Top 10 Best Dogs for Seniors

In addition to lowering your stress level, blood pressure and heart rate, pets are a tremendous source of companionship and dogs in particular are a great source of socialization. Ever walk a dog and not get into a conversation with someone? For seniors, fur-kids provide a sense of purpose, a source of exercise and they can be a great addition to an empty nest that’s beginning to feel a little lonely. Let’s take a look at the top 10 best dogs for seniors. (Photo credit: McIninch/Bigstock)


Pembroke Welsh Corgi

If you're looking for a pooch to spend your golden years with, here are the best dogs for seniors.For active seniors who love a long walk, the Corgi is a great bet. His compact size and strong-willed personality make him a great companion dog who is up for activity but not hyper. Short legs and a long back make his ideal home environment one without a lot of stairs. Hey, you already have something in common! (Photo credit: Grisha Bruev/Bigstock)


French Bulldog

If you're looking for a pooch to spend your golden years with, here are the best dogs for seniors.

Another great walking companion is the Frenchie. This solid little pooch is happy just to hang with you all day long and because he’s active but not super athletic, he’ll never tire you out with the need for lengthy walks. He loves to snuggle into a welcoming lap and because he’s such a low shedder, a lint brush is all you need. Warning, he does snore! (Photo credit: Eduard Vivsik/Bigstock)


Goldendoodle

If you're looking for a pooch to spend your golden years with, here are the best dogs for seniors.This cross between a Golden Labrador and a Poodle is great for seniors with mobility issues that might cause them to worry about a smaller dog getting underfoot. This gentle-natured pooch is often used as a therapy dog and is not high maintenance when it comes to exercise. His low-shedding nature makes him an easy boy to clean up after. (Photo credit: SusanFeldberg/Bigstock)


West Highland White Terrier

If you're looking for a pooch to spend your golden years with, here are the best dogs for seniors.The smart little Westie is considered to be the calm version of a terrier and he’s a perfect fit for apartments or smaller living accommodations. This pooch thrives on human interaction and wants to be with you at all times. His sturdy, compact size means he’s not likely to be knocking anyone over and his moderate exercise needs make him ideal for those less active.  (Photo credit: Ian Dikhtiar/Bigstock)


Bichon Frise

If you're looking for a pooch to spend your golden years with, here are the best dogs for seniors.This mini pooch has a sweetheart of a personality and his playful antics can entertain for hours. He adores his human companions and loves his role as a lap dog. Because of his gentle nature he is often used as a therapy dog and while this social little guy loves to get out and show off his personality, a daily walk is all he really needs. (Photo credit: Ian Dikhtiar/Bigstock)


Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

If you're looking for a pooch to spend your golden years with, here are the best dogs for seniors.This little dog with the big name adores being with his people and is naturally well-behaved.  He makes our list of best dogs for seniors because he can suffer from separation anxiety and needs a family who will be home for him. This active pooch needs a good daily walk but because of his good manners and small size, he doesn’t tug or pull which makes for an easy walk. (Photo credit: otsphoto/Bigstock)


Greyhound

If you're looking for a pooch to spend your golden years with, here are the best dogs for seniors.Surprise! These gentle retired athletes are ideal for seniors. They are well-trained, have a mild sensitive manner and prefer a quiet environment – no, they don’t bark either.  And in spite of their racing spirit, they’re cool with just getting out for a daily walk; remember, they don’t run marathons, they sprint, so long, drawn out hikes aren’t their thing. (Photo credit: Angled End/Bigstock)


Miniature Poodle

If you're looking for a pooch to spend your golden years with, here are the best dogs for seniors.This super-intelligent dog with the distinctive appearance and playful personality is ideal for the older owner. He considers himself an important part of the family and just loves to spend his day with his human companion. A highly trainable breed, this little guy adores continual interaction and being pampered by someone with the time to spend on him. (Photo credit: hin255/Bigstock)


Miniature Schnauzer

If you're looking for a pooch to spend your golden years with, here are the best dogs for seniors.This spunky little pooch is a well-mannered, playful breed that adores human companionship and being the center of attention. His passion for cuddling and belly-rubs makes him a great option for a senior looking for someone to love. He is a minimal shedder and a couple of short walks a day are enough to keep this little guy fit and trim. (Photo credit: Elen33/Bigstock)


Maltese

If you're looking for a pooch to spend your golden years with, here are the best dogs for seniors.The classic lap-dog, this small breed is incredibly attentive to his pet parent and in spite of his tiny frame; he’s a pretty sturdy pooch. He’s highly affectionate and easy to maintain; shedding minimally. While he loves to be busy, his small stature means he is satisfied with brief, 10-15 minute daily walks followed by interactive play. (Photo credit: kimrawicz/Bigstock)


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