Lost Password?

A password will be emailed to you. You will be able to change your password and other profile details once you have logged in.

Best Dogs for Old People: Boomers and Seniors

best lap dogs


(French Bulldog continued)

And, Frenchies like to get in bed (sometimes under the covers) and snore away, but so does Rocco and he takes up a lot more of the bed. However, my feet are constantly cold due to a thyroid disorder, so I like to sleep with my pup. And, if my metabolism continues with this trend, I may end up thinking of Three Dog Night as more than just a rock band from the ‘60s.

best dogs for baby boomers seniors2. Poodle

As a Baby Boomer, I have grown up with a bit of disdain for the yappy, Bourgeoisie poodle, but now that I’m a 60-year-old woman, I see their appeal.  And, one of the main reasons is that poodles do not shed.

I have never owned a poodle, but my husband had one when I first met him. Fortunately, his daughter wanted the dog.

Anyway, I am just going on what I’ve seen and read. Poodles are smart… sometimes too smart… but that makes them easy to train. And, they have lively personalities. As for me, I would look for a crossbreed, such as a Cockapoo or another “poo” dog, because too many poodles come from puppy mills. Anyway, if you want a fun dog that will wear a skirt and dance on her hind legs, you should check out miniature poodles. …Maybe your pup will go viral on YouTube.

smartest dogs3. Schipperke

Okay, I don’t know anything about this breed. I’m going to look up how to pronounce the name and I’ll be right back...

… It looks like you say the name something like “skip-erk-ee” and the nickname for the breed is “Skip.”

Here are the good things about Skips. They live a long time and they are a healthy breed. Skips can live in small spaces because they were bred to be shipboard ratters in Belgium. The only thing that would make a Skip difficult for me is that these dogs are high energy. On the other hand, a Skip might entertain Rocco and wear him out.

best lap dogs comfort4. Maltese

A typical old-lady dog, Maltese make great “comfort dogs” because they were bred to be companions and lap dogs. My former mother-in-law had a Maltese named Mai Tai (or maybe it was a Shih Tzu) and I thought the pup was cute, but he barked at me and fled to his owners whenever I tried to pet him. So, I would check out how your Maltese behaves around children before letting him loose with crawling or hair-pulling toddlers.

Good things about Maltese: They don’t shed. Their hair is easy to care for when kept short. They are cute. They are lightweight and easy to pick up. They are cute. Yes, I said that twice. I’ve seen a lot of Maltese in puppy carriages… you know… those things that look like baby buggies.

best dogs for old people5. Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Okay, I’m not the person who made this list. I’m just commenting on the breeds mentioned by VetStreet. I’ve been around Welsh Corgis when my daughter was taking horseback lessons. All I remember is that there were several Corgis that ran up and down and all around, and you wouldn’t believe how fast those little legs could go if you hadn’t seen them for yourself. Talk about high energy! Those dogs were so low to the ground that their tummies were caked with mud, but they were as fast as bullets.

Pros and cons: Corgis have great personalities and they always look like they’re smiling. They are smart. However, they need stairs for the bed or couch and a ramp for the car because they can be little porkers if you don’t watch their diets.

Again, I didn’t come up with this list, but most of the purebreds I’ve had would not be the types of dogs I would recommend for older men and women, so I’m going by someone else’s expertise.

If you want an older, larger dog, I do like old Labrador Retrievers. But, if you want a smaller pooch, I can tell you that French Bulldogs, Maltese (and their Shih Tzu cousins), miniature poodles, and Cockapoos are very in with the in-crowd at my “active adult” community. We even have some Jack Russells (big in Paris) and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, and the owners of these dogs adore them even though both breeds are a bit high maintenance.

My best advice for you is to think back to your favorite dogs from your childhood and try to find a smaller breed with a similar disposition. Then… just go with your heart.

More Articles for Baby Boomer Women:

Large Cruise Ship or Small: Which is Better?

How Yoga Can Eliminate Stress and Anxiety

How to Live Longer and Healthier: Lessons From 90-Year-Old Ginnie Wilder

Best Cruiser Bikes for Older Women - Baby Boomers

Women's Travel Clothes - Sheer Clothing Trend


What do you think of this article? Leave a comment at the bottom of the page. If you like this article or like this website, give us a Google Plus (thumbs up) using the "g+" button.

Tina Boomerina (AKA Christina Gregoire) is a Baby Boomer born at the end of 1952. Her mission is to make the internet a kinder and gentler place for Baby Boomer women around the world. Tina's specialty is fashion for women over 50.

Follow Me on Pinterest Follow My Boomer Lifestyle Blog on facebook

Related Posts


  1. Terrie Scales

    Papillons were left off, but they are the best (have one)

  2. Maria Harris-James

    My maltipoo looks just like the little baby in the main photo, and he is the ultimate lap dog :) My yorkie who passed last year was just the best!

    • Tina


      Thanks for helping us out. I wasn't sure if the dog in the main photo was a maltese or a maltipoo. The original caption said maltese, but he/she does look like a maltipoo.

      Cheers, Tina

  3. Gini Barrett

    I have been a life-long serious "dog person," rescuer, hiker, horsewoman, etc. and am adapting changes in all of these things as I age and change. Mixed breeds not only need homes but are by far the healthiest option, saving me money and heartache. I have always liked adopting dogs at least a year old so I could get a good idea of their personality, size, athleticism, etc. Now that I am getting older I have also found that adopting even older dogs (7 or older) has really great rewards. While they still need exercise, our exercise pace and needs are more closely matched. The whole chewing and potty training thing is long behind. They are still smart and trainable and actually able to focus better on what I am asking them to do. Work with a reputable local rescue group that can take the time to understand your lifestyle and needs and make an excellent match.

  4. Amy Blitchok

    We always had golden retrievers growing up and now my dad wants to get another one, but I know that the dog won't get the exercise it needs or deserves. I am trying to steer him towards getting a rescue dog in order to avoid a lot of the problems you mentioned in your post. I have also found it to be true that mixed breeds tend to have fewer health problems, which translates into fewer vet bills.