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Choosing the Right Dog for Your Elderly Loved One

By Kevin McClarren, 9:00 am on

Though there are many pet options seniors can pick from, the most popular choice is arguably a dog. Dogs are typically great companions that can help ward off feelings of loneliness and depression, giving your senior loved one something to look forward to and take care of each day. Here are a few great dog breed choices your loved one may want to consider, brought to you by the staff at Home Care Assistance Warren.

French Bulldog

Seniors with limited mobility may find French Bulldogs to be a good fit, as these dogs are not very athletic because they overheat easily. However, if your loved one is able to enjoy taking short walks, this breed can be a wonderful partner. French Bulldogs are also loving companions who thrive on human contact, meaning your loved one will never have the chance to be lonely with one of these dogs around.

Toy Poodle

Poodles are low-shedding animals, so frequent grooming appointments will not be needed. In fact, grooming a Toy Poodle is generally easy for many seniors since this breed usually only weighs between 15-17 pounds. Although Toy Poodles are small, their sturdy legs never cramp during long walks, so they are also ideal for seniors who are mobile and enjoy going on walks. If your loved one wants a smart and easy-to-train breed that will offer him or her increased mental stimulation, a Toy Poodle is highly recommended.


An active senior may prefer a high-energy breed, and a Schipperke may be the perfect choice. This breed enjoys adventurous activities, such as sailboat rides or bounding around a dog park, as well as constant walks. Schipperkes are also very protective of their owners, so the dog will patrol the perimeter throughout the day to keep your loved one’s home safe. Much like a Toy Poodle, Schipperkes are both small and very intelligent, and having one for a pet can help boost mental activity while your loved one trains it.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Although it is a smaller breed, a typical Pembroke Welsh Corgi is not lightweight and requires plenty of exercise, which makes this dog a better fit for active seniors with good mobility. Again, an intelligent dog is often the best choice for seniors, and Corgis are no exception. They will keep your loved one engaged and craving the never-ending companionship this breed offers.

Though having a dog can be wonderful for boosting a senior’s physical and emotional health, some seniors may face health challenges preventing them from taking care of a pet. Typically these seniors will also need help from a live-in or hourly caregiver in Warren. If your loved one needs assistance around the house with performing daily tasks, reach out to Warren Home Care Assistance. We can customize a care plan for your loved one to cover as little or as much help as he or she needs around the house, whether it be for a few hours a week or 24/7. For more information, call one of our friendly Care Managers today at 908.450.9400 to schedule a free in-home consultation.