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Dogs make great companions; in fact, dog owners are less likely to suffer from depression than non-pet owners. Pets help establish a routine and can help lead a more active lifestyle. With the vast variety of dog breeds out there, it’s possible to find a match for every kind of personality or lifestyle. There are many factors to consider when selecting a perfect dog breed, from level of activity to size and level of maintenance the dog may need.
In celebration of National Puppy Day on March 23, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best dog breeds for 50+ dog owners:
Also known as a “Frenchie,” making great pets for 50+ dog owners because they do not require too much exercise, a daily brisk walk should do. They are known to be adaptable, smart and playful. They only need to be groomed occasionally and are great with children.
The poodle is very active and smart and in turn, very easy to train. The breed comes in three size varieties, which may contribute to why Poodle is one of the most popular breeds. Poodles are great for those with allergies, since this breed is hypoallergenic.
Also known as a “Yorkie,” these are small dogs bursting with personality! Yorkies are moderately active, only requiring a daily walk. Their beautiful long-haired coat requires regular brushing.
Pembroke Welsh Corgi:
Bold and affectionate, Corgis are strong little athletic dogs. Very trainable and intelligent, they are a bundle of fun and energy. Corgis are on the more active side of this selection and do require more grooming because their fur sheds often.
But don’t stop your research here! We asked our members what dog breeds they have. Check out pictures of their beloved furry friends below:
AARP members Krisi and Mary Ann love their Yorkies!
Nancy recommends rescue dogs - we agree!
Denise says, “You can never go wrong with a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel!”
Gracie is a boxer whose breed makes great snugglers and are great with children, says AARP member, Regina.
Teresa says her Catahoula/Aussie mix is always full of kisses!
Whichever breed suits your lifestyle, remember their personality traits and how they match with yours when selecting the perfect companion. Also take note of certain health risks attributed with every breed. Consider pet insurance to be sure you’ll be able to cover the care your pet needs. AARP members can save on Petplan Pet Insurance, a great option that has been protecting pets around the globe for more than 40 years!
These articles present general information and are for informational purposes only. They are not a substitute for legal, financial, medical, or other professional advice.