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.
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.
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!