4. Boston Terrier
Boston Terriers are 10 to 25-pound dogs with a life expectancy of around 12 years. A smart, playful breed, your Boston Terrier is sure to have a colorful personality! A very affectionate and friendly, Boston Terriers make excellent companions that are happy to be with you whether you enjoy lots of walks or are more apt to enjoy a leisurely day in your living room.
Because Boston Terriers are brachycephalic (short-headed), they can be prone to health issues such as breathing difficulties. And be warned, they may also snore! Other than respiratory issues, Boston Terriers are sturdy dogs that can lead long, healthy lives with the right care!
5. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are an elegant breed with a long, silky coat. This affectionate pooch weighs between 13 and 18 pounds and has a life expectancy of 9 to 14 years.
Playful, adaptable, and sociable, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel can make a great companion whether in a rural setting or in your apartment in the city. Though this breed has good watchdog ability and is sure to alert you to any intruders, this small dog is very gentle and friendly.
This breed is not hypoallergenic and requires moderate grooming and brushing, as its long, silky fur can be easily matted. With this breed, it is important to find a good breeder as they are prone to many health issues such as heart conditions, neurological conditions, and eye/skin conditions.
6. Poodle (Standard, Miniature, or Toy)
Poodles are energetic, intelligent, and loyal dogs. Whether you prefer larger or smaller dogs, poodles come in a variety of sizes! Toy Poodles range in size from 6 to 9 pounds, Miniature Poodles are 15 to 17 pounds, and Standard Poodles can be 45 to 70 pounds. Toy and Miniature Poodles have lifespans of up to 15 years, while Standard Poodles have average lifespans of 12 years.
Poodles can be a nervous breed, and need a good amount of socialization and interaction. An active breed, they do best with a variety of activities, from walking to swimming!
Best Dogs for Elderly: Which Is Your Favorite?
Personally, I am a big proponent of having a furry companion around – dogs can do so much to boost our emotional well-being, and I love having the reciprocal relationship of taking care of one another!
We hope this list of the best dogs for seniors has given you plenty of ideas for finding four-legged companions that are well-suited to older individuals.
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