ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

What are best dog breeds for senior citizens?

Updated on October 31, 2007

Having a canine companion in your family is a wonderful thing. And I for one do not need results of some research to tell me that having a dog can have a great impact on my well being. It holds true for seniors as well. When thinking about getting a dog seniors should also consider what type of dog would be best suited for their lifestyle.

The main characteristic that should be considered is the temperament of the dog as well as the size. Large, boisterous dogs may not be such a good idea as they might be too much to handle for some seniors. Smaller dogs tend to be less high maintenance and also on the plus side they can make excellent lap dogs.

One of the most popular breeds among seniors by fair is the schnauzer. There are 2 types available the normal schnauzer and the miniature one, both of which can be a good choice. They can be very protective of their family, but are also very affectionate and crave the companionship with humans. There is an old lady in my neighborhood that I know from our local doggy park. Her family got her a miniature schnauzer and they are a sight to behold, they even sort of trod the same way. They do need their daily exercise, but a regular walk should do. Also they do need regular grooming to keep their coat healthy and shining.

Cocker spaniels are also a good choice as they are not boisterous dogs by nature. They are docile and very attached to their owners. They do not need a lot of exercise however they will need regular grooming because of their fine curly hair.

Pugs are another good choice, as they love the attention of their owners, they are playful and affectionate. They do make excellent companions for older people.

Miniature poodles are a good choice as in general they do prefer the company of humans and are also very affectionate with their owners. They love the fuss lavished upon them and this is what makes them a good pick for seniors.

Some of the other dog breeds that might make a good combination with a senior are Pomeranians, Boston and Scottish terriers, Yorkshire terrier and Shih Tzu. Again there are no strict rules as the individual nature and temperament of dogs varies, they are individual living beings after all. Different breeds are usually just a guidepost that will help make an informed decision. Smaller dogs with mild temperaments are usually the best choice for seniors as they are less high maintenance and get attached to their owners very easily. Having a canine companion is a great thing for any family and for seniors probably even more so. To have a dog can be a comforting thing and lets face it to have one of those little furry people around can bring endless joy and happiness plus they can fuss over each other and it is totally acceptable.


Submit a Comment

No comments yet.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)