15 Best Dog Breeds for Seniors. #3 Surprised Us!
Man’s best friend is able to capture any heart with their sweet puppy dog eyes. Those furry little bodies are perfect for cuddling at the end of a long day. Dogs provide a companionship that is second to none. They don’t care if you are having a good hair day or if the house has a little bit of clutter. Dogs and humans have co-existed for generations and now, more than ever before, their loyal relationships bring joy to all involved.
As people have learned more about dog breeds, favorites have quickly emerged. There are some breeds that show more loyalty and love than others. Some can be chatty and aloof, while others won’t go anywhere without their favorite humans by their sides. If you are looking for the most faithful and loyal pooch to love, these are the 15 best dog breeds for seniors:
1. German Shepherd
There is a reason why the German Shepherd is the breed of choice for police departments. These dogs are loyal and they will protect their human no matter what. They are fearless and extremely intelligent, which makes them a joy to add your home. While they are a large breed, weighing anywhere between 45 and 85 pounds, they manage their size well. As a working dog, they are far from lazy, but they are not overly energetic. They are a good companion that is easy to train and a true joy to have around.
2. Rough Collie
Like the German Shepherd, the Rough Collie is another breed that is smart and incredibly loyal. They have a beautiful coat that is actually easy to maintain. This is the breed that is synonymous with the iconic television show “Lassie.” They are a working breed and they do enjoy herding small animals, including groups of children. Collies can also be large animals, ranging in weight from 40 to 65 pounds. The females are smaller than the males. This breed does like to have some time to play outside.
When it comes to cute, the Beagle has the market cornered – especially as puppies. Their floppy ears are just as endearing as their wagging tails and perky temperaments. Their eye show a depth that displays their loyalty and intellect. The breed is a hunting dog and they have been pals with humans for centuries especially in England. Now, the Beagle is often found with human companions who appreciate their energetic and gentle demeanors. They have an acute sense of smell that makes them familiar with their surroundings. Their fun demeanor brings out youthfulness in anyone who is around them. Adult Beagles weigh between 20 and 24 pounds.
4. St. Bernard
The St. Bernard is another loyal breed that was featured in a hit movie. Beethoven showed the world how much love this slobbering beauty could give to its family. The thick coat is perfect for petting and your St. Bernard will love you so much for every gentle stroke. This breed is about as friendly as it gets – remember that they are known for saving humans who were lost in the cold. St. Bernards are big – but it just gives you so much more to love. These dogs can weigh over 250 pounds fully grown, so be sure you have the space for your Bernie to comfortably lounge around.
5. Golden Retriever
There is a reason why the Golden Retriever is in so many households. This breed loves adults and children. They are friendly, loyal, and smart. They are also very patient, even when it comes time to go for their favorite walks. They are perfect choices as therapy dogs because they are so loving. They are also often selected to work as service dogs because they are so smart and easy to train. Again, like the other dogs in the list, they are large with the smallest females weighing around 55 pounds and the largest males weighing upwards of 75 pounds.
6. Labrador Retriever
Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers could actually be tied on this list. The Golden has long hair and the Lab has short hair. As retrievers, they were originally bred to help with hunting, but now, they are the ultimate companion family dogs. Over the past few years, Labs and Goldens have swapped back and forth between the top spot in popularity; currently, the Lab is the winner. Labs are loyal and loving, but they need spaces to play and they love to go for long walks. Labs and Goldies general weigh about the same.
The Brittany Spaniel is a smaller dog that is ready to please. These are pretty French dogs with just the right amount of fluff. They are sweet dogs and they are sensitive to their owners’ needs. These dogs reach weights between 30 and 40 pounds, so they may not be ideal to sit on a lap, but they are perfect to sit next to on the couch.
This breed has nowhere near the popularity of the Golden or the Lab, but they are just as protective and loyal. The Kuvasz has been known to give their lives to protect their families. These dogs are Hungarian guard dogs who have been bred to protect livestock, so it was an easy adjustment to protect people. They are fun dogs who actually like to show off and get their family to smile and giggle with their silly antics. These are one of the bigger breeds on this list with the small Kuvasz weighing around 75 pounds and the biggest ones weighing close to 110. Their big size and fluffy coat make them excellent to cuddle with on a cold, winter day.
If you are looking for a breed that is easy to care for and love, the Boxer is the breed for you. This dog is incredibly affectionate, but leery of strangers – which makes it a good watch dog. It is not a loud dog, but it does its best to alert its family if there is danger nearby. This breed is good with children, but is also good option for couples or individuals who want a kind and loyal companion. This dog is also rather large and can weigh between 54 and 70 pounds.
If you are looking for a small bundle of energy that will keep you entertained, the Dachshund is the dog to check out. Despite the little size, these dogs are protective and will let their owners know if there is any trouble brewing. The little German dog was bred to hunt for small game, so they are quicker on their feet than most people expect. It is often a good idea to have a pair of Dachshunds because they have so much fun together. This loyal breed can be a good lap dog, after it has had time to play. Full size adults weigh between 15 and 35 pounds. It is difficult to be lonely with a Dachshund around!
11. Yorkshire Terrier
The Yorkie is the ideal little companion dog that you can take anywhere. They fit nicely in a little dog purse and they love to accompany their owners on the road. As a small dog with a big personality, they are loyal and protective. They love to be involved in conversation, although they will check out strangers before warming up to them. These little Terriers were originally bred to hunt for rats, so they are good at scurrying. Because they are so small, they are good dogs to have in apartments or small condos. These are loving dogs that will sit on your lap and at light weights between 12 and 15 pounds fully grown, they are not overwhelming in size.
What’s not to love about the endearing Bulldog? They may not be as beautiful as a Golden Retriever, but they are one of the kindest and gentlest breeds in existence. Besides, true beauty lies on the inside, right? They are strong dogs and very intelligent, so they are easy to train. They also do not need a big living space, but they do enjoy going for walks. Their low center of gravity and toughness comes from being bred to fight bulls! The are not a busy dog and they absolutely love to spend time with their owners. These often weigh between 50 and 55 pounds fully grown.
13. Staffordshire Terrier
Another large and loving dog is the Staffordshire Terrier. Though they are considered terriers, they are much larger than the Yorkie. They can weigh between 60 and 85 pounds fully grown. This dog has a beautiful coat and they are easy to train, especially when young. They are a good companion dog that also enjoys spending time outside taking regular walks. Like the Bulldog, the Staffordshire Terrier was bred to fight bulls and bears in old England. Now, they are just a fabulous, loyal, and protective breed that can be slightly aggressive. It is not the best dog for a first-time dog owner, but is a good choice for someone who has experience with dogs.
14. Great Pyrenees
The fluffy Great Pyrenees is a big dog that is full of love. This dog is patient and kind. It was bred to protect livestock from the dangers in the mountains in France and Spain. The Great Pyrenees is a breed that does require grooming on a regular basis, but the protection it provides is worth the time. This dog will take good care of you and will let you know immediately if you are in any unsafe situation. It is a large dog that can weigh between 80 and 120 pounds. Its large size and gentle temperament makes it a perfect dog to have sleep at the end of the bed or right next to you.
Since many seniors do not have a lot of space for a big dog, the Pomeranian is a great option. It is a small dog that is lightweight and easy to carry. It also loves people and will do everything in its power to keep its humans happy. They do have the beautiful, fluffy coat that needs grooming. They do love to run around inside of an apartment, but they do not need to be taken outside regularly. The Pomeranian is loyal and it will protect its owner with barking. The sociable and loyal dog can weigh between four and eight pounds when fully grown.