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The Best Dogs for Seniors

List RulesTop dog breeds for elderly owners

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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    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 thicknesses.   ...more
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    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 title.  ...more
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    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 terrier,  ...more
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    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 originated on the  ...more
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    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 understood  ...more
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    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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    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 dog breed.  ...more
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    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 a  ...more
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    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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    The Italian Greyhound (in Italian: piccolo levriero italiano) is a small breed of dog; of the sighthound type, sometimes called the Italian for short, and nicknamed the "IG" or "Iggy".   ...more
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    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 fawn  ...more
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    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 descends  ...more
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    The Sealyham Terrier (Welsh: Daeargi Sealyham) is a rare Welsh breed of small to medium-sized terrier that originated in Wales as a working dog. It is principally a white-bodied, rough-coated breed,  ...more
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    The Welsh Corgi, sometimes known as just a Corgi (, Welsh for "dwarf dog"; plural "Corgis" or occasionally the etymologically consistent "Corgwn"; ), is a small type of herding dog that originated in  ...more
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    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. Color and  ...more
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    The Griffon Bruxellois or Brussels Griffon is a breed of toy dog, named for their city of origin: Brussels, Belgium. The Griffon Bruxellois may refer to three different breeds, the Griffon  ...more
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    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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    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 is a member of the  ...more
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    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, because the  ...more
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    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 both a  ...more
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    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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    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 entered.  ...more
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    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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    A Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a small Scottish dog breed in the terrier family. The breed has a very long body, short legs, and a distinctive topknot of hair on the head. They are friendly but tough,  ...more
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