Dogs provide companionship, love and a sense of purpose. So it’s no wonder 10% of all people between the ages of 50 and 80 got a new pet between March 2020 and January 2021. If you’re thinking of joining them or already have a dog, choosing a pet-friendly senior living community — like Astral at Franklin — can allow your bond with your pet to flourish.
This blog post will look at the benefits of pet ownership, suggest some things to consider before getting a dog, and list the five best small dogs for senior citizens.
Here are some factors to consider before getting a dog:
Bichon Frise: This cheerful and loving small breed dog has a curly white coat that doesn’t shed. They need regular visits to the groomer but only short walks for exercise. Plus, they’re gentle, cuddly and don’t bark often.
Boston Terrier: This breed doesn’t bark much and they love to lounge and sit on your lap. They require minimal exercise and have a short coat that doesn’t need much maintenance outside of the occasional bath.
French Bulldog: Commonly called Frenchies, this bulldog breed is spirited and goofy by nature and loves to be around people. They make great lap dogs and love to cuddle. However, they aren’t suited for hot environments, as they can easily overheat.
Pomeranian: Their lovable nature and small stature make them perfect lap dogs, and they tend to bark to announce the arrival of guests. Because of their barking, they may be better suited for seniors who have a house instead of an apartment. Their fur also requires moderate upkeep, including regular brushing a few times per week.
Shih Tzu: This well-rounded dog can thrive in both apartment and home environments. They require short daily walks or exercise in the backyard, but overall, they tend to be low-maintenance. Their gentle temperament makes them a good choice for seniors with grandchildren and other pets.
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