Best Dog Breeds for Older Adults

Bichon Frise

The bichon frise is a happy, loving dog. Most people can handle this 7–12-pound breed. Bichons also train easily.

French Bulldog

The joyful Frenchie makes sadness practically impossible. French bulldogs are the happiest dogs.


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Maltese are small white lap dogs like bichons. This breed likes to cuddle and take short walks.


Another little, easy-to-carry dog is a 3- to 7-pound Pom. This breed is friendly. Poms love cuddling and playing.


Poodles are popular and smart. Poodles learn quickly and fit into any home. Most poodles only need daily walks.

Shih Tzu

Shih tzus are another popular tiny dog. The easy-to-handle breed weighs 9–16 pounds.


This breed suits its owner's vigour. It's quite lively, loves to sit in your lap, and only needs short walks.

Boston Terrier

Boston terriers are laid-back canines who enjoy to hang out with their owners.

Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkies are little but big-hearted. These dogs are affectionate, lively, and sometimes stubborn.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier spaniels are affectionate and versatile. This little dog loves cuddling with its owner.

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