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The best dog breed for your needs

Senior Wellness | Jun 08, 2015



No matter your age, a dog can be a great companion. Everyday Health noted that owning a pet can provide both physical and emotional benefits. Through regular exercise and engagement with a furry friend, older adults can improve their overall well-being.

But don't just pick any breed, as some might not fit your lifestyle. For instance, if you live in an apartment, a high-energy dog like a Labrador Retriever might not do well in your environment. Know what breeds are the best dogs for seniors before picking out a four-legged buddy.

"Know what breeds are the best dogs for seniors before picking out a four-legged buddy for you."

Best dogs for allergic owners
Allergies vary greatly between individuals, and understanding which breeds might be best for allergy sufferers can help with your decision. Dog Breed Info Center, a resource providing information on canines, noted there are a wide range of dogs that are hypoallergenic.

Some small dogs that are less likely to trigger allergic reactions include American Hairless Terriers, Cairn Terriers and Chinese Cresteds.

According to the American Kennel Club, hairless terriers are considered medium energy, which indicates how much activity they need on a daily basis, and are typically very curious and alert animals. The Cairn Terrier also tends to be medium energy and is typically very cheerful and independent, according to the AKC.

Chinese Cresteds are affectionate and lively, noted AKC. They, like the aforementioned breeds, tend to have medium energy.

Irish Water Spaniels and Spanish Water Dogs are larger breeds that are great for those with allergies. AKC indicated this spaniel tends to have a higher energy level than smaller dogs and has a brave and playful personality. These pooches will also work very hard and show affection toward their owners.

Spanish Water Dogs have medium energy and can serve as watch dogs in addition to showing faithfulness and affection with their owners, according to AKC.

While these are all great breeds that are good for people with allergies, in some instances an individual may believe he or she is allergic to dogs, but something a dog is carrying in its fur actually stimulates the reaction. Keep this in mind if you believe you have an allergy to dogs. Speak with your health care provider to help determine whether you have an allergy and to gage the severity of it.

Keep the shedding down
If you do not want to pick up a great deal of hair or are unable to continuously clean up after a shedding pup, consider adopting a dog that does not shed as much. The Kennel Club concurred that many of the dogs Dog Breed Info Center identified as hypoallergenic also tend to shed less. Some additional pups that shed less and might pique your interest include:

  • Giant Schnauzer
  • Russian Black Terrier
  • Standard Mexican Hairless
  • Maltese
  • Yorkshire Terrier

Decide on the perfect size
Larger dogs might cause trips or falls while smaller dogs might be too energetic for your taste and lifestyle. Knowing your breed's standard measurements can help you narrow down your decision.

Vet Street, a pet health resou noted a smaller dog might be a better decision because he or she will not require as much exercise as a larger dog. However, a larger dog may serve as a watch dog and keep you and your home safe. Know what is important to you and cater your decision to your specific and unique needs.

Go for an adult dog
While a puppy might be a tempting purchase, he or she requires a great deal of time, energy and patience to sufficiently train. Adopting an older dog gives you the chance to live and bond with a canine that has already been trained and is not as likely to chew on your furniture. In addition, you can give the old dog a great and relaxing final few years and ensure he or she is comfortable and feels loved.