Best Dogs For Active Seniors

Dogs are man’s and woman’s best friend. And I think most of us have had a dog in our lives since childhood, am I right? Canines make great companions for us at any age, be it 10 years old or 65 years old. If you are a senior and active, did you know that there are dogs that fit your active lifestyle?  That’s right, there are dogs that go very well with people who are older and that are active. So if you are a runner or love going on hikes just name a few then you can most definitely have a canine outdoors partner. And why not?  Dogs are really the best companion we can ask for, and they love spending time with their owners.

A lot of families with dogs are rushing around a lot in the mornings trying to get everyone ready for school and going off the work.  So the dog is left alone all day. The family may get home at different hours in the late afternoon, or early evening. Then it is dinner time, homework time, bath time, and bedtime.   So there really is not a lot of time for the dog. I’m sure the dogs are not neglected but they probably could use some more family time.

A good thing about getting older is that you have more time to do the things you like.  This also means more time to spend with your canine sidekick. Your dog will love this. Getting up in the morning and having a good walk together, then some breakfast and maybe some cuddle time on the couch while we read a good book for a while. Then time for fun physical activity! 

Activities For Active Seniors and Dogs

There are lots of activities you and your dog could do together.  Now you want to make sure that you get the right breed and that it is not an overly active dog.  Some of those dogs like the Husky breed are too much to handle being that they are runners and need hours of exercise a day.  We’ll get to the breeds in just a minute.

 Hiking

Since you are like to be active,  some activities you could do with your dog is hiking.   Maybe you have a favorite hiking trail you like to visit and enjoy a few hours out in the sun and be one with nature.  Hikes are a great way to get daily exercise and fresh air as well. Dogs love to go on walks You could even stop for a while and take out the lunch you packed for the two of you.  Make sure you have water for both of you. Dogs should always have access to fresh water. 

Running or Jogging

Another outdoor activity you and your dog could do together is jogging or running.  You might be an avid runner or jogger. Having a dog with you could make the outing more enjoyable.  You could have races between the two of you. Or maybe you have a group that you run or jog with. The group could bring their dogs a few times a week.  That way the dogs get to interact with other dogs while they are out with their favorite human and doing what they love, being outside and running.

Cycling

Cycling is another great activity to do with your dog.  Riding a bike is a good way to get your cardio exercise.  Your dog will love it to run beside you while you ride your bike.  I see it all the time where I live. People out and about on their bikes, and their dogs right running proudly beside them.

Okay, we have gone over a few very popular activities for active seniors.  Typically a senior will be more comfortable with a smaller dog breed, but really its up to you and how you feel.  You could get a larger dog that matches your activity level.  

Let’s take a look at those breeds now, shall we? Then you can decide which breed might be a good fit for you and your active needs. 

Dog Breeds For Active Seniors

  • Boston Terrier
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Pug
  • Miniature Schnauzer

Boston Terrier

A Boston Terrier giving its human mom a high five
A Boston Terrier giving its human mom a high five

The Boston Terrier originated from the United States of America.  These dogs are extremely intelligent and are a pleasure to train.   Known as the “American Gentleman” the Boston Terrier was recognized by the American Kennel club in the year 1893.

General Boston Terrier Stats 

  • Life Expectancy: 13-15 years
  • Weight: 9.9 Kg – 11Kg (4.5 lbs – 24lbs)
  • Height: 15 – 17 inches (38 kg – 43 kg)

Temperament

The Boston Terrier is a friendly jovial empathetic sidekick that is great for active seniors. They absolutely love their owners and are always looking for approval, so they love to please. 

Boston Terriers are very well mannered and thus given the nickname “American Gentleman”.  They are good pets for indoors since they behave so well. But, they are also great for the outdoors. 

This dog loves to be outside doing some kind of activity.   Boston Terriers do well in dog sports like agility and obedience training.   Check out your local community for dog sport events near you. What a great way for both of you to stay active and meet new friends.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel pretending to be Marilyn Monroe and letting the wind wisp all around.
A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel pretending to be Marilyn Monroe and letting the wind wisp all around.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels originated in the United Kingdom. These sweet elegant and well-mannered dogs were bred for hunting during the 17th century. Cavalier we part of royalty given the fact King Charles I and II had these dogs as pets and hunters.  

These canines may be a smaller dog breed, but don’t let that fool you.  They are active just like a sporting dog and a great dog for active seniors. However, when it is downtime, they are happy to just lay on the couch with you.

General Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Stats

  • Life Expectancy: 9-14 years
  • Weight: 5.9kg – 8.2 kg (13lbs – 18lbs)
  • Height: 12-13 inches (30 cm – 33cm)

The lovely Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is from Britain.  They are active dogs, but can just as easily lay on the couch with you all day if you are under the weather.  These dogs are very elegant, gentle and love being around people. They get along with other dogs and children.

Temperament

The Cavalier is one of the sweetest and affectionate dog breeds.  They love to cuddle up with their owner for some R&R. so once you the two of you are back from your daily outdoor adventures, put your feet up and enjoy some relaxation time together.

These Canines are great with children.  Which is a good thing because chances are you have grandchildren, and children love dogs.  You won’t have to worry about a child’s safety with a King Cavalier around.  

Do you have a cat?  Well, guess what? The King gets along quite well with other animals.  I really think this dog takes the prize, given all the great characteristics.  Everything you need in one small package!

One more little tidbit about this canine.  They excel in dog sports like rally, obedience, and agility. So get out there and join some dog sports.  Great for meeting new friends and keeping up with your active lifestyle. 

Pugs- An Excellent Dog For An Active Senior

A Pug puppy swimming in the kiddie pool.
A Pug puppy swimming in the kiddie pool.

Pugs originate from China and were great companions of Chinese emperors and date back to almost 200 years ago. They also spent time in Buddhist monasteries in Tibet, so I imagine they are well on their way to enlightenment.

The Pug was popular in Europe as well and used as an alarm system during the time of 1572 and saved the life of Prince William from an attack by Spanish Soldiers.

General Pug Stats 

  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
  • Weight: 6.4kg –8.2kg (14lbs-18lbs)
  • Height: 10 -13 Inches (25cm – 33 cm)

Temperament

Pugs are charming, well just look at them, of course, they are. They can win the heart of any dog lover. These dogs are also very clever and are easy to train. So that is one less thing to worry about. Pugs can also be stubborn. That being said, if you are ready to out for your daily physical activity and your pug isn’t so sure he wants to go, you may have to coax him a little bit with his favorite treat.

These dogs make great pets because they are affectionate and very sociable. If you have grandchildren, then great, this dog will get along with them just fine!

The Pug likes to be active, so any activity outdoors will make this little dog happy, and our course being able to spend lots of time with you. Pugs excel at dog sports like agility. Get your pug into this sport and you will be bragging to all your friends in no time. Another great way to get your daily exercise and meet new people.

Miniature Schnauzer

A Miniature Schnauzer in the forest very alert to something up ahead.
A Miniature Schnauzer in the forest very alert to something up ahead.

The Miniature Schnauzer originated from Germany. They are a small dog breed that is pretty active, They have been around since the mid to late 19th century. Oh and they are absolutely adorable, just look at that face! These guys are known as the old man faced dog. With their intense eyes and a long beard.

They were originally bred for ratting in Germany, but are now more a family pet than a ratter.

General Miniature Schnauzer Stats

  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
  • Weight: 5.4kg- 9.1kg (11lbs – 20lbs)
  • Height: 12 – 14 inches (30 cm – 35 cm)

Temperament

The Miniature Schnauzer is one of the most popular dog breeds. They are extremely playful, alert, sassy and curious They are very well-mannered especially in the house and they love being part of activities.

Mini Schnauzers excel agility, obedience, rally, barn hunt, and Earthdog (digging). So take your pick! All these sports are great for you and your dog.

If you are not into dogs sports, then this dog will do just fine with hiking, jogging and long walks.

Conclusion

There you have it the top 4 dogs for active seniors. All these dogs will do well with Dog Sports, and any other activity you would like to do like hiking or jogging. It is really up to you as to what breed you think will be best suited for you. These breeds will also love the downtime as well. So get your favorite running shoes, hiking boots or cycle shoes and get out there with your favorite canine companion. Have your kettle ready for when you get back for a nice hot cup of tea. Curl up on your couch with your favorite book or movie and unwind with your dog right there with you.

Tips When Out Hiking With Your Dog

When hiking with your dog make sure you have enough fresh water for you and your dog. Dogs should always have access to fresh water. Make sure to tell people where you are going and for how long. Always have a phone, map or GPS with you when out on a hiking trail. I know I need one, or I’ll most likely end up lost and I really don’t want that, and I’m sure you don’t as well.

Make sure you have the right footwear for the weather. sometimes trails can get really muddy when it rains. So be prepared.

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