Adopting a dog is a great idea as we get older. Not only is owning a pet proven to help alleviate loneliness and anxiety, but daily dog walks mean enjoying regular exercise in the great outdoors. This, in turn, keeps us physically active at any age, and mentally fitter too.
There’s lots of things to consider when looking for the best dog breeds for an older person, including:
- How placid and calm will your pet will be?
- How big will the animal be and grow to?
- Will it provide good companionship?
- How demanding will it be in terms of care and grooming?
- How much exercise will it need?
- What kind of space will it need, in terms of room and garden size?
- How much will it cost on a monthly basis?
- What will happen to the dog if I am not there to look after it for short periods?
The Kennel Club often receives queries from older people looking to adopt a dog, but are unsure which type. To them, they recommend smaller and less-demanding breeds.
These pooches make the best companions and are easy to care for
1. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
“A happy, friendly and affectionate breed, making it a wonderful companion,” say The Kennel Club.
“A compact, alert and spirited little dog, brimming with personality,” The Kennel Club say.
3. Miniature Pinscher
“Alert, elegant and affectionate, a Miniature Pinscher is a small dog with a big heart,” say The Kennel Club.
“Favourite of the Queen, Corgis are outgoing, friendly and assured dogs. The word Corgi is thought to be rooted in the Celtic ‘cor’ meaning dwarf and ‘gi’ – dog,” The Kennel Club say.
Source: Country Living