Dog Breeds

The Best Dogs for Seniors 

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Updated June 14, 2019 4k votes 1.2k voters 31.6k views 36 items

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Here it is, folks, a list of the best dogs for seniors, as ranked by elderly dog owners and breed experts alike. Dogs are often called man’s best friend, but it’s never been more true than with the elderly. Having a dog has a plethora of health benefits for older people, including lowering blood pressure, cholesterol, triglyceride, and risk of heart failure. Pups are also known for decreasing the feelings of loneliness that many seniors experience on a daily basis by giving unconditional love and affection. Seniors who have lost a loved one or otherwise feel isolated and unwanted have found that keeping a dog nearby decreases those feelings. Another perk of senior dog ownership is entertainment and an increased need for physical activity.

If you’ve been wondering, “What is the best dog breed for seniors and elderly owners?” this list has many options to choose from. Many of the dogs on this list are small, low energy, and friendly canines in need of some TLC. Be sure to consider your physical abilities before choosing a dog.

Whether you plan to rescue an older dog in need of constant attention or adopt a young puppy who wants tons of love, there’s sure to be a dog on this list just for you.

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King Charles Spaniel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dogs for Seniors
The King Charles Spaniel (also known as the English Toy Spaniel) is a small dog breed of the spaniel type. In 1903, the Kennel Club combined four separate toy spaniel breeds under this single ...more
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West Highland White Terr... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dogs for Seniors
The West Highland White Terrier, commonly known as the Westie, is a breed of dog from Scotland with a distinctive white harsh coat with a somewhat soft white undercoat. It is a medium-sized ...more
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Shih Tzu is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dogs for Seniors
A Shih Tzu (UK: , US: ; Chinese: 西施犬; pinyin: Xī Shī quǎn, literally "Xi Shi dog"), is a toy dog breed, weighing from 4 to 7.25 kilograms (9–16 lbs) when fully grown. The breed ...more
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Maltese Dog is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dogs for Seniors
The Maltese (Italian: [malˈteːze]) is a small breed of dog in the Toy Group. It descends from dogs originating in the Central Mediterranean Area. The breed name and origins are generally ...more
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Havanese is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dogs for Seniors
Havana (; Spanish: La Habana [la aˈβana] (listen)) is the capital city, largest city, province, major port, and leading commercial center of Cuba. The city has a population of 2.1 million ...more
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Bichon Frisé is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dogs for Seniors
A Bichon Frise ( or ; from French: bichon à poil frisé, French pronunciation: ​[biʃɔ̃ fʁize], meaning 'curly lap dog') is a small breed of dog of the bichon type. The Bichon Frise ...more
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Dachshund is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dogs for Seniors
The dachshund (UK: DAKS-ənd, -⁠huund, -⁠huunt or US: DAHKS-huunt, -⁠ənd)(German: "badger dog"), also known as the sausage dog or wiener dog is a short-legged, long-bodied, hound-type ...more
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French Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dogs for Seniors
The French Bulldog is a breed of domestic dog. In the 1800s, they were the result of a cross between Toy Bulldogs imported from England and local ratters in Paris, France.The breed is popular as ...more
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Yorkshire Terrier is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dogs for Seniors
The Yorkshire Terrier is a small dog breed of terrier type, developed during the 19th century in Yorkshire, England. Ideally its maximum size is 7 pounds (3.2 kg). A popular companion dog, the ...more
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Pug is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dogs for Seniors
The pug is a breed of dog with physically distinctive features of a wrinkly, short-muzzled face, and curled tail. The breed has a fine, glossy coat that comes in a variety of colours, most often ...more
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Boston Terrier is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dogs for Seniors
The Boston Terrier is a breed of dog originating in the United States of America. This "American Gentleman" was accepted in 1893 by the American Kennel Club as a non-sporting breed. ...more
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White schnauzers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dogs for Seniors
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Papillon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dogs for Seniors
The Papillon (French pronunciation: ​[papijɔ̃], French for 'butterfly[-eared]'), also called the Continental Toy Spaniel, is a breed of dog, of the spaniel type. One of the oldest of the toy ...more
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Welsh Corgi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dogs for Seniors
The Welsh Corgi, sometimes known as just a Corgi (, Welsh for "dwarf dog"; plural "Corgis" or occasionally the etymologically consistent "Corgwn"; ), is a small ...more
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Poodle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dogs for Seniors
Poodles are a group of formal dog breeds, the Standard Poodle, Miniature Poodle and Toy Poodle. The origin of the breed is still discussed, with a prominent dispute over whether the poodle ...more
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Chihuahua is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dogs for Seniors
The Chihuahua (listen) (Spanish: chihuahueño) is the smallest breed of dog, and is named after the Mexican state of Chihuahua. Chihuahuas possess a wide variety of fur colors and coat
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Cairn Terrier is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dogs for Seniors
The Cairn Terrier is one of the oldest terrier breeds, originating in the Scottish Highlands and recognized as one of Scotland's earliest working dogs. The breed was given the name Cairn, ...more
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Miniature Schnauzer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dogs for Seniors
The Miniature Schnauzer is a breed of small dog of the Schnauzer type that originated in Germany in the mid-to-late 19th century. Miniature Schnauzers may have been developed from the smallest ...more
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Pomeranian is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dogs for Seniors
The Pomeranian (often known as a Pom) is a breed of dog of the Spitz type that is named for the Pomerania region in north-west Poland and north-east Germany in Central Europe. Classed as a toy ...more
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Scottish Terrier is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dogs for Seniors
The Scottish Terrier (Scottish Gaelic: Abhag Albannach; also known as the Aberdeen Terrier), popularly called the Scottie, is a breed of dog. Initially one of the highland breeds of terrier that ...more
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American Cocker Spaniel ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dogs for Seniors
The American Cocker Spaniel is a breed of sporting dog. It is a spaniel type dog that is closely related to the English Cocker Spaniel; the two breeds diverged during the 20th century due to ...more
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Australian Terrier is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dogs for Seniors
The Australian Terrier is a small breed of dog of the terrier dog type. The breed was developed in Australia, although the ancestral types of dogs from which the breed descends were from Great ...more
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Japanese Chin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dogs for Seniors
The Japanese Chin (Japanese: 狆, chin), also known as the Japanese Spaniel, is a dog acknowledged for its importance to Japanese nobility. It is also known for its strabismus of the eyes. Being ...more
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Lhasa Apso is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dogs for Seniors
The Lhasa Apso ( LAH-sə AP-soh) is a non-sporting dog breed originating in Tibet. It was bred as an interior sentinel in the Buddhist monasteries, to alert the monks to any intruders who ...more
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Jack Russell Terrier is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dogs for Seniors
The Jack Russell Terrier is a small terrier that has its origins in fox hunting in England. It is principally white-bodied and smooth, rough or broken-coated and can be any colour. The Jack ...more