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

Smooth Fox Terrier Characteristics
Weight 15-20 Pounds or 6-9 Kilograms
Height 13-16 inches or 1.08 to 1.34 feet
Life Expectancy12 to 16 Years
Temperament Loving, affectionate, cute, intelligent, active
Colors White-tan, white-black, white, tri-color

2.  Bedlington Terrier


Bedlington Terrier Characteristics

Weight 17-23 Pounds or 7.7-10 Kilograms
Height 15-18 inches or 1.25 to 1.51 feet
Life Expectancy12 to 14 Years
Temperament  Affectionate, cute, intelligent, active, well-behaved
ColorsBlue, Blue & Tan, Liver, Liver & tan, Sandy, Liver & Sandy

3.  Cairn Terrier


 Cairn Terrier Characteristics

Weight 13-18 Pounds or 6-8 Kilograms
Height 9-13 inches or 0.75 to 1.83 feet
Life Expectancy12 to 15 Years
Temperament  Affectionate, assertive, intelligent, active
ColorsBrindle, Grey, Cream, Red, Black, Wheaten

4.  Boston Terrier


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 Expectancy13 to 15 Years
Temperament Friendly, affectionate, intelligent, cute, well-behaved, lively
Colors Seal & White, Brindle & White, Black & White

5.  Toy Fox Terrier


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 Expectancy13 to 15 Years
Temperament Alert, Affectionate, playful, cute, intelligent, well-behaved
ColorsWhite & Tan, White & Chocolate, Tri-color, Black & White

6.  Miniature Fox Terrier


Miniature Fox Terrier Characteristics
Weight 12-20 Pounds or 5.4-9.1 Kilograms
Height 12-14 inches or 1.01 to 1.17 feet
Life Expectancy12 to 15 Years
TemperamentAffectionate, Obedient, intelligent, Spirited, Loving
ColorsBlack & Silver, Salt & Pepper, Black & White

7. Patterdale Terrier


Patterdale Terrier Characteristics
Weight11-13 Pounds or 5-6 Kilograms
Height10-15 inches or 0.83 to 1.25 feet
Life Expectancy12 to 16 Years
TemperamentBold, affectionate, Energetic, intelligent, Confident
ColorsChocolate, Black, Red, Back & Tan, Blue & Tan

8.  Jack Russell


Jack Russell Characteristics
Weight13-18 Pounds or 6-8 Kilograms
Height12-15 inches or 1.01 to 1.25 feet
Life Expectancy13 to 16 Years
TemperamentEager, Loving, cute, Obedient, intelligent, active
ColorsWhite-tan, White-black, White
Patterdale and Jack Russell breeds are the best working terriers. They are hypoallergenic dogs, and are suitable for families.

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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