Dogs – and pets in general – are good for the health, happiness, activity level, and more of older adults. As people age, many find their friends disappearing, family coming around less often, the routine lived by for so many years starts becoming less and less important, and more. Pets, and dogs, in particular, can fill a void, lower stress, call for the development of a routine, provide an opportunity for exercise, etc.
Though many pets can fill the bill when it comes to companionship for older adults, let’s focus on small dogs in particular. Are there specific dog breeds for mature adults more appropriate than others? Let’s take a look at the high points where some of the top small dog breed choices are concerned.
Pomeranian (Small Dog)
- Overall people pleasers
- Love attention
- Don’t need a lot of exercise or work
- Straightforward grooming needs
- Can be barkers, but a lot depends on their upbringing and personality
- They make ideal alert animals
French Bulldog (Lapdog)
Perfect for you or your loved ones, French Bulldogs:
- Don’t require a lot of walks
- Are adaptable
- Are easy to groom
- Have a kind disposition
- Love the company of their owner
- Never cease to entertain
Pugs (Need Less Exercise)
- Eager to please
- Playful and affectionate while requiring less exercise
- Can be stubborn
- Very social and perfect companions
Miniature Schnauzers (Best Companion)
This dog comes in several sizes including giant, standard, and miniature. They are:
- Great watchdogs because they are very vocal
- Good with children (and grandchildren)
- Not aggressive
- Eager to please
Poodle (Best Active Dog)
- Extremely popular choice
- Adapt to various living environments
- Enjoy numerous activities
- Easy to train
- Hypoallergenic (but regular grooming is required)
Boston Terrier (Low Maintenance)
- Easy to groom
- Manageable size
- Fun-loving and boundless energy
- Easy to train
- Charming and quiet
More Dog Breeds for Mature Adults
In addition to the above-stated dogs, here are some of the other most beloved breeds from which to choose:
- Cocker spaniel
- Yorkshire terrier
- Shih Tzu
It’s important to match your lifestyle when deciding on a four-legged sidekick. To keep you on your toes, should you go with a more active dog? Would you prefer an affectionate lapdog to help you stay calm and stress-free?
Additionally, consider the costs, size, hair (fur and grooming needs), noise level, and personality of the animal.
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