Top 10 Companion Dog Breeds for Seniors

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What characteristics should you look for in a dog as a companion for seniors? They should be easy to care for since Grandma already has enough to do, and they need to be loving and obedient, calm but active, and definitely should love to cuddle. While choosing a small breed is fine, you have to remember that many of the small dogs are very active and need a lot of exercise every day. When you get to a certain age, you may not feel like going to the dog park every day or playing tug of war with a pup that may even pull you onto the ground. The breed depends on the person too. If you are an active senior, you don’t want a pooch that is going to lay around all day. Although needs may vary, here are the top 10 companion dog breeds for seniors.


As one of the first known dog breeds and most intelligent, the Poodle is a pawesome pup for seniors. They’re gentle, patient, loving, and easy to train. Their coat is easy to care for, and they come in three sizes. They’re happy to sit at home or go for a walk, and will keep you smiling.


These little characters are fun to look at and will make you laugh with their hilarious facial expressions. Their wrinkly skin has a short coat, so they are easy to care for, and they pawsitively love to spend time with their human, whether at home or running around doing errands.


The Pugapoo is a designer dog created by combining the Poodle and the Pug. Since both of these dogs are fun-loving, smart, and gentle, they are great furiends for seniors. With a small stature and easy to care for coat, they are low maintenance as well, so all you'll have to do is love them.
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Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkie is a tiny tot that only gets up to seven pounds fully grown. This pup is not just a lover, but a furocious hunter as well, so you won’t have to worry about mice at home. However, they prefer to sit in a lap or lay on the couch with their favorite human.


This is a pawesome hybrid breed designed by mixing a Yorkshire Terrier with a Poodle, and their cuddliness and loving personality makes them one of the best companions for seniors. Their hair coat is easy to care for and does not shed, and they are clever and caring, aiming to please their human all the time.


Another tiny pup, the Maltese has one of the sweetest dispositions in the dog community, and they love to be held and snuggled. Their silky white coat is hypoallergenic and easy to care for, and their playful fursonality will keep you active and happy too. They enjoy doing whatever you want to do.


Another designer breed, the Maltipoo is a furfect combination of the Maltese and the Poodle, which gives them a loving personality and hypoallergenic coat. This mixed breed is cute and cuddly, and loves to sit in your lap or cuddle up with you wherever you are, but also has the energy to spare.


Mixing the Pug with the Lhasa Apso creates a cute and furry bundle of energy that loves you and will defend you too. They’re playful, fun, and protective while still being cuddly and snuggly. Their hair coat is easier to care for than the Lhasa Apso, and a little more work than the Pug, but well worth it.

Yorkie Apso

This adorable mixed breed is a combination of the Yorkie and the Lhasa Apso, so they have a long silky coat that is not too much work to groom. They’re small and sweet with a big personality and a funny attitude. This is a lap dog with a big fursonality that will keep you smiling.

Lhasa Apso

The Lhasa Apso is a small dog of about 13 pounds and has a great personality with a loving nature. These little bundles are great watchdogs too, and are sturdier than most small breeds. Their coat needs a lot of care though, which is why they’re at the bottom of the list.