Dogs For The Elderly: The 10 best breeds of adorable dog for older owners
With demand for puppies continuing to soar post-lockdown, here are the dog breeds that make perfect companions for senior owners.
The last two years have seen many of us welcome a new four-legged friend into our homes, as the UK Kennel Club saw dog ownership soar over the last couple of years.
Breeds needing less in the way of grooming and exercise are easier to care for by those with mobility issues, while dogs with the right easy-going temparament make loyal and loving companions for people living alone.
Here are 10 of the breeds that tick all of these boxes, according to the American Kennel Club.
1. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The diminutive Cavalier King Charles Spaniel requires a little more grooming than other breeds of small dog, but they are quiet, intelligent, easy to train, and never happier than when they are snuggled up in your lap.
Poodles – Standard, Miniature, or Toy – have every attribute needed to make a great companion dog. They are hugely intelligent and loving, easy to train, only need walked once a day, and only need groomed once a month.
One of the smallest breeds, Maltese may be tiny but they are also one of the most empathetic pets and are often used as therapy dogs. They need very little outdoor exercise and even giving them their daily brush can be fairly therapeutic and relaxing.
4. French Bulldog
Another breed that needs little in the way of outdoor time, French Bulldogs are easy to groom, dedicated to their owners, and make wonderful companions.
5. Pembroke Welsh Corgis
The Queen’s favouriter dog, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is perfect for active seniors as they need several short walks a day. Otherwise they are simple to groom, are desperate to please and are very protective of their owners.
The Pekingese could be considered the ultimate lap dog. This breed likes peace and calm, so is perfect for a quieter home free of children. They also tend to form a particularly strong relationship with one particular person, creating a special bond.
7. West Highland Terrier
West Highland Terriers are great companion pet that combine small stature with a big lyal personality. A couple of 15 minute walks each day will give them all the excercise they need and they are very easy to train.
For people with mobility issues, Pugs make the perfect pet. These little character would rather nap on the couch that go for a run and spend most of their time indoors. They tend to be quite quiet and require very little grooming.
9. Boston Terrier
Boston Terriers tend to be completely devoted to their owners, who they enjoy sitting quietly beside for long periods. Their short coat means they need little in the way of grooming and are easy to care for generally.
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Greyhounds are gentle and affectionate dogs that make a great companion for people later in life. Adopting one of the many adult Greyhounds looking for a new home can also mean there’s no need to deal with an energetic and untrained puppy.
By David Hepburn
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