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.