If you’re an older person and are keen to get yourself a furry companion, then it’s important that you consider a few factors before selecting your pet. For example, will you have the time and energy to exercise your new best friend, even if they only require one or two short walks a day? Can you meet the other needs that your new pet may have, such as grooming and healthcare? If you have an active and busy retirement planned, will you have the time to devote to a pet dog?
Once you’ve thought these things through and have decided that you are ready and able to take care of a pet dog, then you can think in a little more detail about what kind of dog you want. Naturally, a younger dog will have higher energy levels and may require more of your time and attention, and a large dog may become difficult for you to handle if you are frail or become frail during your senior years. Keeping these things in mind, here are a few dog breeds that make great pets for seniors, and don’t forget that a mixed breed dog may also be the kind of dog that suits you and your lifestyle:
These little balls of fur are usually affectionate and loving, and extremely easy for older folks to handle. They are also quite easy to train and other than periodic grooming, are not difficult to maintain.
Like the Bichon Frise, the Cavalier is a small dog with an affectionate and almost puppy-like nature, and they love cuddling up with their favourite humans. Easy to handle and train, and only requiring minimal grooming, they will also make a great companion for seniors.
Happy-go-lucky dogs, French Bulldogs are a popular breed, especially among apartment dwellers. They do have quite a lot of energy, but their endurance levels are low, so moderate daily exercise should be enough for these pooches.
While Greyhounds have the reputation of being racing dogs, they’re not actually the high energy dogs that you might think they are, in fact most enjoy lazing around in good company. They enjoy walks and do like to run, but they’re equally happy at home and as they’re easy to train and handle, they will make fantastic companions for older adults.
Pembroke Welsh Corgi’s:
Corgi’s are cute and smart, and if they’re good enough for the Queen of England, then they should be good enough for any senior citizen! As they are herding dogs by nature, they will require daily exercise, but short walks should suffice.
Surprisingly intelligent and coming in all sizes, there should be a poodle that’s perfect for everyone: there are Toy Poodles, Miniatures and Standards. Loyal and loving, they live happily in most types of home and need only a couple of basic daily walks. While poodles will need to be groomed regularly, a simple trip to the parlour once or twice every couple of months should do the trick.
So, if you’re a senior and are looking for a four-legged friend to enrich your life, do a spotof research before making your selection, and don’t forget to get regular veterinary healthcare for your new best friend.