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What is the best medium-sized dog for seniors?


  1. anne b says:

    The best dog for a senior is the one the senior picks.

    There are very few dogs that do not shed much, and friendly is done through training. As far as being a guard dog, that term is thrown around without any real knowledge of what that entails. A senior just needs a dog who will bark-that is enough guarding.

    I think that seniors need senior dogs. There are so many dogs surrendered to shelters and rescues when their owners die because no one in the family wants to take on the dog, it is just sad.
    Seniors do not need the stress and work of a puppy, or the work required to do all the training of a young dog. A senior dog who is already trained and calm is the perfect companion for an older person.

    Here is a great example of what I referred to:

  2. He says Rawr says:

    Jack Russle, there very loyal.. I am a breeder

  3. Jessica Posladek says:

    Schnauzer. The standard and miniature schnauzer are wonderful pets for seniors. Eager to please and to keep his family safe, this breed usually requires regular grooming and daily exercise. They thrive on human companionship.

    Scottish terrier. This working dog from the Scottish Highlands weighs around 15 to 20 pounds. Most often black, the Scottie is highly intelligent and needs daily exercise. Tough and compact, the Scottie is a loyal and protective family member.

    Shih tzu. Proud and intelligent, the shih tzu is from Tibet and China, where the name means "lion dog" because of the breed’s appearance. The breed is alert, curious and gentle and thrives on human companionship.

    Yorkshire terrier. The Yorkie is a tiny dog with lots of spunk. This breed is happy to spend his days lounging on the sofa, but this calm dog requires regular grooming.

    Cocker spaniel. The popular cocker with his curly hair and sad eyes is a good choice for seniors. Needing basic exercise, the cocker usually spends his days lounging and waiting for his owner’s return.

    Welsh corgi. At about 25 pounds, the Pembroke Welsh corgi is a popular pet. This stocky short tailed breed needs daily exercise but does not require a large living space.

    American Eskimo. Descended from the German "Spitz" line of dogs, the American Eskimo was bred from ancient times to watch over people and property. The Eskimo is a small- to medium-sized dog that bonds closely with his family and tends to distrust strangers.

    Boston terrier. Small, muscular and compact, the Boston terrier is one of the few truly American breeds. They are gentle, friendly dogs that are protective of family and home. This natural guardian instinct helps keep his senior owner feeling safe.

    Chihuahua. The Chihuahua is a small dog with a big bark. He will bark vigorously, as if they are trying to make up for being just 6 to 9 inches tall and weighing under 5 pounds. They are excellent pets for senior and you will know when someone’s approaching the house.

    Pekingese. The Pekingese is a bold, regal toy dog that has an enthusiastic bark rivaling the Chihuahua’s. A natural guardian and lap dog, the Peke needs regular grooming.

    Toy poodle. The poodle loves to be in the company of people. Actually, he prefers to be with people instead of other dogs. The breed also hates to be ignored and does not like being thought of or treated as "just a dog." This breed is wonderful for seniors who want someone to pamper.

    Maltese. As the name suggests, the small Maltese originated on the island of Malta, in the Mediterranean. This diminutive breed looks fragile but is quite resilient. The long flowing white coat needs daily care. These dogs are smart, extremely affectionate and love people.

    Pomeranian. If you are looking for a spunky, perky little dog, look no further. Believed to originate in Pomerania, Germany, the Pomeranian is an alert, docile but lively companion. This compact little breed has quite a fuzzy hair coat and resembles a cuddly teddy bear.

    English toy spaniel. The toy spaniel has a look similar to the Cavalier King Charles spaniel but with a more pushed-in nose. This breed is pleasant and jovial but is wary of strangers, which may help some seniors feel at ease.

  4. Katherine says:

    scottish terrier
    boston terrier

    it depends on the attitude of the person really.

  5. Aware says:

    A calm, well-adjusted older dog from a rescue/shelter….that way there’s less stress on the senior to potty train the dog or do obedience training. Might take a little longer to find the right dog, but it will be worth the wait in the long run.
    Best of luck!

  6. Georgia says:

    Beagle, Miniture schnouzer, old collie!

  7. CanineTruth says:

    No such thing as "friendly but make a good guard dog" – that’s a contradiction. Guard dogs are not pets to begin with, they can be very dangerous and i doubt a reputable breeder of such dogs would hand one over to a senior citizen…..

    All dogs shed to a degree – there are very few in the medium size range that "shed very little." Any that do require regular grooming.

    How active is this senior? How much exercise can be provided? How much training, socialization?

    NO "best breed for seniors". Best TYPE of dog would be older (over six years), low to medium energy, and social. There are a lot of older dogs in shelters, it’s possible to go in and ask the staff for a low maintenance, low energy, old dog.

    I would not suggest a puppy. I would not suggest a terrier, working breed, hound, or herding breed. Even older, these dogs can be too much work and too high energy.

  8. ms manners says:

    A senior shelter dog.

    Which one would depend entirely on the senior (do you really think all old people are identical?)

    Most dogs will bark if a stranger approaches, and that is all a dog should be expected to do.

  9. tnr says:

    You should adopt an older dog from a rescue / shelter. And "senior" dogs in a shelter can be as young as 7 year old, depending on the breed / shelter.

    They are ideal for seniors in that they are less work than a puppy (no chewing, house training, jumping, or being overly energetic).

    Some rescue groups offer special rates for senior citizens to adopt senior dogs.

  10. harry-balsacs says:

    A lazy english bulldog, doesn’t need much exercise and it looks mean but not aggressive( a wuzzy dog) towards people and other dogs. it just looks vicious

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