Best Dogs For The Elderly

Best Dogs For The Elderly

If you are thinking of helping an elderly relative choose a dog, there are many things to consider. Things, such as where they live, how strong they are, what their health is like and whether or not they have experience with dogs are all very important factors. Then, you need to start looking into the characteristics of dogs as well. For instance, some lap dogs are wonderful because they will sit on an elderly person’s lap for hours on end, providing not just comfort, but warmth as well. You need to make sure that the elderly person is able to fit a dog into his lifestyle and that he is able to manage his dog.

Older couple with Terrier

You also need to think about whether you want to get a puppy or an adult dog. Puppies are highly time consuming and require a lot of attention. There are many adult dogs on offer, including pure bred ones, and you could give these a loving home. On the other hand, you don’t know how these dogs were treated before, which means they may behave out of character.

Generally speaking…it is recommended that an elderly person get a small lap dog, and that you choose an adult one. Indeed, there are numerous charities, generally geared towards a specific breed, that look for elderly homes. However, if the elderly person has poorer eyesight, then a small dog may not be ideal, as it may cause him to trip or fall. A number of breeds are accepted to be the best dogs for elderly, but you have to be aware that there are always exceptions. However, knowing at least the basics and general behavior of certain breads will minimize the chance of getting something totally incompatible.

Some of the better breeds include:

  • Australian Terrier
  • Affenpinscher
  • Boston Terrier
  • Bichon Frise
  • Cairn Terrier
  • Burssels Griffon
  • Cocker Spaniel
  • Chihuahua
  • Dandie Dinmont Terrier
  • Dachshund
  • Fox Terrier
  • English Toy Spaniel
  • Havanese
  • French Bull Dog
  • Japanese Chine
  • Italian Greyhound
  • Maltese, the Lhasa Apso
  • Miniature Schnauzer
  • Miniature Poodle
  • Pekingese
  • Papillon
  • Pug
  • Pomeranian
  • Sealyham Terrier
  • Scottish Terrier
  • Silky Terrier
  • Shih Tzu
  • Welsh Corgi
  • Toy Poodle
  • Yorkshire Terrier
  • West Highland Terrier

Before you choose any of these dogs…Before you choose any of these dogs, however, you need to really know that the elderly person whom the dog is for isn’t overly restricted. He has to be able to look after the dog properly. Do be aware that it is also possible to hire a mobile groomer, which means someone will come out to look after and walk the dog.

Best Dogs For The Elderly
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