older woman kissing her small beagle dog

Many older people who are looking for a dog breed want smaller, but very affectionate dogs. We have selected below the best dog breeds that are all-around friendly and loving, and come in a small size (typically less than 18-20 pounds).

Yorkshire Terrier

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


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

Shih Tzu

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

Bichon frise

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


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


pomeranian with senior woman
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These spunky and spirited dogs look adorable with their fluffy coat. They are also very small in size (3-7 pounds) ...


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

Miniature Poodle

miniature poodle
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Energetic, athletic, and ridiculously cute, the miniature poodle is one of the most fun dogs to have. But is it ...


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


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

Click here to view our list of the best dog breeds for seniors.


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    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.

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