Owning a dog, especially in the later years of life, can be extremely rewarding for both you and your canine friend. Before making a rash, emotional decision when you see an irresistible face, do a little research to find the right breed, size, and age for your lifestyle.
It is helpful to ask yourself a few questions.
- Am I active or a do I enjoy spending the day relaxing?
- Am I introverted or extroverted?
- Am I high-maintenance or low-maintenance?
- Do I need to be left alone or do I like having someone around all the time?
If you prefer a low-maintenance lifestyle there’s several dog breeds that would appeal to you. The English Bulldog is one that may not be the first breed to come to mind. This hidden gem is loveable and prefers to lounge the day away. The Cavalier King Charles is another quiet, loving dog. They require once a week brushing, but no other daily maintenance besides feeding and water.
If you’d like to spend a little time each day caring for your canine companion, you might love a Shih Tzu. This little fur-baby needs a daily brushing and loves to lay in your lap and relax. They will be your little shadow throughout the day.
If you are active and would like a breed that will get you out to walk or run every day, there are some larger dog breeds that would be a good fit. Labradors, Golden Retrievers, Border Collies, German, and Australian Shepherds would all fit the bill. They require a lot of activity each day. So, get your running shoes on and be prepared for a good workout!
If you prefer a dog that doesn’t mind being on his own, you might choose a Greyhound, Chihuahua, French Bulldog, Basset Hound, or Beagle. They seem to take things in stride and tend to sleep when you’re not at home.