Best Dog Breeds for Seniors Looking for Their Pawfect Best Friend

Owning a dog comes with more health benefits than you think. Dogs great company and help keep their owners active, reduce stress, and provide a sense of purpose.

When picking out your puppy, there are a few factors you need to consider to make sure you have the best companion for your lifestyle.

Bichon Frise

These dogs are easy to train, happy snuggling up to their owner, and are good with other animals and children. Although they love their lounge time, these dogs can be very playful and high-energy.


On the surface, they seem like they’d be too much for seniors to handle, but there’s a reason they are nicknamed the “40 miles-per-hour couch potato.” Their intense speed is only matched by their napping abilities.

Mini schnauzers are super playful past puppyhood, friendly, and intelligent. They’re quick learners as long as owners commit time to some training.

Miniature Schnauzer

Shih Tzu

These excellent watchdogs don’t need much exercise, they can get enough running around the house. They’re affectionate, loving, and, like the title says, these dogs are great for someone who wants the perfect lapdog.

It is incredibly fulfilling to give a dog in need a loving home. Shelters may keep a detailed profile on their furry residents, and potential owners can often meet with them before adoption.

Rescue a Dog

Adopt an Older Dog

Many shelters even have a Seniors for Seniors program. These programs help local senior community members adopt adult dogs at a shelter for a discounted rate.

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