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Dog Breeds that are Good For Seniors

Thursday, October 29, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Pets always provide great companionship for senior citizens.They relieve the boredom and feelings of helplessness that is oftentimes associated with older adults who live alone.  When shopping for a breed that would best suit a senior citizen, a lot of thought should go into selecting the most appropriate breed.  If the senior is fairly sedentary, don’t choose a large dog that requires a lot of exercise.  Several breeds because of their size and temperament would make perfect companions for our seniors.  Pugs are little dogs with a very sweet disposition that thrive on the attention of their owners. They are very loving and affectionate. They require very little grooming although some have a tendency to be overweight.

Schnauzers are small very energetic, spunky and very intelligent. They get along well with other dogs and people including children.  They are very territorial and make excellent watchdogs for seniors. They tend to have very happy personalities and require daily brushing and walking for exercise.

Shih-Tzu’s are known for there sweet tempers and overwhelming friendliness. They are perfect indoor pets but they do have long hair that should be kept short to avoid lots of grooming hassles.  They require very little exercise and a daily walk will usually suffice.

Cocker Spaniels are very happy dogs and make excellent companions. They need to to be brushed daily and also should be given daily exercise. They are excellent hunters and make good watchdogs.

The pup chosen by more seniors than most other breeds, is the Chihuahua. These are very small, intelligent dogs who make wonderful companions for seniors because they tend to form a bond with there owners. They have frisky personalities and are very territorial and make excellent inside watchdogs. They are very easy to train, require little grooming and exercise.

There are many more breeds that would be very suitable for senior citizens but make sure that you do your research and select the pet that would best suit your lifestyle.

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