Dogs can bring companionship, health benefits, and a little extra joy to seniors and retirees. Whether your loved one is at home or in an assisted living community, a furry friend can lower stress, prevent loneliness, provide purpose and routine, and lead to better heart health by encouraging them to exercise.
Many factors influence which dog breed is best for senior citizens. Just like people, dogs vary greatly in personality, size, exercise needs, and general care requirements. Finding a four-legged sidekick to match your loved one’s lifestyle is important. Would they benefit from a more active dog to keep them on their toes? Or would they mesh better with a calm, affectionate lapdog?
It’s equally as important to consider the animal’s personality, hair, size, and costs. Here are some of the top dog breeds for seniors based on information from the American Kennel Society.
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