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Dog for an older person?

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HandsomeGroomGiveHerRoom Mon 16-Nov-15 23:14:38

A friend of mine would really love to get a dog for their mum. Mum isn't in the best of health, but she's really pining for the dogs she's had in the past and we think it would giver her a boost.

Dog would be walked at least once a day by my friend, and would never be left alone (mum rarely leaves the house). It would need to be small and light though, as she's a little frail.

Can anyone suggest a good breed? I'd always go for a rescue, but the rescues here are full of staffies and I think a staffy would be far too big and strong.

Scuttlebutter Mon 16-Nov-15 23:20:36

You could try a breed specific rescue or the obvious choice would be Oldies Club which does exactly what it says and has lots of gorgeous elderly dogs looking for a nice quiet home.

RoseDog Mon 16-Nov-15 23:20:48

I was going to suggest an oldie rescue staffy, all they want is a sofa, food and a wee walk weather permitting

ThatsNiceDear Mon 16-Nov-15 23:28:40

Go to to find a nice, calm, older dog for her.

HandsomeGroomGiveHerRoom Mon 16-Nov-15 23:37:07

oldies looks brilliant - thank you!

countrybump Mon 16-Nov-15 23:39:21

A rescue greyhound could be a good match. They really don't need much exercise at all and are great companions - they're great pets for older people. Visit GRWE's website for more info ( They have a matching service that ensures you get the right dog.

HandsomeGroomGiveHerRoom Tue 17-Nov-15 00:51:00

Thank you, country smile

CheerfulYank Tue 17-Nov-15 01:04:11

We had a lovely rescue beagle for a little while. He was three, completely house trained, calm, walked like a dream...but he couldn't adjust to life with our busy DC and we had to rehome him after a week sad He is with a retired couple now and he is so happy. smile He is a wonderful dog for them as well. Nice and little.

Asteria36 Tue 17-Nov-15 01:09:17

I was going to say retired/rescue greyhound but country beat me to it! Totally lovely dogs and incredibly calm. They need far less exercise than the likes of a toy dog and have a much better nature IMO. My mother has a Yorkshire x Chihuahua and it is a little shit. It craps everywhere and bullies all the other dogs. My grandmother had a westie that became so dominant that it would jump into her seat and attack her when she tried to remove it!! I prefer bigger dogs.
One exception might be a corgie or a miniature dachshund if she is really desperate for a lap-dog.

CMOTDibbler Tue 17-Nov-15 08:49:24

I know a very elderly lady who has an equally elderly and frail greyhound, and they totter around together - its lovely to see the companionship.

Albert is a lovely elderly lurcher who wants nothing more than a sofa to lie on, and a potter round in the garden, so might be ideal

mollie123 Tue 17-Nov-15 12:00:55

agree about lurchers/greyhounds but just a note of caution re size
I have a lurcher who is more than I can shift if he became/becomes immobile because he weighs about 30 kg hmm
for us older small-sized women - this can be a problem if some form of lifting is required
That said - an older whippety sized grey would be ideal as it is the best of both worlds.

Floralnomad Tue 17-Nov-15 13:12:30

The cinnamon trust often have dogs looking for long term foster homes so they may have something suitable and often they are dogs that have been used to elderly owners .

vjg13 Sat 21-Nov-15 07:49:23

Another vote for a Cinnamon trust long term foster. I have had 2 (lost our older boy recently) and it is a great organisation. They will also pay the vet bills for illness/ accidents.

HandsomeGroomGiveHerRoom Sat 21-Nov-15 10:37:07

This is all fabulous advice. Thank you everyone flowers

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