The Best Dog Breeds for Older Adults
The Super-Affectionate Golden Retriever
Ask the owner of a golden retriever what they like most about their dog, and you won’t be able to shut them up. There’s just so much to love! Goldens are known for being super-friendly, and they make great pets for children and seniors alike.
Although they are fairly large (up to 75 pounds!), they are intelligent and easy to train. In fact, the combination of an eager-to-please attitude and unwavering loyalty also makes them a great choice for providing assistance to the disabled.
A sweet, calm nature is the hallmark of the breed. Golden Retrievers were bred to work with people, and are eager to please their owner. Though hard-wired with a good disposition, like all dogs the Golden must be well-raised and well-trained to make the most of their heritage. Like every dog, the Golden needs early socialization — exposure to many different people, sights, sounds, and experiences — when they’re young. Socialization helps ensure that your Golden puppy grows up to be a well-rounded dog.