Best Dog Breeds for Seniors

We love dogs at Prime West Knoxville! Our independent living residents enjoy pet-friendly apartments and playing at our dog park, which gives them quality time with their furry friends. Pets not only offer love and companionship, but they also provide several benefits for older adults, including increased exercise, stress reduction, and mental stimulation. When it comes to picking out the next addition to your family, not all dog breeds are seniors-friendly. To help in your search for the perfect dog to adopt in West Knoxville, we have listed several factors to help you decide on your new best friend.

Size Matters: Walking, Sitting, Carrying 

Smaller dog breeds are better suited for seniors primarily because of their weight. Having a lightweight dog makes walking and transporting them much easier, meaning you can take your best friend more places. They’re also better suited for lap-lounging and cuddling, which is why many people refer to them as “lapdogs” Examples of small breed dogs include Malteses and Miniature Pinschers, which typically weigh less than 10 pounds. Mid-sized dogs, like Corgis and Cocker Spaniels, are also good options and weigh closer to 30 pounds. 

Looking Fetching: Grooming Considerations

All dogs require a degree of grooming, but some need more maintenance than others, including daily brushing and regular trips to the groomers. If you’re allergic to certain dogs or sensitive to shedding, think about hypoallergenic dogs like certain types of poodles and terriers. Even if you’re not allergic, you still may want to pick a dog breed that doesn’t require constant upkeep. Dogs like Chihuahuas and Greyhounds aren’t hypoallergenic, but their short fur allows for minimal grooming and maintenance. 

Age Isn’t Just a Number: Maturity Matters

Age is also an important consideration when picking out your companion. While puppies are certainly cute, they are full of energy and can be difficult to train, especially if you have mobility issues. Fortunately, a lot of animal shelters are full of older dogs in need of a good home. These gentle creatures are past their endless energy stage and just want a loving, easygoing companion. Age mellows out most dogs even if they were higher-energy when they were younger, making older dogs perfect for seniors.

Good Dog, Best Dog: Top Dogs for Families and Friends

Besides picking a dog who’s well-suited for your needs, it’s also important to factor in how your potential pets will behave around guests, especially your grandkids. If you’re expecting regular visits from your grandchildren, you’ll need a dog that’s good with little ones. Boston Terriers and Pugs are both patient and playful, making them entertaining dogs for your grandkids. Shih Tzus and French Bulldogs have a reputation for a relaxed nature, so they would be perfect companions for life in our West Knoxville independent living community.

Pets and Their People Lead the Good Life at Prime

Your four-legged friends will find a cozy, comfortable home at Prime West Knoxville. Contact us for more information about our pet-friendly amenities and how we can welcome both you and your furry or feline friends into our independent living community.

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