The Seven Best Dog Breeds for Someone Who Works All Day

Updated on November 27, 2018
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Dr. Mark is a veterinarian. He has been working with dogs for more than 40 years.

The seven best dog breeds for someone who works all day.
The seven best dog breeds for someone who works all day. | Source

What Kind of Dog Should I Get If I Work Full-Time?

If you choose the dog you want carefully and provide them with fun activities, he or she will be okay if left home alone all day even if you have to work. Keep in mind that dogs are pack animals and need company; they do not do well if they are left alone in a crate all day and night for 8 hours at a time. He or she will become destructive out of boredom or anxiety or be barking all day long due to lack of stimulation.

Some dog breeds need more social interaction and exercise than others. By selecting the right breed from the beginning, your dog will be perfectly content being independent, drinking water, walking around the apartment, and looking at birds out the window while you're gone.

Dog Breeds That Can Be Left Alone

These dogs breeds are known for being independent, low-maintenance, and they make excellent house dogs:

  • Basset Hound
  • Chihuahua
  • French Bulldog
  • Greyhound
  • Maltese
  • Shar Pei
  • Whippet

Dogs are social creatures and require all of the necessities. If you are unable to provide for their basic needs—including love and affection—you may want to reconsider your readiness to get a dog.

The Labrador Retriever, one of the most popular breeds in the world, is prone to boredom if kept indoors.
The Labrador Retriever, one of the most popular breeds in the world, is prone to boredom if kept indoors. | Source

Do Some Dogs Like to Be Alone?

The most popular dog in the world (according to the AKC), the Labrador Retriever, is not suited for most of the people in the world. In fact, most working and hunting dogs—Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Border Collies, and Golden Retrievers—are not suited for someone who works all day.

Despite this fact, most people continue to make unwise decisions about the breed of dog they choose for a pet. In the end, this can result in unhappy dog owners and dogs that suffer from a horrible life confined to crates and kennels—left alone without companionship or social interaction. Even worse, these pets are often given up to animal shelters because these active breeds are not suited for the life they are forced to endure.

If you work all day but want to choose the right dog, you need to choose the breed carefully and must be willing to make some sacrifices. When your friends at work invite you out for a beer at the end of the day, say no. Someone is waiting for you at home. That someone waiting is a social animal that needs your attention.

Can Puppies Be Left Alone?

Although crate training is an essential part of early puppy development (crates can keep your dog safe in certain circumstances), a puppy should never be left alone for long periods of time. It is essential that you socialize your puppy early so that they become well-rounded, socially healthy dogs. Isolation can lead to numerous behavior problems down the road. Do not get a puppy if he or she will be home alone all day.

Consider a Senior Dog

If you want a mellow dog, consider adopting a senior dog. Senior dogs generally do well with less activity and more nap time, so save a life and find your next rescue. Do be aware that senior dogs may have health issues that require regular attention.

The Best "Home Alone" Dog Breeds

Dog Breed
Dominant Trait
Basset Hound
Sleepy
Chihuahua
Cuddly
French Bulldog
Mellow
Greyhound
Quiet
Maltese
Easy-Going
Shar Pei
Indepedent
Whippet
Passive
Ratings based on the breed's most noteworthy trait.
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A Basset Hound will be perfectly happy napping in the sun until you come back home.Basset Hounds love their downtime.
A Basset Hound will be perfectly happy napping in the sun until you come back home.
A Basset Hound will be perfectly happy napping in the sun until you come back home. | Source
Basset Hounds love their downtime.
Basset Hounds love their downtime. | Source

The Basset Hound

  • Energy level: low
  • Size: medium dog
  • Traits: sleepy
  • Con: prone to obesity

The Basset Hound is one of the best medium-sized dog breeds for an apartment. They love to walk around and use their noses but have a relatively low activity level during much of the day. If you decide to get a basset and have to go to work, your dog will probably spend most of the day sleeping. Bassets may be short but they are big dogs. Despite their size, they might also choose to curl up on your lap in the evening.

Like many dogs, Bassets do have some medical issues. You need to keep their ears clean, brush them daily to control shedding, and control their diet closely so that they do not become obese.

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Chihuahuas love to get cosy and nap.Since dogs are social animals, they should not be left alone.
Chihuahuas love to get cosy and nap.
Chihuahuas love to get cosy and nap. | Source
Since dogs are social animals, they should not be left alone.
Since dogs are social animals, they should not be left alone. | Source

The Chihuahua

  • Energy level: medium
  • Size: small dog
  • Traits: cuddly
  • Con: prone to aggression if mistreated

If you want a tiny dog but have to work, the Chihuahua is a great choice. They will do fine if left alone for much of the day. Many of them weigh less than 3 kilos (about 7 pounds). If you need a less active dog, the Chihuahua is a great choice. Just make sure your dog has another Chihuahua to hang out with during the day—they do well in pairs.

Unfortunately, Chihuahuas are prone to quite a few medical problems. Besides a luxating patella, they need their teeth brushed every day to prevent dental disease. Like the Basset Hound, you have to be on top of their food and exercise because they are prone to obesity.

They do have a reputation for aggression, which possibly derives from their size. Not many people worry about being bit by a Chihuahua, so some of these dogs suffer from teasing and “small dog syndrome.” Socialize your Chihuahua and be sure to treat them kindly.

Video: Lennon the Chihuahua Falling Asleep

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With nothing better to do, your Frenchie might choose to take a nap.Frenchies enjoy being pampered but can be quite independent, too.
With nothing better to do, your Frenchie might choose to take a nap.
With nothing better to do, your Frenchie might choose to take a nap. | Source
Frenchies enjoy being pampered but can be quite independent, too.
Frenchies enjoy being pampered but can be quite independent, too. | Source

The French Bulldog

  • Energy level: medium
  • Size: small dog
  • Traits: great for families; does not bark much
  • Con: brachycephalic health issues

All dogs need your company as soon as you get home. The main consideration for dogs who will be left at home is how active they will be during the day. The French Bulldog is one of those dogs that needs your companionship and attention but does not require long runs or excessive exercise. With nothing better to do, your Frenchie might choose to take a nap.

Frenchies have short faces which makes it difficult for them to breathe and run if it is hot and humid. They are great around the house and are one of the best small breeds for kids.

Keep in mind that French bulldogs have health problems because of their short faces and large eyes. They do not bark much, however, so they are ideal for an apartment with neighbors.

Video: French Bulldog Fights Falling Asleep

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Greyhounds like to sleep on soft couches.Is it nap time yet?
Greyhounds like to sleep on soft couches.
Greyhounds like to sleep on soft couches. | Source
Is it nap time yet?
Is it nap time yet? | Source

The Greyhound

  • Energy level: low
  • Size: large dog
  • Traits: adaptable
  • Con: poor recall when off leash

Work every day, but still looking for a large dog? The Greyhound is a great choice. They are one of the best dogs for apartment life since they are couch potatoes and spend most of their time sleeping.

Since most Greyhounds that are available for adoption are retired racing dogs, they are already used to being crated up to 20 hours a day and will likely have no trouble being left alone during the day. However, even if he or she is used to it, I do not recommend that you confine your dog in a crate all day. Teach him or her the habits of the house and allow them to enjoy your home.

When you do come home at the end of the day, plan on spending some time walking your dog or letting them run off leash at your local dog park. You both will be happier. Keep in mind that Greyhounds are prone to running off if not exercised in an enclosed area.

Video: Greyhound Naps All Day Long

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Maltese learn to climb up on furniture early.If you mind your Maltese sleeping on your furniture when you are gone, it may be best to choose another dog.
Maltese learn to climb up on furniture early.
Maltese learn to climb up on furniture early. | Source
If you mind your Maltese sleeping on your furniture when you are gone, it may be best to choose another dog.
If you mind your Maltese sleeping on your furniture when you are gone, it may be best to choose another dog. | Source

The Maltese

  • Energy level: low
  • Size: small dog
  • Traits: mellow
  • Con: high grooming needs
  • Bonus: good with cats

This little slacker is willing to sleep most of the day on the back of the sofa while waiting for his or her family to come home. A Maltese is not likely to tear up your house out of boredom and is not going to require long walks like some breeds.

He or she will enjoy your company and will also need to be groomed carefully each evening since their long hair will mat if not combed. If you are not willing to groom them yourself, take your dog to the groomer for a “puppy cut” (a short, even haircut) and just brush him or her when they are resting on your lap each evening.

If you are looking for a dog to keep your cat company during the day, the Maltese is a great choice.

Video: Bella the Maltese Likes to Sleep

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Shar Peis like to rest after playing.Shar Peis can be pretty independent.
Shar Peis like to rest after playing.
Shar Peis like to rest after playing. | Source
Shar Peis can be pretty independent.
Shar Peis can be pretty independent. | Source

The Shar Pei

  • Energy level: low
  • Size: medium dog
  • Traits: loyal
  • Con: inherited health problems

The Shar Pei, one of the most unusual dog breeds, is perfect for an owner who works all day. A medium-sized dog from China, Shar Peis were the common person's hunting and fighting dog but they are not very active.

Shar Peis do need to be well-socialized but are considered to be good family pets and guard dogs. However, keep in mind that because only a few were imported, they are interbred and have several health problems.

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Whippets are clean and quiet dogs and sleep for much of the day.When they are awake and outside, Whippets need a chance to run.
Whippets are clean and quiet dogs and sleep for much of the day.
Whippets are clean and quiet dogs and sleep for much of the day. | Source
When they are awake and outside, Whippets need a chance to run.
When they are awake and outside, Whippets need a chance to run. | Source

The Whippet

  • Energy level: low
  • Size: medium dog
  • Traits: passive
  • Con: easily startled

This medium-sized dog is ideal for an apartment since they are relatively clean and spend a great deal of time sleeping. Like its larger cousin, the Greyhound, they need a soft place to sleep and will probably take over a couch or easy chair.

Whippets are more withdrawn than Greyhounds and will avoid any intruders. And, like many dog breeds, they will need to be exercised each evening so that they can burn off energy walking. Consider getting two whippets—they can play together between naps.

Video: Whippet Puppy Falling Asleep

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Bullmastiffs may look tough but they are sensitive and sweet.The Bullmastiff, despite its size, is surprisingly low energy.
Bullmastiffs may look tough but they are sensitive and sweet.
Bullmastiffs may look tough but they are sensitive and sweet. | Source
The Bullmastiff, despite its size, is surprisingly low energy.
The Bullmastiff, despite its size, is surprisingly low energy. | Source

Bonus: The Bullmastiff

  • Energy level: low
  • Size: large dog
  • Traits: gentle
  • Con: prone to heavy drooling

Bullmastiffs are quite large and come in red, fawn, and brindle. Originally used by gamekeepers in Britain for their size and speed, this breed is surprisingly sensitive. It is important to train this breed early because they can become quite independent. They are loyal and will guard the house, but they are also known for being loving and sweet family dogs.

One downside to this impressive breed is that it is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia. They do not make for great apartment dogs because of their size but do well with short walks and lots of love.

Is Your Dog Bored While You're at Work?

Some dogs may be considered lazier than others . . . that is, they are content lounging during the day, tend to be more independent, and maybe even like being alone sometimes. Other breeds need way more social interaction and companionship. They may even exhibit anxiety or whine and act distressed when you leave for work—sitting by the door all day until you return. Here's how you can help your dog to be content:

  • Return for Short Periods: If you have the luxury of breaking away for lunch or staggering your hours, you and your dog can both get outside for some exercise and go for a refreshing walk. 8 hours is a really unfair amount of time to keep a dog locked up. Could you refrain from using the bathroom for 8 hours? Probably not.
  • Enlist a Family Member: Maybe your cousin, niece, nephew, or retired parent wants an excuse to get outside during the day. Consider informally hiring a family member to play with your dog, to spend time with them, and to give them attention—even if it's just a potty break and brushing.
  • Hire a Pet Sitter or Dog Walker: Many modern apps allow for the hiring of credentialed dog walkers. Give your dog a treat bi-weekly and get them outside. This helps to create a sense of routine and may ease some of your dog's anxious behaviors.
  • Work With an Animal or Canine Behaviorist: You can either send your dog off to training camp or have a behaviorist come and work with your dog in the house while you are gone. This activity breaks up the day in a fun way and you and your dog both benefit from the training.
  • Create a Calendar: Are you part of a working family? Do multiple members of your house work odd hours? Consider making a playtime or dog walk calendar. Everyone pitches in.
  • Adopt a Companion: Do you love animals? Ready to save another life? Consider adopting a companion for your canine—be it a cat or dog so long as they are cat or dog-friendly. Be sure to work with the adoption specialists to pair the personalities properly. Never leave a newly adopted animal home alone without having supervised them and given them time to adjust to their new life.

Tips for keeping your canine companion happy while you're gone.
Tips for keeping your canine companion happy while you're gone.
  • Offer Toys and Puzzles: Interactive toys filled with dog treats give dogs a great excuse to play during the day. You can fill the toy up with dog kibble and your pup will have to play with it to get the treat. Some pet owners make pup-sicles and freeze peanut butter in a kong. I still have several around the house that I bought years ago, and when I am going out, I make sure and fill them so that my dogs stay busy when not sleeping.
  • Offer Entertainment: There are also TV programs specially made for dogs! Soothing canine-tailored music is another good option as it can help drown out background noise which may trigger your dog's tendency to bark.
  • Check Out the Tech: You can purchase a pup cam. Yes, these cams not only double as added household security, but you can use it to communicate to your dog.
  • Potty Train: All household pets must be potty-trained at some point—especially puppies! Teach your dog early. If you are really out of options and have a smaller dog breed, some owners train their dogs to relieve themselves in a designated space. Yes, dogs have been trained to use canine litter boxes or dog pans and pee pads. Keep in mind, this isn't always a good choice unless you have a solid plan for dealing with the odor.
  • Take Your Dog to Work: Do you work for a company or work in a profession that allows your dog to come to work? Bring your dog to work day!
  • Get a Doggy Door: If you live in an area where it is safe for your dog to enter and exit the house by free will, consider putting in a doggy door so that they can relieve themselves outside and enjoy nature as they please.

What is your dog doing when you're out of the house?
What is your dog doing when you're out of the house? | Source

What Do Dogs Do When You're Not Home?

  • Sleep: This will take up most of their time. The average dog sleeps for about 14 hours a day (including at night), but young dogs and seniors sleep even more. Dogs will also sleep more during the day if exercised first thing in the morning.
  • Eat: While water should always be left out, not all owners choose to leave food out for their dog—free-choice feeding can lead to many problems, including obesity. A better idea is to leave several toys filled with snacks (like peanut butter) stashed throughout the house. When the dog is bored, he or she can walk around and search for the snacks.
  • Explore the house: There might be new smells in the kitchen, other animals running through the yard, or familiar objects to be found in slightly different settings. If your dog is lucky enough to have a doggy door, he or she can sit outside and watch the birds or listen to the sound of traffic.
  • Play: Your dog will likely engage with items around the house and find ways to pass the time. They may find their favorite toy or chase another animal household member—a cat or another canine companion.
  • Guard the house: Not all breeds are suited to do this, and some will be more likely to wake up and guard at any suspicious sound. Others, like the Whippet, may wake up and hide.

How to Choose the Right Dog

All dogs are social animals, and no matter how tired you are at the end of the day, all dogs need a walk. Some dogs need a lot more than a walk around the block and I have excluded them from this list. I most certainly did not include sled dogs, herding breeds, and curious breeds on this list (breeds that are likely to investigate all of your cabinets when home alone).

Make Adoption Your First Option

Do not listen to those people who will tell you to get a cat or a bird instead of a dog! There are a lot of great dogs out there and you can be happy if you choose carefully. Be sure to consider adopting an older dog of the correct breed through your local shelter or Petfinder.com. Little puppies need a lot of time and older dogs tend to sleep more.

Consider a Senior Dog

If you do get a dog from a shelter, make sure he or she is one of the breeds on this list. If someone at the shelter tells you that a herding or retrieving breed will be fine for you, do not listen. You do not want to end up with a “Marley” that will tear down your drywall in a fit of separation anxiety. Most of those dogs end up dead while still young due to foreign body ingestion or some traumatic accident.

Pass on Pet Shops

If you have decided to bring home a new dog, be sure not to buy a cute, little puppy from a pet shop. You will be supporting a puppy mill, and besides having to deal with puppy energy and housetraining problems (which you may not have time to deal with), your new puppy will likely have behavioral problems and not be a good match for your lifestyle.

Questions & Answers

  • I am not home 12 hours a day, 6 am to 6 pm. Also, I live in an apartment of almost 70m2. I really want to have a dog in my home but really concerned about the hours that it will home alone. I am considering a french bulldog but still have worries. What do you suggest?

    Twelve hours a day is really too long for any dog to be alone. If you decide to purchase a dog, please think about having a dog walker come in during the day to take your dog out, taking your dog to doggy day care, or at the very least having two small dogs so that the dog will not feel so isolated.

    A Frenchie is a good choice for your situation, but I am still concerned about that large block of time. If you are in the US I suggest you contact a French Bulldog breed rescue (check Google for a rescue that works in your city) and ask about a pair of calm adults that can handle your situation. You have to tell them that if the dogs do not work out you will need to give them back.

  • I am not home for about seven hours each day, but I do have three kids that will take good care of a dog. I also have two cats that stay home all day. We really want a dog, but don’t know what kind of breed would be the best. Do you have any advice?

    I would be looking for a dog that is going to do well with the cats and the kids. If you want a small breed dog, a Maltese would be okay but not with very small or very rambunctious kids. If you want a larger breed, a Golden Retriever would be a better choice.

    A Golden would be a much better choice if your kids rough-house. A Maltese is very fragile, a Golden is a solid dog.

    Try to find an adult through Petfinder or a local animal shelter. An adult will do a lot better than a puppy if left alone longer during the day.

    If you do go to a shelter, do not accept a Rott cross, German Shepherd cross, or other hunting breed cross that they might recommend. Sometimes that is all that is available, but you need a dog that will get along with your family and cats.

  • We are looking for a dog that will be happy to be left alone 3 days a week between 8 am and 5 pm. If we arrange for a dog walker to come in during that time would this mean that we can choose any breed or would this still mean that we should avoid certain breeds?

    You definitely want to avoid working breeds that have high energy and will get bored and tear up your house. Breeds that are not good when left alone include herders like Border collies and drovers like Australian Cattle Dogs (blue heelers).

    Your best bet, even if you hire a dog walker, is to find a lazy dog like a Greyhound. Take a look at the lists for "lazy dog breeds" and see if you find any breed you like.

  • I am currently a college student and really want to get a dog. I was thinking of getting a French bulldog that is about two or three years old. Throughout the week the dog would not be on their own for longer than three hours, however, one day a week I will be gone for around eight hours. I plan to get lots of interactive toys and stuff for the dog. Do you think it would be okay for them to be on their own for that long one day a week?

    An older French bulldog sounds like a great choice. Your schedule sounds okay for him, and he should be okay that one day a week that you are away for a longer period of time. Do you have a neighbor that would be able to let him out in the middle of the day when you are gone for a long time? That might help you avoid any behavioral issues before they start.

  • I work 5 and a half hours a day three days a week. We really want a dog but, my partner works full time. We live in an apartment. Any idea what breed of dog we should get?

    It depends on if you want a large, medium, or small breed dog. Any of the breeds on this list are appropriate; you need to choose a dog that you like to look at and that you will feel comfortable being around for many years to come.

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    • DrMark1961 profile imageAUTHOR

      Dr Mark 

      5 days ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      Lynn, if you left a working dog home alone all day and had no problems you are fortunate. I would not expect that outcome very often.

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      Lynn 

      6 days ago

      I tend to disagree about Labs and Shepherds not being good for a working individual... I raised mine with each other from puppies...they were/are the best dogs I ever had...it's the owner not the breeds that make the difference.

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      ellie 

      7 days ago

      great blog!! really helpful.

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      Dr Mark 

      4 weeks ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      Kate, the one dog breed that I think is great for introverts, and is good if left alone for many hours, is the Greyhound. I do not know if that is what you are looking for, and I do not know how many hours a day you are away from home.

      You can check out this list if you want to look at some other choices.

      https://pethelpful.com/dogs/best-dog-breeds-introv...

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      Kate 

      4 weeks ago

      Are there any other dog breeds that can be left alone but are also good with people with anxiety issues? If so please tell me wich one I should pick. I need a dog that is stable and one that can handle maybe even help me with my social anxiety.

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      Dr Mark 

      5 weeks ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      Grace, there are several good small breeds appropriate for an apartment on this list. My favorite is the Maltese since they are clean little dogs, but the French Bulldog is a great choice too since they do not bark much.

      Be sure to adopt an adult from a shelter or a rescue group. Do not get a puppy who is going to be bored and destructive if left alone all day.

      Best of luck.

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      Grace 

      5 weeks ago

      Hi Dr. Mark. I've been wanting to have a dog since long time but decide not to ( get a dog ) because of my workhours. After reading this article, It makes me think that i can have a dog if i choose the right breed. I am a single woman who work from 8-4, 5 days a week. I lived in Appartement with a nearby park. Can you sugest aright breed for me? Thank you

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      Dr Mark 

      5 weeks ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      Arasaid, I am sorry that you have had to deal with a dog with separation anxiety. It is not usual in Basset hounds, even those left alone when there owners go to work.

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      Arasaid Gee 

      5 weeks ago

      The Basset Hound should not be on this list. They are VERY social animals and need to be around people, or at least other animals. They get separation anxiety if left alone.

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      Dr Mark 

      8 weeks ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      deandre, the Basenji and Bull terrier are good choices.

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      deandre 

      8 weeks ago

      hey i want to ask you which dog breed is for a family of four, and the kids are teens and we want a small-medium dog breed and we look at the bull terrier, goldndoodle, basenji and we use to have beagle he was wonderful and but we have to give him away to a different family but the point being which dog would be excellent for us

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      Dr Mark 

      3 months ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      Chloe, a Maltipoo is better suited to your house (based on what you wrote) but they are small. A Cockapoo is larger.

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      Chloe 

      3 months ago

      Hi I’m at work all day and my kids are at school the dog would be left from 8:30am to 3:30 most days but will be taken on long walks everday as my kids love walking dogs.I don’t want a big dog nor a small one.We we’re thinking of a cockerpoo or a maltipoo are these breeds incompatible with are needs?

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      Dr Mark 

      3 months ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      You are so fortuate, Bea, in that you have so many dogs to choose from. I do not know that there is a dog breed that fits everything that you want, buy many breeds will be close to what you are looking for:

      The basenji-doesnt shed much, does not bark.

      French bulldog--does not bark much.

      Shiba Inu-does not bark much.

      Greyhound or Whippet--does not bark much, short hair, lies around a lot but active when you want him to be.

      Look at a list of medium dog breeds and see which breed appelas to you the most. Good luck on your search.

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      Bea 

      3 months ago

      Hello Dr. Mark,

      I’m a single female and first-time dog owner who works from home and attends school online, too — I won’t be away from home much, other than infrequent weekends to visit my university when I can get a sitter.

      I’m thinking of getting a dog to keep me company on walks and give cuddles while I finish my education (3+ years) and beyond, and one that could be a part of a family since I might like to have children if I meet someone (a dog that will help me meet someone would be nice!). I prefer a pet that doesn’t bark or shed too much, and one with relatively low grooming needs if possible. I’m open to any size I guess, if you have more than one suggestion. And I’m likely to live in an apartment for many more years with limited yard space, but will eventually buy a house with a large yard. I live in an urban metropolis on the west coast which is kind of chilly at times.

      What do you think?

      Thank you for your help,

      Bea

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      Dr Mark 

      3 months ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      Tori, although you may not believe it from looking at them, Basset Hounds are a hunting breed and will happily run along and hike all day long. Of course when you get home they are going to sleep--a lot. Greyhounds and Whippets are also althetic dogs and good for hiking but both are scenthounds and unless you are in a very isolated area are a problem off leash. They tend to run off if they see something. (I read about someone who had trained her Whippets to come on command 100% of the time. She gave a tasty treat EVERY time she called the dogs. I only do this with my adult dogs every few months since they do not need the reinforcement.)

      My dogs sleep in my house, loose. The only time I ever use a crate is in the first week, when potty training.

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      Tori 

      3 months ago

      Hello,

      I work about 8 hours a day, with opportunities to work remotely on occasion or in a emergency. I live in a decent sized apartment, with a state park right outside my back door. I am looking for a companion to go on multi day hikes and long walks. Are these breeds in this article suited for long hikes up mountains? My worry is that I will get a small low energy dog who will be very well suited for the apartment life but not for the adventure life. Any suggestions on breeds that are comfortable being alone for 8 hours and ready to go on a adventure at any time. Would a English cocker Spaniel be a breed suited for this type of life style?

      Thank you very much, I greatly enjoyed the article. I would like to see your information on how crating is animal abuse, my previous dog would get so upset if we left her home alone without crating her. I believe she thought something was wrong sorta like " They just left without putting me in my kennel something must be wrong!"

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      Dr Mark 

      4 months ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      Wow Kinlee those are some pretty long hours!

      Way too much for a dog to be alone. I think you and your son need to discuss this because he would have to give up on going to work with you, at least for the first year or so when the dog is young.

      Do you want a large dog or a small breed? If you want a larger dog, a Standard Poodle will fit your needs. There are lots of good choices for smaller dogs, and many of the breeds like the Maltese would be fine for your situation.

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      Kinlee markiston 

      4 months ago

      I have one son that’s 11 years old and a pretty large two story house. I work 10-11 hours a day all days of the week. I usually bring my son to work every day, but sometimes my son stays at home, but if 10-11 hours a day is too much, my son can stay at home on most days. I live in a hot area and get harsh winters but no snow. I want a dog that does not shed a lot and is easy for me to take care of.

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      Dr Mark 

      4 months ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      Antonia, how is your view from up there?

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      antonia 

      4 months ago

      this is a really irresponsible article. Leaving dogs, who are pack animals, home all day alone is cruelty. Dogs need to be outside a few hours a day, ideally running and playing and hanging out with other dogs. It is NOT a good life for a dog to be left all day alone. They will tolerate it as an animal left in a cage would have to, but they will be deeply unhappy.

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      Addie 

      4 months ago

      I have a 11 year old who wants a small lap dog but she is at school for 5 hours any suggestions

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      teya 

      6 months ago

      Hello I have a 9-year old labrador and I want to give her a friend she is very very obedient she is amazing she is energetic, calm, very nice, and linens amazing she never has any problems I really want a daschund puppy would he be a good champion for my lab she is my best friend and i want the best for her when I'm at school.

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      Chad A 

      7 months ago

      Ok, I will look I to those. Thank you for the information !

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      Dr Mark 

      7 months ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      Yes, Frenchies are expensive becuase like English Bulldogs they often have to be delivered by c-section, will only breed through AI, etc.

      A lazy dog like a Maltese is a good second choice. The laziest of all is a Basset hound but I am not sure if you would want to invite one up to your bed each night. They shed a lot more than Frenchies.

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      Chad A 

      7 months ago

      Thank you for the response, I will look into the Frenchie. Being a Boxer owner/breeder I do love an ugly mug. As well as with three Boxers I am use to shedding and understand that no dog is non shedding. Low sheding is a preference but not mandatory by any means. Any other good recommendations high on the list? I know in my area Frenchies to tend to be on the fairly quite expensive side.

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      Dr Mark 

      7 months ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      Chad, there is not a non-shedding dog like you describe, but if you want a non-yappy smaller dog that will also do good with your kids the French Bulldog is a great choice. Take a look at some photos and meet a few dogs to see if you like them.

      My main concern is that you will not like them because they might shed some in your bed.

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      Chad A 

      7 months ago

      So I am looking to get a smaller dog that I can make an E.S.A. and have sleep in the bed at night with to help reduce my anxiety and help me sleep. I got to take care of a toy poodle a week or so ago and having her next to me those few nights worked really well. I do have 3 boxers and they are great dogs but not conducive to sleeping in a bed with you at night.

      I am looking for a breed that I can train down the yapping ( not wanting to ad stress or anxiety with a constant barking) and that can coexist with the larger dogs. My boxers are good with other dogs and my cats. I do have 3 boys from 4-12. All are good with animals, amd the youngest was great with the you poodle. He played with it but not to rough. I think he enjoyed having and animal that wasnt twice his size to run around with.

      Preferences to a less shedding soft fur dog, can be trained on a doggy door or do well in the big kennel I have for my boxers during the day. I can create if needed but prefer not to. They have to be alone 4 days of the week during the school year up to 7 hours. Durning the summer kids stay next door during the day. So the dog will not be left all day.

      What are your thoughts?

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      sarah 

      7 months ago

      l love this info, keep up it up for those people who absolutely love dogs.

      this is the best website page ever and l would like to read your advice even if it means spending a lot of time doing it each day.

      great work and l hope lots of people leave the best ever comments for you to all see. cheers, sarah.

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      Dr Mark 

      10 months ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      Ember, the best non shedding small dog breed on this list is a Maltese, but they are tiny dogs and if you have rambunctious kids there can be injuries. You may want to get a larger dog if you have small kids, but there may not be as calm a small dog as the Maltese.

      When you mention a puppy, though, I worry. An adult dog is much more suited to being alone during the day. A puppy needs to go out more often, gets more bored, and may develop behavioral problems because of that. Take a look at Petfinder.com to see if you find an adult dog that suits your needs.

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      Dr Mark 

      10 months ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      Bella, you should write an article on HP about why not to get a dog if you work all day. Make sure the title is easily searchable and do some of the SEO so that the page is findable on search engines. I think more people should read your perspective.

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      Ember 

      10 months ago

      Hi, I work 8 hours a day 4 times a week and have kids, we are thinking of getting a dog. It has to be small, able to be at home by itself for a while, non shedding and quite calm. We might get a dog sitter/walker or friend to take the puppy out for a bit during the day. Any ideas or breeds?

      Thank you.

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      BelltheBall 

      10 months ago

      Obviously it is clear you disagree with me since you wrote the article but as I said, this is not personal.

      When thinking of owning a dog, we have to be mature enough to think of the dog's needs, not just our own.

      While dogs can bring great rewards, they come with great responsibility.

      As a dog trainer with over 30 years of experience, I see a many behavior problems caused by peoples lack of understanding for what it takes to meet a dog's needs, not just their own.

      A dog needs almost as much attention as a small child. Using the excuse that a certain breed is known for sleeping a lot or being lazy is misleading for people and can only lead to behavior problems with dogs down the road.

      As I tell my clients: If you wouldn't do it to a child, don't do it to a dog.

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      Dr Mark 

      10 months ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      Well, that is your opinion. You are welcome to it, but do you really have the right to forbid all of these people the right to have a dog. I happen to disagree with you.

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      BellatheBall 

      10 months ago

      Well, Dr. Mark, I don't want to get personal here, but if it is not your choice, why even suggest it ? Given your credentials, you know there are people who will try it!

      The bottom line is: People who are away from home 8-10 hours a day simply do not have time for a dog. A dog requires almost attention as a young child. Dogs are "pack animals". Even if provided a way to exit the home to potty, a dog still requires companionship.

      A dog cannot be left alone all day long the way a cat, bunny rabbit, guinea pig or fish can.

      I cannot agree with the premise of this entire article and I think it is way off base.

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      Dr Mark 

      10 months ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      Bella, this would not be my choice, and I take it from your comment that it would not be yours either. Things are different for other people though. If you want to have a pair of Chihuahuas or Maltese, however, would this not be better than cleaning the carpets every evening after work?

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      BellatheBall 

      10 months ago

      Seriously Dr. Mark? Are you really advising someone to train their dog to go in the house on pads just so they can work all day and still have a dog?

      Shame! Shame!

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      Dr Mark 

      10 months ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      Maggie, a Whippet or Greyhound might be able to hold it that long but no guarantees. If you want a smaller dog you would have to train her to use pee pads, but waiting to find a better place, with a yard and doggy door, is a much better option. Best of luck to you.

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      Maggie 

      10 months ago

      Dr. Mark,

      I'm considering adopting a dog but I work about 9 hours with traffic included. I live in an apartment and am not friendly with my neighbors. If my dog has to go to the bathroom in the middle of the day there isn't a yard and I can't come home at lunch everyday due to my work schedule. Any suggestions? Would it be best to wait until I've move on to a new job or apartment?

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      Dr Mark 

      10 months ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      Emily, is there even more commute time added on top of those hours? That is a long time to be away from home. The dogs on this list are a good choice, but as far as not shedding or smelling much, the Maltese is a good choice.

      With a little dog like that however there is little chance he could hold his bladder all day. Will the neighbor you mentioned come in every day for a few minutes over lunch?

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      Emily 

      10 months ago

      Hi we are a couple in our late twenties and we work 8-6 mon- fri. We have a 3 bedroomed house with a reasonably sized garden and friends nearby who would love to dog sit if needed. Can you recommend what breeds we should be looking at? Ideally ones that don’t malt or smell ?? People have told us we shouldn’t get a dog because of our jobs/hours but I feel our home is really missing one. Emily

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      LovePets 

      10 months ago

      I think that you are right i hav two French Bulldogs and a Greyhound

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      Dr Mark 

      11 months ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      James, that is really tough. You are asking a dog to lie around most of the time, but then be ready to be an athlete on the weekends. At least we humans can walk around at work and go to the gym if we want to be weekend athletes.

      The dogs on this list are not appropriate. Most working breeds do not do well just hanging out that many hours. One dog you might consider is a Pitbull. Do you know of anyone with a Pit that you could borrow to try out on the types of trails you like to hike? Consider adopting an older dog, not a puppy that is going to tear up your house when left alone all day.

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      James 

      11 months ago

      Hi Dr. Mark. I would like your opinion on a dog breed to fit my situation. I work 8 hrs a day, 5 days a week, but on weekends I love to go hiking in the mountains and would like a dog that could fit both scenarios. Do you have any suggestions?

      Thank you.

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      Dr Mark 

      11 months ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      Ralph, it sounds like you have put a lot of thought into it. I still think you need to try and foster one of these breeds on the list, since if you try and foster a working or hunting breed the dog is unlikely to fit into your busy lifestyle. Good luck to you, hope you find the right dog up there!

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      Ralph 

      11 months ago

      Hello Dr Mark. What do you think of becoming a volunteer foster care home. I have now start living alone since my dad retired and moved back to our mother land, the philippines, and I am still single. I am housesitting until we can renovate and sell it. I work 8 hour shifts. With traffic factor in, I am gone 10-11 hours. I am also gone during the time, I go to gym, do martial arts, or any other activities to keep me busy and stay off the computer. I am also away during those times. I feel sorry for the dog that I will adopt because of my busy schedule. I think that is better that I become a foster home vokunteer instead. This way, I am not being part of the problem. Also, despite this being a bad situation for the dog, it is better than nothing. It will also help me to become less lonely with being alone in the house. I think it is a win-win situation. We used to own a dog in our mother land but it is more of let them run in the backyard and do their thing. Owning a dog here in Canada is totally different. Thinkimg of becoming a foster home volunteer as a test run. What do you think?

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      Dr Mark 

      11 months ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      Schnauzerguy--thanks for the comments. I recently lost my older Schnauzer and she sounds a lot like your dog. She was a real calming influence for my Pitbull, and did not bark a lot, which was great.

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      Schnauzerguy 

      11 months ago

      One other thing - many animal shelters like to have volunteer foster parents for dogs. This is something I have done a few times. They even gave me food for the dogs. You can learn a lot about a breed this way. My dog is 14, and I'm not sure I want to get the same breed next time, because Schnauzers don't handle the cold well. So I'm considering doing foster care again.

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      SchnauzerFeeder 

      11 months ago

      I've had two Schnauzers. They seemed a bit hard to housetrain, but once they got it they seemed to never have an accident in the house, even if on occasion we couldn't get home for 10 or more hours. They don't seem to need to drink that much water, so maybe that's part of it. Also, they didn't seem to have much separation anxiety. I think they tend to be really yappy, but I've just trained my dog to tone it down, and if I tell her no more barking, she generally stops.

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      BellatheBall 

      11 months ago

      Having a dog is almost like having like a child. Dogs require attention and supervision while cats are more independent. This is not to say that cats can be neglected. Cats still require care, they just don't require the companionship that dogs require.

      So if you can't devote at least 4-6 waking hours a day to your dog, get a cat.

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      Dr Mark 

      12 months ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      Justin, an alternative pet is a good idea but the whole point of this article was to point out those breeds that do well in that time frame. If you have a small house, you might need to think smaller dog, but what do you like? There are several breeds to choose from.

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      Justin Sterling 

      12 months ago

      Hey, I'm considering getting a dog but unfortunately I have school for 6 hours of the day. My parents have work as well so for the 6 hours no one will be at home. So I was wondering if there is a dog breed that can left alone for this time without causing massive amounts of stress, or maybe I should get a cat.

      P.S. I live in a small house with limited space

      Thank you :)

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      Dr Mark 

      12 months ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      maltese are great in your situation, but since you are only away about 5 hours, and if you are worried about cleanliness around the kids the Shiba Inu is also a good choice. Personally I would go for the Maltese, and my dog was great around my kids when they were growing up. Good luck with your new family member.

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      Juliet Kariuki 

      12 months ago

      Hey,I live in a 2 bedroom apartment with my 2 kids and I work from 12:00 to 4:30 and I wanted to know what type of dog would be best.i was thinking about a Maltese give me your opinion

      Thanks so much

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      Stephanie ward 

      12 months ago

      I have a chow he's six n stays home alone in the house he's great,we are blessed with him n he's never bothered anything,we let him lay on our need n couches,he's very housebroken n only my husband n i can touch him or go around him,we've never left him at the vet or at night without one of us,chows tend to be lazy so he seems to take us being gone very well,we do take him out n hang out an hour before we head out n he likes that,the summer heat makes him stay in alot in summer n we keep our home very cold,bc chows are prone to heat exhaustion,but I realize alot of breeds don't like being left alone

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      BellatheBall 

      12 months ago

      Sorry. I cannot agree. If you work all day and there is no one home for 9-12 hours, you should get a cat. Do not get a dog. No dog should be left home alone all day. It doesn't matter if the dog is left inside or outside, the feeling of loneliness to the dog is the same.

      Dogs are "pack animals". They need to live in a group. That group is your family.

      Many people will resort to crating or caging a dog because they are not around to supervise the dog and provide the attention that the dog needs.

      While this is becoming a common practice, it is harmful to the dog and only serves to solve a problem for the owner.

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      Dr Mark 

      12 months ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      No dog can be guaranteed to not bark when left alone all day. The only thing I can suggest is get a lazy breed that is more likely to sleep when you are gone. An active breed is not a good idea.

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      Maahi a 

      12 months ago

      Hello drMark.i used to have a male german spitz and cause of the poor control he became the alfa one and since im a medical doctor he was barking all the time during the days when he was alone.so i had not any choice except finding a new family for him.i have the same lifestyle now.a small apartmant,no yard,whol day working and barking could be a serious problem for my neighberhoods...i have a question which hopefully waiting for your answer.if i want adopting a new dog,which specific breed could be better ? Tolarate to being alone,without almost no barking

      Thank you

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      BaelRathLian 

      12 months ago from USA - East Coast -

      Before I start I have to state that since 2003 I have been disabled and still rescue dogs. I have had many dogs in my life. Mostly rescues that some waste of space abused or abandoned on the side of the road or the dump. About Dani's comment some, not all, Basset hounds fit this description. Most do not. I had a very sweet boy that only wanted to be held and hugged. As for Pit bulls / American Pit Bulls, I have to laugh at people who are afraid of them with out just cause. To me they seem to be cowards and fools. ANY DOG is like ANY other child. How they are raised is how they will act. I know first hand on this. I rescued a few pregnant ones and at one time I had 27 pits all but one was as loving as they could be except 4. Those 4 - One was leave me alone, One was a chewer, and the other two puppies they were the stereo type aggressive brats. So just like humans you can't just say well that person is a -blank- so they are this, this and ,this. It's just not true.

      @ Dr Mark : I love the little French Bulldog. Would love to get a pup, now that all my babies have new parents. I don't sell anyone I just find them a good home and ask them to bring them back if they can't handle them. So far no one has come back after 4 years. Four years being the last little one that I rescued and she is with my mother.

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      Dr Mark 

      13 months ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      Dani, you sound like you are trying to make a political statement. I hope most people looking for a calm house dog do not believe you and your "howling banshee" comment.

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      Dani 

      13 months ago

      Do not use this article to pick a dog! The first choice... The basset is a high maintenance destructive untrainable howling banshee who will destroy your home while you work. Get a reputable vet... go see them about your living situation or contact a large pet rescue with fostering...I have had 3 cycles of rescue dogs in my 50 years... whatever you do AdoptDontShop.. and remember it’s that dog’s forever home... do not get sucked into fad articles like this one... Do Your Homework

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      Dr Mark 

      14 months ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      Claire, Maltese do bark a lot.

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      Claire 

      14 months ago

      DO maltese dogs bark alot?

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      Samantha 

      15 months ago

      I miss having a dog. I trained and excersised all the dogs we had when I still lived with my mother and lately I have been considering getting a condo or house closer to work so I can have a dog again. What would be best for a single female who works? I can work 4 10 hour shifts to get an extra day off which might make doggie daycare easier or if I choose to do 8 hour shifts I can go home for lunch and come back because 8 hours arn't paid breaks.

      I am kinda considering doing that so the dog would only be home alone for 4 hours at a time normally then just make sure I have time to take it walking when I get home.

      I also have a cat who really good with and really likes dogs. She used to get irritated I think when the last shelter dog we had didn't seem to interested in playing or cuddling with her no matter how hard she tried. Could have just been that he was old, though.

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      Mike Luis 

      15 months ago

      Im sorry my English i know is bad, hope you understand ...i have 2 chihuahuas and i dont agree at all with this list , i know for sure chihuahuas suffer a lot with out the owner presence. That is my experience, i dont recommend dogs or any animal if you work a lot .

      Actually me as dog lover, would really like humans stop to have dogs, we humans dont deserve dogs, we are a evil animal and dogs are full of love

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      emmett 

      15 months ago

      Dacshunds tend to sleep all day as well...

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      Jessica 

      15 months ago

      I'm not exactly sure but I really like the way the Dachshund looks but in none of all these amazing pictures i can't find one reason to get one so i don't think i will

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      Igor 

      15 months ago

      The best dog for someone who works all day is none. As a pack animal dogs don't get along very easilly with loneliness (it doesn't matter the breed) so the best way to avoid this problem is to get a cat.

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      sabina 

      16 months ago

      I have a terrier/dachshund and it shed awfully what can i do??

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      Rodney 

      16 months ago

      Due to work I normally leave the house at 5:30am and get back around 8:00pm Tue-Fri. Sat,Sun&Mon are free days off. I've debated for years should I get a dog due to the LONG four days I'd be away.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      16 months ago from Philippines

      This is very useful information. I plan to forward this to a friend who wants to buy the dog but holds a full time job.

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      Roberto 

      16 months ago

      Very useful article, thanks so much! Me and my wife work around 8 hours a day and we're thinking to get a greyhound, we would love to. Our concern was leaving him alone all the day but it seems this is a breed that can adapt to such conditions. Im curious about their character though, I'm a bit afraid they are too much independent... Honestly I wouldn't like a dog that behaves like a cat. What's your comment about that? Are they happy and joyful to see you coming home, do they like to spend time with their owner?

      Thank you!

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      Dr Mark 

      16 months ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      Jacob, I have also had Maltese. I disaree.

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      Jacob 

      16 months ago

      I would not suggest a Maltese for anyone not planning to be around very much. The Maltese does not do well when left alone and can easily become depressed/anxious if missing their owner too much or too often. Besides this being widely known about the breed, my personal childhood Maltese would have seizures when my dad left for business trips lasting about a week, and ultimately passed away due to a more serious seizure.

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      16 months ago

      Or...you know...when I get a dog...I might just sneak it in?

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      Ariel Hunter 

      17 months ago

      HI um well i need to know what kind of dog i could get if i am not home for about a week

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      Lindsay 

      18 months ago

      Hi Dr Mark, I'm working most of the day (9 to 6) and i live in a 4 bedroom 2-storey house. I really love pugs. Should i get a pug or a chihuahua, i love them both soso much. Thanks!

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      puplover 

      18 months ago

      Dr, I'm a student (who love dogs).My live in a rural-small town.I want a dog that will tolerate being left alone for almost 8-9 hrs daily.And how am I supposed to feed my puppy his meals when no one's at home? I like medium-somewhat large dog..So do you think I can have a dog ?Which one do you suggest?

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      Faith 

      18 months ago

      Hi nancy, just a suggestion , maube try a poodle or poodle mix, they come in many sizes(toy,minature, standard)

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      Kunal 

      18 months ago

      Sir, actually i want a dog ...but my conditions are i can be with it for full one month during summet vacations but after summer vacation i will come home on weekends.. and behind me my mother and father will be at home But they are also available after 3 pm bcz of work. So can i adopt a dog and of which breed??

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      :) 

      19 months ago

      Either these dogs or, an elder dog 5 to 8 years old, depending on its life span :)

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      An Annoyed Person 

      19 months ago

      Malteses can't be left alone, they'll tear you house, they need to be companioned.

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      Sarah 

      20 months ago

      My childhood dog passed away a few years ago when I was in college, and I would really like to adopt another one. But I haven't yet because I work full time. I am a teacher, so I'd be home with the dog on weekends and during the summer, but it would need to be left alone on school days. I'm planning to wait until the summer to look seriously for a dog so that I can be there with it as it adjusts to its new environment, but do you have any advice on what kind of dog would be best? I like small/medium dogs best.

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      nancy 

      20 months ago

      i am looking for a small dog hypoallegenic and doesnt bark

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      Dr Mark 

      21 months ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      Fox Girl, a Basset mix is more of a kennel dog and more likely to get along with your Blue Heeler than a Whippet mix. Of course personalities vary so ask to take the dog home and see how he gets along with your other two dogs and the cats.

      The Blue Heeler sounds like he needs a lot more exercise. They are very active dogs, and need to burn up a lot of energy.

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      FoxGirl 

      21 months ago

      Oh, and we also have two stray cats around the yard.

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      FoxGirl 

      21 months ago

      I have two other dogs, but I've been wanting a dog of my own. One is a blue heeler, and is a little aggresive to my other dog, Bleu. Bleu is a dog argintino mix, and he is a little cowardly. But I want a dog that is ok being left alone on school days, and I want a mix. Should I get a Whippet mix, or a Basset mix? Mom says I should get a basset, but I'm not sure! Please help me!

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      GalaxyRat 

      21 months ago

      Thanks a lot, Doc.

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      Dr Mark 

      21 months ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      Carolina, almost all dogs are active enough to get out and play in the park, so it is a matter of finding a dog that will do okay in the apartment during the day. If you like Bassets, they are a great choice for an apartment dog that will do okay alone during the day. If you want something smaller, consider a Maltese.

      Please try to adopt an older dog that does not need all of the care that a puppy will require. Check with your local animal shelter,and if they canntot help try Petfinder.com

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      Carolina 

      21 months ago

      I live in an apartment and my family and I would love a dog that can be left alone during school days. Me and my younger sibling would play with him once we get home. My mom won't allowed us to get a dog because she doesn't want it to be left in the house all day. But I would like to know what dogs are okay indoors but active enough so we can go play with him in the park.

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      Dr Mark 

      21 months ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      GalaxyRat--it is going to vary a lot by dog. The Maltese and the Basset Hound are both potential candidates, but some Bassets are more prey aggressive. Maltese are not usually interested in prey.. You would just have to find an adult dog and see how they get along with your rats.

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      GalaxyRat 

      21 months ago

      What dogs do well with rats and can be left alone like this?

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      Dr Mark 

      21 months ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      Kristina, those 11 hour days have me concerned, since with commute time you will probably be gone 12 or more hours. No dog can wait that long inside. If leaving the dog out is not an option (since you live in an apartment) do you have a neighbor that could take your dog out for a short time during the middle of the day? As far as a breed goes, an independent dog like a Maltese or Chihuahua would be great, but again I am worried about those long hours. Good luck to you.

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      Kristina 

      21 months ago

      I'm looking to get a small to medium sized dog. I live in a 650 sq.ft apartment and have weird hours at work. I am away 6-8 hours 3/4 days a week but work 11 hours some weekends. I'm concerned these long weekends will be hard on a dog but would absolutely love one.

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      Dr Mark 

      21 months ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      Zia, there are several good small breeds listed above--the Maltese, Chihuahua, and French Bulldog. Frenchies are very expensive, Maltese do require daily grooming, but a Chihuahua might be a good choice. Go to your local animal shelter and take a look there before puchasing a dog.

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      ZiaNephyst 

      21 months ago

      Hi! I need a small dog that can tolerate being left alone 7-8 hours a day by itself on most weekdays. I live in a large house, which has more than 3 rooms and I have lots of old dog toys from friends. We have a budget of 700 dollars for buying a dog. We would like a dog that does not shed too much but it can shed a little bit, and it only needs a little bit of brushing and bathing for it's grooming.

      Do you have anything in mind?

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      Dr Mark 

      22 months ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      Amy, I like Irish Wolfhounds but their short life span and numerous serious health problems are difficult to deal with. I think the Bernese Mountain Dog is a better choice for a companion for the Newfie.

      Have you thought about the Giant Schnauzer? They are not really giant, but large dogs and would be able to handle romping with a Newfie without any problems. They are very trainable dogs, and a lot of fun. Do some more reading about that breed.

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      Dr Mark 

      22 months ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      Denise, dogs evolved as social animals, and the situation you describe (the small room) is likely to make your dog bored. If he can not tear things up, he will probably chew on himself, so I do not think he would have a good life and he would probably make your own life hard.

      When you describe a small, low shedding dog that does not bark much, a French Bulldog comes to mind, but again I am not sure how he is going to take the excessive isolation. If you do get a dog, make sure it is from a reputable breeder that would be willing to take the dog back if he does not fit into your household.

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      Denise 

      22 months ago

      Help me find a perfect breed! I am moving to a condo and am limited to a max of 20 lbs. I prefer a low shedding dog as I do have mild allergies. I prefer a dog that doesn't bark a lot and does not require professional grooming other than baths and brushing at home, so a shorthaired dog. The dog would be home for at least 8 hours a day M-F and I cannot go home during lunch. The dog would be kept in a small room (not a crate) with a dog bed, water and toys until I get home. Would be walked before and after work and get to go to the dog park and sometimes the beach on weekends. On occasion, the dog may even get to go to work with me, when I know I'll be working late.

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      Amy 

      22 months ago

      Hello... I have a 3 year old Newfie who is the darling of our family. I am looking to add another dog to our home. I was thinking an Irish Wolfhound or Bernese Mtn dog, so the size will be comparable to my Newfie. I am an arborist, so my dog goes to work with me. We spend a alot of time in the woods. Therefore I need to choose a breed that not only gets along with the Newfie, but likes to hike and be outdoors. They also need to be trainable for more than just sit and come since I do take them to work with me. Any suggestions?

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