As caregivers, we want to provide the best elderly care possible for our senior loved ones and one way to do that is by giving them a furry companion. Dogs are wonderful friends to people in every stage of life. Just because one has grown older is no reason not to enjoy canine buddy. They provide companionship in a way that no other pet – and few humans – can match. Mobile seniors also understand that the daily walk many breeds require is a way to get out of the house, exercise, and meet other people.

Having a dog doesn't just add to your daily happiness — it can also be good for your long-term health. Studies have found that people with dogs are more likely to practice heart-healthy lifestyle habits. They're also incredibly good for your mental health as they provide a sense of purpose and are a source of joy. However, when choosing a breed for seniors, there are a lot of things to consider.

Getting a dog is a big decision. Everyone has a unique set of preferences, so the kind of dog that makes the best pet will vary from one older adult to another. Some seniors gravitate toward smaller dogs that can cuddle in a lap, while other prefer larger dogs that can romp around and play fetch. Ultimately, any breed of dog is good for older people if it meshes with their abilities, likes, and lifestyles.

Besides that, when helping a senior choose a dog or finding a dog for them, it's important to take into account how active the dog is, the level of grooming they require, and whether the senior has other animals the dog might be around, among other factors. That said, here are 6 dogs that would be great for your senior loved ones.

  1. Poodles

Contrary to what their crazy haircuts might lead to you believe, Poodles actually aren't very high-maintenance, and are thus great dogs for seniors. They need regular grooming appointments, but aside from that they are personable and easy to train.

  1. Pomeranians

Pomeranians are small companion dogs that are smart, lively, and affectionate. They are very curious and love attention, making them a good option for older adults who can give them lots of time and energy. They should be brushed at least a couple times a week to keep their fluffy coats healthy and shiny. These canines are proud and aren't naturally inclined to take directions from others, but firm, gentle leadership can train them not to be unruly. They do tend to be loud, however.

  1. Beagles

If your senior loved one is an active outdoorsy type individual who enjoys long walks, they might get along well with Beagles. These dogs are energetic, sociable animals who love to play. They are friendly, fun, easy-going characters who consider every person they meet to be their new best buddy. Bred as hunting hounds, beagles are a scent-driven breed and will take off in pursuit of an interesting smell. It's important to have a securely fenced yard and supervise these dogs closely.

  1. Labrador Retrievers

One of the friendliest, cuddliest dogs on the planet, Labrador Retrievers make excellent companions for seniors. They are warm, outgoing and love people and also adapt well to training as service dogs. They are also among the best dog breeds for anxiety sufferers. While Labs are cheerful and even-tempered, but these big dogs are also highly energetic and require lots of physical exercise.

  1. Cocker Spaniels

Cocker Spaniels consistently ranks among the best dogs for seniors. They weigh 20-30 pounds and have a life expectancy of 10-14 years. These dogs don’t have pent-up energy they need to expel, but they need regular walks and other exercises to maintain healthy muscles. 

  1. Grey Hounds

Since Grey Hounds are large, they may not seem like the best choice for seniors, but they are extremely graceful dogs with a sweet temperament that make them as cuddly as smaller dogs. While they require large amounts of exercise, they’re also content to be couch potatoes. They're sprinters but not joggers: As long as they get a chance to run all-out for a short time, they are generally happy to loaf around and take it easy for the rest of the day. 

As we get older, it’s important to find ways to connect and an important aspect of quality elderly care is companionship. Getting a dog is an excellent way to find that companionship and also stay active. And as a caregiver, you’ll rest easy too, knowing that your elderly loved one is in good company!

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