Best Dogs for Seniors

A guide to finding the best dog for a senior lifestyle.

Small Dog Place

This is a website that is dedicated to information about small dogs. If you have a small dog or are considering getting one, this site has a lot of very useful information for you to consider.

From the website:

Bigger might be better to some but we think the best comes in small packages especially when it comes to that tiny canine. And, since you are here, we think you might agree.

There is so much to love and appreciate about small breed dogs.

Their small size makes them perfect for:

  • Apartment and city dwellers as well as those that live in the country
  • The young and old and everyone in between
  • For singles, couples, and those with families
  • Hot Climates, Chilly and cold Places
  • Basically just about anyone - anywhere
  • Those Highly active and couch potatoes
  • Some are super playful, others highly intelligent
  • All are loving and loyal

But any dog, big or small deserves not only your love and understanding, but also some work on your part. That is the purpose of this site.

20 Best Dog Breeds for Seniors & Retirees

From the Small Dog Place website written by Janice Jones:

Would you agree that Small is usually better when considering which breed is best for senior citizens. 

Admittedly, we’re a little biased around here, but there’s lot to be said about the perfect dogs for senior citizens and retirees. Big or small..

The warmth, companionship, love and entertainment that dogs provide can make all the difference in the life of an older person.

Best Dog Breeds for Retirement

"Just because you are getting older or are retired doesn't mean that adopting a dog is out of the question. A dog can be a wonderful companion for an older adult who lives alone or who has more time to spend now that the working years are behind them. A dog can even be a wonderful "baby" for an older couple whose own babies are now long grown and out on their own. But choosing a dog in your golden years should be carefully considered; dog breeds that might have been good companions when you were young may not be the best choices now. Poodles, Maltese, Pomeranians, and pugs are a few breeds that make good pets for seniors."

This November 2022 article from The Spruce Pets provides informative insight on how to select the best breed for your retirement living.



"Dog ownership has many health and emotional benefits. Dog companionship has been known to reduce stress and lower blood pressure. Having a dog may even improve or prevent depression and anxiety. Plus, exercising with your dog is a great way to stay active."

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