What is the best dog for seniors?

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  • Nita Nita on Dec 23, 2017
    My experience with miniature dachshunds makes me recommend them for seniors. They shed very little and are relatively low maintenance.

  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Dec 23, 2017
    Below is an article that answers your question with a lot of different dogs and why they are good for seniors. Wishing you the best & Happy Holidays.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Dec 23, 2017
    Every one has a different favorite dog. It depends on your level of health and physical activity as to whether you would be able to take a dog out for walks and exercise the dog by playing with them. We have four dogs. One is a ten pound ankle biter that is a great lap dog, but needs frequent maintenance for grooming. We have a white chow, it needs walks, but is ok with out them too. They are very independent and like to spend a lot of time outdoors and keeps the yard free of all critters. They are excellent quiet guard dogs and if someone breaks in while the house is empty or you are home, the person breaking in will not know the dog is their until it is too late. They are fine with people they meet as long as they like them. Family is always welcome and protected. Easy to care for, they are not fussy unless you spoil them like hubby does. Extremely loyal and love kids. We have a pure blood shepherd and a rescue shepherd Heinz 57. Shepherds are very loyal and protective of family and property, they love kids and make excellent assistive dogs. The shepherd mix was taught to help people down the stairs when he was eight years old and to this day, even though he is almost twelve, he insists on walking alongside you when you go up or down the basement stairs. Most dogs seem to be pretty intuitive to when you don't feel good and will stick to you like glue. If you can't get around real well, a doggy door that is the correct size for the mature dog would be helpful. Since you live in the north, I would suggest one made for cold weather that has a double door with a cover for really cold times. The type of dog you need is the type you can care for and what your needs are. Our dogs don't need to go on mile long walks because they all play together outside no matter the weather and get plenty of exercise running up and down the hills together.

  • There are a million articles out there - just depends on each person's preference, activity level and dare I say it - pocketbook. It isn't the cost of their food and grooming, it is their medical maintenance, which can get quite expensive. Spay and neuter alone requires cash outlay, I was quoted almost $800 to spay Daisey, a chihuahua mix, luckily I found an excellent vet for only $300 plus several rounds of vaccinations which was, of course, extra. A no kill cat rescue helped me with all the cats - someone just dumped them in my neighborhood and I took them all in and they are all a bit quiky and not really adoptable. Some breeds are more prone to health problems than others. Consider boarding costs if you travel too. In my neck of the woods, v e r y pricey, so my ex and I do not travel together so there is always someone to care for the pets - we do go camping and take all the dogs as I have someone to come in and stay with the cats, canary and dragon, but it is not cheap.

    I have a pile of rescue and hand me down pets from those that have passed on. 3 dogs, 6 cats, a canary and a dragon. Since I live alone, I have provisions for them in my trust in case I pass before they do. We recently had to put one of our joint custody (17 year old) dogs down a couple months ago. Home euthanasia was $800 plus cost of shots, another $300 plus cremation costs. We opted to take him in to our 24 hour vet (it was a Saturday night at 7 p.m.) for $328 which included individual cremation and return of ashes.

    That all being said, I wouldn't have it any other way. I love them more than anything in this world! I may never retire completely just to pay the vet bills . . . But I don't care. One dog is obviously much easier than the crew I have. Here are some links to help you decide which dog is best for you!



  • Mogie Mogie on Dec 23, 2017
    When we considered another dog we looked for breeds that were small, didn't shed much, had long lives, are easily trained, not expensive (like English Bulldogs) and not too stubborn. We have narrowed it down to either a Pug or French Bulldog. But there are some mixes that are very cute. Whatever you decide on I hope you go to a shelter and give a dog a good home. They will love you for it.

  • Sharon Sharon on Dec 23, 2017
    Most of my senior clients have pugs, pomerians, chihuahua, yorkies, papillions, miniture or toy poodles. https://www.thespruce.com/best-dog-breeds-for-seniors-4138298 one thing to consider is whether they are likely to trip the senior in the home so vision factor is key.

  • DesertRose DesertRose on Dec 23, 2017
    Usually a small dog that will be attentive, sensitive, and smart. Seniors are often lonely so an attentive dog that adores to give/get attention is good. A sensitive dog that cares about the master's well fair gives great comfort. Everyone needs to be needed and a fur baby provides much of that for a senior. Breeds I recommend are non biting and tolerant of children in case grandkids come: Pomeranians, Coton de Tulear, and mini collies, are three I recommend and love. Look them up, study their characteristics and flaws if you are thinking of someone needing companionship in their senior years.