All dogs need plenty of love and attention to be properly cared for. The amount of quality time required of you by your dog, however, often depends on its breed. Some dogs cannot handle more than a couple hours of solitude without severe separation anxiety. To ensure your lifestyle pairs well with the needs of your future dog, it’s important to consider your schedule when deciding which dog is right for you.
- Basset Hound
- Chow Chow
- Boston Terrier
Keep in mind, even healthy adult dogs within these breeds should not be left for longer than 4-6 hours.
Basset Hounds are independent, easygoing dogs with fairly low energy levels. They enjoy the company of their humans, but are perfectly content taking long naps alone, and will likely spend their time away sleeping.
Chow Chows are “all-purpose” dogs originating from ancient China, according to the American Kennel Club. With moderate exercise requirements, these dogs are considered low-maintenance. They adapt well to new situations and are cat-like in their independence, making them great “home alone” dogs.
Greyhounds are notoriously independent dogs by design, as the breed was developed to hunt alone without much direction from humans. Unlike many other dogs recommended for those with busy schedules, these dogs have high energy levels and require designated activity time. Despite this, their independent nature allows them to spend low-key time alone happily.
Bostons are friendly dogs with medium energy levels. With proper exercise before and after you leave for work, they are happy to spend hours alone at home lounging and napping. Their well-behaved nature makes them trustworthy alone.
For big dog lovers with a 9-5, a Bullmastiff may be the perfect match. Energy requirements for Bullmastiffs vary from dog to dog, but with moderate exercise, they can do well with relaxed days at home by themselves.
Any dog unaccustomed to spending extended time alone could experience separation anxiety, regardless of breed. It’s important to ease gradually into it, whether it’s crate training or another method.