9 Best Dog Breeds For Elderly Adults

Miniature Goldendoodle

Miniature Goldendoodles are a hybrid of a golden retriever and a poodle. These dogs are adorable -- there's no denying it. At the most, these dogs will get to roughly 45-50 pounds.

French Bulldog

Frenchies are all the rage right now. They aren't tiny teacup types of dogs, though they won't get overly big and too tough to handle, either. These smart pooches are big fans of cuddles, scratches, and belly rubs. French bulldogs don't require a ton in the way of daily exercise.

Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise is a breed often synonymous with people who want a low-maintenance dog. For one thing, these dogs rarely weigh more than 15 pounds.


Pomeranians are tiny dogs. Most people can hold them in the palms of their hands. Being cute and compact, these dogs don't lack energy.


Pugs are perfect dogs for older adults. You won't have to worry about pugs excitedly scampering off without any way to control them. On the contrary -- they mostly feel safest when in your arms, or sitting next to you on the sofa.


The Corgi breed has become a bit of a social media darling based on their fluffiness and iconic walk. As a dog breed itself, Corgis are quite serene. For those who don't want a huge dog, yet want something decently sized, this could be the dog for you.

Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu's have been longtime favorites of elderly dog owners. Diminutive in stature, these dogs are known to be both affectionate and energetic.

Yorkshire Terrier

Affectionately known as a Yorkie, these 'teacup' dogs are pint-sized and quite manageable for older adults. They are little balls of energy, and -- if owned -- will require some playful fun. At the same time, these tiny pooches are very loyal to their owners

Miniature Poodle

Don't let the haircut fool you. Poodles are whip-smart -- and highly trainable companions. There are different types of poodles to choose from. They're often categorized by their varying sizes.

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