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Becoming a pet owner in your golden years or after retirement is a blessing that will increase your interest in life. According to some researchers, having a dog a home decreases stress, anxiety, depression, and other hypertension.

Going out with a dog for a walk also keeps you healthy and vital. Usually, pet owners go for a walk with their pets for 2-6 miles which is much enough to keep your muscles strong. It improves blood circulation in the whole body parts including the brain and enhances cognitive health.

In the following piece of article, I have shared the top eight small dog breeds that are good for seniors.

Why Small Terrier Breeds for Senior Citizens?


Small terriers are so loving and affectionate. They like exercise and love going on a walk. Their energy levels match the elders.

For seniors, it could be difficult to handle large breeds and take them outside. Handling herds and nudges of large breeds are dangerous and may cause a falling hazard. Also, large breeds need high maintenance which could be an extra load on folks that are enjoying their retirement.

Below are the top eight (08) small terrier breeds for elders to bring up at low maintenance costs.  

1. Smooth Fox Terrier


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Smooth Fox Terrier Characteristics
Origin England
Weight 15-20 Pounds or 6-9 Kilograms
Height 13-16 inches or 1.08 to 1.34 feet
Life Expectancy 12 to 16 Years
Temperament Loving, affectionate, cute, intelligent, active
Colors White-tan, white-black, white, tri-color


2.  Bedlington Terrier

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Bedlington Terrier Characteristics

Origin England
Weight 17-23 Pounds or 7.7-10 Kilograms
Height 15-18 inches or 1.25 to 1.51 feet
Life Expectancy 12 to 14 Years
Temperament  Affectionate, cute, intelligent, active, well-behaved
Colors Blue, Blue & Tan, Liver, Liver & tan, Sandy, Liver & Sandy

3.  Cairn Terrier

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 Cairn Terrier Characteristics

Origin Scotland
Weight 13-18 Pounds or 6-8 Kilograms
Height 9-13 inches or 0.75 to 1.83 feet
Life Expectancy 12 to 15 Years
Temperament  Affectionate, assertive, intelligent, active
Colors Brindle, Grey, Cream, Red, Black, Wheaten


4.  Boston Terrier

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Boston Terrier Characteristics
Origin United States of America (USA)
Weight 10-26 Pounds or 4.54-11.80 Kilograms
Height 15-17 inches or 1.25 to 1.41 feet
Life Expectancy 13 to 15 Years
Temperament Friendly, affectionate, intelligent, cute, well-behaved, lively
Colors Seal & White, Brindle & White, Black & White


5.  Toy Fox Terrier

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Toy Fox Terrier Characteristics
Origin United States of America (USA)
Weight 14-23 Pounds or 6.3-10 Kilograms
Height 12-16 inches or 1.01 to 1.33 feet
Life Expectancy 13 to 15 Years
Temperament Alert, Affectionate, playful, cute, intelligent, well-behaved
Colors White & Tan, White & Chocolate, Tri-color, Black & White


6.  Miniature Fox Terrier

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Miniature Fox Terrier Characteristics
Origin Germany
Weight 12-20 Pounds or 5.4-9.1 Kilograms
Height 12-14 inches or 1.01 to 1.17 feet
Life Expectancy 12 to 15 Years
Temperament Affectionate, Obedient, intelligent, Spirited, Loving
Colors Black & Silver, Salt & Pepper, Black & White


7. Patterdale Terrier

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Patterdale Terrier Characteristics
Origin England
Weight 11-13 Pounds or 5-6 Kilograms
Height 10-15 inches or 0.83 to 1.25 feet
Life Expectancy 12 to 16 Years
Temperament Bold, affectionate, Energetic, intelligent, Confident
Colors Chocolate, Black, Red, Back & Tan, Blue & Tan

8.  Jack Russell

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Jack Russell Characteristics
Origin England
Weight 13-18 Pounds or 6-8 Kilograms
Height 12-15 inches or 1.01 to 1.25 feet
Life Expectancy 13 to 16 Years
Temperament Eager, Loving, cute, Obedient, intelligent, active
Colors White-tan, White-black, White
Patterdale and Jack Russell breeds are the best working terriers. They are hypoallergenic dogs, and are suitable for families.
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Doctor Xeeshan

Doctor Xeeshan

I am Doctor Xeeshan, located in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. In this blog, I am providing authentic information about dog breeds, diseases, medications, etc.

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