Dog ownership offers many health benefits and improves your life in many important ways. And retirement can be the ideal time to bring a new furry companion into your home, especially if you find the right dog breed. While you might have looked for one set of characteristics in a family dog — like a high energy level, which works well when you have kids — you probably want a different set of traits in a dog you’ll adopt in retirement.
Below, check out the dog breeds that are most often a great match for seniors and retirees looking for the perfect dog to keep them company, to give them someone to take care of, and even to motivate them to become a little more active.
1. French bulldog
VetStreet reports that size matters when you’re choosing a dog to keep you company through your golden years. Not everybody can handle a dog that weighs 50, 60, or 70 pounds. A smaller dog will prove much easier to keep under control at home, on walks, and at the vet. VetStreet recommends the French bulldog, a small breed that makes “a solid companion, especially if he can be with you all the time.” These dogs make great walking partners, which can help keep them (and you) fit.