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What are the best dogs for seniors?
Choosing a dog can be fun, whether for an older loved one or yourself. The decision about which type of dog for the prospective owner requires some thought though. We all have unique preferences and the kind of dog that makes the best pet tends to vary from one person to the other. If the dog is for a particular senior in your life, do they gravitate toward smaller dogs to cuddle, or prefer larger more active dogs? Pick a pup that meshes with the abilities and lifestyle of the future owner.
Why get a dog at all? So many reasons…first of all, dog ownership is well documented to be helpful in lowing stress and blood pressure. Caring for another living being can be very rewarding, and provides companionship and unconditional love. It is also a wonderful way to get some exercise, meet other dog owners and socialize with others in the community. Many people find they just feel good when they are around their dog.
Factors to Consider in Choosing the Best Dog for an Older Person
8 of the Overall Best Companion Dogs for Seniors
Greatseniorliving.com put together an excellent list of specific breeds, both large and small that make the best dogs for seniors.
Find the Perfect Pooch
A dog can add a lot of joy and vitality to the life of an older adult as long as the personality of the pup closely matches their owners’ abilities and preferences. Take some time to consider which breed works best for you or your loved one before making your final decision; Assess if your best bet for a furry friend is big or small, active vs docile, high or low maintenance to find the perfect match for you.
source: a version of this article was originally published in greatseniorliving.com