Top 10 Small Dogs for Older Human



Dogs are wonderful pets and considered to be man’s best friend. Dogs provide companionship other than any animal pet out there. If you are an older human and interested in getting a pet dog, you might struggle a bit taking care of it.

There are different breeds, and not all are suitable for adults. Many breeds are too energetic and require a lot of walks to release their energy. 

There are factors at play that will prevent an older adult from owning a dog. The key here is to find the right type of dog that suits your abilities and lifestyle. 

But do remember that dogs have needs like grooming, walks, healthcare. Adopting a calm and house-trained dog is ideal for seniors. 

Most seniors do better with smaller dogs than big dogs because it’s much easier to take care of. 

In this article are some of the examples of small dog breeds that you could consider adopting.

1. PUG

This is Frankie. He was easy to care for as long as you were on his feeding schedule!!

Pugs are great for seniors. This breed has an excellent temperament and a generally healthy breed. 

Pug requires some little grooming weekly because they quite shed heavily. (Be ready to use a sticky lint roller for your clothes!) But do not worry. Pugs are easy to groom. 

Also, avoid extreme temperatures ( very hot or cold) because it will make your pug sick. Pugs are in the brachycephalic breed (short nose canal).

This breed provides wonderful company to its master, thus making it idle for older adults. 

Since pugs are small, it requires minimal space and will surely live comfortably in small housing space. 

Pugs have a sweet temperament, friendly and affectionate. Overall this breed is generally well behaved and healthy and is perfect for seniors. 

This cute and cuddly breed are awesome companions.


  • Pugs can live up to 12-15 years depends on how you take care of them
  • Dog Encephalitis 
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia
  • Minor Elongated palate 
  • Obesity
  • Skin Infections
  • Allergies
  • Nerve degeneration
  • Hemivertebra

Pugs are a healthy breed, but there are common health issues you might face in the future. 

Caring for a senior pug requires a lot more proper care rather than a puppy. 


Shih Tzus are a gentle, affectionate, sweet, and energetic breed. This breed thrives on affection and love. 

This breed is usually healthy and requires minimal healthcare maintenance.

This Chinese Dog usually weighs under 15 pounds, has long and silky hair. Shih Tzus are small, thus making it idle for older adults. 

This breed does not shed more often than any breed, but they require grooming and trimming to make them more comfortable and cute. 

This breed also needs to be trained because some are known to have temperament problems. But they are usually friendly and happy with kids. 


  • This breed is one of the longest living dogs. They can live 10-16 years
  • Periodontal disease
  • Renal Dysplasia 
  • Luxating patellas
  • Entropion
  • Arachnoid Cysts
  • Fold Dermatitis

It’s essential to take care of your Shih Tzu before they are diagnosed with critical health issues and will cost you thousands of dollars.


Micro Tea cup Pekingese

Pekingese are very loyal and affectionate breed. This breed is perfect for seniors because they are small, usually 14 pounds, and loves affection so much. 

Pekingese loves to be petted giving the name as an ultimate lapdog. They require daily brushing. 

This breed is very adaptable and can live just fine whether you have a large house or a small apartment. 

They need training because they tend to bark sometimes and might disturb some of your neighbors. 

This breed is a one-person dog that means they tend to stick to one human, making it perfect for a senior living alone. 

Pekingese is a loyal companion and will make your senior days worthwhile.


  • This breed can live up to 12-15 years
  • Prone to dry eye and cherry eye
  • Luxating Patella
  • Pyoderma
  • Heart disease
  • Prone to Dental issues

This dog is the ultimate lapdog, and minimal attention doesn’t bother them at all. 

Though they love napping and staying indoors, they also require some walks and playtime to improve their overall health.


The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is easygoing, adaptable, affectionate, quiet, and intelligent. 

This breed is small and typically weighs about 18 pounds at max, and very easy to train. 

This breed requires some grooming, brushing, and an occasional trip to a groomer to maintain its cuteness. 

This dog loves cuddles and snuggles. They are adaptable and are well suited to an apartment or small houses. 

They are very patient compared to the other small breeds that have temperament problems.


  • Can live up to 9-14 years
  • Prone to heart issues
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Luxating Patella
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Cataracts
  • Syringomyelia 


The Chihuahua is the smaller breed of dog in the world that originated from Mexico. 

This dog makes a perfect pet for seniors because they love to stay at home and require minimal walks and exercise. 

Chihuahuas are one of the longest living breeds of dogs. However, they are prone to obesity, so watch out what you feed them. 

Chihuahua weighs only 3-6 pounds, a tiny and alert dog. This breed is a lively and loyal dog and very difficult to housetrain. 

Make sure to train them properly at the early stage.


  • Can live an outstanding 12-20 years
  • Luxating Patella
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Tracheal Collapse
  • Tooth and Gum Disease
  • Spinal Injuries 
  • Bladder and Kidney Stones


French Bulldogs are a lively and cheerful breed. They are a tiny but compact, muscular, and energetic dog. 

This breed tends to lack endurance and often get easily tired. They don’t shed very often, similar to other breeds. 

They require moderate exercise and activity to release their energy and to help them improve their stamina. 

French bulldog typically weighs 19-30 pounds. Their cheerful nature will make seniors’ live more fun and fulfilling.


  • Can live up to 10-14 years
  • Respiratory System Disorder
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Ear Disorder
  • Hernias


A poodle is an elegant breed of dog. They are lively, energetic, and intelligent, and among the smartest dog breeds. 

This breed is highly trainable and affectionate to their owners. Poodles require 2-3 times grooming because they don’t shed as much as the other breed. 

An intelligent breed is idle for anyone, including seniors. This breed can be protective or aggressive, so it’s important to train them. Other than that, poodles are a polite and healthy breed.


  • Can live up to 12-15 years
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Epilepsy
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Addisons Disease
  • Bloat


Maltese is a gentle and lively dog. They love to be around their owner and loves lap naps. 

This breed is fearless despite its small body and cute looks. Maltese is very active and loves playtime and walks but also loves staying indoors with their owner. 

They require grooming to maintain their silky white coat. They usually weigh around 4-7 pounds. 

This dog is easy to handle and train, making it a great companion for seniors. 


  • Can live up to 12-15 years
  • Aberrant Cilia
  • Breathing Issues
  • Colitis
  • Collapsed Trachea
  • Congestive Heart Failure


Pomeranian is a small dog breed that is easy to handle. This breed is lively, smart, and affectionate. 

They love attention and playtime, making them a good choice for adults and seniors who loves cheerful activities. 

They usually weigh 3-7 pounds and can fit into your bag. Pomeranians have fluffy coats that should be brushed at least 2-3 times a week to maintain their beautiful shiny coat. 

Pomeranians tend to be loud and energetic, so make sure you train how to behave.


  • Can live up to 12-16 years
  • Patella Luxation
  • Breathing Issues
  • Collapsed Trachea
  • Reverse Sneezing
  • Hair loss
  • Hypothyroidism           


Boston Terriers are a perfect breed for seniors. They are a versatile and social dog. They love to be with you all the time. 

This dog is easy to train and well mannered. They are very friendly, making them an idle companion for seniors. 

This breed requires minimal grooming because they have slick short hair. They typically weigh 10-25 pounds. 

These dogs are affectionate and emphatic to their owners. They are the perfect option if you’re living in an apartment.


  • Can live up to 13-15 years
  • Otitis 
  • Colitis
  • Conjuvitis
  • Cherry Eye
  • Dermatitis
  • Corneal Ulcers
  • Gastritis
  • Periodontal Disease

Dogs Can Help With Companionship

Pets are a source of companionship, motivation for people. They can relieve depression, stress, and anxiety. 

They help us to live happier and more active. Having a pet in your home can have a calming effect. Dogs are the greatest pet companion a man can have. 

Some studies show that owning a pet dog can ease depression, lower blood pressure, elevate serotonin and dopamine, and fewer visits to their doctor. 

It’s never too late to have a pet dog, even if you are already a senior. Age is not important as long as you can give their needs, especially their health. 

It’s also important to know what breed suits your lifestyle and environment meant. The breed in this list are senior-friendly, have a good temper, and can be trained easily.

Dog Poem About The Cone Of Shame

The Cone Sets a Tone All It’s Own

Please don’t tell me that I’m all alone

In loving the fashion effect of the cone.

I’m aware it’s considered completely heretical

To wear it for reasons strictly unmedical.

But I like the way it frames my face

And gives my head its very own space.

I’ve been told it makes me look rather regal.

(Anyway, that’s according to next door’s beagle.)

The only downside, if I may be cross,

Is that it makes it impossible to sniff my own ass.

Poem About Dogs Protecting Their Yard

When Other Dogs Want to Use Your Yard

To Every Dog

Take your crap elsewhere!

Don’t be so seedy!

Can’t you poop at your own place?

Who said my patch was yours to deface

With your artless fecal graffiti?

C’mon, buddy, and be a trooper

Not an indiscriminate, wandering pooper!

Like me, you wouldn’t find it hard


Poem About Taking Your Dog Potty At Night

Into The S**tfilled Night

I’m ready for my walk.

My boots are laced up tight.

So leash me good and send me out

Into the shit-filled night.

Neither glass nor stones nor phlegm in the street,

Nor any of the crap with which the yard’s replete

Will cause my sensitive paws to freak

Or stop this dog from taking a leak.

Night Time: Can Dogs See in the Dark?


Can Dogs See in the Dark of Night?

Dog owners are endlessly fascinated by the many abilities their extraordinary companions possess. We also like to compare them to ourselves. The difference between canine and human scenting ability or dog years to human years for example that we compare to. So how about what they see during the night?

Dogs Seeing At Night

How well dogs see in the dark, and what they see, is one of those topics dog lovers often ask about.

According to the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, vision is the collective summary of:

  • the ability to perceive light and motion
  • visual perspective
  • field of view
  • depth perception
  • visual acuity
  • color vision

Dogs Have Evolved for Night Seeing

The first place to start is to understand what dogs were evolved to do. Their functions of their eyes and how it influences their vision. As natural predators, dogs are (or were) nocturnal hunters. The wild canines that our pet dogs evolved from are “crepuscular,” meaning they are active primarily at dusk and dawn. They needed to be able to spot movement in dim light in order to track and catch their dinner (or breakfast).

The Structure of the Canine Eye

Anatomy of the dog’s eye. Vertical section of the eye and eyelids. Third eyelid and Tapetum lucidum. Schematic diagram. detailed illustration.

To make it possible to navigate in the dark, the canine eye has a larger pupil than a human’s. In the anatomical structure of the eye, the retina has light-sensitive cells, called rods, which help an animal or human see in low light. Dogs have more of these rods than we do. The retina also has cones, and they determine which colors dogs can see.

The topic of color blindness of dogs is equally popular among dog lovers.

An animal’s ability to see in the dark is also influenced by Flicker Fusion Frequency (FFF) (or threshold). This is the frequency at which flickering light no longer appears to flicker (meaning it appears as a constant illumination). Generally speaking, the faster a species moves through its environment, the higher its FFF. But a dog’s secret weapon in their ability to see in the dark is the part of the canine eye called the tapetum lucidum. The tapetum acts as a mirror within the eye, reflecting back the light that enters it, and giving the retina another opportunity to register the light. So, dogs can see in the dark, and other low-light situations, better than humans.

Why Do Dogs’ Eyes Glow in the Dark?

You’ve no doubt seen that eerie, greenish-yellow glowing look of a dog’s eyes when light hits them at night, such as from headlights or a flashlight, and in photos (caused by the camera flash). What you’re seeing comes from the tapetum.

The shiny surface of the tapetum bounces any light that has not been caught by the photosensitive cells back up to the retina, thus giving the photoreceptors a second chance at catching the dim light entering the eye.”

AKC Family Dog columnist Dr. Stanley Coren says, in Psychology Today

But the tapetum actually does even more: it amplifies that light through a phenomenon called fluorescence. This not only adds to the light’s brightness but it also slightly changes the color of the light that is reflected back. The color shift moves the wavelength of the light closer to that to which the rods are most sensitive to and can best detect. And the tapetum reflects up to 130 times more light than the human eye. This is why dogs are five times more sensitive to light that we are.

Most dog breeds have about 250 degrees of field of vision

Adding to dogs’ special ability to see in the dark is their increased field of vision. Compare that to ours, which is about 190 degrees.

“Is this what humans see when they wear glasses?”

What Causes ‘Gas’ in Dogs


Flatulence: Excess gas inside the stomach and intestines.

Flatus: Gas is expelled from the anus.

Common Cases of ‘Gas’ in Dogs

The most common food sources for the formation of ‘gas’ in dogs are indigestible carbohydrates, especially soluble and boiling fibers, and less digestible meat products. High-quality meat products in particular can cause bad gas due to high levels of indoles, phenols and sulfur derivatives. Here are some dietary supplements, physical conditions, and behavioral patterns that may encourage dog ‘gas’.

Food Allergies

A very high percentage of dogs with allergies or food allergies may have a lot of gas as a symptom. Putting them on a diet that is low in fiber, no novelty or protein intake does not need to happen to stop that problem. It may happen in some cases, but it does not mean that it is the only integer that is causing more than normal gas. 

Beans (The Magical Fruit!)

Soy beans and other bean foods are often suggested as a reason for people and dogs to swell with gases inside the intestines and stomach. However, allowing the intestines to adapt to any given diet — with or without soy — will reduce gas production. Also, a sudden change in diet can increase gas in some dogs.

Getting Into Other Sources

Dogs that enter the garbage can, invade cat food or cat litter-boxes, or roam the local “horse-drawn” pasture are at high risk due to irritation. Be sure to watch what they are getting into.

Table residues

One has to always look at the remains of the table. As an example, some owners should not forget that their dogs may be lactose intolerant, so a piece of cheese can be a source of gas. Vets also recommend that owners avoid giving table scraps. This will also make your dog beg for people food at the table!

Food Management

Try ways to feed healthier meals. Make healthy meals for pets that need to lose weight slowly . Changing the microflora or changing the type and amount of unhealthy foods that enter the large intestine can have an impact. Whenever we change their diet in any way, shape or form, the product will be a change in the GI microflora. We can plan ahead by choosing a change in diet that will bring about positive change rather than opposition to negative change. 

Are You Feeding the Right Food?

Researchers call the area “a gray area.” We often think that we are on top of things, but sometimes we are not. We have long been talking about oligosaccharides (carbohydrates (sugars) in that they are indigestible in the stomach and small intestine) that are not eaten by other foods such as soy products. However, when research focused on soy products, they actually found that those oligosaccharides did not appear to be the cause of the deception. 

Researchers take history of dieting carefully and often recommend changes in low-fiber, highly digestible foods. It doesn’t have to be too low, the fiber is just lower than the current diet.

Look at the Ingredients

Be sure to check the ingredients!

Some of the [medicinal] intestinal foods can be helpful. Even if one looks at it carefully, as sometimes the fat content can be very high in each animal. Protein novels or hydrolyzed foods are a good choice because a dog with an upset stomach may have an allergy [or hypersensitivity] as the underlying cause. Some canned foods on sale may contain guar gum or starch resistant to the rule. One has to know exactly what is in the diet. 

Changing What Happens in the Gut

Argument is that solving the TB problem requires the use of a substrate and changing the microflora at the same time. Protein-escape proteins are thought to be one of the major components of clostridial bacteria. Those bacteria often use and/or break them. When that happens the gut has to rearrange how bacteria is used. It is thought that protein maldigestion will cause malodor, but eventually anything that causes fermentation (e.g., soluble fibers) will cause more gas release.

“I’m so bloated. I just need to fart!”

If you are trying to reduce gas, I would definitely prescribe a healthy diet. It is also possible to measure protein in a certain way. It depends on each dog, whether how much the dog has eaten, its status, and whether you are trying to reduce weight of your dog. If protein is a problem, you will want to increase in protein digestion. So, in general, when constipation is a problem, you’ll want food that can be digested easily.

Environmental Management

Reducing the amount of air swallowed can help some dogs. Owners can also look for ways to reduce the stress associated with eating. Allowing a dog to tend to eat in a quiet environment lessens the excitement while eating. Competitive eating is a potential problem, so make sure there are no other dogs around to encourage the dog to eat faster and breathe more.

Slow feeder dog bowls are a great way to slow down your pooch’s eating.

Another way of treating this problem is feeding small, frequent meals. It can reduce the amount of air swallowed by dogs, as well as mixing dry and canned food.

With brachycephalic breeds, surgery to correct conditions such as soft palate or stenotic nares may help reduce aerophagia.

Final Thoughts on ‘Gas’

No matter what the cause, whether it is an eating disorder or a possible GI disease, cheating on dog nutrition can cause real problems for dogs and their owners. If the situation is serious, it can make the dog uncomfortable again.

“I just crop dusted the whole gas station!”

Hopefully pet owners will work with their veterinarian to treat their dog and solve the problem, not lose a dear friend who can’t help free up the thick clouds of polluting gases. Veterinarians who insist on finding a solution help ensure that their patient stays at home and is not sent to a behavioral shelter that they cannot control.