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The Best Dogs for Seniors

Updated 14 Jun 2019 4.1k votes 1.3k voters 32.0k views36 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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