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Here Are The 30 Worst Dog Breeds For Retirees

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The diversity within the dog species is really quite remarkable. They range from 4-pound Chihuahuas to 200-pound Great Danes, have fur anywhere from hairless to triple coats to long and shaggy, and their temperaments vary greatly as well.

When deciding which breed to get, it's important to consider the best fit, both for you and the dog. Among the things to think about when getting a dog are, first and foremost, its energy level. When you were young or had kids at home, a high-energy dog might have been great. Maybe there's a breed you love that you or your kids grew up with. That doesn't necessarily make that the right dog for you once you retire. Your lifestyle has changed, and you should consider that when getting a dog.

You may also have less financial resources to have a dog that needs regular professional grooming or is prone to medical issues that require frequent visits to the veterinarian. And you should consider the future, and whether you might relocate to a senior living facility that only allows certain dogs.

Lastly, think about adopting a grown dog from a rescue rather than getting a puppy. Puppies are a lot of work and interrupted sleep, and you may not want to deal with that once you retire.

Here are 30 dogs that are least suited to retirees, based on their energy level, grooming needs, and medical problems.