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8 Worst Dog Breeds For Seniors

Australian Shepherd

Getting a dog as a senior can be a bit tricky. You’re getting older so you can’t handle a high-energy breed but you can also benefit greatly from a very calm companion. Many seniors get dogs for therapeutic purposes if they’ve lost their spouse or a close loved one but you need to consider their ability levels before selecting a breed. Try to stay away from the breeds listed below as they aren’t the best companions for seniors.

Australian Shepherd

Australian Shepherds are great working dogs but they also require an extraordinary amount of attention. This breed will work you down to the bone and then still won’t stop. They are working, herding dogs so not only will they try to herd you but they will also require daily exercise and someone to play with them all the time. They don’t calm down for about 2 years and even then they aren’t a good lap dog. They are very loyal to those who care for them but try to stay away from this breed unless you’ve got someone living with you who can keep them entertained for a majority of the day.