15 Dog Breeds That Can Be Left AloneMedically Reviewed
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 are potentially more suited to being left alone during the day, making them an excellent choice for busy people.
However, it is important to remember that dogs are naturally social animals, and they love to spend time with us. We understand that sometimes it is not possible to spend all day with our dogs, as much as we would love to be able to! We have work, college, gym time, family obligations, commuting (traffic!) and everything else which eats up our precious time.
If you don’t have a lot of free time to spend with your dog, due to other life commitments, then you may need to consider if getting a dog right now is the right decision? Your dog needs at least one walk a day, play time, feeding times, multiple toilet breaks throughout the day and a lot of love and attention!
Generally, puppies will crave more attention and need more time and effort in order to learn good social and life skills. Some dogs will worry and fret if left alone, and potentially have destructive behavior in the house such as chewing or ripping toys or the sofa! There are also some breeds that when left alone can suffer from separation anxiety too. But, after some time most dogs will need to learn how to be alone for long periods of time.
However, there are some dog breeds that can be left alone for 8 hours (and no more than 8 hours). That is why we have created this helpful list of dog breeds, that may be more suitable to leave during the daytime.
So let’s discover these dogs that tolerate being alone!
Dogs That Can Be Left Alone:
1. Bull Terrier
Due to no fault of their own, Bull Terriers have a reputation of being an aggressive dog breed.
The truth is very different to that unfair urban myth.
The Bull terrier is a perfect family dog, due to their loving and affectionate character and the instinct of a guard dog.
The combination of those two characteristics makes the Bull Terrier a dog that don’t mind being left alone – the guardian that he is, he 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
It may come as a surprise, given the hunting background of the breed, but Bassets are an easy-going type of dog 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 with that as well.
3. The Pug
As long as your idea of a good time does not include too much 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 on the couch and being outdoorsy – the couch of any sort would most definitely be the Pug`s choice.
4. 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 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. Miniature Schnauzers are perfect for people that are looking for low-shedding dog breeds that are also hypoallergenic.
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.
Much like Bullterriers, Bullmastiffs are ever-on-alert and take their role of guard dogs very seriously.
These kind, loving and loyal giants are great family pets as well. They also love to relax and chill out when possible.
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.
Beagles are one of the most popular dog breeds, chosen for their energetic nature and balanced character.
As long as you provide him with regular physical exercise and something to keep that sparky mind of his 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.
This popular mix of Pekingese and Poodle took the best features of both breeds.
Peekapoo loves 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 a mess out of the flat or squealing for hours.
9. Lhasa Apso
Lhasa Apso is sometimes referred to as the biggest small dog, due to its strong and dominant character, 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
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 making 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
The Chow Chow is a type of dog with a sense of independence and self-dignity like no other. Chows aren’t normally cuddly, nor do they display affection in the usual way, but that does not mean that they aren’t affectionate or loving – in their own sophisticated way.
Living with a 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
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, witty and spirited dog will not have any trouble staying at home alone.
The Kuvasz deserves the reputation as one of the finest working dog breeds.
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 house 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
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.
The Basenji was originally bred in Africa to hunt and 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 being left alone. Puppies will need much more time and effort and generally don’t like being left alone for long periods of time.
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 wondered about it, so let’s get started.
The average dog sleeps for about 14 hours a day (including at night).
Can this really be true?
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 a great idea to take your dog for a long walk before going to work or school.
Dogs love to play, especially 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 great fun playing together 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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This article has been medically reviewed by Dr Margarita Boyd, BVSc MRCVS.
Margarita graduated from the University of Liverpool, earning a Bachelor in Veterinary Science with distinction. She worked in small animal and equine practice for a few years, before choosing to focus solely on companion animals. She has developed a special interest in internal medicine and ophthalmology.