Owning a furry companion in our twilight years can be beneficial in numerous ways. Studies have shown dog owners have lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and a reduced risk of heart attack than seniors without puppies. They also provide a great excuse for light exercise when taking Fido on a morning walk. And as with most pets, they ease that sense of loneliness for empty nesters. With hundreds of dog breeds at your disposal, it’s tough to choose which one is best for you. Here are our top 15 suggestions of dog breeds for seniors.
Pugs are not only adorable options, they’re versatile too! With their wrinkled faces and short, curly tails, pugs are eager to please their owners. They are a low maintenance breed, and are often described as easy-going. Pugs can also adapt to both indoor and outdoor lifestyles. The pug’s compact stature makes it more accessible to owners who often travel via car or plane; they also require little space at home and less exercise than big breeds.