Here you will find a list of dogs good for elderly people.
Ideally, any small to medium size dog should do well as long as proper human leadership is present. Some dogs, nonetheless, tend to be more easy going, they require less exercise, and they are overall easier to take care for. This list is not exhaustive. Please refer to our dog breeds list for more options.

Photo by MissTessmacher

Pomeranian

Origin: Germany
Colors: Any
Size: Small
Type of Owner: Novice
Exercise: Very little
Grooming: Regular
Trainability: Slightly difficult to train
Combativeness: Can be dog-aggressive
Dominance: High
Noise: Likes to bark

Photo by Shelby McQuilkin

Dachshund

Origin: Germany
Colors: Solid red, black and tan, chocolate, wild boar dappled with brindle
Size: Small
Type of Owner: Novice
Exercise: Very little
Grooming: Very little
Trainability: Slightly difficult to train
Combativeness: Friendly with other dogs
Dominance: Moderate
Noise: Likes to bark

Breed video: Dachshund introduction


Photo by © Christine Anderson

Pug

Origin: China
Colors: Fawn, black or silver with black mask
Size: Small
Type of Owner: Novice
Exercise: Very little
Grooming: Little
Trainability: Easy to train
Combativeness: Usually not dog-aggressive
Dominance: Low
Noise: Not a barker


Photo by © Jeff Hapeman

Toy Fox Terrier

Origin: United States
Colors:
Tri-colour, white-chocolate-and-tan, white-and-tan, white-and-black
Size: Small
Type of Owner:
Novice
Exercise: Very little
Grooming: Very little
Trainability: Easy to train
Combativeness: Not generally dog aggressive
Dominance: High
Noise: Average barker


Photo by © Dave Horowitz

Manchester Terrier

Origin: England
Colors:
Black-and-tan
Size: Small
Type of Owner:
Novice
Exercise: Moderate
Grooming: Little
Trainability: Slightly difficult to train
Combativeness: Friendly with other dogs
Dominance: Moderate
Noise: Average barker


Photo by Natasha C Dunn

Beagle

Origin: England
Colors: Tri-color, red and white, orange and white, lemon and white
Size: Small
Type of Owner: Novice
Exercise: Moderate
Grooming: Very little
Trainability: A bit difficult to train
Combativeness: Friendly with other dogs
Dominance: Low
Noise: Likes to bark


Photo by heatherandcrystalinlasvegas

Boston Terrier

Origin: United States
Colors: Brindle-and-white, black-and-white
Size: Small
Type of Owner: Novice
Exercise: Moderate
Grooming: Little
Trainability: Easy to train
Combativeness: Friendly with other dogs
Dominance: Low
Noise: Average barker


Photo by szymonir

Pekingese

Origin: China
Colors: Any
Size: Small
Type of Owner: Novice
Exercise: Very little
Grooming: Regular
Trainability: Easy to train
Combativeness: Friendly with other dogs
Dominance: High
Noise: Likes to bark


Photo by luckyno3

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Origin: Wales
Colors:
Red, sable, fawn, black and tan
Size: Medium
Type of Owner:
Novice
Exercise: Moderate
Grooming: Little
Trainability: Easy to train
Combativeness: Friendly with other dogs
Dominance: Moderate
Noise: Average barker


Photo by hikariin

Maltese

Origin: Malta
Colors: White
Size: Small
Type of Owner: Novice
Exercise: Little
Grooming: Daily
Trainability: Easy to train
Combativeness: Friendly with other dogs
Dominance: Very low
Noise: Likes to bark


Image credit: amirpaz

Shih Tzu

Origin: China / USA
Colors: Any
Size: Small
Type of Owner: Novice
Exercise: Very little
Grooming: Regular
Trainability: Somewhat difficult to train
Combativeness: Friendly with other dogs
Dominance: High
Noise: Likes to bark


Photo by michelle nault

Chihuahua

Origin: Mexico
Colors:
Any
Size:
Small
Type of Owner: Novice
Exercise:
Little
Grooming:
Little
Trainability: A bit difficult to train
Combativeness: Tends to be dog-aggressive
Dominance: Moderate
Noise: Likes to bark


Photo by Dino Latoga

Cocker Spaniel

Origin: United States
Colors: Black and other solid colours, black-and-tan, parti-colour
Size: Medium
Type of Owner: Novice
Exercise: Moderate
Grooming: Extensive
Trainability: Easy to train
Combativeness: Friendly with other dogs
Dominance: Low
Noise: Likes to bark



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