Spending Your Golden Years With Man’s Best Friend: Top 5 Breeds for Retirees
When you reach that point in your life where your children have long since moved out and you can finally retire, you’re left with an abundance of freedom. Maybe you’ll explore new hobbies, interests and areas of the world. But at some point, you might find yourself wanting to add to your now empty nest. And that could be better than a new furry friend?
In recent years, there have been numerous studies on the benefits of pet ownership for senior citizens. On the other side of the spectrum, there have been nearly as many statistics suggesting it may not always be for the best. Simply put, we believe it’s a case by case decision. While man’s best friend may not be the best fit for every retiree, there are certain breeds that are much more suited to this chapter in your life.
This particular breed has been, more or less, groomed as a companion dog. Similar to Bichon Frise, Havanese, etc. this breed (or a cross breed including Maltese) is very attentive to their owner. A Maltese requires little maintenance, and with clipped hair, rarely sheds. They are very portable as one of the smallest breeds on our list.
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This little guy (or gal) is indefatigable. While their size makes them fairly easy to manage, they are up for all kinds of activity, both land and aquatic based. In fact, the Schipperke originated in Belgium as an onboard living companion for those tethered to the sea. So if you’re thinking of taking up a new hobby like sailing or hiking, a Schipperke will be with you every step of the way. Just be sure to always keep your companion on their leash, they’re known to take off after squirrels and let nothing, not even a busy road, get in the way.
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For years now the poodle has been a go-to favorite for golden gals and guys alike. This is mostly because they are easy to train and highly personable. Poodles love learning tricks and will keep you amused to no end. Maintenance wise they are fairly clean and low-shedding. Just be sure to keep up with regular grooming appointments.
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#4 French Bulldog
Perhaps the least athletic of the group, this little love nugget is a companion that will enjoy being around you as often as possible. Though, sharing the bed with him/her may take some adjustment due to their incessant snoring. Some find this to be one of the many endearing qualities of the Frenchie.
Frenchies are not without their health issues. As a brachycephalic breed, you’ll want to make sure your Frenchie comes from a highly knowledgable and caring breeder, rather than a puppy-mill or casual breeder. A healthy French Bulldog makes for a great walking partner and snuggle buddy!
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#5 Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Smart and determined, these dogs aren’t always ones to take “no” for an answer. However, their tiny little legs help keep them in check. Their strong will can lead to self-injury if you don’t show them the way (i.e. with steps to the bed, a ramp for the car, etc.). These little guys make for great companions in an active to semi-active lifestyle, after all they’re the favorite dog of the Queen of England!
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Of course, there are plenty of other breeds out there suited to the various lifestyles of retirees. Everyone ages differently, and no one knows your wants, needs and limitations better than you! We hope this list helps you in choosing the perfect furry companion to spend your golden years with.
If you find yourself on an adventure that takes you away from your pet for any period of time, look to Top Tails Dog Walking and Pet Sitting. You can expect the best, and nothing less, from our caring, dedicated staff!