With an ageing population, more old people are looking for companionship in dogs. There are a lot of dog breeds that suit lower activity lifestyles and in this blog we look at some of the best breeds for senior citizens.
A medium sized breed, Cocker Spaniels are famous for their affection, loyalty and general good nature. With their droopy ears, wide variety of colours and a constantly wagging tail they are known for their happy disposition. As breeds go they are fairly low maintenance but do require regular grooming. They thrive on contact with humans, not really liking being left on their own and are suitable for living in a flat. They require a half hour walk morning and night and eat around 1-2 cups of dried food a day.
A small breed, Boston Terriers are suitable as companion dogs due to their lively and affectionate nature. They aim to please their owner and can be easily trained. They are very quiet dogs, with a low tendency to bark and are well suited to living in a flat. Their good nature makes them very good around people and especially children. Great for when grandchildren visit! Their short coat is low maintenance and they don’t require grooming. Mainly an indoor dog, they don’t require a huge amount of walking and they consume around half to one and a half cups of dried food a day.
Pugs are a small playful breed, that are great for novice owners. Originally bred as a lapdog they love human company and keep close to their owners. Strong willed but rarely aggressive, hey are intuitive and and sensitive to the mood of their owners. Pugs don’t really have tendencies to hunt, guard or retrieve, but are silly and will amuse you with their antics. They are great with kids and will play with them but don’t expect them to chase and retrieve balls. Pugs don’t require a huge amount of walking, needing about 20 minutes walk twice a day. They only require about half a cup to one cup of dried food a day, but make sure not to overfeed them because they will become overweight.
A small short legged breed, the Basset Hound is most famous for being the face of Hush Puppy, with their long ears and a droopy face, they ooze character. Their short haired coats are easy to take care of but they shed frequently and have a distinctive hound scent. They are gentle, outgoing, friendly and docile and are great around other dogs and kids. As a breed they are relatively low energy and will require around half an hour walking twice a day. They will require around 1.5 to 2.5 cups of dried food every day.