Seniors Best Dog Breed Guide. Helping to Choose the right dog for an elderly person is an enjoyable task. But there are several important things to check before any $$$$$ are spent. Enjoy this wonderful short article by: Jon Bastian for http://www.cesarsway.com/
People are always asking Cesar, “Which breed of dog is the right one for me?” His answer to the question is that breed doesn’t matter. Energy does. If you want to have a balanced relationship, start with a dog with an energy level the same or lower than yours.
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However, breed can make some difference if the potential owners have certain physical limitations. You probably shouldn’t have a Great Dane if you live in a studio apartment, or a slobbery bulldog if you have allergies.
Likewise, as humans age, they may experience changes that can limit whether they can have a dog, or what kind of dog they can have. The changes can be medical, like arthritis, or situational, like moving from a large house to a small apartment or retirement community. This doesn’t mean that seniors can’t or shouldn’t have dogs. It just means there can be more things than energy level to consider when getting a dog at this stage of life. See the recommendations below:
Lower energy dogs
As people age, many of them become less physically active than they used to be, whether because life’s demands are fewer or physical abilities decline. The college athlete at 20 may be a couch potato at 65. Because of this, seniors should avoid high-energy dogs like Dalmatians if they’re not up to fulfilling the dog’s need for exercise.
Suggested low-energy breeds: Basset hounds, bulldogs, Cavalier King Charles spaniels, chow chows, and French bulldogs.
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