Best Dog Breeds for Seniors and Retirees

by the Sarah Carroll

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Dogs are man's best friend, there are no second thoughts about it. Owning a pet is something everyone looks out for in this monotonous lifestyle we follow — people who have retired from work and are sitting at home feeling lonely most of the time. Due to staying at home alone, senior citizens often complain about loneliness. This is when they think of getting a dog, not only will dogs accompany them but they can improve their owner's mood and mental health.

Dogs also look out for their owners and like to have their favorite humans around all the time. The senior citizens and retirees can enjoy their companionship and also provide a loving home for the dogs. Retirement is the best time to have dogs as one has spare time to spend with their dogs. There are many breeds of dogs that seniors can look for while deciding which kind is best suited for their new lifestyle. Here are a few breeds that are best suited for retirees which will hopefully help you choose your next furry friend.

Shih Tzu

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Shih Tzu is my favorite breed of dogs, and this breed is loved by many. The dogs of this breed are small in size and a popular choice if you want to go for a small sized dog. It’s weight ranges from 9 to 15 pounds. Shih Tzu breed dogs are playful and very active. Dogs of this breed enjoy playing games and also like walking. Seniors and retirees will love this breed due to their size and cheerful nature.

The dogs can be trained quickly, and they keep the environment pleasant. The only con of having the dog of this breed is that it needs grooming sessions frequently. People who like being outdoors and going for walks, this is the breed you should consider.


Pomeranian dog chewing on a Pawstruck Spring chew

Pomeranian breed is quite a popular breed that people go for. Dogs of this breed are also small in size and can easily fit in apartments with limited space. Owners like poms because it is easy to carry them while going for drives and grocery shopping. They weigh between three to seven pounds. Dogs of this breed are affectionate and like spending time with their humans — these pups like being indoors and playing with toys.

Poms need little grooming and are easy to handle. Dog owners love their poms as they are an excellent company for people who prefer staying at home most of the time as the dogs of this breed like spending time in the laps of their owners. This is the breed of dog you should go for if you are searching for an affectionate pet and the one who likes being around you constantly.



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There are many breeds of dogs, but one breed that is liked and loved by all has to be pugs. Dogs of this breed are small in size, like to stay indoors and are adaptable. Pugs are not that active and will prefer staying at home more than being outdoors. That being said pugs are very playful and do not require much exercise for maintaining good health.

Although pugs might seem quiet, they are active and love to socialize with groups. If you are someone who likes a good company at home and small dogs, then the Pug breed is one that you should consider.

Bichon Frise

White fluffy bichon frise with blue background

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Who cannot be in awe of dogs of this breed? They look so darn cute that it's not easy to resist playing with them. This fluff ball of a breed is an affectionate breed that is cheerful and enjoys company. Dogs of this breed have a good temperament and can coexist with other pets peacefully. They are known to keep their surroundings happy and lively.

The only issue with getting this breed is that they need a grooming session every month. On the plus side, Bichon Frise breed dogs are generally healthy and need only a small amount of exercise. People who have other pets or need their home to feel lively should go with this breed.


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The poodle is also one of the highly popular breeds. The reason for its popularity is because dogs of this breed are available in three sizes: a tiny poodle, a miniature poodle, and a larger standard poodle. You can choose the size to fit your preference or lifestyle. Hence there is a size for everyone be it someone who wants a small toddler to someone who likes having a huge dog.

Poodles are very easy to train and enjoy long walks with their owners. Dogs of this breed are smart and quite active as compared to the other breeds. They are adaptable and makes a good companion for people who have retired. However, they do need a regular grooming session to maintain their long coat. 


white dog outside

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Maltese is a breed of a dog that you should go for if you are someone who likes traveling and going for short trips. Dogs of this breed are easy to carry while traveling and also enjoy the same. Maltese dogs are compassionate and very attached to their owners. It is also one of the smallest breeds in this list, and hence it is important to handle them with care as they are fragile. Maltese dogs need grooming frequently. Most Maltese dogs are generally calm and are loyal to their family. 

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

King Charles Cavalier puppy

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There is one more breed that seniors will love and adore to have - Cavalier King Charles spaniel. Dogs of this breed are very attached to their families and like to get a lot of attention from their owners. They are affectionate and can adapt to any environment. That is the reason why they are the best choice if you are looking for a family dog. Dogs of this breed are also smaller in size, and it is easy to carry them while going for rides or even vacations.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels love to cuddle and snuggle with their owners. Be it staying at home or exploring new places the dog of this breed will accompany you everywhere.

This is the recommended list of breeds that are best suited for all the seniors out there who are looking for company. I am sure you will find the perfect kind from this list as I have made sure to select breeds that love to stay indoors, explore and are small in size. There are other breeds such as Corgi, Yorkshire, Chihuahua, etc. that are also friendly for senior people. Of course, can always choose the breed of dog on the preferences you want, in the end, every dog is amazing, and he/she will never make you feel lonely.

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