Five Best Dog Breeds for Single Women Living Alone
If you are a single woman and looking for the best breed to fit your lifestyle, you should consider this list. A large dog with a good bark will do a lot more for you than any shrill-voiced lap dog will—no matter how good his intentions.
When choosing, you need to find a pet that you enjoy in both looks and personality. Your should choose from among the following:
American Pit Bill Terrier
With his muscular body, thick jaws, and a strong neck, the APBT really looks a lot tougher than it acts. However there have been several famous cases in which an APBT has defended his owner from attack. Any strong dog should have some basic techniques enforced so that his manners will be better. But they are often so friendly that it may not be the best choice for a woman living alone. They are a lot of fun to have around, though.
Pit Bulls are good with kids, but not always great with other dogs. They are not big, and although they are muscular they are a lot easier to handle than many big personal protection breeds. APBTs do need to be socialized if expected to be around smaller dogs or other pets around the house.
They are usually fairly healthy, but some lines may have hip dysplasia, thyroid diseases, problems with their knees, mange, and heart disease. They live to about 12 to 14 years.
This breed is often available in animal shelters. So if you are looking for a dog that is already an adult, do some searching.
German Shepherd Dog
The German Shepherd Dog is versatile and a great choice for a woman living alone. These dogs have a deep bark and although they are one of the most popular pets in the US still have a fierce reputation because of their experience with the army and police. Almost all home invaders would avoid a household with one of these serving guard duty.
This large dog (tall and weighing up to about 90 pounds) is often used as a guard or a service dog, as well as a drug and bomb sniffer. Most people are used to seeing the black and tan variety, but they are also available in solid black or white coat, and several other colors. They are intelligent, loyal, and if well socialized, are good with new house visitors.
They do have some serious health issues, and if you are looking for a dog to provide companionship as well as protection, you must be sure that the line you choose from has no problems.
About one fifth of this breed has hip dysplasia, and it is even worse among some lines that are selected to have a sloping back. They are prone to bloating, ear infections, hemophilia, and some other less common diseases.
German Shepherd Dogs live to be about 10 or 11 years old.
Dobermans were actually developed for use as a personal protection dog, so they are a great choice for a single woman that needs a loyal “one person” pet. They are one of the most intelligent breeds, are easy to train, and will learn their guard role quite easily.
Like all of the others on this list, they have been accused of being too aggressive. The aggression shown by this breed is usually only for strangers, however, and if properly socialized then that is unlikely to become a problem.
Dobies are not as big as some of the other protection breeds (only about 26 inches at the withers, and about 70 pounds) but they are muscular and athletic, making every kilo count. They are usually black and tan but there are several colors available as well.
The intense selection process involved in developing the Doberman may be responsible for the breed´s health problems. They suffer from a type of heart disease known as dilated cardiomyopathy, a musculoskeletal disease called cervical vertebral instability, and hemophilia (otherwise known as Von Willebrands disease). Like most big dogs, they can also develop hip dysplasia, and they usually only live to 10 or 11 years old.
Rotties are a great family watchdog and make great companions for any single woman as well. They do well in shutzhund (personal protection dog) competitions, and are loyal and eager to guard their owner.
They are big—up to about 130 pounds—so not everyone is able to handle that size. If you choose this breed as a companion, take the size into consideration. Because of their size, they'll need good socialization during the critical period.
Rottweiler health problems are typical for a big dog—in other words, hip dysplasia. They also are prone to obesity if not exercised enough (which is usually every day).
Whether you choose to believe that this dog earned his name from using his front paws, or was just named after a similar breed, the Boxer is a great dog. They are playful, and the ultimate companion for a person living alone. They are also affectionate, good with other pets like cats, great barkers, and make good watchdogs.
According to Stanley Coren's ratings, they are not very intelligent. However, anyone who has ever worked with this breed using positive reinforcement methods will surely disagree. They are stocky, but usually only weigh about 60 pounds. Their short hair can be fawn or brindle, and they can usually be identified because of their famous blunt face and underbite.
Boxers do have some health problems. They are prone to cancer and die quite young, usually at only 9 or 10 years old. Their conformation (the brachycephalic head, wider than it is long) makes heat and humidity difficult for them. They also have heart problems, several types of eye diseases, and are prone to bloat and hip dysplasia, like most large dogs.
If you are a single woman living alone and are looking for a great companion with a fierce bark though, a Boxer is hard to beat.
Crossbred dogs can also be a great source of protection. If you are looking for a loyal one, ask about a crossbred Rottie, Boxer, or German Shepherd Dog at your local shelter. There are usually plenty available since the small ones tend to go quickly and the large dogs are often euthanized for lack of a home.
None of these dogs are on my list of the best dog breeds for someone who works all day. If you are at work most of the day, and still want a dog for protection, you need to decide what is most important.
If you are living alone, make your choice soon and find a dog to share your life with! It is not always easy, but you will be glad you did.
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Questions & Answers
I live in an apartment that does not allow big dogs. What kind of dog can I get as a single woman?
If you live in an apartment with weight restrictions my first choice would be to look for a bull terrier. They are mellow dogs, but they do look like guards. Be sure to look at the parents before you buy the dog, since some of them can be quite large, perhaps over the weight that you are allowed. Another good choice is the Standard Schnauzer. They are best for a very active person, so if you get out a lot, they will love to go for walks or runs. They tend to bark a lot when they hear anything unusual, so it might not be the best choice if you have neighbors that complain a lot. If you want to look at the medium sized dogs that I recommend for an apartment, I have an article at http://hubpages.com/dogs/medium-sized-dog-breed-ap...