The Best Dog Breeds for Elderly Adults

Elderly Care in Bethesda MD

For elderly adults living at home alone, pets can provide great companionship.  Owning a dog can help seniors stay more active, happier, andELDERLY-CARE-BETHESDA-MD
have a better quality of life.  Dogs provide friendship, love, and affection, and they can help elderly adults fight feelings of loneliness and isolation.  However, adopting a dog can be a big decision, especially for seniors.  They may feel more comfortable adopting a senior dog who has already been trained and has a little less energy than a puppy.  But, is breed a factor?  It can be!  Certain breeds, due to their temperament and personalities, can make better pets for seniors.  Read on for a list of great dog breeds for elderly adults.


Pugs can be great companions for seniors.  Their small size makes them easy to walk and carry around the house.  They also have a short coat which doesn’t require too much grooming.  Pugs are also the perfect size for cuddling up in their owner’s lap!


Poodles are a very popular breed for good reason.  They are very easy to train and they tend to stay clean.  If allergies are a concern, poodles do not shed much and it is easy to keep them well-groomed.


Like the pug, the maltese is a small breed that is the perfect size for cuddling.  The maltese has long hair, but shedding can be kept to a minimum if they get regular haircuts.

Boston Terriers

Boston terriers are very friendly and they can make great companions for elderly adults.  They are relatively small so they can be easily walked and will fit perfectly in a smaller home.  Boston terriers also do not require too much grooming.

King Charles Spaniels

King Charles Spaniels are cute, affectionate, and they make great lap dogs.  They thrive on spending time with their owners and are quite friendly.  They also have a history of being the pets of kings and queens!

Remember, every dog has a unique personality, no matter the breed.  If adopting a dog from a shelter, elderly adults should ask questions about the dogs past and temperament to make sure that they are adopting a pet that is perfect for them and their lifestyle.


If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Bethesda, MD, please call the friendly staff at Philia Care today at 202-607-2525.

About Kira Tewalt, Founder, Manager

Philia is founded and managed by Kira Tewalt. As a working mom, Kira understands the delicate balance between attending to the needs of her family and a demanding job. She knows that many people also have the added burden of caring for their parents. Kira founded Philia to help this sandwiched generation and because she loves the authenticity of children and seniors. They are her true passion. Philia was founded to holistically care for our most vulnerable citizens – children and seniors. We do this by focusing on the entire persons needs – not just their physical needs. For children, this means placing a nanny who has an in-depth understanding of childhood development to help the child with social, emotional and physical development skills to increase their confidence. For Seniors, this means planning activities that go beyond helping them with activities of daily living. The activities will facilitate their emotional and psycho-social wellbeing as well. Kira has a Masters of Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University and a Masters of Systems Engineering from George Washington University. She lives in Washington DC with her husband, 2 children, dog and 2 cats, and enjoys spending time with her family and running through woods with her dog.