Do you suddenly have more time on your hands and want to share your life with a new four-legged
friend? The good news is that there are fun, easygoing breeds that may fit your lifestyle and aren’t likely to demand to play fetch every hour or shed so much that you are constantly vacuuming. Of course, if you are looking for a more active breed, we have recommendations for those, as well.
Check out our photo gallery below to find some of the dogs that can
be good matches for older adults.
Adult Dogs Who Already Know Basic Commands
Puppies can be quite a handful, which is why many people prefer to adopt an adult dog. With a mature dog, you usually have a better idea of what you are getting. The great thing about adult dogs is that most are already housetrained and know some basic commands. With any adoption, research your potential pet's health history so you're aware of any preexisting conditions, and find out if he's friendly around new people. Your best bet may be a small but sturdy breed, like a French Bulldog, Schipperke or one of these breeds that can be good for older adults.
If, however, you are looking for a running companion, consider these dog breeds.
Apartment-Friendly Breeds Who Can Fit Almost Anywhere
If you are living in a smaller space or want a dog you can take almost anywhere with you, toy breeds who are more laid-back, like Pugs and Pekingese, are prime candidates for you. But if you have your heart set on an apartment-friendly big dog, don't give up hope, as even Mastiffs can be great choices for smaller homes. Check out these breeds to find some of your best bets.
Dogs Who Don't Shed a Lot
You have better things to do than spend your days vacuuming up
hair and lint-rolling your clothes. We asked veterinary professionals to
rate the dogs who shed the least, and their top pick was the curly-coated
Poodle. Here are nine other dogs who made the list.
Big Dogs Who Are Gentle Giants
Although small dogs tend to be easier to handle, if you want
a really big dog, you may want to consider a gentle giant breed, like a Newfoundland or
Great Dane. These large breeds are generally known for their calm demeanor and
lower energy levels. Some of them may even try to share the couch with you. Just remember, these dogs can weigh as much as you do and
can easily knock over humans and furniture, so they aren't the best choice to have around fragile people or things. They also have relatively short life spans. Learn more about these giant dogs.
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