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
Weight (Pounds):
4-7
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
Weight (Pounds):
10-16
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
Weight (Pounds):
9-16
Shih Tzus are not only ridiculously adorable to look at but they are also the perfect dogs for seniors to ...
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Bichon frise

portrait of bichon frise
Weight (Pounds):
7-12
Are bichon frises good for seniors? This fluffy dog breed has a lot of positive aspects for seniors: bichons are ...
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Bolognese

bolognese dog on grass
Weight (Pounds):
6-14
Bolognese is related to his toy cousins Havanese, Maltese, and Bichon Frise and shares many similar traits. As evident from ...
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Pomeranian

pomeranian with senior woman
Weight (Pounds):
4-8
These spunky and spirited dogs look adorable with their fluffy coat. They are also very small in size (3-7 pounds) ...
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Maltese

maltese breed with older woman
Weight (Pounds):
6-9
Are Maltese good for seniors? Maltese need moderate exercise The Maltese breed is a somewhat lower energy dog. They are ...
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Miniature Poodle

miniature poodle
Weight (Pounds):
10-15
Energetic, athletic, and ridiculously cute, the miniature poodle is one of the most fun dogs to have. But is it ...
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Pug

pug sitting on senior people's laps
Weight (Pounds):
14-18
Pugs are small and sweet dogs with big expressive eyes and innocent faces that could melt the coldest of hearts ...
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Chihuahua

Chihuahua
Weight (Pounds):
4-6
Chihuahuas may be small in size but they have a tremendous amount of love to offer. Their quirky personality and ...
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Click here to view our list of the best dog breeds for seniors.

Author

  • Dr. Winnie earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Duke University, a Masters of Science in Biology from St Georges University, and graduated from the University of Pretoria Veterinary School in South Africa. She is a full-time Veterinarian in South Africa specializing in internal medicine for large breed dogs.