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Senior Living | 09/20/21
A canine companion can be a wonderful addition to your retirement lifestyle. You likely have more free time than ever to devote to caring for and training a four-legged friend, and you’ll almost surely discover the health benefits many researchers believe are associated with owning a pet.
Some dogs are more likely to match your needs better than others. Before you consider the best dog breeds for seniors, it’s a good idea to evaluate your lifestyle and how you envision a dog fitting into it.
Temperament: Are you more laid-back or always on the go? If you’re active and enjoy plenty of physical activity, a high-energy dog may be a great fit because you can exercise and explore together. If you prefer a more sedate pace of life, breeds with lower energy levels and exercise needs may be a better fit.
Age: There are pros and cons associated with dogs at each stage of life. A cute, cuddly puppy requires lots of energy and patience to train. An adult dog is more likely to be housebroken but may have some bad habits that require correction. A mellow senior may be the perfect companion dog, although like humans, health problems are more prevalent with age.
Lifespan: One other consideration is the dog’s lifespan. Smaller dogs can live up to 15 years, so you may want to consider where your dog could live if you can no longer care for it.
If you don’t already have your heart set on a certain dog, consider one of these commonly recommended best dog breeds for seniors:
At The Moorings at Lewes, we consider our four-legged residents part of the family, and we prove it with on-site amenities like our Bark Park. This secure fenced area where dogs and their owners can socialize and enjoy an afternoon in the sun is just one way our pet-friendly senior living community welcomes well-behaved animals to make their home with us.
The surrounding Lewes, Delaware, community is equally pet-friendly. You’ll find numerous restaurants that welcome leashed pets, some of the beaches offer dog-friendly hours, and you’ll discover miles of park and nature trails to walk with your dog. There’s even a darling pet boutique downtown, where you can find unique supplies and extras to spoil your pooch.