The dog you want to have at home might not be the one for you. Many dog specialists say that the dogs which are most popular worldwide, including Labradors, German Shepherds or Retrievers, are not for the people who are busy with many working hours in a day.
However, the case is not an obstacle for many who continue to own a dream dog, ignoring their busy schedule. Unfortunately, such decisions on multiple occasions lead to unhappy dog owners with “broken dreams” and depressed dogs suffering from boredom or separation anxiety.
The dog is a pack animal; he needs time and attention. Moreover, he demands care. Otherwise, you will get your home in a complete mess, annoyed neighbors, destructed and chewed furniture and a range of similar surprises when your dog is left alone.
If you are a busy person and anyway you have firmly decided to have a dog, we advise to make a choice on a dog breed which is less problematic, in case of proper training, when left alone. The fact that a dog can be left alone does not mean “abandonment” during the whole day. Maximum of time for being alone for adult dogs is four hours a day. If you fail to be at home after those hours, you should think about daycare centers, a dog sitter or a walker.
Even when a dog is well-trained to be alone, you need to leave toys for him to spend time. If the toys are filled with safe and low-calorie treats, be sure that your pet will be in the higher mood when he finds them. Fresh water should always be available for dogs and make sure to have it at home for your pet when you walk out.
The dog breeds which can be left alone in most cases sleep longer than their more active colleagues. As a rule, dogs sleep about 14 hours a day, senior and young dogs even longer. If you choose a dog based on your busy lifestyle, a less active one, he may sleep more than 14 hours a day and night if you take him for a walk before leaving your accommodation.
The trained, less active breeds can spend whole time when they are alone, in sleeping, playing with toys and even watching birds outside, of course, if you provide a doggy door for them.
Dogs That Can Be Left Alone
Here is a short-list of dog breeds that can be left alone:
- Basset Hound
- French bulldog
- Shar pay
- Boston terrier
- Chow Chow
- Shiba Inu
- Miniature Schnauzer
- The Pug
It is a breed with lower energy and is one of the best medium-sized dogs if you have an apartment. The dog can spend the whole day doing nothing except sleeping, as it is a “type of job” for him. The thing you need to care is a diet for the breed as the dog is prone to obesity. Consequently, the dog requires a proper nutrition with a higher level of protein. You also need to clean his ears regularly, brush him daily and control shedding.
It is a tiny breed which is easy to have for busy people. They never feel offended if their owners leave them alone for several hours. Despite their size, Chihuahua is regarded as aggressive, but not many people worry about their “tiny bites.” It is noteworthy that the breed is not prone to many medical issues. However, Chihuahua may face dental problems, and regular brushing of their teeth is essential. If you have another Chihuahua, be sure that they have a great time before you come back.
The dog loves company, but he is not born for long runs. If you “ask” him he will “answer” that having a nap is a better choice than running outside, especially if the weather is gloomy. The bulldog has a short face which makes it hard for him to breath like other dogs. That is why he “hates” long runs. The French bulldog is considered as one of the best breeds if you have little kids and the neighbors who can call police for noise. The dog does not bark much. When it comes to health issues, keep in mind that they may face health complications due to their specific appearance and the problems may be linked with respiratory issues.
They are like couch potatoes, in love with sleeping. Most of the greyhounds will cause no problems if they are left alone all day long, even more than 4-5 hours, in the case of proper crate-training or a home-alone training. Do not forget to walk with him when you come home, he will appreciate you more for such affection.
Maltese also loves sleeping, and he can be a good companion for your cat. The dog is less likely to destruct your apartment when you are absent. He does not like long walks as well. Despite this, he loves a human company. The dog has a long hair and needs regular grooming. If you have no time for this, address a groomer.
It is a low-energy dog which is perfect for an owner who works all day. Shar pay is a medium-sized dog from China and does need to be well socialized. Shar pay is a good family pet and a guard dog. Remember that because only a few were imported, they are interbred and may face several health complications.
It is a medium-sized dog, an excellent choice for an apartment. Whippet is relatively clean and spends the most time in sleeping. Like many dog breeds, he will need to be exercised each evening to burn off his energy walking. It is better to have two whippets as they will be able to play together between naps.
The dog is an exception as he almost never suffers from separation anxiety. The Boston terrier is an intelligent and independent dog, no longer used for their fighting origins. Despite the fact they can be stubborn and sometimes hyperactive, they nevertheless make excellent companions for older people or those having an apartment.
This large breed requires a lot less exercise than one would imagine, and they are keen on sleeping. A few short walks are quite enough for them to keep fit. Older dogs are calm and laid-back, but puppies are still puppies and are in need of more exercise. Training the breed is necessary, as an adult it can reach 130 pounds. Despite its size, it is an excellent apartment dog. Be attentive to him when you are at home, and make sure to leave toys for pups to chew.
The dog is quiet and independent and is fine with being left home alone. Remember that it is not the best breed to have around if you have small kids. However, he can be an ideal watchdog.
It is a Japanese breed and was developed originally as a hunting dog, but found its place in the world of watchdogs and guardians. Though tolerant of your daily absence, the Akita will demand your attention as soon as you reach home.
The dog is famous as the “barkless” breed; they are not voiceless. The case is that their vocalizations are limited to “yodeling” and blood-curdling screaming, as well as grows and whines typical of all dogs. The dog is both intelligent and independent and may miss when you leave. However, he will offer a joyful reception.
The dog loves people but does not mind spending time alone, as long as they have something to amuse themselves. As mostly they are not destructive, Peekapoo is an excellent choice for those who work but want a small breed.
They are independent and strong-willed and are not easy to train. The dog is also possessive. Despite all the characteristics the Shibu Inu is a good family dog. They are caring and faithful and love spending time with kids as long as they are trained and well-treated. They can be left home alone. However, make sure that your fence is secured because they may run after smaller animals due to their strong hunting instincts. The dog should be leashed when they are not at home as they can be dog-aggressive.
They do not like when you leave, but the dog “knows” how to kill time. Before you go, make sure that he is exercised and tired. A miniature schnauzer is smart and learns quickly, but can be very stubborn. If they dislike something you are telling them, get prepared that they may ignore you. Luckily, they can be trained easily.
The dog is lazy by nature and would much rather stay in bed or your lap all day long than exercise or walk.
If you provide the dog with regular physical activity and something to keep their sparky mind busy, staying at home alone will not be a problem.
It is a fantastic working and guarding dog. When trained the giant dogs are affectionate family pets that enjoy defending those they hold dear. Kuvasz is an excellent and gentle babysitter. However, when the dog is alone, Kuvasz takes his job of the house guardian very seriously and takes no issue in doing it for as long as it takes – without whining.