15 Dog Breeds That Can Be Left Alone

If you work a lot but would like to share your life with a dog, choosing the right breed is essential.

And guess what?

We’ve created a list of dog breeds that can be left alone during the day, making them an excellent choice for busy people.

So let’s get to it!

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Dogs That Can Be Left Alone:

1. Bullterrier

Bullterrier

Due to no fault of their own, Bullterriers have a reputation of being an aggressive dog breed.

Wrong!

The truth is very different to that unfair urban myth.

The Bullterrier is a perfect family dog, due to the loving and affectionate character and the instinct of a guard dog.

The combination of those two makes the Bullterrier a dog that don’t mind being left alone – the guardian that he is will consider it to be more of a task to keep the home safe while you are away, rather than an issue of any kind.

2. Basset hound

Basset-Hound

It may come as a surprise, given the hunting background of the breed, but Bassets are an easy-going type of dogs that can easily turn into couch potatoes if given a chance to.

More importantly, the Basset hound is stable and not prone to mood swings or anxiety.

So, if you are in the mood to go for a hike – the Basset will be cool with that, and if some alone-time daily is what has to be done – it`s cool as well.

3. The Pug

pug

As long as your idea of a good time does not include too much of an exercise, your Pug will be more or less fine with anything.

Lazy by nature, Pugs would much rather stay in the bed or in your lap all day long than go for extensive walks. But, if the choice is between being alone in the couch and being outdoorsy – the couch of any sort would most definitely be the Pug`s choice.

4. Boston Terrier

Boston-Terrier

Many pick the Boston Terrier as a pet for its small size and resemblance to the Boxer.

These even-tempered, intelligent and energetic dogs will not find it too hard to stay at home alone, as long as you provide them with toys of some sort to amuse themselves with.

5. Miniature Schnauzer

Miniature-schnauzer

Miniature Schnauzers are intelligent, affectionate and energetic little creatures, quite unaware of their small size.

Eager to learn, they will have no trouble at all staying at home alone, as long as they are provided with something to keep their minds busy; whether a toy or the role of the guard dog.

A word of caution:

Some of them may cause some trouble though, since minies tend to bark a lot if they really get into the guard dog role.

6. Bullmastiff

bullmastiff

Much like Bullterriers, Bullmastiffs are ever-on-alert and take their role of guard dogs very seriously.

These kind and loving giants are great family pets as well.

When left alone, the Bullmastiff will most probably spend their time being focused on keeping the home safe, but unlike Miniature Schnauzers, they will not make much of a noise show out of it, because, to be honest, when it comes to the Bullmastiff – it`s not the noise that the intruder should be afraid of.

7. Beagle

Beagle

Beagles are one of the most popular indoor pet breeds, chosen for their energetic nature and a balanced character.

As long as you provide him with regular physical exercise and something to keep that sparky mind of theirs busy, staying at home alone will be no issue.

Let’s not forget:

The Beagle is also on Barking Royalty’s list of breeds best for kids and family.

8. Peekapoo

Peekapoo

This popular mix of Pekingese and Poodle took the best features of both breeds.

Here’s why:

Peekapoo loves the company but it does not find it hard to spend some time alone, eager and quick learners as they are, they will figure out a way to amuse themselves without making the mess out of the flat or squealing for hours.

9. Lhasa Apso

Lhasa-Apso

Lhasa Apso is sometimes referred to as the biggest small dog, due to its strong and dominant temper and an unusual sort of intelligence and absolute absence of the sense of its own tiny size.

Unlike many small lap dogs, Lhasa Apso probably won`t spend its time alone squealing in fear but rather hoping to catch the burglar.

10. Golden retriever

Golden-Retriever

Always popular, gorgeous Golden retrievers are famous for their sensitive character and willingness to learn (yes, they are very smart!).

So, when it comes to Goldies, it all comes down to arguing the rules, which isn’t too hard with them.

They like to please, so if even lightly step-by-step trained to stay at home alone, the Golden retriever will find the `task` of staying at home and being a good dog to be a chance to make you proud of him.

11. Chow Chow

Chow-Chow

The Chow Chow is a type of dog with a sense of independence and self-dignity like no other. Chow isn’t cuddly nor does he display affection in the usual way, but that does not mean that he isn’t affectionate or loving – in his own sophisticated way.

In fact:

Living with Chow is more like living with a flat mate than living with a pet that depends on your presence. Being like that, Chow will do well if left home alone.

12. Shiba Inu

Shiba-Inu

Although they are strong-willed, even the stubborn Shiba Inu is an exceptionally intelligent breed that is capable of learning pretty much anything – as long as he believes that the idea is one of his own.

Shiba is not a breed that will react well to the conventional training tactics, yet if approached properly, this independent and witty spirited dog will not have any trouble staying at home alone.

13. Kuvasz

Kuvasz

The Kuvasz deserves the reputation of one of the finest working dog breeds that follows it.

Originally bred for herding sheep in Hungary, Kuvasz remains an amazing working and guarding dog.

Although they need training in order not to get overly territorial, these giants are affectionate family pets that enjoy guarding those they hold dear. Kuvasz are famously good and gentle baby sitters – that is how affectionate and reliable these dogs are!

However, when left alone, Kuvasz take their job of the house guardian more than seriously, and take no issue in doing it for as long as it takes – with no whining, that goes without saying.

14. Akita Inu

Akita-Inu

This ancient Japanese breed got famous worldwide due to the Hollywood movie Hachi: A Dog’s Tale.

Akita is loyal and affectionate to the family, however it isn’t particularly fond of strangers. Although this Husky-like breed does have a mind of its own, they are independent enough to tolerate your absence on a regular basis.

15. Basenji

Basenji

The Basenji was originally bred in Africa to hunt and to exterminate rat nests. What remained of that is the ever-awake and active explorer`s mind.

The Basenji is not as independent as the Chow, but displays affection in far more obvious ways. The Basenji equally enjoys your company and the time alone that he dedicates to exploring and figuring out new ways to amuse himself.

How Long Can A Dog Be Left Alone?

It’s important not to forget that dogs are social animals and they love spending time with us, so leaving them alone all day really isn’t the best idea if you want a happy, well adjusted dog.

According to this study, dogs are affected by the duration of time at home alone.

That said, if you don’t work particularly long hours (say, 5-6 hours a day, 8 at an absolute maximum) then you can consider adopting an adult dog, who is already known (by its previous owners and/or shelter staff) to be comfortable when left alone.

Read next: 17 Ways To Keep Dog Busy While At Work

What Do Dogs Do When They Are Alone?

Have you wondered what your dog does when it’s alone?

We’ve all done it, so let’s get started.

Sleep

Fact:

The average dog sleeps for about 14 hours a day (including at night).

Can this really be true?

Yes!

In fact, puppies and senior dogs can sleep even more.

If taken for exercise, dogs will sleep more during the day, so it could be great to take the dog for a walk before going to work or school.

Play

Dogs love to play with toys filled with dog treats. When alone, be sure your dog has it’s favorite toy to pass the time.

If you have two dogs, they can have a great fun even when they are alone.

Guard The House

If you have a guard dog, it’s very likely that it will wake up and guard at any suspicious sound.

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17 comments

  • Megan Misener
    Megan Misener

    I want to get a dog for our family but I’m looking for the right fit. I work 8-9 hours a day. I have a daughter who’s 9 and we live in a small townhouse. Some people have suggested a bullmatstiff or a pug. What do you suggest?

  • Stacy
    Stacy

    I am looking into getting a dog as a family pet! I have 2 children (5&7)- however I work half 8 to half 4 (someone is always in house after that), I have looked into dog walkers and I am not sure as they cost a fortune  but I don’t want to be cruel to the dog – is there any breed that would suit our family ? Or any suggestions? 

  • Stephen
    Stephen

    The only time I’m gone for a long period of time is on Saturday & Sunday when I work 12 hours each of those days. What would be the best dog to get?

  • Makenna
    Makenna

    What type of dog should I get since my brothers both play lots of sports and we are gone all but not for a long time maybe an hour or to

  • Abi
    Abi

    I have two dogs golden retriever and labordor retriever they have grown together from their small age Now it’s 10month old.The problem is from next month I will go for office for 8hours. It’s OK if I leave the dog’s alone for 8 hours

  • Amy
    Amy

    I would really like a dog, but I live in an apartment and I’m not home during the week that often. I’m not sure what to do. If you could find a suitable breed that would be great

  • Saskia
    Saskia

    I was wondering if you could pick out a well suited dog for me. I’m a mother of a 14 year old who loves dogs but I’m allergic! But I’ve heard that hypoallergenic dogs can prevent my allergies from sparking. But my family are also either at school or work for most of the day and so am I so it would have to be left alone for around 7 hours 3 days a week. If you can pick out a well suited dog I’ll be very grateful. Thank you

  • #G.DogLover
    #G.DogLover

    I’m looking into getting a Husky, but my parents work for 10-13 hrs. Would that work. If not what type of dog should i get.

  • Rikey
    Rikey

    Is it scientifically proven that any type of dog breed gets along with another specific dog breed

  • Isaac Hernandez
    Isaac Hernandez

    I want a golden or a lab but I don’t know which do get and I work for 8-9 hours 

  • Angela Godfrey
    Angela Godfrey

    I want a poodle but I’m not home at 8 hours max every day. Can I still get one?

  • Trinity
    Trinity

    Im wanting to get a pup, a pug to be exact. But I will have collage, thinking of an apartment close or a collage that allows pets? What do you think? Could the pug handle being alone? Would he/she need a friend? Aka another pug?

  • thai fancher
    thai fancher

    im looking to get a puppy for me and my two kids. i keep reading articles about what breeds are best when left at home for short periods of time but does this same rule apply to being left alone at night? i work nights but i am home during the day. so essentially the dog would get lots of attention and play time during day hours then be left at home when everyone would be going to sleep. 

  • K.Rahul
    K.Rahul

    I am a student.i have a farmland and i want to buy a dog.i can only visit on holidays and weekends.what dog should i buy?i have a keeper in the farm

  • Elwood
    Elwood

    I’m a firefighter and work 24hr shifts. I want a pitbull or a Rottweiler will one of them be alright alone for that long?

  • Jamshad Hydross
    Jamshad Hydross

    Hi , am living in Qatar and my home town is in India , I would like to buy a dog ( maybe 2 ) to guard my home in India and I will be visting india , can say three times in a year , my home care taker will look after the Dogs , which is the best breed , did they will be friendly with me as am not regularly available in home , which is the best breed I should buy in this situation, Thks

  • James
    James

    Can French bulldogs tolerate being alone all day? My job requires me to be at the office by 10 AM and I’m usually home by 6 PM (at best, given the horrible traffic in Manila). I’m a first time pet owner and out of the possible dog breeds out there, I love the Frenchie best. — James