Moving into apartments allow seniors to downsize, decrease maintenance costs and upkeep, and overall save a lot of money. Older people are also more likely to live alone with 21 percent of men and 33% of women over the age of 65 living by themselves (Source).

As a result, a lot of retirees and seniors looking to find a dog are interested in dogs that will do very well in apartments, and will not require a large yard for exercising and running around. We have selected below the best dog breeds for apartment living:

Scottish Terrier

Scottish Terrier
The Scottish Terrier shares a lot of similarities with his other Terrier cousins including Yorkshire Terrier and West Highland White ...
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Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier
Yorkshire Terriers have a big number of fans, especially among the older generation, thanks to his small size and suitability ...
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Havanese

havanese puppy on grass
Just like their cousin Maltese, Havanese are one of the brightest and happiest of toy breeds. But are they good ...
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Shih Tzu

Shih tzu
Shih Tzus are not only ridiculously adorable to look at but they are also the perfect dogs for seniors to ...
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French bulldog

French bulldog
As a senior or retiree, the "empty nest" syndrome can hit you pretty hard. But life doesn't have to be ...
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Bichon frise

portrait of bichon frise
Are bichon frises good for seniors? This fluffy dog breed has a lot of positive aspects for seniors: bichons are ...
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Cocker spaniel

cocker spaniel dog with senior woman
For old people who don't mind a slightly larger dog (usually around 20-30 pounds), the Cocker Spaniel can be a ...
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Bolognese

bolognese dog on grass
Bolognese is related to his toy cousins Havanese, Maltese, and Bichon Frise and shares many similar traits. As evident from ...
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Maltese

maltese breed with older woman
Are Maltese good for seniors? Maltese need moderate exercise The Maltese breed is a somewhat lower energy dog. They are ...
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Boston terrier

boston terrier breed portrait
Are Boston terriers good for seniors? Older people and seniors appreciate Boston terrier dogs because these dogs often don’t bark ...
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Pug

pug sitting on senior people's laps
Pugs are small and sweet dogs with big expressive eyes and innocent faces that could melt the coldest of hearts ...
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Corgi

Corgi dog sitting on old man's lap
The Corgi breed is one of the most popular and agreeable dog breeds that's also loved by seniors. However, it ...
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Cavalier king charles spaniel

Cavalier king charles spaniel
Docile and diminutive, cavalier king charles spaniels are one of the most loved breeds but are they good for seniors? ...
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Chihuahua

Chihuahua
Chihuahuas may be small in size but they have a tremendous amount of love to offer. Their quirky personality and ...
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Toy poodle

toy poodle playing with ball in the snow
Are toy poodles good for seniors?  Toy poodles are great dogs for seniors. Especially, if friendly, well-mannered, and easy-to-train are ...
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Author

  • Dr. Winnie earned a Master in Biology from St Georges University, and graduated from the University of Pretoria's Veterinary School. She is a full-time Veterinarian specializing in internal medicine for companion animals.