Being a dog owner can be beneficial in a number of ways, and as you get older dogs can also make great companions. Specifically, owning dogs has been shown to lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and significantly reduce heart attack risk.
For seniors, dogs are particularly useful, as they give structure to the day, helping keep your body and mind active. Dogs have also been shown to reduce loneliness not only as a companion, but also as a natural icebreaker when out walking.
Here we have our top 15 suggestions for the best dog breeds for seniors:
Look at that wrinkled face! How can you resist? Sporting a cute curly tail, these little guys are eager to please and very charming. Pugs are a very easy-going breed and can adapt to any environment that they’re put in, making them easy to care for. Because they’re so small, they don’t need much exercise making them perfect for those with poor mobility.
Although very affectionate, be warned Pugs can be a little mischievous and naughty at times. They also are stubborn when they want to be. They also tend to shed hair, particularly in the heat, so be ready to push the vacuum around the house most days.
Lifespan: 12 to 15 years
Height: 10 inches to 1 yard (shoulder height)
Weight: 14 to 18 pounds