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The Eight Best Dog Breeds For Seniors

Monday, October 1, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

If you are older and living alone, you should consider specific dog breeds to adopt. Not all dogs are suitable for an older person or senior citizen. Here is a list prepared by that outlines the best dog breeds for seniors.

1. Maltese

This dog has been a family dog for over 2000 years and their girlie looks are fun for owners to maintain. They live a good life usually from 12 to 15 years and they will grow to be only 8 to 10 inches tall. They usually are under 10 pounds so they won’t be jumping up on people and pushing them over. They are not a hazard for older people who may have the risk of falling. This dog loves people and is often used for therapy. These pets are ideal because they are hypoallergenic and shed very little. They are extremely well mannered and loving.

2. Chihuahua

Chihuahua’s have a long life span of about 10 to 18 years and this can be the smallest dog although they vary in size. On average they are 6 to 9 inches tall and only 3 to 6 pounds. They make great companion dogs and they love to cuddle. This breed is unique in that it is an excellent watch dog and can be trained easier than other small dogs. They are usually very smart. They have big personalities and love to run and play. They are going to follow you around the house and make excellent companions on errands and traveling. They forget how small they are and it’s important that you be very careful with them around big dogs. It’s important that you check the health credentials of your breeder. You also must socialize your chihuahua with small children if there will be any around your house. It is possible that this breed comes from the ancient spiritual Toltec society and were revered as mystical healing creatures by the Aztecs.

3. Yorkshire Terrier

This little love grows to be about 4-6 pounds in weight and only 8 to 9 inches tall. Their average lifespan is anywhere from 12 to 15 years. This is undoubtedly the most famous of the very small dog breeds and they are good inside dogs. They make take a while to adjust to new pets but they can be raised with other pets. You will want to crate train a yorkie (as they are affectionately called) because it can be somewhat challenging to house train these little ones. They will be able to get along with your neighbors pet’s once they get to know them. These dogs do not shed much but do require daily brushing so their coat doesn’t get tangled. They are prone to digestive problems, barking and dental problems. They can be trained not to bark with patience though.

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