habitat they are offered. They are friendly with strangers just as they are with their owners and are even considered to be overprotective in some situations.
Overall, we think this is a great choice for a senior citizen. Take it home.
Introduced to Iceland by the Vikings, the Icelandic Sheepdog has a soft, straight, and fluffy coat, which naturally comes with a bit of shedding. It is considered the only native Icelandic dog in dog history. If you don't mind sweeping up behind these cute pups, you'll enjoy how clever and playful they are, and your grandchildren surely will, as well.
But between you and us, who wants to sweep up a dog's hair instead of going out and picking flowers or attending pottery lessons? They won't get any bigger than a medium-sized dog and are considered very loyal to their owners.
Despite the hair, this is a great senior dog. Take it home.
Another Spaniel on our list is the Cocker Spaniel! Although it's popular as a children-friendly dog, it actually has the perfect temperament for seniors. It does require a bit more grooming than other breeds we mentioned, but Spaniels are so lovable that their owners just take it as more quality time.
One of the best things about the Cocker Spaniel is that they can adapt to almost any new home you offer. You can live in a small apartment or a lovely detached garden house; the Spaniel will be happy no matter what. If you are a first-time dog owner, this is a great choice.
A perfect first-time dog owner choice? Take it home.
The Welsh Terrier was bred for hunting, so you can imagine why it has a lot of energy and independent nature. This breed could be a great option for active and able seniors because of its playfulness, spirit, and cleverness. It will keep you up and about and entertained.
Your grandkids will fall in love with this breed instantly; however, if you want a quiet day in or if the rain is non-stop and walking the dog might seem too much, we are not sure the Welsh Terrier is the best choice for you. They will go after anything they see, and sometimes, you won't want them to go at all.
Let others run after the Welsh Terrier. Leave it alone.
If you're looking for a dog that will keep you active, a Scottish Terrier could be your new workout buddy. It's a fan of long walks, not so much fast running. This breed adjusts well to apartment and house living, and don't let their size fool you; that makes for good guard dogs.
The Scottish Terrier is known for being aloof towards strangers, so if you are looking for someone to keep you company, it will also make a great watchdog. They have a strong hunting instinct, so whenever you are out walking your Scottish dog, it will forever be alert.
Not only a great companion but also a relatable watchdog. Take it home.
Basset Hounds get along with just about everyone. They are amazing with children, they are superb with the elderly, and they can adapt themselves to almost any situation or condition. They are easygoing and affectionate, and once they fall in love with you, they'll be shadowing you closely. Don't let their 'down' faces fool you; these pups are fun and playful.
You’ll just have to make sure you get your Hound enough exercise because it tends to put on weight, which isn't healthy for any dog. We know that having another chubby creature around may comfort you; however, we see this as a great opportunity for both of you to stay in shape.
Don't let that sad face fool you. Take it home.
Saluki's are known to be content to lounge for hours; still, they need daily exercise. They are devoted but tend not to be demonstrative; they can be gentle with children and relish sitting by your side. These dogs are not well-suited for a small space and don't feel well when left home alone all day.
They need space to roam, preferably in a yard with a high fence, as they tend to get quite big and can scale a fence. Can you provide the Saliki with all of this? If not, then consider adopting a different breed of dog. The Saluki looks sad enough as it is.
Not for any price. Leave this alone.
The Chow Chow, a dog that comes from ancient China, has an air of mysterious timelessness. Dignified, serious-minded, and sometimes aloof, the Chow Chow is a breed of unique delights. One thing they are recognized for is their black-colored tongue. Owners say Chows are the cleanest of dogs as they housebreak easily and are known to be as careful as cats.
They have less dog odor than other breeds and even tend to drool less. Well-socialized Chows are never fierce or intractable but constantly behave in a refined manner. They are reserved with strangers and endlessly loyal to loved ones.
For maintaining a clean, odor-free home, this is the best choice for you. Take it home.
This dog worked hard to earn its title. The Rat Terrier was first bred for ratting and farm work. As a breed that would chase small animals and became an expert in catching small reptiles, the name Rat Terrier seemed to be the perfect one. This is an original American breed with a name said to be coined by Teddy Roosevelt.
The Rat Terrier is a sturdy, smooth-coated exterminator pup. They're excellent lap dogs but also need some exercise to stay happy. The breed comes in two size types and is happy-go-lucky, playful, and portable companions. Is this suitable for a senior citizen? We think definitely yes.
It will do more than rat catching. Take it home with you.
Wire Fox Terrier
The Wire Fox Terrier standard breed is known for being "on the tip-toe of expectation at the slightest provocation."They were once a mainstay of traditional British foxhunts, but today's Wire is a handsome and amusing companion and master show dog for those who'd like to pursue a new hobby in their retirement.
The breed was originally bedded to chase game from their dens; however, very fast, it turned into a family favorite and is considered a very popular dog among homes with young children and homes with senior citizens alike. They have a great character and a great temperament.
Not too big, not too small, perfect for your senior home. Take it with you.
Dockers are bred with Dachshunds and Cocker Spaniels. They may be smaller in appearance than some super-sized breeds, but they can still be fierce, and they make a great choice for watchdogs. There is much more than what they initially appeared to be. Dockers are known to be sociable dogs, and they make a good addition to the family.
Dockers like to be active, and they make good companions for people who like to do a lot of outdoor activities; however, this doesn't mean senior citizens can't adopt one of these. These guys are incredibly sweet and will do anything to keep the peace in their household.
They are more than what they seem to be. Take one home with you.
Fans of the upbeat and agile Border Terrier cherish this breed’s reputation as a tough, no-frills working terrier. These spirited, playful, and affectionate dogs are popular pets in towns and countries. The wiry coat is an easy keeper. Bred to be country dogs, Borders adapt well to city life—as long as they get enough exercise.
So, is the Border Terrier a good fit for a senior citizen? We are not so sure. It's an adorable dog and can be loving and a perfect fit to snuggle up with; however, it will require more than just a short walk around the block, and we can't really see a more mature dog owner throwing a ball in the fields.
Let someone else do the ball throwing. Leave this one alone.
The Jarkies are small, cute little balls of super energy that were created from a Japanese Chin and a Yorkshire Terrier. Like most dogs, they really don’t fare well around small children, though they are great for families with older children who are well-behaved and will respect them.
Jarkies are great companions for seniors and for those living in apartments and small homes. Although they’re very playful, they’re also content just sitting on your lap and watching television. Of course, they do still need to get out every day, and they love taking trips to the park with their humans!
Perfect in every way. Take it home.
Morkies are a tiny little combination of the Yorkshire Terrier and the Maltese. The cross of those two small balls of fur results in this adorable little fluffy thing. Morkies are known to have very playful personalities and often have a lot of energy. This breed gets attached to their owners, which can lead to separation anxiety if they have to be left home by themselves.
They do best in environments where they will get the attention that they need. Morkies are said to be intelligent but hard-headed when it comes to training them. Keep plenty of treats on hand to make sure your Morkie stays motivated. They make the perfect companions to snuggle with while you watch your favorite shows at night.
If you are willing to play trick or treat all year round, then take this one home.
Graceful terriers in wooly clothing, Bedlington Terriers, named for the English mining shire where they were first bred, are pleasant companions, alert watchdogs, and cuddly TV-time companions. Jolly and cheerful, Bedlingtons want most to be their family’s center of attention. If you're looking for a no-shedding, lively, and loyal companion, your search might end here.
The Bedlington Terriers seem like the perfect companion for a senior citizen who needs some cheering up and for bringing life back into the home. One day with them and we garetuee, everyone will be cheerful around. They are known for being sweet-loving, and their almost lamb appearance makes them look even sweeter.
Mary had a little lamb, and you can have one too. Take it home.
Coton de Tulear
For the bright and beloved Coton de Tulear, the perfect day consists just of doing nothing but being close to their humans. Whether they are lying at your feet while you work, following you from room to room—not even the bathroom is off-limits—or going for a ride in the car, Cotons love being close to their families like Velcro.
So, for a senior citizen, what will the Coton de Tulear do? It for sure will. What can be more satisfying than a cute little dog following you around the house? What can be more satisfying for a senior knowing he is never alone? Not ever for one minute of the day?
You will never feel alone. Take it home.
Norwich Terriers are fearless dogs named after their hometown in England. The old cliché “a big dog in a small package” was coined for breeds like the Norwich, who can be unaware that they are just 10 inches tall. Happy-go-lucky, fearless, and sometimes even bossy, Norwich Terriers are energetic enough to play all day but affectionate enough to enjoy hours of lap time with their favorite human.
When it comes to senior citizens, we are not sure the Norwich Terrier is the perfect choice. As we said, they can get very bossy, and besides that, they suffer from several health conditions. Next.
Let them boss someone else around. Leave it alone.
Australian Silky Terrier
Small but not weak, feisty but not yappy, pretty but not sculpted, Silky Terriers are 10-inch-tall energetic dogs animated by curiosity and high spirits. They are a charming member of the Toy Club; Silky Terriers are compact and glossy-coated but still true terriers of lively spirits. The Silky, although a native of Sydney, Australia, is larger than his close cousin, the Yorkshire Terrier.
Like many other small breeds, the Australian Silky Terrier suffers from health conditions that could make the overall care of a senior citizen complicated. The worst thing is their skin condition, and you don't have to be a senior to find it disturbing.
Not all toy dogs are great fun. Leave this one alone.
Despite their tiny size, Toy Poodles stand proudly among Dogdom’s aristocrats. Beneath their curly, low-allergen coat lies an elegant athlete and companion for all reasons and seasons. Forget the old stereotypes of Poodles as pampered dogs. Poodles are eager and incredibly smart dogs of remarkable versatility.
When they are just puppies, and like most dogs, the Toy Poodle is similar to a running tornado. They are energetic and full of life. As they mature, they turn into content and intelligent dogs, perfect to accompany any senior citizen. Loveable? Yes. Loyal? Yes. Intelligent? Yes? Suitable for you? Yes, yes, yes, yes.
The Toy Poodle answers the senior citizen checklist. Take it home.
The Pomapoo is a sweet, often shy cross between a Pomeranian and a Poodle. Pomapoos love to play, but they’re also content laying on the couch with you after a hard day at work. Their Pomeranian side gifts them with their gentle personality, while the Poodle in them lends to their high levels of intelligence.
They are said to be great dogs for seniors, but they don’t do too well around young children who may be a little rough with them. Pomapoos are also known as a “teddy bear dog,” and are fiercely loyal to their people. This breed has actually been around for quite some time but has gained more popularity over the past couple of decades.
Just keep them away from the grandchildren. Take it home.
The Shetland Sheepdog, also known as the Sheltie, is an extremely clever, alert, and obedient herder dog from Scotland’s remote and rugged Shetland Islands. Shelties bear a strong family resemblance to their bigger cousin, the Collie. Bright and keen Shelties are easy trainers, but they are also sensitive and affectionate family dogs, highly in tune with the mood of the household.
The Shetland Sheepdog is bright and obedient. They are the perfect family dog and easily adapt themselves to the household. Are they suitable for senior citizens? Being so gentle, loyal, and willing to please, this breed can be a great choice for a serious dog senior relationship.
Collie's smaller relative makes a great senior companion. Take it home.
The Tibetan Terrier, also known as the “Holy Dog of Tibet,” was a watchdog and companion in ancient Buddhist monasteries. A profusely coated, small-to-medium-sized dog with “snowshoe” feet, this breed is affectionate, sensitive, and clever. Their name only gets it half right: Tibetan Terriers are Tibetan, but they’re not true terriers—not by blood or temperament. They were carelessly given the name “terrier” to this typically Asian dog, and it stuck.
Now, do they make a good family or senior dog? So, they don't get along with younger children and require more intelligent activities. They can enjoy senior company; however, they will require will-demand outdoor activity on a regular basis.
There is a price to pay; however, it will be worth it. Take it home.
Yorkipoos are adorable, small dogs with big and impressive personalities. They are a cross between Yorkshire Terriers and Poodles and are known to have a lot of energy and love to play. They are heartwarming to those who show them love back. These guys can be pretty vocal, so keep that in mind as you’re searching for the perfect breed.
Yorkipoos, who are also sometimes called “Yoodles,” are fiercely loyal to their owners but aren’t particularly fond of strangers. They can be stubborn, but they are very intelligent and easy to train once you’ve gotten past that. Yorkipoos are great for those that live in smaller environments. Are they suitable for seniors?
There are so many restrictions and limitations, we think not. Leave it alone.
The Russian Toy is a small, mouse-looking, lively dog. This breed loves to snuggle and be close to their human companions, although sometimes slightly aloof to strangers. Who can blame them? They will dash through the house or yard chasing toys as long as you can keep up, while many others are willing to do nothing more than lounge in your lap all day long, content in knowing that they are the prize jewel in your home.
They thrive on human companionship and will let you know if they are feeling neglected. They are a good match when it comes to senior citizens and can make a great companion.
If you are willing always to make your dog feel loved and wanted, then take this one home.
Cavachons are also bred down from the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, this time with a Bichon Frise. They’re small and spunky and love to have fun with their families, whether it means going for walks or hanging out in the living room. Because of their small stature, they do well for those who live in houses or apartments.
The Cavachon is a relatively new breed that came into our world in 1996, and the target was to create the perfect dog. One that was kind and friendly didn't shed hair or require too much exercise, and got along with senior citizens. And it worked.
You couldn't get a better package than this. Take it home.
Chiweenies, AKA Chiwees, are short, stubby little mixes of a Chihuahua and a Dachshund. They’re even sometimes referred to as “Mexican Hotdogs.” Chiweenies tend to be very playful, so they do need attention and exercise, but since they’re so small, they also make great pets for seniors.
One thing to membership, though, is that these dogs tend to be a pretty vocal breed, so expect a lot of barking from your little man – it just goes to show how much they love you, and they want to alert you to any potential threats to keep you safe! Chiweenies are loyal and loving and enjoy spending most of their time by their people’s sides!
Prepared for a little barking? Take this one home.
This doggo is another one who was mixed with a Poodle, and this time with a Maltese. Aside from Poodles being incredibly smart, they’ve also got a great coat of fur that is low maintenance and doesn’t shed. Maltese are also known for their coat, which has even been referred to as a “lion mane” for how long and luxurious it is.
When combined, you get this adorable, soft little ball of fluff. Maltipoos are known for being easy to train and get along with, and they can be great dogs for seniors. They’re also especially great for cuddles since they fit nicely on your lap!
If you want an easy life bringing up your dog, then take this one home.
The Maltese Shih Tzu
They should really work on coming up with a more creative name for this breed, which is a mix of a Maltese and a Shih Tzu. They could have easily thought of one name, a two-syllable title. Why hasn’t anyone started calling these guys Maltzus or something? This breed is known for being very gentle and kind-natured.
Maltzus loves to play, and they need to get exercise like all other dog breeds. However, they’re fairly low energy, and since they’re small, they do better in smaller homes or apartments than their larger brethren. Plus, did we mention how freakin’ cute they are?
If you are looking to adopt a dog, the Maltese Shih Tzu would be in our top five. Take it home.
Poochins, also known as Chinpoos, Doodlechins, and Chindoodles, are an adorable mix of a Poodle and a Japanese Chin. These dogs are known to be very laid-back and easy to train, which makes them a great family pet or a good choice for retirees. They often have wonderful personalities but should be introduced to other animals from a young age.
Poochins can also tend towards a dominant behavior if you don’t train them properly and clearly establish yourself as the boss from the start. These little guys only grow to an average of about 5-12 pounds, but they can have a very mighty attitude!
Get a professional to train it and take them home.
Cairnoodles are a cross between a Poodle and a Cairn Terrier. They’re also referred to sometimes as Cairnpoos, Cairnpoodles, and Poocans. These guys are loving and affectionate and love to stay by their owner’s side, but they’ve also got the stubbornness that comes along with most terriers. Because of this, it’s wise to start obedience training with them when they are puppies.
Cairnoodles are the ultimate cuddle buddies, even for those with allergies, thanks to their hypoallergenic coat. They tend to suffer separation anxiety when their people leave them for too long, so they either need to be crate trained or with someone who will be there most of the time. This breed is descended from two others who are highly intelligent, so they’re very smart and easy to train.
Who wouldn't want another smart member in the house? Take it home.
These designer dogs are a cross between a Poodle and a Cocker Spaniel and are known for being particularly sweet (and small.) If you’re looking for a dog that does well in a smaller space, the Cockapoo should definitely be on your list of considerations! They’re smart, loyal, and love their families. Because it is a modern mix, not all Kennel Clubs recognize them.
Yes, we know it's not pedigree, but it's a dog; what do they mean they do not recognize them? In the past few years, the Cockapoo has become very popular as it sheds very little hair, and the grandchildren and grandparents can enjoy it together. It's great for a senior citizen.
How could you not take a Cockapoo home with you? It's a no-brainer.
And we’re back to the mixed breeds with adorable names, hence: The Schnoodle. Schnoodles are a cross between Poodles and Miniature Schnauzers, and they are unbelievably darling. This breed takes on a loyal, gentle nature from their Poodle side while adopting the bold characteristic of the Schnauzer. It's as if it took the best from each and combined it into one,
Schnoodles are also known for their soft, silky coat that is less prone to excess shedding than some breeds. They are also said to be terrific guard dogs, thanks to their attentive inherited nature. The Schnoodle is a very smart dog that can learn things very quickly.
For seniors who want to teach their dogs a card trick or two, take this one home.
This little ball of fluff is a Shichi. He’s a combination of a Shih Tzu and a Chihuahua. They are toy-sized and adorable, with long fur that requires lots of love. These guys are another wonderful example of a tiny dog with a huge personality. They’ve been known to have “small dog syndrome,” where they think they’re bigger than they really are. But thanks to this, they make great guard dogs and are super loyal to their owners.
They can also be very cuddly and love to curl up on your chest and watch movies. Shichis are very sweet and small and should be guarded against rowdy children and larger animals. They do best in a home where they will receive plenty of attention and care.
Prepared to fence your dog from the little ones? Leave this one alone.
Beagis are a combination of a Beagle and either a Pembroke or a Welsh Corgi. These guys have short little legs and often have silly personalities. They’re said to be incredibly smart and easy to train, although they also tend to be pretty stubborn. They’re great around people and usually have sweet dispositions. This makes them a great choice for seniors.
Beagis, while they still need their exercise, make a good dog for those who live in smaller spaces. Since they are bred from hunting dogs, they tend to chase smaller pets in the household. Beagis are also said to be generally healthy and live fairly long lives.