Studies show, that having a pet in the house can improve health and reduce loneliness and boredom. If you are a senior citizen or will be approaching your senior years in the upcoming years then you should consider some basic characteristics including temperament and size.
Whilst it is not necessary to exclude all large dogs, generally smaller dogs are better for ageing owners. They are easy to transport or lift, are mostly happy to lay on a lap and enjoy cuddles and patting, and can be easier to manage on a lead.
On the other hand, homeless older dogs also provide wonderful companionship. They are often loyal pets, are happy to rest at your feet and have at least some basic skills or training. This hopefully means you can enjoy the nature of a well behaved companion who is not tempted to chew on shoes, put holes in the garden or leave little surprises indoors.
If you are thinking about purchasing a new dog, here are 5 breeds which make great pets for households with senior citizens.