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I am one of your members and my question is; I have an 82 year old mother that is looking for a dog to buy. I have a Golden Retriever and she loves him. In your opinion what kind of smaller dog, may be good for a person of that age that would have a somewhat personality like a Golden?
Hi there Kevin,
Thank you for your email regarding your mother and her current desire to purchase a dog! I think that small, manageable dogs are excellent companions for the elderly, so this is a great idea of your mother's. The possibilities with regards to breed are endless. Obviously, the smaller the better for her situation and a breed that is relatively easily trainable will also be a plus. She will probably want to avoid one of the typical yapping breeds such as the Bichon or Chihuahua's, but then again dogs of ANY breed will yap and bark. I guess the most important thing to point out to you here Kevin is that regardless of the breed of dog your mother chooses, it will be the training that dictates the puppies ultimate personality. If you and/or your mother are firm and consistent with the puppy to begin with, odds are you are going to have a very happy, friendly and manageable dog to keep your mother company. In cases where owners do not reinforce themselves as dominant over their puppies early enough, or that let their dogs have the run of the house without any form of obedience training, these dogs are generally a lot harder to handle and maintain for anyone of ANY age! For this reason, upon deciding upon a breed and getting the puppy home at the usual 8 – 10 weeks of age, be sure to begin with the training straight away.
As I say there are many small breed dogs around, and ultimately your mother is best of choosing a breed she likes the look of. Once she has found the sort of breed she likes, then a trip to a reputable breeder of that particular breed is the next step. It will then be a matter of choosing the right puppy from a litter. This is also one of the most important steps in dictating how your puppy will behave later on down the line. The puppy of choice will be playful and friendly, but not the most dominant puppy. It will have a all the normal playful puppy signs and won't be fearful, shy or overly submissive. You want a good balance of playful and outgoing without being over confident and dominant.
A few examples of the many breeds that would most probably be appropriate for your mother include: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Bulldog or French Bulldog, Boston Terrier, West Highland White Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier, Lhasa Apso and Shih Tzu. As you will quickly observe in your travels, all of these dogs look pretty different from one another and each have different qualities with regards to shedding, ease of training and temperament. It ultimately rests with your mother to decide which breed suits her and her living situation the best. For a brief rundown on a couple of these breeds please check out our ever-expanding list of dog breeds at http://www.kingdomofpets.com/dogobediencetraining/dogbreeds/index.php for more information.
Best of luck in sourcing the ideal puppy for your mother and above all, don't neglect the training once you have purchased one! Please let us know how you get on.
Daniel Stevens and the Secrets to Dog Training Team
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