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The Best Dogs for Seniors  

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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 is a small dog breed of the spaniel type. In 1903, the Kennel Club combined four separate toy spaniel breeds under this single title. The other varieties merged into ...more
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West Highland White Terrier is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dogs for Seniors
The West Highland White Terrier, commonly known as the Westie or Westy, is a Scottish breed of dog with a distinctive white coat. The modern breed is descended from a number of breeding programs ...more
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Shih Tzu is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dogs for Seniors
A shih tzu is a toy dog breed weighing 5–7.25 kilograms with long silky hair. The exact origins of the breed are unknown, but it is thought to have originated in Tibet and then been developed in ...more
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Maltese Dog is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dogs for Seniors
The Maltese 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 to derive from the ...more
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Havanese is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dogs for Seniors
The Havanese, a breed of Bichon type, is the national dog of Cuba, developed from the now extinct Blanquito de la Habana. The Blanquito descended from the also now extinct Bichon Tenerife. It is ...more
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Bichon Frisé is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dogs for Seniors
A Bichon Frisé, is a small breed of dog of the Bichon type. The Bichon Frise is a member of the Non-Sporting Group of dog breeds in the US, and a member of the Toy Dog group in the UK.
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French Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dogs for Seniors
The French Bulldog is a small breed of domestic dog. "Frenchies" were the result in the 1800s of a cross between bulldog ancestors imported from England and local ratters in Paris. ...more
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Dachshund is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dogs for Seniors
The dachshund is a short-legged, long-bodied dog breed belonging to the hound family. The standard size dachshund was bred to scent, chase, and flush out badgers and other burrow-dwelling ...more
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Pug is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dogs for Seniors
The Pug is a breed of dog with 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 or black, and a compact square ...more
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Boston Terrier is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dogs for Seniors
The Boston Terrier is a breed of dog originating in the United States. This "American Gentleman" was accepted in 1893 by the American Kennel Club as a non-sporting breed. Color and ...more
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Yorkshire Terrier is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dogs for Seniors
The Yorkshire Terrier is a small dog breed of terrier type, developed in the 19th century in the county of Yorkshire, England, to catch rats in clothing mills, also used for rat-baiting. The ...more
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Papillon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dogs for Seniors
The Papillon, also called the Continental Toy Spaniel, is a breed of dog of the Spaniel type. One of the oldest of the toy spaniels, it derives its name from its characteristic butterfly like ...more
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White schnauzers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dogs for Seniors
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Welsh Corgi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dogs for Seniors
The Welsh corgi is a small type of herding dog that originated in Wales. Two distinct breeds are recognized: the Pembroke Welsh corgi and the Cardigan Welsh corgi, with the Pembroke being the ...more
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Poodle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dogs for Seniors
The Poodle comes in three varieties: toy, miniature, and standard. It has a profuse, but well groomed and clipped, wiry curly coat. The head and muzzle are long and the ears are wide and hanging ...more
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Chihuahua is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dogs for Seniors
The Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog and is named for the state of Chihuahua in Mexico. Chihuahuas come in a wide variety of sizes, head shapes, colors, and coat lengths.
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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 of the 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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American Cocker Spaniel is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Pomeranian is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dogs for Seniors
The Pomeranian is a breed of dog of the Spitz type, named for the Pomerania region in Central Europe. Classed as a toy dog breed because of its small size, the Pomeranian is descended from the ...more
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Miniature Schnauzer is listed (or ranked) 20 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 developed from crosses between the Standard ...more
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Scottish Terrier is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dogs for Seniors
The Scottish Terrier, popularly called the Scottie, is a breed of dog. Initially one of the highland breeds of terrier that were grouped under the name of Skye Terrier, it is one of five breeds ...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, also known as the Japanese Spaniel, is a dog acknowledged for its importance to Japanese nobility. Both a lap dog and companion dog, this toy breed has a distinctive
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Lhasa Apso is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dogs for Seniors
The Lhasa Apso has a long, heavy, double coat, draping over his entire body to the floor. This shaggy dog looks like a small version of the Old English Sheepdog. Gold, cream, and honey are the ...more
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Dandie Dinmont Terrier is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dogs for Seniors
A Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a small Scottish breed of dog in the terrier family. The breed has a very long body, short legs, and a distinctive "top-knot" of hair on the head. A ...more