Top 8 Dog Breeds for Nursing Homes

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The right pooch in a nursing home setting can be a healing and comforting force in a place where it can be easy to feel lost, whether as a full time resident pup or a visitor. But not any pup will acclimate to the quiet and slow-paced world of the nursing home. Some of the best dogs for seniors are those that don't need to be bathed and brushed often, and are easy to care for. The amount of exercise they need should be considered if residents are not able to walk or play with them, and aides are busy. Here are the top eight best pooches for nursing homes that would be a welcome addition to a dog-friendly nursing home setting.

#1 Pug

The Pug is a pawesome companion pet and with their small size, and short hair coat, they are easy to care for too. The breed is also friendlier than most and adaptable, so they are quick to make friends with anyone, human or otherwise. These little cuties will keep everyone at the home happy and laughing for years.

#2 Bichon Frise

With their super funky personality and pawfectly white coat, this breed is perfect for the nursing home. Not only are they cuddly and lovable, but they're also smart and can learn tricks easily. Their coat does not shed, so you don’t have to worry about clean up either.

#3 Yorkshire Terrier

This sweet little fur buddy is not just cute, but useful as well. They will keep you smiling while helping you relax, and keep you company while you watch television or read a book. As a tiny lap dog, the Yorkie is just the right size for anyone and does not need much care either.
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#4 Cocker Spaniel

Even though they are a little bit bigger than the others, the Cocker Spaniel is still small enough to stay at most nursing homes and is well-adjusted enough to get along with anyone they meet. They’re smart as a whip and huggable to boot. They always seem to know when you need a cuddle buddy.

#5 Chihuahua

This is the smallest dog breed in the world, so they are easy for anyone to hang onto and they fit right into anyone’s lap. This pawesome pup loves attention and can fit in anywhere because they make friends easily. They come in two types, short and long-haired.

#6 Boston Terrier

Boston Terriers make the perfect pet for people who like to laugh. Another tiny tot, this canine kid is nicknamed the “American Gentleman” because they are so gentle and sweet. Even though they like to play and run around, they seem to know when it is time to be quiet and peaceful.

#7 Beagle

Even though Beagles are bred to be hunting dogs, they’re one of the most happy-go-lucky and easy-going breeds. They have a loving and loyal disposition and enjoy being a lap dog, but they also like to play and act silly. Their coat is short and easy to care for.

#8 Poodle

The Poodle is one of the smartest breeds, and they are also one of the oldest known breeds there are. With their curly coat, they look cute and are easy to groom, and they don’t shed at all. They also love kids and other pets, and even take well to strangers.