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02 Jul Best dog breeds for older people

Dogs make wonderful companions however old you are, and growing older is no reason not to discover the joy of owning a dog.  In fact having a dog in your home can help reduce stress, lower your blood pressure, and be a wonderful encouragement for getting out and about and meeting new people.  Of course it is always important to think about what type of dog will best suit you, your home and your lifestyle, so here are a few ideas to get you started.

1. Boston Terrier

These charming dogs have a wonderful temperament and love nothing more than cuddling up with their owners.  They are easy to please and will enjoy going for a walk as much as they will enjoy relaxing by your side while you curl up with a good book.  

2. Miniature Schnauzer

A gentle, sweet natured dog, the miniature schnauzer has a great personality.  These dogs were bred to be with human families, so they will be attentive to their owner and happy to socialise with any grandchildren who come to visit too.  They do need plenty of exercise, so are definitely more suited to an older person who loves to explore the outdoors and go on long walks.

3. Lhasa Apso

Lhasa Apso are known for their long flowing coats and loving personalities.  While they are small in size they have lots of energy and will be ready for plenty of play and a good walk.  But when it comes time for cuddles, there is nowhere they would rather be than snuggled up on your lap.

4. Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu’s are affectionate dogs who are the perfect size for curling up on your lap.  They have an easy-going nature and are as comfortable with other people as they are with their owner.  They love to play and will be the perfect companion for a walk to the shops or the park.

5. Golden Retriever

This lovable breed are really attuned to the emotional needs of humans making them a perfect dog breed for seniors.  In fact this kind hearted pup is often used as a therapy dog!  They do enjoy an active lifestyle so will get along best with someone who is always up for a walk or a game of fetch.

6. Maltese

Another dog who has a penchant for cuddling up on your lap, the maltese is calm, affectionate and adores spending time with their owner.  They are a great choice for the less mobile older person as while exercise is still a must, short walks will often suffice.  Discover exactly how much they need  by downloading the free PitPat app to get a tailored exercise goal.

7. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

This easy-going pooch has a gentle nature and they adapt well to any living situation.  They are playful, intelligent, easy to train and love cuddles, making them a great choice for people who want to add a little joy into their day.   Happy to sit quietly as well as get out and about, they will enjoy getting involved with all your favourite activities, whatever they happen to be.

8. Beagle

Beagles are sociable animals who love to play, so are a great choice if you are trying to keep active.  Bred to be part of a pack they will readily accept new people, and while this breed may be energetic, they would make a perfect hiking companion!

9. Labrador Retriever

Labrador retrievers are warm, friendly and loyal, so it won’t be long before you are the best of friends.  They can be a great choice for older people as they adapt well to being service dogs, and are one of the best breed choices for those that suffer with anxiety.  They are highly energetic so would do best in a home with a garden and someone who can exercise them regularly.

10. Cocker Spaniel

Cocker Spaniels really do get along well with everyone, whether that is children, strangers or other pets. They love company and will always be happiest by your side.  Get ready for cuddles, exploring the outdoors and making new friends at the park!

As you can see there are lots of great dog breeds out there that would make the perfect partner for any older person, with most of them poised and ready for all the cuddles that you can provide.  But as well as finding a dog that will love being loved, it is really important to find the one that best matches your physical ability too.  While not all dogs have high exercise needs, they will require some form of exercise daily,  so you need to  make sure that you can provide that requirement. 

 If you would like more insight into getting the balance right for your dog, why not use the PitPat dog activity monitor to discover their tailored exercise goal and to monitor their daily activity?  You can even share their profile with a dog walker, so you can always see what they have been up to, even if you haven’t been able to get out and about with them!

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