8 Best Dog Breeds For People Over 50

Pugs, Yorkshire Terriers and Poodles make the best canine companions for people over 50, new research has found.

Pets can provide a myriad of benefits for older adults, including boosts to emotional, mental and physical health. According to the National Poll on Healthy Aging, 86% of pet owners aged 50 to 80 said their pets made them feel loved, while 88% explained their furry friends helped them enjoy life.

While not all dogs are suitable for seniors, care home company Lottie found that dogs scored highly as the best pets for mental health, with flat-faced pugs coming out on top. Other smaller dogs that were found to be the best for those over 50 include Westies, Shih Tzus and Cavaliers.

8 Best Dog Breeds For People Over 50

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“It’s well-known that as we age, we tend to look for a quieter life with simple pleasures, such as taking companionship with a four-legged friend in the country,” the team at Lottie say. “Our study found that smaller dogs are favoured over larger breeds.”

As well as dogs, other animals that are great for later life include indoor birds, guinea pigs, hamsters, rabbits, fishes, domestic fowls and tortoises — thanks to their easy-going nature.

Wanting to get a dog of your own? Take a look at the full list of breeds below…

1. Pug

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2. West Highland White Terrier

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3. Shih Tzu

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4. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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5. Poodle

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6. Pomeranian

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7. Yorkshire Terrier

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8. Welsh Corgi

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