A dog famous for its bearded look, the Schnauzer hails from Germany and is quite popular. This breed comes in three different sizes, ranging from giant to miniature. They typically have salt-and-pepper coloring, although some can be brown. What makes this breed ideal for older individuals is its temperament. While some assume the Schnauzer will have the typical terrier personality, this breed is actually very loving and social. They are highly intelligent and love to please people. This personality, in addition to the range of sizes that can be chosen to suit the individual, makes the Schnauzer a great choice for a senior.