(Getty)By Nataly Mayne | AMAR Association

Anyone that tells you that because of your age, you can no longer own a dog, or a pet for that matter, does not care about your happiness and is lying to you. Well, perhaps we’re exaggerating but our point stands: the key to owning a dog once you’re a senior is finding the right dog for you.

And how, may you ask? We are here to give you the best tips on how to do so. Since this will be a companionship that, like any other, should have positive effects for both parties, it is important that the breed of dog you choose is compatible with your lifestyle and abilities. Here we present you five of the considered best dog breeds for seniors.

  • Bichon Frise: This small and fluffy dog weights about 7-12 pounds and is simple to train. Quite low maintenance as it is only needed to groom every month or two and moderate daily exercise is just enough to keep him happy.
  • French Bulldog: This is one of the happiest dog breeds out there and quite compact but active, nonetheless. Even at 19-28 pounds they remain very manageable and their spikes of energy don’t usually last too long. Very minimal maintenance but it is important to keep an eye on any skin issues they may present since they sensitive to those.
  • Pembroke Welsh Corgi: This is a dog breed between small and medium but still considered a small dog. Corgis are quite adorable, as they have short little legs and perky large ears. They weight between 24 to 30 pounds and even though they do need exercise, a light daily walk should suffice.
  • Pomeranian: If you want a tiny dog you can carry around in a purse, a Pomeranian is the option for you. Weights from 3 to 7 pounds and is the most cozy and affectionate companion.
  • West Highland White Terrier: This is another option for you if you would prefer a very small dog. While similarly small to the Pomeranian or a Maltese, this breed is not as fragile as they usually weight from 13 to 20 pounds. They stay friendly and quite low maintenance, although they will need some grooming from time to time.

Overall, the most important thing to determine is size and energy you need for a dog companion, as you don’t want to end up sprinting while going for a walk! Other than that, try to establish a connection and keep our tips in mind. Remember that some of the benefits of having a pet dog are lowering blood pressure, reduce stress, improve or prevent anxiety and depression, and most importantly: will keep you active!