Many people are starting to return to the office, after working from home due to the pandemic. One silver lining of the pandemic was the ability to work next to your fur baby all day, and unfortunately for some, they may have to return to the office without their pup. While many dogs suffer from separation anxiety, did you know that certain dog breeds are more independent and contented to be on their own during the day?
If you want to have a furry friend at your home, who feels content and happy to wait for you while you’re at work here’s a list of eight independent dog breeds recommended by veterinarians and pet experts.
Top 8 Dog Breeds That Can Be Left Alone
Chow Chows are easily recognizable by their teddy bear-like looks which makes them huggable. Another defining aspect of this dog breed is its independent nature. In addition to not being particularly interested in socializing, they appreciate and like alone time. This breed can tolerate being alone for a few hours and won’t even notice that you’ve left for work.
While they may appear to be the family's athletes, these dogs are often just as content to be couch potatoes. The Greyhound is an excellent dog to leave alone for short periods every now and then. Once you return, make sure you pay attention to them to make up for the time they spent alone. As the greyhound is quite a big breed, it is essential to make sure he knows the rules of the house because even if he doesn't intend to, he can easily turn everything upside down.
A Miniature Schnauzer can be left alone for a few hours if provided enough toys. This breed is smart, easy to train, and eager to please. These attributes are good for owners who leave their dogs alone. Make sure you give your dog some snuggling when you get home, as they also crave their fur parent’s attention!
Another breed that is often capable of coping well with being left alone for short periods is the Lhasa Apso. This dog breed might be ideal for people who need to go out of the house without worrying about their best friend getting anxious. They may be small, but they act like they're twice their size. They need socialization and training to be trusted to be left without human supervision.
Shar Peis are loyal and will do anything to ensure their humans are happy. Their owners may leave them alone for a few hours while they are busy. Shar Peis are often reserved, making them good dogs to leave alone if properly trained. Despite this, Shar Peis do not appreciate being left alone consistently for more than four hours. Keep this in mind when planning your schedule.
The Boston Terrier enjoys human company but also knows how to wait patiently for his owner to return home. Leave all their favorite toys out while you're away to keep them busy. While eagerly awaiting your return, this intelligent and independent dog breed finds ways to entertain itself while waiting for you.
Bullmastiffs make great pets for busy households. Even though they are large, they make wonderful companions and require less exercise than their size suggests. They're calm and docile despite their size. You won't have to worry about them messing up the entire living room if you leave them alone for a few hours. As long as they have their toys nearby, they'll wait for you happily.
Basenjis can stare out the window for hours even when their owners are around. You can trust Basenji puppies will find something enjoyable and non-destructive to do while you're gone. This breed is independent and self-contained, but it's also full of energy, so go for walks together or schedule a play session once you get home.
Regardless of their breed, all dogs have distinct personalities and needs. Taking care of dogs takes dedication and the trick is finding a breed that fits with how you live. So before you make your final choice, take your time, think carefully, and do your research, so you and your dog will thrive.