Do You Want To Give Your Grandparents A Dog? Consider These Things Before You Make A Choice

We all love puppies and dogs, and they can bring love and happiness into someone's life, there is no doubt about that. But when it comes to choosing a right pup, there are so many breeds with different personality and demands, and it can be pretty hard to choose a right one. Sure, all dogs are sweet and full of love, but some of them require lots of energy and care and you got to ask yourself - can your grandparents handle it?

If you are wondering whether your parents will be happy with the sweet gift you gave them, you should need to know that there are also some health benefits they can gain when owning a four-legged friend:

  • Lowers cholesterol and triglycerides.
  • Decreases blood pressure and stress
  • Increases physical activity
  • Increased feelings of well-being
  • Help feeling less lonely
  • Promotes social interactions with other people
  • Seniors also tend to care for themselves better when they own a dog
  • Lower rates of depression
  • Owning a dog increases rates of surviving a heart attack

So, now you finally chose to go with the flow and give them a dog. That is very sweet of you, but you also need to look at these things when choosing a breed.

First, you need to keep the money in mind and needs of the future owners. Do your grandparents have some medical issues or psychical disabilities? Consider that too. Also, if think about walks and trips to the vet, and if you and your family are willing to help.


Here are just some options to think about:

  • Puppies are cute and cuddly, but they aren't the best choice for older people. They need more time and energy for training than older dogs. Older ones have usually at least basic training and know to obey simple commands.
  • Older dogs are great companions simply because they are less active, and that can be perfect for older people who have some physical disabilities. They don't require a lot of energy but keep in mind that they can get sick easier.
  • Smaller breeds are less challenging than bigger ones, they require less food, less space, and much less energy. Of course, that doesn’t mean all the smaller breeds need less energy, so you need to stay away from Jack Russel since this breed is very energetic.
  • Larger dogs with no training can be dangerous; imagine a large dog pulling on a leash - that can be challenging even for young people. Not all big breeds are a bad choice, but the advice is to first consider a smaller dog.

Which Breed Is the Best Choice?

The best dog breed for elderly is a French Bulldog, a small cute dog with great dispositions. First, you need to know that you have to avoid casual or puppy-mill breeders because puppies that are poorly bred can have a lot of health problems. A healthy French Bulldog is a perfect companion for seniors and they are wonderful walking partners and you will love this pup too.

You Can Also Choose These Breeds

Great breeds for seniors include Pug, Boston Terrier, Beagle, and Chihuahua, but if a small breed is the first option then Maltase or Pomeranian are good decisions. Poodle and Schnauzers are easily trained, while Mini Schnauzer and Shih Tzu are known for a hypoallergenic breed.

Of course, you can decide to adopt and choose a half-breed. But, in the end, the best thing to do is to talk to your folks and grandparents and see what they want and that can save you the trouble.

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