If you’re someone who’s working all day and you want to become a dog owner (click here for our NEW PUPPY CHECKLIST) we’ve put together a list of independent dog breeds that can tolerate being left alone during the day or for longer periods of time.
What does your dog do during the day
Dogs like to keep themselves occupied so it’s important to provide him with activities while you’re not at home.
Here’s what most dogs do during a normal day:
Sleep takes up most of your dogs time. Your dog will sleep up to 14 hours a day, even more, if he’s a puppy or an older dog. A good idea is to take him out for a walk in the morning right before you have to go to work.
Your dog should have easy access to water while you’re away. When it comes to food, leaving large quantities for your dog isn’t such a good idea. What you can do is leave some food for him in his bowl and stuff his chew toys with snacks. Besides feeding him, you’ll also give him something to do if he get’s bored. You can also invest in an automatic dog feeder which you can program to dispense food several times per day.
Since a dog’s senses are heightened, every new smell or sound will put him in exploring mode. He might stay hours staring out the window at people or other animals. If you have a yard, he can go even outside. Just make sure your dog has no way to get out of the apartment or yard.
When it comes to a dog playing, something is almost always getting chewed so chew toys are a must. The best ones are those that can be stuffed with treats. They’ll keep your new dog entertained for hours.
Best dog breeds that can be left alone during the day
1. French Bulldog
French Bulldogs have a short face because of which makes it a bit difficult to breathe when they’re running and the weather is hot. Because of this, they’re more likely to choose a nap instead of a walk outside.
Another aspect that makes them a great breed for busy people is that they don’t bark that much so if you live in an apartment your neighbors won’t be bothered by your dog.
So if you want a dog that loves taking naps and is also a great breed for children, a Frenchie is a good choice.
Chihuahuas have no problem with being left alone during the day. They’re happier when in pairs so you should consider that if you’re thinking about getting a Chihuahua.
You will have to brush their teeth on a daily basis since they’re prone to dental diseases.
Overall Chihuahuas are a less active dog breed but they’re also subject to a couple of medical problems.
The Maltese is another small dog breed is great if you’re away for most of the day. They love their naps and they’re willing to sleep most of the day until you come home.
You’ll have to comb his fur each day because it’s long and it will mat if not. Or you can take him to a dog grooming place and give him a short, even haircut.
4. Basset Hound
A Basset Hound is great if you want a medium-sized apartment dog. They’re low-energy dogs. Basset Hounds like to use their nose, walking around sniffing stuff but during the day they’ll more than likely sleep.
Like any other dog breed, they have their medical problems. Their ears need to be kept clean and if you want to avoid a lot of dog hair around the house you should brush them every day.
Whippets make great apartment dogs because they’re very clean and they like to sleep most of the day. They also enjoy being taken on walks. You should take them out in the evenings so they can burn off all their energy.
The Whippet is a medium-sized dog that’s related to the Greyhound.
6. Shar Pei
The Shar Pei is a medium-sized dog breed from China. They’re a low energy breed that’s great if you need to leave them alone for most of the day.
Shar Peis are considered to be good family pets as well as guard dogs. They adapt well to living in an apartment and being left alone, although they do have a tendency to bark or howl.
Greyhounds like to be walked daily but they also love to hop on the couch and sleep until you get home. They’re great apartment dogs and they can tolerate hot weather.
They’re very friendly with children and they’re easy to groom and train.
Well, that’s our list of 7 independent dog breeds that would make great pets for full-time workers.
Just remember that at the end of the day all dogs are social animals and no matter how tired you are, your dog would like to be taken for a walk.