Dogs that are good with seniors

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  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, requires lots of grooming, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, hot weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, tuxedo, black and tan
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful
Intelligent and naturally curious, English cocker spaniels are compact hunting dogs bred to flush and retrieve game. These charming and cheerful pups also make great family pets—kids and seniors alike will find a loyal companion in this medium-size breed that adapts well to apartment living and the great outdoors. Learn more about English cocker spaniel colors, size, and temperament here.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, requires lots of grooming, tendency to chew, high potential for weight gain, loves water, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: cream, gold / yellow
  • patterns: saddle / blanket
  • coat length/texture: long, medium
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, willful, outgoing, playful
Golden retrievers are smart, loyal dogs that are ideal family companions. With their gentle nature, shining coats, and charming smiles, they are considered one of the most popular breeds in America. Learn more about living with these people-pleasing pups.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, requires lots of grooming, tolerates being alone, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, hot weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners
  • colors: black, white
  • patterns: bicolor, flecked / ticked / speckled
  • coat length/texture: wiry, medium
  • temperament: outgoing, playful, friendly
Brilliant, tough, and eager to please, the miniature schnauzer is an excellent family dog—provided you can keep him entertained.
  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, requires lots of grooming, low prey drive, apartment-friendly, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, gray, red, blue, cream, white, fawn, brown / chocolate / liver, gold / yellow
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, tuxedo, sable, merle
  • coat length/texture: medium, long, curly
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, outgoing, playful
Maltipoos make the perfect companion for young families, empty nesters, and everyone in between. Highly devoted to their humans, they love to accompany them on walks (and on the couch, of course). Plus, they’re non-shedders and make great apartment dwellers.
  • breed group: non-sporting
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, requires lots of grooming, apartment-friendly, good for first-time pet owners
  • colors: white, cream
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: short, curly
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful
Intelligent, affectionate, and incredibly cute, the bichon frise could easily be mistaken for a child’s toy. This happy-go-lucky breed originated in the Mediterranean islands, which could be why they’re so easygoing and fun-loving. Bichons are the perfect companion for families, elderly couples, and everyone in between.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: apartment-friendly, good hiking companion, easy to groom, tolerates being alone, high prey drive
  • colors: white
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful
West Highland White Terriers are loyal, tenacious, and wildly entertaining dogs that pack a lot of personality into their relatively small frame. Both a clever hunter and playful pet, learn more about living with Westies. 
  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, requires lots of grooming, low prey drive, good hiking companion, apartment-friendly, easy to train, strong loyalty tendencies, prone to health issues, loves water, good for first-time pet owners
  • colors: black, gray, red, brown / chocolate / liver, fawn, cream, white
  • coat length/texture: long, medium, curly
  • temperament: outgoing, gentle, friendly, playful, anxious
For loving companionship, few breeds compare to the smart, cuddlesome, and playful Cavapoo. This crossbreed might also be a good choice as a low-allergen pet.
  • breed group: toy
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, easy to groom, apartment-friendly, good for first-time pet owners
  • colors: black, blue, brown / chocolate / liver, cream
  • patterns: tricolor
  • coat length/texture: hairless
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful
Whether hairless or “powderpuff,” Chinese cresteds are friendly little lap dogs who are excellent for apartment life, older owners, or anyone who just likes a conversation piece.
  • breed group: toy
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, requires lots of grooming, good hiking companion, apartment-friendly, easy to train
  • colors: black, blue, white, gold / yellow
  • patterns: tricolor
  • coat length/texture: long, short
  • temperament: outgoing, willful, friendly
Biewer terriers are the new kids on the block. Small, funny, and charming, these members of the toy group will keep you entertained for hours on end. They’re great for first-time dog owners, but be patient when it’s time to find one to bring home.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners, good hiking companion
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, red, gold / yellow, cream, fawn
  • patterns: blue and tan
  • coat length/texture: short, wiry
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful
Border terriers are intelligent, energetic, and affectionate little dogs with big personalities and low grooming needs. They make great family pets and are easy to train. Learn more about living with border terriers.
  • breed group: hound
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, requires lots of grooming, tolerates being alone, high prey drive, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant
  • colors: black, gray, red, blue, cream, white, fawn, gold / yellow, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, hairless, sable, saddle / blanket, brindle, merle, black and tan, liver and tan, blue and tan
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: gentle, willful, playful, aloof
Afghan hounds are aristocratic and loving dogs who can run up to 40 mph and require a serious grooming routine. Learn more about caring for an Afghan hound and if it’s the right dog for your family.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, requires lots of grooming, high potential for weight gain, apartment-friendly, good hiking companion, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: gold / yellow, brown / chocolate / liver, blue, white
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, flecked / ticked / speckled
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, willful
English setters, the “gentlemen of the dog world,” are good-looking, athletic dogs who can impress in either the show ring or hunting in the field. This medium-sized dog requires a decent amount of grooming, but in return gives you a loving, loyal companion. 
  • breed group: hound
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: good hiking companion, easy to groom, strong loyalty tendencies, high prey drive
  • colors: red, fawn, black, white, blue
  • patterns: bicolor, brindle, black and tan
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, outgoing
Greyhounds are gentle, graceful dogs who are known for their sweet temperament and sprinting capabilities. These regal hounds enjoy the comforts of life and make excellent family pets.
  • breed group: toy
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, apartment-friendly, good for first-time pet owners
  • colors: red, black, white, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: black and tan, tricolor
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: gentle, outgoing, friendly, playful
Tiny, noble, and extremely friendly, the Cavalier King Charles spaniel has become one of the most popular breeds in the world due to its ability to fit into almost any living situation.
  • breed group: toy
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, prone to health issues, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, loves water, apartment-friendly, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: red, black, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, tuxedo, brindle, saddle / blanket, merle, black and tan, harlequin, hairless, spotted, sable, blue and tan, tricolor, flecked / ticked / speckled, liver and tan
  • coat length/texture: short, medium, long
  • temperament: outgoing, friendly, playful, anxious
Brussels griffons are smart and friendly little dogs with tons of personality, perfect for families or households of just about any size—including those with other dogs or cats. Learn more about living with Brussels griffons.
  • breed group: toy
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, highly territorial, high prey drive, apartment-friendly, hot weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, red, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, black and tan
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful, aggressive
Miniature pinschers are tiny dogs with huge personalities. Affectionate, loyal, and adorable, they make great companions. Learn more about living with miniature pinschers.
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: extra large (101 lbs. or more)
  • other traits: easy to groom, high potential for weight gain, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: red, black, blue, white
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, willful, playful
Greater Swiss mountain dogs are extra-large pups who often top 100 pounds. Their energetic, outgoing, and friendly nature makes Swissies excellent family dogs.
  • breed group: toy
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to groom, high prey drive, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, red, gray, fawn
  • patterns: black and tan
  • coat length/texture: wiry, medium
  • temperament: outgoing, willful, playful
Affenpinschers are intelligent and playful dogs with unique faces you’re not likely to forget. They love socializing and learning new skills—though sometimes on their own terms.
  • breed group: non-sporting
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, requires lots of grooming, tendency to chew, high potential for weight gain, loves water, apartment-friendly, hot weather tolerant, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: white
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: gentle, outgoing, friendly, playful, anxious
Coton de Tulears are bright, affectionate dogs who love children and make loyal family pets. If you’re looking for a hypoallergenic dog or puppy that doesn’t shed, this lovable breed is a great choice for owners with pet allergies.
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: requires lots of grooming, easy to train, strong loyalty tendencies, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, good hiking companion
  • colors: fawn, black, white, blue, gray
  • patterns: tricolor, bicolor, merle, sable
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, playful
Sweet-tempered and eager-to-please, Shetland sheepdogs, or Shelties as they’re affectionately called, are a popular hardworking, attentive, and affectionate breed.