Any dog owner can attest that canines are truly the best of friends to us humans. There’s nothing like the unconditional love you get from a pup. For you, retirees out there, that no longer have to go to a day job, and whose children have long left the nest, now could the perfect time to adopt a dog!
Besides giving you a reason to leave the house a couple of times a day, studies have shown that owning a dog may also help lower blood pressure, reduce stress levels, and can even help with depression.
Read on to learn more about the different dog breeds that can make the perfect companions for you!
When looking to adopt a dog, instead of looking for a newborn pup, how about making a home for a senior dog? Most of the older dogs in the shelters get overlooked because people prefer puppies, which is a pity because older dogs have their benefits too!
They'll stay their current size, they have passed their hyperactive pup years, and they just waiting for someone to love. So consider adopting a senior dog, you could spend your golden years together.
If you’re in search of a small and gentle dog, then let's tell you more about the Yorkshire terrier. It can live up to 20 years, so it will be by your side for a long time as long as you take good care of it.
Yorkies are common in assisted living centers mainly because it's low-maintenance' it doesn't need much grooming or exercise, it’ll be happy just being able to rest on your lap for most of the day.
Shiba Inu has been called the ultimate family pet, as it can easily adapt to a large family, and bond with people of all ages.
Its a very confident and independent breed, but still loves nothing more than spending quality time with its owners.
If you feel like you've worked hard most of your life and want to spend your retiree years chilling on the couch, then a Pugis the perfect companion. Relaxing is pretty much their favorite hobby.
Pugs make amazing pets for elderly people, it's smart, friendly, easy to maintain and easily adapt to almost any environment.
Poodles are very popular among pensioners, and for a good reason! It's one of the smartest dog breeds out there. You can have endless fun teaching them new tricks. And Poodles naturally have a loving and tender nature.
If you suffer from fur allergies, you're in for luck, because these lovable dogs are allergy-friendly.
The Italian Greyhound or 'Iggies' is the purest form of the Greyhound. It's energetic, slender and muscular. The Greyhound's accentuated curved back gives it a royal appearance.
The Greyhound is the largest dog on our list, and despite being known as swift racing hounds, ironically it's also the laziest breed. It'll be happy to just relax on the couch for most of the day. Perhaps you can adopt one from a track near you!
West Highland Terrier
With seniors, Terriers seem to be a popular choice. The West Highland Terrier is one of the popular ones since it has a nice temperament and is a good lap dog.
Not to mention, this breed is suited for apartment living and only needs an hour of exercise every day. Despite having a soft fur coat, you won’t need to do too much grooming.
You may be just discovering this unique breed, and you'll be happy you did. The Biewer is a relatively small dog, well, one of the smallest in fact, but its heart is huge.
Biewers are known for being very affectionate, clever and playful. Despite its thick mane, it actually doesn't shed much. If taken good care of, it typically lives up to 14 years, so you'll have many years to spend together.
If you’re looking for an affectionate and active dog, a Pomeranian could be a perfect fit for you! Their small size makes them great in small spaces like apartments, and even though it's fluffy, it hardly sheds, but you should brush it often.
And you’ll have no trouble training a Pomerraninan because it's very intelligent.
Yes, you read correctly, Peekapoos. You may not have heard of this breed, it's actually a crossbreed between two adorable dogs we've mentioned before, a Pekingese and a poodle! Like its parents, Peekapoos are smart, friendly and affectionate dogs.
It's an excellent breed for people who suffer from allergies due to its coat that is allergy-friendly. If you have a backyard, you'll find it running around several times a day since it loves its exercise.
This bundle of joy has fans all over the world. The Japanese Spitz is adaptable, friendly, and energetic. The breed's size ranges from small to medium making it suitable for both apartment and home living.
Because of its thick mane, it should be brushed at least twice a week. But once you own a Japanese Spitz you wouldn't mind even if you had to groom it daily,
The Manchester Terrier came to us from England, as its name suggests. The small petite and calm dog only needs a moderate amount of exercise and almost no grooming.
Manchester Terriers are known for being affectionate, cheerful and well behaved. So, if those are traits you're looking for in a dog then this one may be the one for you!
The famous English Bulldog makes a great pet for people of all ages. Most people know that despite its tough appearance it's actually a very friendly dog, and they're very loyal to their owner.
Bulldogs can be pretty lazy, so be sure to take your pup out a few times daily, and watch its diet. Hey, same for you! Diet and exercise are key.
Much like Labradors, Golden Retrievers are extremely friendly and clever dogs that are easy to train. They also have high emotional intelligence and are very attuned to humans’ emotional needs.
However, they need lots of exercise, so love you'll one if you live a more active lifestyle, or have enough space for it to roam. Golden Retrievers thrive on companionship and have a lot of patience. You'd be one lucky person to own one.
Papillon (Continental Toy Spaniel)
Being a Toy' breed, Papillons are petite, easy to bathe and transport, you may have even seen one in women's purses.
Papillons are very intelligent, so you'll have no trouble training one. And it's very fun, some would even call it silly. This breed can be quite possessive of their owners, so it’s best to not have any other pets around.
Japanese Spaniels, also known as Japanese chins are dignified yet silly dogs, that'll keep you entertained during your newfound free time.
It's relatively low-maintenance as you only have to brush it about once a week, and this breed doesn’t bark as much as other dogs which is a plus if you have sensitive neighbors.
Labrador Retrievers, also known as Labs, are famous for being affectionate and intelligent dogs, and rightfully so. The qualities of Labs make them great companions for senior citizens as long as it is provided the exercise it needs.
However, this breed is rather large and should not be cooped up in a small apartment. So, if you have a nice sized yard, they’ll be ecstatic. Labradors are very loving and loyal and will be a great watchdog.
The classic Sealyham Terrier, also known as the Welsh Border Terrier, shows off a lush wavy coat that comes in different shades. It can grow up to weigh around 24 pounds.
This breed is suitable for seniors who enjoy their sofa time as these pups don’t require as much exercise compared to other dogs breeds.
Like its names implies, this breed originates in Ireland. While the Irish Terrier is known for being aggressive it's actually a great dog breed for older adults.
It's loyal and independent, and if you happen to be the active type, this dog will make a great companion.
The eerie looking Chinese Crested requires no grooming at all unlike most of the dogs on our list. However, one thing different about this breed is that you will need to care for its exposed skin.
Chinese Cresteds have a moderate amount of energy but are also more than happy to sit quietly and chill with their owners.
If its fluffiness that you’re looking for in a domesticated companion, then look no further than the Keeshond. Say hello to the Keeshond. This is another unique-looking dog that has an impressive gray mane.
It's known for being obedient, clever, playful, and quick, so with traits like this, you're in for an entertaining ride getting know and raise one of these furry fellas.
Brussels Griffons are known for being very clingy to their owners. So once this domesticated companion falls in love with you, you'll have trouble keeping it out of your lap!
This breed may feel overwhelmed by young children and tend to prefer the company of older people. Brussels Griffons are affectionate and relaxed, it just may be "the one" for you.
You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on a purebred dog. Why not adopt a mixed bred dog from your local shelter!
Mutts have benefits of their own, it usually experiences fewer health problems and lives longer than pure-bred pups. And you'll enjoy the best qualities of their parent's breed.
Originating from China, Shih Tzus, also called ‘Lion Dog’, are wonderful for seniors. These pups are loyal, friendly, and pretty relaxed, as it doesn't require too much exercise. And the best part is it loves to snuggle.
Surprisingly, despite their (small) size, Shih Tzus make for good guard dogs, and will gladly take the watch for you whether you live in an apartment or a duplex, it can adapt to any lifestyle!
Boston Terriers are often described as couch potatoes because it just loves chilling and can spend all its time lying next to its owner. These Terriers have a wonderful personality making it a great dog for people of any age.
Seniors love this breed especially, because of its easy grooming requirements and relaxed nature. What's not to love?
This one may look very familiar to you because Toto from The Wizard of Oz was a Cairn Terrier! These dogs aren’t just great actors, but great companions as well.
It's said that it can be stubborn at times, but these Terriers are also friendly, cheerful and love to socialize. So they do well with an owner who’s firm yet affectionate.
Like the Havanese, the Maltese are another breed that is low maintenance and sweet-natured. They require less grooming and exercise and love their cuddle time.
Maltese adjusts well to smaller spaces like apartments. And did you know that it's often used as therapy dogs because of its calm personality?
Another breed that seniors love is Bolognese. Its plush-like fur won't leave traces all around the house like other breeds, housekeeping. The Bolognese is also a very intelligent breed and easy to train as well.
It also has a naturally calm demeanor, so, if you're in search of a house-pup, this could be the ideal breed for you!
Originating from China, the regal appearance of the Pekingese is the reason it has millions of fans around the world. While it's Chinese ancestor is the "lion dog," in nature, it's not lion-like at all. In fact, its the ultimate 'lapdog'.
Pekingese are loyal, independent and affectionate, and they need much exercise, only 30 minutes a day is enough to keep pups of this breed healthy. You could spend hours just brushing its gorgeous mane while it sits in your lap.
If you’re pensioner that isn't such a fab of lapdogs and prefer a real beast, then the Shar-Pei may be the perfect breed for you, plus it's one of the easiest to train!
Shar-Pei are loyal to its owners are not too fond of strangers, so they make for great watchdogs. In fact, there were used as fighting dogs. It's a very independent breed, making it a good choice for owners who leave the house for long periods of time.
The Lowchen originates from France and Germany, and come in an array of colors like brown, black, red, and even silver.
It can grow to be about 13 lbs.. so if you prefer a small dog that is also alert, then a Lowchen may be the breed for you.
This unique dog breed comes from Mexico and is also called also known as the Mexican hairless dog. It's one of many breeds of hairless dogs and comes in a variety of colors.
Being bred for thousands of years this breed is not as prone to health problems as others. Is personality is happy, friendly, alert, and only needs a moderate amount of exercise.
The Minature Pinscher is one affectionate tiny dog that would make a great for seniors who are looking for a feisty little companion. Miniature Pinschers are playful, curious, and independent. This breed shows limitless affection to its family but can be wary of strangers.
One thing to keep in mind is that it requires a lot of activity, but because of its size that can be done indoors or outdoors. It also isn’t too fond of cold weather.
Dachshunds or ‘weiner dogs’ are cheerful little dogs with a big personality. It grows to be very attached to its owner, and love their playtime. So get your tennis balls ready to play lots of games of fetch.
They’re great in small apartments, and require minimum grooming, and you'll just be amused by their silly antics.
Dandie Dinmont Terrier
Another breed that originated from the United Kingdom is the Dandie Dinmont Terrier, it was bred as a hunters assistant. Don't that let be offputting because its personality is golden! It's very affectionate, loyal, and very sociable.
In fact, Dandie Dinmont Terriers thrive on the attention! You will also admire its intelligence, which makes it easy to train.
Jack Russell Terrier
Jack Russell Terriers are one of the more popular breeds on our list, and its popularity is totally justified! It's full of personality and has a reputation for being mischievous at times. But that's only when you don't give them enough attention.
This breed of Terrier also makes for an excellent watchdog since it's usually are very alert. This breed would be happiest with seniors who are active and enjoy exercising.
For some reason the Otterhound doesn’t get as much publicity, so you may not be familiar with this exquisite breed. But it's such a great companion for seniors we had to introduce them to you.
If you're pretty active during the day or want to become so, you'll love an Otterhound because it'll always be happy to go out for a stroll. It's also very intelligent, loyal, independent, and loving, you'll wonder how you lived your whole life without one by your side.
Schipperke is another dog breed that would make a fantastic pet for more active seniors. They have an average lifespan of 15 years and are very lively and playful.
These loveable dogs do however require that you devote some time to train them. But if you're a pensioner, you probably won't mind that at all. Since they grow to weigh around 12-18 lbs, they’re suitable for both a nice-sized apartment and a house.
If you like to spend a lot of your free time outdoors, then the Skye Terrier may be the breed for you! You could spend time together at the park showing off its lovely bangs.
If you happen to a cat owner, this isn’t the dog for you, as Skye Terriers don't generally like cats. Otherwise, it's very dependable, sociable and makes for a great pet for people of all ages.
Welsh Corgi Pembroke
With their huge ears and squat bodies, the Welsh Corgi Pembroke is nothing short of adorable. No wonder it's the Queen of England's favorite pet. In fact, she's owned at least 30 of them.
Their great companions whether you live in a house or in an apartment Corgi's will fit just fine. However, keep in mind that it likes to move around, so it'll need plenty of exercise.
Beagles are quite notorious for being noisy, but in fact, many senior care experts recommend this dog breed to them.
Beagles are very playful, which will keep their owners active, and will keep the grandkids entertained. You also won't have to constantly be sweeping up fur and it requires minimal grooming.
Havanese is another breed seniors would appreciate. It's small, playful, and sharp. And it only needs a moderate amount of exercise a day. Havanese just adore their owners, so you'll have one cute clingy pet at your legs.
Its abundant thick fur is fairly easy to maintain with regular brushing. Fun fact, Havanese is the national dog of Cuba!
The Miniature Schnauzer can often be seen in big cities. While it's an active breed that needs plenty of exercise, it's very sweet and gentle.
These Schnauzers will also need some routine grooming in order to keep their coat clean and healthy.
When combining to affectionate dog breeds, it's hard to compete with the Goldendoodle. The breed is a mix between a poodle and a Golden Retriever, so you can just imagine what a gorgeous dog this is.
If you not the outdoorsy type then we wouldn't recommend this breed to you because the playful Goldendoodle needs plenty of exercise, and should be taken outside rather often.
The popular Chihuahua is known for being ‘tiny but mighty’. This faithful companion loves sitting in your lap and is very loyal to its owners. The long-coated Chihuahuas are super cute, and despite the extra fur, they require minimal grooming.
And because they don't require much exercise, short walks are perfect for them. Believe us, they'll get enough physical activity just by jumping up and down your lap.
Toy Fox Terrier
The Toy Fox Terrier can be a great option for seniors who aren't very active since it doesn’t require much exercise or grooming. Another advantage is that it is fairly easy to train.
The little dog is spirited, playful, and very loyal. Because this breed is so intelligent, you'd want to provide it with plenty of mental stimulation.
The Lhasa Apso is a great dog to own at any age. This ancient breed has been making a great companion literally for centuries.
The average life span of the Lhasa Apso 14 years, so you'll have plenty of years of quality time.
American Eskimo Toy
This small toy dog has a pretty impressive mane. The American Eskimo Toy is a sub-breed of the smallest type of American Eskimo. They’re super cute and petite, and weigh about 7-8 lbs as adults.
Its a very affectionate and adaptable breed, that's fairly easy to train and bond with. The only con that we can think of when it comes to this adorable pup is the shedding that comes along with its admirable mane.
The Bichon Frise is a small and fluffy dog breed, that is happy, affectionate, and relatively easy to train. It can weigh anywhere between 7 and 12 lbs, making it compact and easy to raise in nearly any living condition.
They do need to be groomed every now and then and require a moderate amount of daily exercise, but otherwise, it's pretty low-maintenance breed. It could become your new best friend!
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
With a name like 'Cavalier King Charles Spaniel,' it's no surprise that this breed has been a royal family favorite for centuries.
It makes a great house dog, as it usually doesn’t grow past 18 lbs. And this breed is so affectionate, intelligent and endearingly devoted, it'll conquer your heart in an instant.
These pups may look tough, but in actuality, French bulldogs are tenderhearted and loveable! According to experts, these are one of the most loving and lively dog breeds one can own.
If you prefer smaller dogs, or just live is a modestly-sized apartment Frech Bulldogs don't take up much space al all. And like Terriers, it too doesn't need much exercise or grooming.
Introduced to Iceland by the Vikings, the Icelandic Sheepdog has a soft, straight and fluffy coat, which naturally comes with a bit of shedding.
If you don't mind sweeping up behind these cute pups you'll enjoy how clever, and playful they are, and your grandchildren surely will as well.
Another Spaniel on our list is the Cocker Spaniel! Although it's popular as a children-friendly dog, it actually has the perfect temperament for seniors.
It does require a bit more grooming than other breeds we mentioned, but Spaniels are so lovable that it's owners just take it as more quality time.
The Welsh Terrier was bred for hunting, so you can imagine why it has a lot of energy and independent nature.
This breed could be a great option for active and able seniors because of its playfulness, spirit, and cleverness. It will keep you up and about and entertained. Your grandkids will fall in love with this breed instantly.
If you're looking for a dog that will keep you active, a Scottish Terrier could be your new workout buddy. It's a fan of long walks, not so much fast running though.
This breed adjusts well to apartment and houses living, and don't let their size fool you, that make for good guard dogs.
Basset Hounds are easygoing and affectionate, and once it falls in love with you it'll be shadowing you closely. Don't let their 'down' face fool you, these pups are fun and playful.
You’ll just have to sure you get your Hound enough exercise because it tends to put on weight which isn't healthy for any dog.