As we age our energy levels drop. Raising a puppy is not easy. It takes a lot of work, energy, time and determination just to get through housebreaking. Once we accomplish that goal, we have to move on to basic obedience. Another difficult time, but the reward is great. How can we get a new puppy, train it and not wear ourselves out? Easy, you have to know which breeds are the best for your particular situation. Following are the best dogs for older people. The dogs are referred to as ‘low energy dogs’.
The Best Dogs for Older People – The Miniature Schnauzer
This is a German dog and there are three Schnauzer types: Miniature, Standard and Giant. For the older dog owner, the Miniature Schnauzer would be the best choice. The dog will grow to 12 to 14 inches tall and weigh approximately 15 pounds. This is the perfect size dog for older people as he is easy to pick up and carry around when necessary, such as trips to the vet or the groomer. This breed is intelligent, protective and easy to train using positive reinforcement. There is a high degree of maintenance regarding the dog’s coat and trips to the groomer must be taken into consideration. The Miniature Schnauzer can live to be about 12 years old.
The Best Dogs for Older People – The Toy Poodle
No one can resist a poodle of any size, but the best poodle for the older person is the Toy Poodle. This little dog stands about 10 inches high and can be about 10 pounds fully grown. If you spend a lot of time at home, this is the dog for you as the Toy Poodle loves to be with people. You won’t have to worry when the grandkids or neighbor kids show up, as this poodle loves children. The Toy Poodle is easy to train, but does require daily grooming.
The Best Dogs for Older People – The Pomeranian
This is a little dog, but a very happy dog! He can live in a small space, such as an apartment, as long as he doesn’t get bored. The Pomeranian gets along well with other dogs. If a stranger approaches, the Pomeranian will make a lot of noise to warn you. They are eager to learn and are fast learners. They need daily brushing to keep the hair from knotting. At 12 inches in height and weighing only 7 pounds, a Pomeranian is easy to pick up and carry around. Pomeranians are a bundle of joy in a small package.
There are many more dogs that could be considered best dogs for older people, but these three caught my eye and I would be happy myself with any of them.