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Top Dog Breeds for Seniors

Moses Dixon | Worcester, MA

By Moses DixonPublished about a year ago 3 min read

Dogs are great pets for the elderly and people who need some company. Many breeds of dogs are perfect for people with disabilities or those who have trouble taking care of themselves. Seniors can make great friends with a dog. The following are some of the best dog breeds for seniors.

1. Boston Terrier

The Boston terrier has become a dog of choice for the elderly. They are gentle and easy to care for. The Boston terrier is small, weighing around 15 pounds. These dogs are great with children, but they may not be the best choice for families with very young children. The Boston terrier does best when it has two people around who will take time to give them attention and play with them regularly.

2. Golden Retriever

The Golden retriever is also an excellent choice for older people. They love to play and get their exercise and are great with children if they are raised well. The golden retriever comes in many different colors and has an easygoing nature. You can expect to have a happy golden retriever with the proper training. This dog will make an excellent family pet, although it will require much attention from both you and your family members.

3. Poodle

Poodles are easy to care for, but they do require regular grooming. If you can manage the grooming requirements, it will make an excellent pet for elderly individuals. The poodle is full of energy and loves to play. Poodles may have difficulty adjusting if left alone for long periods, so this may not be the best dog for seniors who live alone.

4. Brussels Griffon

This breed will make a great companion for elderly people living by themselves. They are small and love to be around their owner at all times. This dog will make a great lap dog, but they will also need a small amount of exercise each day. The Brussels Griffon is not recommended for families with young children because they do not tolerate well with loud noises.

5. Dalmatian

They make great companions for people who love the outdoors. The Dalmatian does well without a yard, so it is perfect for seniors who live in apartments. They need to be trained and socialized from puppyhood. The Dalmatian does well when children are around, but they should not be left alone for long periods.


A passionate interdisciplinary collaborator, Moses Dixon is a fierce community and economic development advocate living and working in Worcester, Massachusetts, as the CEO of the Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging. Recently, he graduated from the State University of New York at Binghamton in New York, where he completed his Doctoral degree in community and public affairs.

Moses Dixon is building a career focused on advocating for members of his community, especially those who have been disenfranchised and marginalized. As a hopeful and upbeat person, he uses his motivation and positive attitude to locate and address issues impacting senior citizens, communities of color, and the homeless population. Above all else, Moses strives to effect positive change for those in need in his community.

Moses Dixon has also been published throughout his academic career. In 2009, he published “A Qualitative Analysis of African Americans’ Role in Preparing Future Leaders” with the National Conference on Undergraduate Research through the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse; in 2011 – along with eight other authors – he published “Youth and Young Adult Homelessness in Worcester, Massachusetts”; and in 2013, he published “A Strategic Overview of The Proposed Slots Parlor in The City of Worcester, Massachusetts Green Island Area” through Clark University.


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Moses Dixon

Living and working in Worcester, Massachusetts, Moses Dixon is the CEO of the Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging, who believes heavily in building and developing his community for the benefit of all of his neighbors.

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