Pugs, Yorkshire Terriers and Poodles are the best canine companions for people over 50, according to new research.
Pets can provide a myriad of benefits to seniors, including improvements in emotional, mental, and physical health. According to National Healthy Aging Survey86% of pet owners aged 50-80 said their pets made them feel loved, while 88% said their furry friends helped them enjoy life.
Although not all dogs are suitable for seniors, a home care company lottie found that dogs were the best pets for mental health, with flat-faced pugs coming out on top. Other smaller dogs that have proven to be best for over 50s are Westies, Shih Tzus and Cavaliers.
“It’s well known that as we get older we tend to seek out a calmer life with simple pleasures, like enjoying the company of a four-legged friend in the countryside,” says Lottie’s team. “Our study found that small dogs are preferred over large breeds.”
In addition to dogs, other animals that are great for future living include indoor birds, guinea pigs, hamsters, rabbits, fish, domestic fowl and turtles – thanks to their easy-going nature.
Do you want to have your own dog? Take a look at the full list of races below…
2. West Highland White Terrier
3. Shih Tzu
4. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
7. Yorkshire Terrier
8. Welsh Corgi
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