Best Dogs for Seniors with Videos
Dog lovers are well aware of the benefits that come from having a dog in their lives. Whether that dog is a tiny Poodle or an enormous Mastiff, we all have our personal favorites. Just because we get older doesn’t mean we don’t dogs as companions any less than others. Studies have even shown that having a dog as a pet has many health benefits and wellbeing of seniors. Many nursing homes allow animal visitors, pet therapists and a some allow pets to reside with occupants.
It is vital for seniors to take into consideration some of the changes that occur as we get older. It’s usually difficult for a senior to handle a large dog breed or a breed that requires extensive grooming. It may be too difficult to exercise a dog with high energy levels. For these reasons, seniors should should think about size, temperament, and nature of the breed when thinking about getting a dog. Smaller dogs are most often suitable for older folks. Small dogs with short coats are recommended because they normally require less overall maintenance and they are easier to handle than larger dogs. Small dogs can also make great lap dogs.
Here are some of the top choices for dogs for seniors:
Schnauzer – Schnauzers enjoys being around people. They’re friendly and love human companionship. Schnauzers come in two different sizes: the Standard and the Miniature. Both are good with elderly person. These dogs have the tendency to be protective of their family. They also have a strong desire to please their owner. Some daily exercise are require but don’t worry as they aren’t hyperactive dogs. A good daily walk should be enough. Schnauzers do require regular grooming about every three months but this is normally done by professionals because they have a harsh coat that needs clipping or stripping. In between they just need their hair brush with a stiff brush to get the dirt out.
Pug – The Pug is everyone’s favorite “funny face” icon dog. A big dog in a small package. They are small but they have huge personalities. If you like playful, outgoing dogs, then the Pug may be the right dog for you. They appreciate all the attention and affection they can get. They are also very affectionate in return. You should be sure you have plenty of time for a Pug if you decide to get one because they will expect you to give them lots of your time. They make a good lap dogs. Grooming is not difficult since they are short-coated, but they do tend to shed a lot.
Cocker Spaniel – The Cocker Spaniel is always a popular pick because of their good looks and sweet personality. For years they were the most popular dog in the United States. They are friendly without being overbearing. They do require some exercise since they are a Sporting breed, but since they are small dogs they will be happy with a good walk. They are devoted to their owners. They tend to have long, curly hair so regular grooming is a must. Many people opt for a popular pet trim from a dog grooming shop.
Chihuahua – Chihuahuas have always been a popular breed for a good reason. For anyone who likes miniature dogs these little guys can be very cute. If you like a dog that you can carry and bring along everywhere, then the Chihuahua may be the perfect dog. Don’t let their modest size fool you. These small dogs think they’re bigger in sizes and will try to tell off a much bigger dog. Expect them to attach themselves to one person in a family. Chihuahuas are a very protective dog thus they are a good companionship. If you’re a senior living by yourself and they are capable of letting you know when someone is approaching or at your door. They normally weigh no more than six pounds and are easy to handle. Becareful for the so-called “tea cup” Chihuahuas and other breeds. The super tiny versions of breeds may lead to health issues later on.
Shih Tzu – Your Shih Tzu is an ancient dog breed from China. They are friendly, gentle dog with a majestic appearance. Shih Tzu are reported to be the oldest and smallest of dogs from Tibet. These types of puppies usually are lively and alert. They do have a snub-nosed face making them sensitive to high heat in the summer. They do well in colder climate or in a air conditioned home . They are a loving and smart companion. Their long elegant coat does require some care if you want it to shine.
Yorkshire Terrier – The Yorkshire Terrier is not what he or she seems to be. With the lovely long coat and small size makes them looks dainty, but the Yorkies was originally bred to kill rats. He’s still has the terrier instinct and there’s quite a bit of terrier potential still left in him. He can be a lap dog at times but it doesn’t take much to get him distracted. Yorkshire Terrier makes a tough little companion, quite alert and feisty at times. Yorkies can be easy to train but are known to be a little bit stubborn at times.
Scottish Terrier – Originated in Scotland, the Scotties are a strong and active dog. They are courageous, alert, and playful. They grow up to be dignified adults. Some people may say they have a very Scottish character. They can be a bit stubborn and is advise to train them early while they’re young. They don’t seem to adapt well in harsh condtion. They weight around 19-23 pounds and 10-11 inches tall at the shoulder. They do very well in apartments with some moderate exercise.
Toy Poodle – The Toy Poodle is known to be one of the most intelligent dog breeds. They are a great entertainer, often times you can see them performing special tricks at dog shows. They seem to love being around humans more than they enjoy the company of other dogs. They will allow you to pamper them all you want. If you want to dote over a small dog, this may be the right dog for you.
Pomeranian – Pomeranians are certainly many people’s favorite small size dog. Adorable as can be, they are fuzzy with a small foxy face. Pomeranians are friendly, playful, alert, and active. They can also be very protective over their owner despite their small size. A tiny Spitz-type breed that originated in Pomerania, Germany. They were originally much larger in size as a sled dogs before they were bred down to their current size. Pomeranians today should not be any larger than 10 pounds. They make wonderful companions and are one of the most popular smaller dog breeds.
Boston Terrier – Boston Terriers are considered to be one of the few native American breed dating back to 1870. Although they are Terriers, they are usually friendly with a more laid back personality. They are small in size but protective and seniors may feel more comfortable with having such a dog around. They are short-coated easy to groom. Original Boston Terriers should weigh between 10 and 25 pounds. Color should be white with black, brown or brindle.
These are a few breeds that tend to make good household pets for seniors. Some of them are shorthaired, while others have long hair or wire-hair (such as Schnauzer). If you’re interested in any of these breeds, or others, keep in mind that every dog is an individual just like humans. We can make generalities about them but each dog is unique. Don’t pick a dog in a hurry, take your time to study them. You may meet a Cocker Spaniel that wants to run around all the time or a shy Shih Tzu. If you are deciding on a dog try to meet him or her in person to see what they’re like. See how they fit with your own personality (are you an active person, etc?). Consider your own circumstances and lifestyle to see if the dog would be able to adapt. If you the love for dogs, then there is always a good dog out there waiting for you. Good luck in finding a good friend.