June 06, 2021

5 Dog Breeds that Make Ideal Companions for Empty Nesters and Retirees

The dog is man’s best friend. It is no wonder that many households in the Philippines and the rest of the world have at least one dog as a family member. Once their children start to have their own families, empty nesters and retirees devote their attention to hobbies such as planting and pet-keeping.

Thank goodness for pet-friendly condos in the Philippines, such as Lancris Residences in Parañaque City. Retirees who want to adopt a furry baby can do so even if they live in a modern condo.

Studies show that senior citizens who keep dogs have lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels than their peers who don’t have pets. Dogs also lower their owners’ risk of a heart attack.


Dog characteristics best for empty nesters

Different dog breeds have different sizes, energy levels, temperaments, and grooming requirements. Ideally, dogs that require minimal exercise and grooming are best for retirees.

Since not all condos accept large breeds such as Great Danes, Newfoundlands, and St. Bernards, it is best to select small to medium-sized dogs that don’t bark often.

In the end, it is up to the owner's abilities, preferences, and lifestyle when choosing the perfect companion with a wagging tail. With plenty of choices to choose from, here are five dog breeds found in the Philippines that are perfect for retirees:


  • Labrador Retriever

Labs are warm, friendly, and outgoing. They are perfect for active owners who love to exercise. These dogs have short coats that are easy to maintain. They can grow from 21.5 to 24.5 inches and weigh from 55 to 80 pounds. 

This dog breed is often used as service dogs for the blind, people with dementia, and anxiety sufferers. With outdoor play and exercise, your Labrador Retriever won’t be able to contain their happiness and will wag their tails unceasingly.


  • French Bulldog

If you prefer a more quiet companion who loves to snuggle and be with you wherever you may be, consider adopting a French Bulldog. Frenchies love humans more than anything else, well, probably except for food. These dogs only require low exercise and short walks, which are perfect for the energy of empty-nesters. Due to their short fur, regular brushing and bathing at least once or twice a week are enough.

Due to their squished faces, Frenchies snore and are gassy. Their bark is unique, too. So once you choose this breed as your furry companion, you’ll feel like living with a comedian every single day.


  • Poodle

Poodles are intelligent and highly trainable companion dogs for senior citizens. These curly dogs are sweet, gentle, and quiet. The best part? They don’t shed and are hypoallergenic because they have hair instead of fur. When it comes to grooming, trimming once a month is enough.

These loyal and affectionate companions come in three different sizes: toy, miniature, and standard. Regardless of the size of your home, a poodle can quickly adapt to your household.


  • Bichon Frise

Another hypoallergenic dog breed that is easy to maintain is the white and fluffy Bichon Frise. These dogs weigh about 7 to 12 pounds and only require hair trimming at least once every one to two months.

Moderate daily exercise is enough to keep these dogs healthy and happy in the company of their retired owners. Whatever activity you have in mind, so long as they are with you, these dogs will be content and happy. If you plan to buy a condo unit for sale in Lancris Residences in Parañaque City, consider having a Bichon to keep you entertained.


  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Cavalier might be the dog breed that has access to the fountain of youth. This small dog breed weighing about 11 to 18 pounds looks like a puppy even in its old age. Due to their long feathery fur and wavy coat, these dogs only require minimum brushing, ear cleaning, and an occasional trip to the groomer.

Cavaliers are the happiest when they are snuggling with their retired owners. They love sleeping by your feet or on your lap and giving occasional kisses. Due to their calm temperament, Cavaliers are on top of the dog breeds well-suited for condo living.


Owning a dog is fun, but it is important to be a responsible pet owner, especially if you live in a condo. If you clean your unit regularly, chances are, your neighbors will surely love your furry companions too.

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