Dog ownership can be stress-relieving and lower blood pressure levels. Having a dog is a fantastic way to get some exercise, mingle with people in your community, and enjoy companionship. The experience of caring and nurturing for another living being is very enjoyable. However, it begins with determining a prospective owner’s preferences and lifestyle. After all, everyone has different tastes, and the type of dog that makes the ideal pet will differ from one aged adult to the next.
Factors to Consider
Here are some factors to keep in mind as you select a dog:
Smaller dogs suit aged adults living in apartments or retirement communities. They are portable and can fit in your lap, and are not tedious to care for. Larger and more docile dogs that require little maintenance are also a good alternative.
Older dogs may suit aged adults, being calmer, well-socialized, and less active than puppies.
Some dog breeds are naturally conditioned to be friendly and gentle, but all animals have unique personalities. Interacting with potential pets is your best bet.
Some breeds require frequent bathing, trimming, and clipping, while others only need to be brushed every now and then. Choose a dog you can manage on your own or with the assistance of a family member or professional groomer.
Different Dog Breeds
There are so many different dog breeds, which one should you choose? Here is a list of dog breeds that are most suitable for aged adults.
Poodles are excellent companion dogs due to their exceptional intelligence and ability to be trained. They are gentle and affectionate animals that can establish deep bonds with many members of their human families and are considered to be great dogs for couples. Poodles require daily walks but are willing to play or simply relax on the couch. They don’t shed, but require monthly grooming.
The small-sized Maltese is often considered to be the perfect lap dog. These gentle, bright, and playful dogs get along well with other pets and are highly sensitive to their owners’ feelings, being widely used as therapy dogs. While they don’t require much outdoor activity, they like going for short walks and running about the home. Their silky white coat does not shed, but it does need to be brushed daily with weekly bathing.
- Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Intelligent and animated, Pembroke Welsh corgis are high-energy dogs who thrive on human attention and pleasing their owners. They have squat bodies with short legs and weigh between 25 and 30 pounds. Corgis were originally bred as herding dogs, and enjoy regular walks, trekking, and being outside. They are protective and make excellent watchdogs, but are prone to barking.
- Shih Tzu
Shih Tzus are excellent dogs for aged adults as they always want to be near their owner, thriving on attention and cuddles. They are wonderful lap dogs and are friendly around strangers as well as other pets. These dogs are playful but not too energetic, and they can receive enough exercise from short daily walks. They are adaptable and can thrive in either a large suburban home or a small apartment or condo.
Embark on Your Golden Years at Veranda Club
Here at Veranda Club, we are pet-friendly, and offer opportunities for residents to interact with four-legged friends. If you want to find out more, contact our team, who will be able to assist, schedule a tour and answer any questions you may have about the living options, amenities, and more.