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Old 08-19-2010, 04:19 PM   #1
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What dog would you recommend for an elderly lady? Not too small, not too big. A dog that won't jump up and injure an older lady by mistake. Just as a companion and to deter any weirdos out there.

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define not too big or small.. ie what wt range? you would have to look at dogs at least 4 yrs old and of very mellow activity

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Not as big as a Saint Bernard, not as small as a toy poodle. Maybe German Shepherd size.
A friend of mine's father recently passed away. Now it's just him and his mother. Her cat is getting up there in age and they would like for her to have a companion when he is not home. It won't be anytime soon, pretty much depends on the cat. He's just doing some research and asked me to help.
Yes a mature dog is what I was thinking would suit best. But breed wise, i'm not too sure. Dog must be mellow as the mother has already shattered her hips in the past so she is quite fragile.

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are they able to walk the dog?

I would actually think something along the lines of a springer( ie solid built not as hyper but also not as prone to illness as something like a GSD

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Yes the primary care giver would be my friend. I guess he is also looking for a dog that has the possiblity of being off-leash without running off so if his mother wants to be outside, the dog can be with her without the possibilty of her being swept of her feet. They have a good sized yard but it's not fenced.

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I wouldn't necessarily look for a specific breed, but rather look for something in a certain size range with the "right" personality. Walk into the shelter & see what would work when she's ready.
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I wouldn't necessarily look for a specific breed, but rather look for something in a certain size range with the "right" personality. Walk into the shelter & see what would work when she's ready.
ditto from me on this. Yes, certain breeds can be more excitable, stubborn, whatever, but there are plenty of dogs that don't strictly adhere to breed "norms". A mature dog is likely best but I wouldn't say that it needs to be 4 or older. My big dawg was mellow from 9 months old (and I'm guessing younger but I didn't have him then) and remains so at almost 5 years old. Again, it's an individual thing. Either a shelter or a breed rescue. I'd tend more toward the latter because sometimes shelter dogs can be very subdued in a noisy, busy shelter, but quite different when you get them alone. Either way, your friend needs to spend some time with the dog to see if it's a fit for the household. The great thing about shelter and breed rescue is that the people taking care of them know a lot about the dogs and can get an idea of what you need and what dog they know in their system that will suit those needs. (That's a generic "you").
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A breed that was bred to be a companion animal. Lap dogs, and no, they don't have to be in your lap. Boston terrier initially comes to mind. I now have my fifth Boston rescue and I am amazed at their mental stability, considering 90% of them are from puppy mills and many have not been treated well. Bichon Frise is also popular. They are like poodles with short legs and nonshedding. Pug. Cairn terrier. That being said, a friend of mine who is 71 with a hip replacement and other problems has Newfoundlands. They are very gentle, but you'd want one over a year old that has manners because all puppies will jump up until taught not to.

Basically, your friend needs a dog with low exercise requirements that wants to be with someone all day and is easily trained with good health.

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