Best 5 dog breeds for seniors to adopt and how they can help them

Fish, a 1-year-old shih tzu, watches the Fourth of July parade in Upper Arlington.
Fish, a 1-year-old shih tzu, watches the Fourth of July parade in Upper Arlington. /

We all know at least one senior citizen in our lives. Whether they live with someone or they live alone, one thing is true: sometimes they just need someone to talk to or feel like they have a purpose. Dogs are the best way for a senior to have someone to keep them company! Which dog breeds are the best ones for seniors to adopt and why?

We are going to touch on just the Top 5 dog breeds that are the best for seniors to adopt!

Which dog breeds will make the list for the best ones for seniors to adopt?

In no particular order, here are the Top 5 and why they’ll make such great companions:

1. Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu’s are very loving and friendly dogs. If you or someone that you know just so happens to be a senior on-the-go, then these dogs are perfect for you as they are super easy to transport. In addition, a Shih Tzu would make a great companion for a senior because they are definitely homebodies; they would prefer to stay in rather than go out for daily walks. I’ve seen how this particular breed can help a senior citizen; my neighbor two doors down has always had a Shih Tzu. They are some of the calmest pups that I’ve ever seen, and they also make great companions for other dogs as well (my dog, Jack, had a Shih Tzu girlfriend named Cookie)!

2. Cavachon

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I know all about Cavachons firsthand! Cavachons are some of the most calm, cool, and collected pups that I’ve personally ever seen. My Nonna (Grandma in Italian) was never an animal person, let alone a dog person at all. However, her and my dog Jack were a whole different story. They played together, danced together, and she even let him sit on her lap. She always said that if all dogs were like Jack then she could have one. Cavachons are perfect for those with allergies, as they are hypoallergenic. They don’t require a ton of exercise, and are just as happy to plop down right on the couch next to you, or even on your lap as well!

3. Maltese

A Maltese is a perfect dog for a senior to consider adopting because they tend to be known for not being able to be alone or separated from their owner, hence being a great senior companion. They also are playful, sociable, and kind pups as well. Malteses aren’t that easily agitated or super jumpy, so whatever senior is lucky enough to adopt one of these cuties won’t have anything to worry about in that department. They are also super alert to noises and will make great watch dogs!

4. Toy Poodle

A Toy Poodle is perfect for seniors because these dogs are known to learn and work with passion, meaning that their owner is truly their owner and they will go to the ends of the Earth just to protect them and make sure that they are safe, happy, and healthy. They are also known to be great bird hunting dogs as well, so for those seniors who are avid hunters will find an even greater reason to adopt a Toy Poodle. Their coats are super easy to take care of and they don’t shed; little to no fur/hair clean up is also a super duper plus as well!

5. Bichon Frise

We’ve talked about Cavahons, which are half Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and half Bichon Frises! Now, here are some reasons why a purebred Bichon will make a great senior companion. First of all, as you can see in this photo up above, they are super calm and love to dress up, so for those seniors who are avid sewers or clothes makers, making adorable little outfits for your pup to go with the holidays is a good way to keep yourself busy as well! In addition, a Bichon is the most perfect senior companion because they are super sociable, loving, intelligent, and very easy to train!

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What do you make of this list? Do any of these pups and breeds catch your eye? Let us know down in the comments below! Adopt don’t shop, and as always…Woof, Woof!