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Best Dog Breeds For Seniors

Posted by Eskaton on Mar 2, 2016 7:00:00 AM

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Dogs can be the perfect addition to your new home at a pet-friendly senior living community. But before you pick the cutest pooch you see, take into consideration which characteristics suit you best to find the best breed for your senior lifestyle.

Dogs with Minimal Grooming

Do you want a dog that requires little grooming? Choose a short-haired breed such as:

  • Pug
  • Boston terrier
  • Chihuahua
  • Beagle
  • Dachshund

Dogs with Low Energy

Do you want a laid-back dog that doesn’t require a daily walk? Consider a:

  • Pekingese
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Japanese Chin
  • Shih Tzu
  • Pug
  • Bolognese

Dogs that are Quiet

Would a small, quiet dog be the perfect fit for your home? Consider a:

  • Bolognese
  • Shih Tzu
  • Japanese Chin
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Dogs that are Allergy Friendly

Are you a senior with allergies? Then consider a hypoallergenic breed, such as a:

  • Poodle
  • Mini Schnauzer
  • Shih Tzu
  • Yorkshire terrier
  • Maltese
  • Bolognese

Dogs that are Lap Size

Is your heart set on a small dog perfect for your lap? Then one of these may be the breed for you:

  • Shih Tzu
  • Maltese
  • Yorkshire terrier
  • Chihuahua

Lastly, also consider these two recommendations made specifically for seniors looking for that perfect pet companion.

  1. Get an adult dog. With an adult dog, you are more likely to have a good idea of health history and temperament, and you’re past the time and money involved in raising a puppy.
  2. Check out shelters and rescue groups. Breed mixes often have fewer health problems than their purebred counterparts. If you want a purebred, be sure to find a reputable breeder.

See more breed recommendations at smalldogplace.com.

Eskaton welcomes companion animals in all of its senior living communities, knowing that the bond between pets and people is one of life’s great joys. For more information on Eskaton, contact us at 888-684-6554.

Topics: Independent Living

Eskaton is a nonprofit senior living community in the greater Sacramento area. With nursing, short-term rehabilitation, community living, and in-home services (including Home Support Services), Eskaton has nearly 2,000 staff committed to helping seniors receive the care they need while prioritizing independence. Learn more about Eskaton today and call us at 888-684-6554.