10 Best Dog Breeds for Seniors and Retirees

The Pug's wrinkled face, flat nose, and snoring make it a great lap dog for seniors.  Friendly and playful, they require minimal grooming but watch those treats!

The Pug

The Havanese is a charming Cuban dog breed with a long coat and a curved tail.  Ideal for seniors, but children and other dogs need supervision.

The Havanese dog breed

Boston Terriers are friendly, bright and amusing, and manageable on a leash.  They do well with children and are happiest near their owners.

Boston Terrier

The Miniature Schnauzer is a friendly, watchful dog that makes an effective watchdog.  Easy to train with treats, but supervise snacks between meals.

The Miniature Schnauzer

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a adaptable toy spaniel with a silky coat and melting brown eyes.  They make perfect companions for seniors and families, adapting to their lifestyle.

The Cavalier King 

Dachshunds are not for athletic activities but excel at hunting and barking.  They make loyal companions for seniors who want a familiar breed.

The Dachshund Dog

Poodles: versatile, intelligent, and hypoallergenic dogs that adapt to any lifestyle. Come in miniature or standard sizes, and have curly coats.

The Poodle

Golden Retrievers are great companions for seniors, but those over 70 should consider an adult dog. 

The Golden Retriever

The French Bulldog is a loyal, cuddly companion ideal for seniors.  Though stubborn, they are smart and adaptable. Be prepared for the cost.

The french bulldog

The Labrador Retriever, America's top dog breed, is a family favorite for seniors and grandchildren alike. With a lifespan of 10-12 years.

Labrador Retriever