The Seven Best Dog Breeds for Someone Who Works All Day

Updated on November 26, 2017
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Dr. Mark is a veterinarian in Brazil. He has been working with dogs for more than 40 years.

Basset hounds are known to be mellow and for falling asleep almost anywhere.
Basset hounds are known to be mellow and for falling asleep almost anywhere. | Source

Good Dogs for Working People

The most popular dog in the world is unsuited for most of the people in the world. In fact, most working and hunting dogs—including Labradors, 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 pets. In the end, this can result in unhappy dog owners and dogs suffering a horrible life confined to crates or given up to animal shelters, because active breeds are not suited for the life they are forced to endure.

If you work all day but choose to share your life with a dog, you need to choose the breed carefully and 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 who needs your attention. Dogs are pack animals and need company; they do not do well if they are left alone in a crate day and night.

Some dog breeds need more social interaction and exercise than others. If you select the right breed from the beginning, your dog will be perfectly content walking around your home, drinking water, and looking out the window to see the birds. He will not create trouble looking for stimulation, and you will not need to resort to using a small cell he cannot turn around in.

Choose the dog you want carefully and provide him activities, and he will be fine, even if you have to work. During the day, your dog will:

  • Sleep: This will take up most of his 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 taken for exercise first thing in the morning.
  • Eat: While water should always be left out for the dog, not all owners choose to leave food available—free-choice feeding can lead to many problems, including obesity. A better idea is leaving several toys filled with snacks (like peanut butter) stashed throughout the house. When the dog is bored, he 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 can sit outside and watch the birds or listen to the sounds of traffic.
  • Play: Interactive toys filled with dog treats give dogs a great excuse to play during the day. When a second or third dog is in the household, there is even more cause for fun.
  • Guard the house: Not all breeds are suited to 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.

This interactive toy is a great way to keep your dogs busy when you are not around. You can fill it up with dog kibble and your pup will have to play with it to manage to get them out. I still have several around the house that I bought years ago and when I am going out make sure and fill them so that the dogs stay busy when alone.

Best "Home Alone" Dog Breeds

If money and space is not an issue, three dogs left home alone are even better than two.
If money and space is not an issue, three dogs left home alone are even better than two. | Source
Dog Breeds That Can Be Left Alone All Day
Basset hound
Chihuahua
French bulldog
Greyhound
Maltese
Shar Pei
Whippet

Basset Hound

A basset hound will be perfectly happy to nap in the sun until you come back home.
A basset hound will be perfectly happy to nap in the sun until you come back home. | Source

The Basset Hound is a good low-energy breed. It's one of the best medium-sized dog breeds for an apartment. They love to walk around and use their noses but have relatively low activity levels 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.

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.

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.

Chihuahua

Since dogs are social animals, they should not be left alone.
Since dogs are social animals, they should not be left alone. | Source

If you want a tiny dog but have to work, the Chihuahua is a great choice. They will do okay if left alone much of the day.

Many of them weigh less than three kilos (about seven pounds). 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 dogs suffer from teasing and “small dog syndrome.” Socialize your Chihuahua and be sure to treat him gently.

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

Overall, 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.

French Bulldog

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

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 who needs your company, but is not built for going out for a long runs—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 though, and are one of the best small breeds with 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 likely to complain about the noise.

Greyhound

Greyhounds like to sleep on soft couches.
Greyhounds like to sleep on soft couches. | Source

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 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's used to it, I do not recommend you confine your dog in a crate all day. Teach him the habits of the house and allow him 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 him run off leash at your local dog park.

You both will be happier.

Maltese

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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

This little slacker is willing to sleep most of the day on the back of the sofa, waiting for his 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.

However, he will enjoy your company and also will need to be groomed carefully each evening, since the long hair will mat if not combed. If you are not willing to do so, take your dog to the groomer for a “puppy cut” (a short, even haircut) and just brush him when he is resting on your lap each evening.

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

Shar Pei

Shar Peis like to rest after playing.
Shar Peis like to rest after playing. | Source

A low-energy dog suited for someone who works all day does not have to be run-of-the-mill. The Shar Pei, one of the most unusual dog breeds, is perfect for an owner who works all day.

The Shar Pei is a medium-sized dog from China. They were the common man´s hunting and fighting dog, but 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.

Whippet

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

This medium-sized dog is ideal for an apartment, since he is relatively clean and spends a great deal of time sleeping. Like his larger cousin, the greyhound, he needs a soft place, so he will probably take over a couch or easy chair.

Whippets also are more withdrawing than greyhounds and will avoid any intruders.

And, like many dog breeds, he will need to be exercised each evening so that he can burn off his energy walking. Better yet, get two. They can play together between naps.

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 not included them on this list. There are no sled dogs, no herding breeds, and especially no curious dogs that are likely to investigate all of your cabinets when home alone.

Do not listen to those people who will tell you to get a cat or 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.

If you do get a dog from a shelter, make sure he 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.

If you have decided to bring home a new dog to share your life, 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.

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      Dr Mark 4 hours ago from The Beach of 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 14 hours 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 8 days 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks ago from The Beach of 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 2 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 5 weeks ago from The Beach of 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 5 weeks 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 2 months ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Claire, Maltese do bark a lot.

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      Claire 2 months ago

      DO maltese dogs bark alot?

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      Samantha 3 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 3 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 3 months ago

      Dacshunds tend to sleep all day as well...

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      Jessica 3 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 3 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 4 months ago

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

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      Rodney 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 months ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Jacob, I have also had Maltese. I disaree.

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      Jacob 4 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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      4 months ago

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

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      Ariel Hunter 5 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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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      :) 6 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 6 months ago

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

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      Sarah 8 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 8 months ago

      i am looking for a small dog hypoallegenic and doesnt bark

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      Dr Mark 9 months ago from The Beach of 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 9 months ago

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

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      FoxGirl 9 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 9 months ago from The Crazy Rat Lady's House

      Thanks a lot, Doc.

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      Dr Mark 9 months ago from The Beach of 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 9 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 9 months ago from The Beach of 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 9 months ago from The Crazy Rat Lady's House

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

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      Dr Mark 9 months ago from The Beach of 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 9 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 9 months ago from The Beach of 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 9 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 9 months ago from The Beach of 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 9 months ago from The Beach of 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 9 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 9 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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      Dr Mark 10 months ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Maria, there are several breeds of dogs that are good with cats and also do okay if there owners are at work during the day. Here is an article on the dog breeds that do well with cats:

      https://pethelpful.com/dogs/five-dog-breeds-that-l...

      With your husbands mild allergies, I think the Maltese is a good choice.

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      Maria 10 months ago

      We are now able to have pets at home and we'd like a cat and a dog. Do you think it's a good idea? We both work and my husband is mildly allergic (we prefer non shedding). Which breeds would you recommend? Thank you so much!

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      Dr Mark 10 months ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Chloe, any dog can have separation anxiety, but Maltese are not one of the breeds that are affected often, like the Weimarainer or the Vizsla.

      If your dog does whine a lot when you leave, would you consider getting a cat to keep him company?

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      Dr Mark 10 months ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Emma, not sure what you mean by 6 weeks. Any of the dogs on this list are okay, but you would be much better off adopting an adult dog that already gets along with cats.

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      Emma 10 months ago

      I really want a small, non shedding dog that could be left alone almost all day, with me visiting at lunch to let it have a run around on some days. On weekends, the dog could have plenty of company from my husband and children. We already have cats in the house, but my teenage children say that they would be more motivated to do exercise if there were a dog to accompany them. We were were thinking of adopting at the start of the summer holidays - would a dog be able to settle in enough over 6 weeks? And which breed would you recommend?

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      chloe 10 months ago

      I'm looking for a maltese pup but i got school and will be gone for 8 hours but it says that they have separation anxiety but on this it says there fine to be left alone.

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      Dr Mark 10 months ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Samantha, do your best to adopt an adult dog! A young dog cannot hold urine for that long, so a retired racing greyhound would be a great choice.

      Would your boyfriend be able to take the dog to work with him? It will be a lot more fun for the dog, since he would get to interact with a lot of other people, and when he is out on calls a dog like a retired racing greyhound would go into a crate and stay quietly waiting.

      When you are off, of course, the dog will be a great companion at home!

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      Samantha 10 months ago

      Hi, my boyfriend and I are considering adopting a dog. However, my boyfriend is a fireman who works 24 hour shifts 10 (or more days a month) and I'm a dispatcher who works 12 hour shifts approximately 15 days a month. I work nights, so basically we'd need a dog that would be ok on its own overnight. Do you have any suggestions? We're not planning on adopting at this exact moment I need time but planning to adopt in the not so distant future.

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      Dr Mark 10 months ago from The Beach of Brazil

      The Shar Pei and Basset Hound are both excellent choices, Diva, it just depends on what kind of dog you are looking for. I like the look of the Shar Pei, but make sure you hang out with a few and make sure the bristly coat is not going to irritate your skin before you bring a dog home.

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      Diva 10 months ago

      We are looking for a medium dog that can be left alone wether in the house or our large backyard for 6 hours on weekdays, and we can provide excellent exercise. Which dog breed would you recommend?

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      Dr Mark 10 months ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Jenny, any dog from any breed can develop seperation anxiety. Some breeds, like Weimarainers, are more prone to the problem. Maltese are not prone, but like all dogs should become used to being alone when still young.

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      Jenny 11 months ago

      Ive read on another website that Maltese's have seperation anxiety?

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      Dr Mark 11 months ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Chinmay, no, no social animal, or plant for that matter, should live for 6 days at home alone. (Even plants need to be watered.)

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      chinmay 11 months ago

      hello,can u pick me a dog which can live for 6 days without his master in home alone

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      Dr Mark 11 months ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Jean, Beagles are almost always good with cats but I cannot guarantee that they are good left alone. They can be a lot higher energy breed than a Basset Hound. Bassets are larger than what you are looking for, or I would suggest that dog breed.

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      jean 11 months ago

      I want a medium dog 25-40 pounds, I have cats, work full time,large back yard, willing to invest in training, we walk, but no running, over 50, can you suggest a breed?

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      Dr Mark 11 months ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Zara, look into a Greyhound, whippet, or the sighthound that you have available where you live. Whippets are a lot smaller, and the dog´s thin coat should be good for your living conditions.

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      Zara 11 months ago

      Hi, what's the best breed of dog for me? I need a dog who wouldn't have separation anxiety because every year I go on one trip that lasts 1 to 2 weeks, and can live in a smaller area because my mom doesn't want to have the dog inside the house but I'm building a smaller house/shed outside in my yard which is about in size 1,600² meters (17,200² feet). The dog would be preferably small but a bigger size is fine. I live in Southeast Asia kinda close to the equator so it is more of a hot climate. If the breed has long fur/hair I could give it a puppy cut, right? I hope I can find the right breed and convince my mom to get him or her!

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      Dr Mark 12 months ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Saskia, Maltese have hair so as long as you keep your dog bathed he will neither shed much nor shed a lot of skin, which is what most people are allergic to. He is really the only dog on the list that makes a good choice for your mum.

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      Saskia 12 months ago

      Hi, my mum is allergic to fur but would like a dog. I think a hypoallergenic dog is suitable but my mum and dad and I are at work/school for 6 hours a day on monday tuesday and wednesday. So could you please pick out a dog that is hypoallergenic and that can be left alone for a long time for 3 days a week.

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      Dr Mark 12 months ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Tom, it really depends on if you have a family, are living alone, etc. If you have a family, check my info on the best family guard dogs. If you are alone, I like Filas and Cane Corsos, as both are large and have a fierce bark. The Rottweiller is the best all around guard and watch dog. Click on my avatar on the top of the page and it will take you to my profile page, where I hope you can find what you are looking for.

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      Tom O Keeffe 12 months ago

      i am looking for an outside dog as our house was broken into what breed will i get to protect it

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      Bosko123 12 months ago

      I am working 10 hours a day.i live alone in a foreign country and i would love to have some company with who i can spend the rest of the day.i live in apartment and i would love to have basset hound.can someone give me some advice about how to make that happend?is he gonna be destructive?is he gonna bark a lot?cuz i have some old peoples across my place.

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      Dr Mark 13 months ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Hi Leia, if you are looking for a dog that is hypoallergenic as possible, and want a dog that will be sleeping a lot of the day, I would recommend the Maltese. Keep him as clean as possible to reduce the allergens. While still a puppy it is not a good idea to leave him home all day, so maybe he can go to work with your dad and hang out in one of the cages?

      A Chihuahua is a good idea too but will need to be bathed frequently and is going to shed more, so if you are worried about hair and allergens stuck to the hair there is a little more concern. Again, leaving a puppy alone all day is very hard, so if your dad can take the dog to work for those 6 months or so the dog will be a lot better later on.

      Pugs are great companions but not all of them are as good if left alone all day. It depends on the dogs personality.

      Good luck with your new dog.

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      Leia 13 months ago

      Hey i need help i am thinking to have a dog soon. It will be my first dog. My father is a vet. And i am a allergic person. We are living an apartmet( so it must bark less) And I think I will get a puppy. Dog will be alone 8 hour. I am thinking a pug or chihuahua. Which dog should ı get? Have you got another dog idea for me?

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      Dr Mark 13 months ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Grace, I do not breed or sell Maltese. The only reason I suggest these dogs is because of my personal experience with them. (There is a lot of bad information out there, so please read what you find carefully. Many times the writers on the internet know nothing about what they are writing and think it is enough to read what some others suggest. One person says that garlic is toxic, another copies it, etc. etc.)

      A lot depends on breeding. Do not buy from a pet shop. Buy from a breeder and discuss your needs, your family, etc. The breeder can pick the calmest line for your family. (If you need to find a breeder, there is a web page dedicated to the breed and they can put you in touch with someone locally.)

      No dog is hypoallergenic, but a Maltese does not shed much, and if you bathe him frequently he is one of the cleanest dog breeds. Maltese do not have that stinky odor that some dog breeds have. (My Schnauzer is at my feet as I write this. They definitely have a doggy odor!)

      Maltese do bark, a lot, and I never suggest a family with very small children get one. They are too tiny and fragile. You have to teach your older children to take care of her.

      And yes, they are really cute!

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      Grace 13 months ago

      My family is thinking on a first dog. This website says differently then all others about the Maltese dogs. I read on several websites that Maltese dogs will get sick, scratch, chew, etc. if left alone and that they get very bad separation anxiety. What dog is best for me if I have 2 family members allergic to the fur, want a small and cute dog, and work all day?

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      Dr Mark 14 months ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Lucy, I think that is a great thing to do. Many "experts" tell us that it does no good, but I adopted an adult Schnauzer to keep my adult Pit Bull company during the day, and she is now happier than ever. I used to feed her just as I was leaving the house so that she would sleep, but now that she has a companion she spends more time playing when I am gone. Leave me a note and tell me how your rescue goes! Good luck to your whole new family.

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      Lucy 14 months ago

      Hi,

      Would having 2 dogs at home to keep each other company reduce separation anxiety they may have while you're at work and reduce the limitations as to what breeds you may have?

      We used to always have 2 labradors and we never had any issues while away from home during the day.

      Also, advice please on having just one dog but introducing another to keep it company. My partner has one dog already and we are living together, so I would love to get my own and they could keep each other company. He is 2 years old and great with other dogs- but I'm looking at getting a 3-5yr old rescue, out of puppy stage (as I wouldn't be there to care for a puppy all day). Best way to go around this?

      Please keep advice positive as I am trying to do this the best way possible for all parties.

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      Dr Mark 14 months ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Thanks for that comment, Bcook. It sounds like your dog has a great life. I am sure you would like to spend all day, every day, playing with your dog. For most of us, entertaining a dog all of the time is just not possible.

      I do not think that makes pet ownership sick. Neither do my dogs.

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      Bcook 14 months ago

      Samosa is just a troll. I leave the house and 6:00 and get home at 6:00. My dog has a dog run and shelter. My dog lives a happy life with all the attention given when I am home. And on the weekends the dog park is a knowingly great experience. Far better than the curled up dog in the corner of a 4x4 cell with constant dogs barking scaring my dog. If you think my dog is neglected, you have no idea. While i am gone my dog is either sleeping, playing with toys, or alerting my neighbors of unnatural events or people. Ive tested it and reward her when i have a friend try to test approaching my house, it is now a game in her mind. My dog has experienced lakes, rivers, tubing, desert thru treeline elevations. Skunks.....geezer that was a doozey, rabbits, squirrels, elk, and deer. I guess I thrown wild horses in as well. It isn't unnatural. Not in the least bit. Your sentiment that dogs defended from wolves is correct in a very....very...long descendant list for most breeds. But even a wolf mix pup, wow it's tendencies would be hard to keep entertained for so long without some sort of household damage, but is still a pack animal who seeks a pack, which you provide.

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      Dr Mark 14 months ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Samosa, thanks for telling us all that "Pet ownership is just sick, its twisted and not natural". Your wonderful words have changed my life.

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      Samosa 14 months ago

      As someone who works full time and has a dog, please believe me when I say it is really sad for the dog. If the dog can be in a home where at least 1 adult is present most of the day, I think that is a reasonable situation for the dog. But to say that there are certain breeds that are good being alone is total bullshit. Dogs were bred from wolves which are pack animals, and humans just kept domesticating them for our selfish needs, to cure our own loniness at the expense of taking these animals out of their natural element and also presuming that they are fine being home alone all day. That is just an excuse humans tell ourselves to make us feel better about our selfish decision to own a dog. Doesn't matter if you're rescuing the dog - you are just feeding the system by being supportive of dog ownership by choosing to have a dog. If you have any compassion for animals, you'll understand once to get a dog and come home after being away for 10-12 hours. And you might say well there's doggy daycare? What's the point of bringing that dog into your life, when you're paying someone else to take care of it for most of their life on Earth? Pet ownership is just sick, its twisted and not natural.

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      Emma 15 months ago

      Well i think a dog would rather have a loving home, with owners who work and can afford to give them a good life then being caged up in a rescue centre. This idea of "if you work and live in a flat, you can't have a dog", is so out dated. There are many breeds out there that have been bred well to live that life style and there are Dog Day Care services.

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      dip 16 months ago

      Pug are the best,,,and English bulldog too,,,

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      Rich 16 months ago

      So only people that don't have to work for a living should have a dog? Makes no sense Ana

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      Ana 17 months ago

      Sorry folks! But someone who works all day shouldn't have a dog :P

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      Miss Cellany 19 months ago

      I had a border collie and left him alone while I went to work. I had fairly short hours so he wasn't left longer than 6 - 7 hours a day 5 days a week. He never destroyed my house or barked. I think it depends more on the owner than the dog breed to be honest. If you put the time and effort in to exercise and provide things to do while you're gone you can keep almost any breed. I wouldn't recommend a border collie to a household of busy people with lots of after work activities. You will NOT have time to do much else other than exercise, feed and train your dog after work each day, and most of your weekend will be spent making up for having left the dog alone all day during the week. If you can handle that you can have any breed :)

      By the way I live in a 1 bed apartment with no garden so also busting the "border collies need a huge yard" myth.

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      Trudy 20 months ago

      I like your list, however, I have a rough collie and a border collie and leave them during the day. I walk before work, come home for15 minutes at lunchtime and am home again around 4p.m. when we walk again. I don't go out and leave them in the evening when I've been at work and go obedience training once a week with some agility fun combined. They have the run of the house and are now 4 and 3 years old. Whilst they are herding breed I don't have any problems and have videos them so I know they settle when I'm gone. Just lucky I guess.

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      Helloo 20 months ago

      This information has really helped me with my choice of dog , thank you

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      Chantelle Porter 2 years ago from Chicago

      I think this is such an important article. I now so many people who have these big dogs left alone for 12 hours a day and some of them have become quite destructive. My sister has a Bassador and it sounds like he got the Basset Hound personality. She is gone all day and when she gets home he curls up in her lap. He doesn't really bark and is the most loving dog. He is really pretty lethargic so he handles being home quite well.

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      Wren 2 years ago

      Hi,

      Frenchies are definitely not a breed to consider if you work. They are bred to be companions and don't do well alone.

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      Dr Mark 2 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Hi Sarah, thanks for the comment on the Maltese. I would agree that they are not as good left alone as the Basset or Greyhound, but are one of the best small dogs for someone who has to be away at work all day. And of course the Bassets and Greyhounds are not what everyone would choose! Thanks for your input.

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      Sarah 2 years ago

      Hi! Interesting article but I would have to offer a similar concern with Maltese dogs. I have had one for 15 years and he is very much a people person. It wasn't until his elderly years when we can sneak out while he is fast asleep that he didn't become stressed when we left him. They are a lovely dog but he wouldn't be happy if my mom wasn't able to spend most days home with him. We have several in our neighborhood that I think would agree that Maltese dogs can easily have separation anxiety

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      Dr Mark 2 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Thanks Steve, good comment on the Shar Pei. I have also met several Maltese over the years that have that same type of anxiety/nervousness when alone, so I think the best choice is a kennel dog like the Basset or Greyhound, although I realize those two are not for everyone.

      Thanks for leaving your observations.

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      Steve 2 years ago

      Great article and feedback. I do however question Shar Pei being n the list.

      I had a Shar Pei for 18 years, and he and many others we came across over the years were similar in that they become very stressed and anxious when left alone.

      We did alot of research many years ago before getting a dog, but it seems there are more factors that influence how the dog turns out rather that categorize each breed for being alone or not.

      They do not require much activity though, and they are excellent with small children.

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      Dr Mark 2 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      SeniorLass, crates are a recent plague and none of these dogs need or should they be locked up during the day. Since dogs are social animals, having more than one is a good idea. Thanks for that great comment.

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      SeniorLass 2 years ago

      While I think these are excellent suggestions, I feel, if you are working all day and have to leave your dog alone, you should have at least two so they can keep each other company. I think it is abusive to leave a dog crated for the whole day. Nothing wrong with crating for training purposes but a dog should not have to live most of its life in a cage. I think it's very selfish of a person to get a dog, give it a little bit of love and affection for a couple of hours after work then shove it in a cage again.

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      Dr Mark 3 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Thanks for stopping by! Unfortunately, I have seen some serious health problems with Chihuahuas over the years, but hopefully your dogs will all be okay. They certainly sound happy together!!!

      For those readers interested in a Chihuahua, read

      https://hubpages.com/animals/Why-Having-A-Chihuahu...

      to get more details on how good the breed is.

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      theBAT 3 years ago

      Hi. Very informative hub you got here. I know you would include the Chihuahua in your list. The Chi, based on my experience, is really an easy to care dog and a relatively healthy breed. Thank you.

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      Dr Mark 3 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Hi Bob, as much as I appreciate the work that they do, I was always distressed when I heard shelter volunteers trying to get rid of Lab/Collie/Shepherd crosses to families who were not even around all day. "Sure, it is okay to crate him when you are away. But keep him outside? No, he is not available for adoption to anyone who wants to keep him outside." If they weren´t brought back they usually had them killed elsewhere.

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      Bob Bamberg 3 years ago from Southeastern Massachusetts

      Contrary to your good advice, a lot of adopters rely on the shelter volunteer do define a good match, and not all shelter personnel are really qualified to do that. Then, they seem puzzled when the dog is returned because he couldn't adapt to the family's lifestyle. Very helpful hub...up useful and interesting.

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