Living by one’s lonesome can be both freeing and terrifying (purple curtains here, a velvet couch there), depending on the circumstances. There is a breed of dog that was designed specifically for single people, whether you live alone in a studio apartment or as the only queen in your castle.
This is our ranking of the top 10 dog breeds that are suitable for persons who live by themselves.
1. Doberman Pinscher
Let’s start with the guard dogs because the phrase “guard dogs” has a wonderful “don’t mess with me” ring to it. Dobermans are excellent at this not only because they are predisposed to be brave protectors, but also because they are quite scary.
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When these exceptionally intelligent, perceptive pups are around, anyone feels safer. Train ’em early, and train ’em well.
Akitas are large, fluffy puppies. Their minds are always on two things: loving and protecting their friends. Akitas have traditionally been associated with good health and guardianship. \
They thrive when lavished with love. Should we…continue?
The Bullmastiff is another loyal breed. Yes, these pups are big, energetic, and territorial, but they also know how to relax while you’re at home. Bullmastiffs, like Akitas, aren’t hesitant to display affection.
One word of caution: If you have a garden, make sure to fence it; these dogs don’t want strangers on their turf, which is wonderful for you but can be frightening to friendly passersby.
We’re now into companionship territory. Rottweilers are loyal protectors with territorial instincts, but they also appear to think of themselves as tiny lap dogs, so expect a lot of cuddling from this large breed.
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Rottweilers can relax, learn rapidly, and enjoy hanging out with you even if you’re simply walking down the hall.
5. Boston Terrier
A little, friendly dog ideal for a solitary life in the city. These small canines are outgoing, which makes entertaining visitors simpler, and aware to their surroundings, which makes going to bed alone at night feel safer (not because they’ll attack an intruder, but nevertheless).
We meet the Maltese as we progress from energetic guardians to more laid-back companions. This calm, fun-loving breed is ideal for anyone looking for a playful dog that doesn’t demand a lot of action or entertainment.
They certainly require regular walks, but these adaptive dogs are happy to stay at home all day while you are at work. Maltese are also vigilant, which is always comforting.
Pekingeses form strong bonds with their human companions and can be stubborn around others (they’ve been considered the greatest breed for introverts).
They are, however, fairly self-sufficient and fine relaxing alone while you are away (called minimal maintenance). They don’t require a lot of exercise and aren’t hesitant to notify you if they notice something out of the ordinary in their surroundings.
Yes, you must brush them several times every week. Yes, you should apply a facial mask as well. Yes, this is going to develop into a spa night with your dog.
8. Italian Greyhound
They’ve been nicknamed “miniature versions of greyhounds,” which is accurate. These dogs are tiny! They’re also sensitive creatures that have been bred over time to be playful companions to their owners.
While they enjoy chasing toys and getting rambunctious every now and then, they also enjoy snuggling on laps and being generally quiet.
9. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Tell us if this describes you: enjoys hikes but prefers sofas. If yes, you should purchase a Cavalier King Charles spaniel. These gentle pups are incredibly friendly, easy to train, and get just enough exercise to be reasonable couch potatoes with you.
They’re not going to assault an intruder, but they’re also not going to have you sprint on the track with them.
10. Basset Hound
The basset hound, maybe one of the sleepiest dogs alive, is a delightful loaf of an animal whose unwavering loyalty will inspire you to be a better person. They are extremely tolerant and self-sufficient (it’s fine you were gone all day…), yet charming and devoted (…but now let’s hang together).