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Pug

Score for Seniors: 84%
Activity Level: Medium daily walks
Weight: 14-18 Pounds

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. They are the perfect dogs for seniors and retirees who have a lot of time and love to give.

Are pugs good for seniors?

A pug is a whole package dog often referred to as “multum in parvo” in Latin. This phrase meaning “much in little” perfectly explains a pug’s BIG personality packed in his small body. With this little guy, you are getting comical antics, never-ending cuddles, and a whole lot of love. All the things that seniors love about dogs. Here are some more reasons why a pug would be the ideal dog for old people.

Pugs are sweet-natured

Never have we ever seen an aggressive pug. And we’re sure neither have you. Pugs are the epitome of sweetness in animals. Their childlike nature makes them always want to follow you around like your own shadow. They crave love and belly rubs. Seniors particularly like dogs that are easy to get along with and make affectionate companions.

Pugs are homebodies

Seniors love dogs that are happy to be homebodies. Pugs are low-energy dogs and don’t require a lot of walking and playtime. In fact, they spend more than half of their day sleeping (around 14 hours). They will be content snuggling and snoozing with you on the couch. They need moderate exercise which can be done inside the apartment as well. So seniors who may have limited mobility won’t have to worry about daily walks. A little exercise can go a long way.

… and they are quick learners

Pugs are smart dogs. Don’t mistake his lounging on the sofa all for nothing. He is observing you and picking things up. This quality also makes him easy to train. Pugs also don’t bark a lot and quickly adapt to a small senior housing.

What are the downsides for seniors?

They shed a lot

The only real downside for seniors would be the shedding. Pugs shed constantly, every day. So to keep his coat healthy, you will have to brush it daily.

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