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6 Dog Breeds That Are Ideal for Seniors

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Many seniors reap the benefits from having a canine roommate. Along with making great companions, dogs provide older adults with a sense of being needed. Before an elderly loved one adopts a dog, it’s important for North Broward caregivers to take into consideration the health and energy level of both the family member and the dog.

1. Shiba Inu

These unusual small Japanese dogs mature to a weight of around 18 pounds. The Shiba have a reputation for being affectionate, alert and loyal. Without proper correction, they might become territorial and aggressive. However, they are easy to train and aren’t prone to major health problems.

2. American Eskimo

Also commonly referred to as an American Spitz, these dogs are considered medium in size and grow to a weight of 30 pounds. The Spitz are known for their alertness, friendliness and intelligence. However, their thick coats require upkeep and the dogs need regular exercise.

3. Irish Terrier

One of the advantages of this breed of terrier includes the fact that their curly coat sheds very little. At 25 pounds when mature, the dogs are cheerful, loyal and playful. They do need walks or an enclosed yard in which to run and exercise.

4. Xoloitzcuintli

This unusual dog breed hails from Mexico. The short-haired dogs weigh 30 pounds when mature and come in a variety of coat colors. They are happy, alert and friendly while being loyal and slightly protective. The dogs also only require a moderate amount of exercise.

5. Icelandic Sheepdog

Being a medium breed, they grow to be about 25 pounds. They are friendly and relatively easy to train. Their luscious coat does need regular brushing. This breed of sheepdog is also susceptible to developing retinal dysplasia.

6. Sealyham Terrier

Also known as the Welsh Border Terrier, these dogs have a lush wavy coat that comes in many different colors. When fully grown, they weigh approximately 24 pounds. They also don’t require as much exercise as other dog breeds, though some are prone to eye problems.

Seniors also benefit from the companionship of trusted home caregivers from Home Care Assistance in North Broward. We are the leading provider of live-in and hourly home care that boosts physical, mental and emotional wellbeing for local seniors. Contact us at 954-906-5161 today to schedule a free in-home consultation and learn how our services benefit your loved one.