As we get older our needs change; we might get a little less active or enjoy different activities but our connections with dogs remain the same. Do you love dogs? Do you have more free time now that you are retired? If so, as a senior, you should know what breed of dog would be best for you!

The relationship between dog and human harbors love and support. Dogs are companions that relieve stress and increase happiness in their owners. It is proven that dogs can be therapeutic and can help decrease depression and positively assist with anxiety and PTSD. Having a dog as a senior can be very beneficial to one’s health and well-being. For example, because dogs need walks, this will motivate you to get exercise.

Just because you are a senior that doesn’t mean you can’t get what you want! If you have the ability to take care of the dog than you can have that dog. The best relationship between dog and human is if lifestyles match, ensuring that each party is safe and happy.

The most common breeds that seniors have consist of smaller breeds. Small breed dogs make up the majority of dogs that seniors own because, generally, they do not require as much exercise as larger breeds. Also, because of the smaller size, there is less fur to wash and brush which can make the dog chores go by faster without as much work. Here is a list of some common dog breeds for seniors.

West Highland White Terrier


Pembroke Welsh Corgi


Toy Poodle

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel


Bichon Frise

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