If you're a senior looking to add some companionship to your life, a dog could be just what you need. The following 5 breeds have some characteristics that make them great for those in their golden years. Since smaller is usually better for older ones, all of these pooches are around 20 pounds or lighter.
- Chihuahua. This tiny dog tips the scales at 2 to 6 pounds. They love affection and will enjoy sitting in your lap all day. And although they are active, their small size allows them to get sufficient exercise having fun indoors.
- Boston Terrier. Their high level of intelligence makes them quite easy to train. And their short hair means minimal grooming. The fact that they don't bark much makes them a good choice for apartment living.
- Poodle. They have maintained their popularity over the years, and with good reason. Their first major selling point is that they're hypo-allergenic. They're also easily trained and make great service or therapy dogs.
- Pug. If you're low on energy, the pug can be your best friend. But they're also adaptable, so if you're an active senior, they can work for you too. If you have grandchildren, this pup will show them loads of affection.
- Yorkshire Terrier. Yorkies are lovable, smart, alert, and cute as can be. They don't require a lot of exercise. However, they do require frequent brushing to keep their long coats from matting.
If you check out AKC.org's, breed selector, you can see other options that fit your living situation. But before you bring your bundle of joy home, be sure to spend some time interacting at the pet store or the breeder to make sure it's a good fit. Don't forget to calculate the financial responsibilities of vet visits, dog food, toys, and other items.
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