So you want to keep a dog, but you work for long hours so you can’t get a dog that needs constant attention? There are a few dog breeds that can be left alone for long hours. You may want to have a look at them if you are planning to keep a dog.
Now, bear in mind that bringing a breed that can tolerate being alone does not mean that you don’t have to spend time with your dog. It doesn’t matter which breed you bring; you will still have to train them, walk them, play with them, brush them, clean them every day.
As puppies, all dogs demand more attention because even the most independent dog needs to be trained as puppies. So, if you don’t have time for all the hard work, you shouldn’t bring a dog.
Secondly, dogs shouldn’t be kept alone for more than 6 hours at a time. So, if you are out for 10-12 hours a day, make sure you have someone coming home in the middle of the day to walk your dog, feed them, spend time with them etc.
If you have a family member who comes home before you, it works out better but please don’t get a dog if they are going to stay alone every day for longer than 6 hours.
10 Dog Breeds That Can Be Left Alone For Long Hours
The dogs mentioned on this list are not as prone to separation anxiety as other breeds, and therefore, you may not be walking into a mess when you come back home from work. You will probably not get complaints of a howling dog from neighbours either.
In no particular order, here’s a list of dog breeds that can be left alone for long hours. Stay tuned till the end because our last pick is truly special to us:
1. Bull Mastiff
For those who like big dogs that can tolerate being alone, the Bullmastiff may be the right breed for you. They are a mix of the English Bulldog and the English Mastiff and were bred to guard property.
Leaving a well trained Bull Mastiff home alone, you can rest assured that your house will be safe.
They are also low maintenance dogs. They don’t have a lot of grooming needs, and one to two brisk walks a day is okay for them. Once all their needs are met, a full-grown bull mastiff is happy to lay around at home until you come back.
They do have a lot of energy, but since they are so small, a walk around your neighbourhood is enough to make them tired. Once they have had their walk and are satisfied, they can stay alone at home for upto 6 hours.
They are feisty dogs, and early training is a must to make sure they grow up into well-mannered adult dogs. They are slightly resilient, so, training can be a little tricky, but it is a must.
Dachshunds were bred to hunt small animals in a pack. Don’t go by their short height and their goofy nature; these dogs were bred to have a mind of their own.
They are independent and resilient dogs who can handle a bit of alone time. Since they are small, 30 minutes of exercise in the morning and the evening is usually enough.
However, since these dogs are independent-minded, they can ruin things at home when they are bored at home. Make sure to exercise them before you leave. You can also baby gate them to keep them, and the rest of your house, safe.
4. Grey Hound
Grey Hounds indeed are one of the fastest dogs in the world. But it’s also true that apart from the running part, they are pretty laid back.
Suppose you have an open space where your Greyhound can run in the morning. They would be thrilled to wait for you on your couch.
They are gentle dogs, not known to be violent or ruin furniture while you are away. But since these dogs are pro runners, only bring them home if you are confident you can provide them with an open running space.
These small fluffy dogs are not only great companions, but they can spend a considerable amount of time on their own.
They are smart; hence they don’t take too long to learn new commands. These beautiful dogs love their people more than anything, but, if all their needs are met, they won’t mind waiting for a few hours till their family comes back home.
The only thing with Maltese is their coat. They have a thick, luscious, white, hypoallergenic coat that needs to be brushed almost every day, or else it might get tangled. So, be prepared to do some brushing.
6. Lhasa Apso
These perfect little dogs have made it on all our lists. They are gentle, sweet, friendly, and if they have to, they will tolerate being alone for some time too.
Lhasas enjoy being with their people, but they are independent by nature, and they won’t mind if they have to be alone for some time.
Since they are so small, a long walk every day may be all it takes to work them out.
7. Chow Chow
Chow Chow is an ancient breed, originally bred in China. They are often mistaken for being aggressive, but the truth is Chow Chows are loyal, loving family members.
They have often been described to have the loyalty of a dog and the independence of a cat. This means that if they are well socialised from an early age, they will tolerate strangers as long as their family members accept the stranger.
Chow Chows have a very independent streak, which means that you have to train from an early age. They are not particularly great with children, but if they have been around kids as puppies, they usually grow to accept children. They are best suited for older kids who are not very harsh with them.
Since they are very independent dogs, you can leave them home for 6 hours without worrying that your house will be torn to pieces.
8. Shiba Inu
Just like the Chow Chow, the Shiba Inu is also known for its cat-like personality. They are independent, and they have a mind of their own.
Training isn’t the easiest with them because they are not particularly fond of pleasing their owners. Instead, they will train when they find the treats interesting enough. This is why training is a must from a young age – particularly when it comes to socialising them with other dogs.
Shibas do have a lot of energy, and they have daily grooming needs. So while you can leave them for 6 hours at a stretch every day, you’ll still have to groom them and take them out for two walks every day.
The Basenji is from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa, and they are quite rare all over the world. They are medium-sized dogs and are quite low maintenance.
An interesting thing about the Basenji’s is that they don’t bark, so they make for good pets in an apartment. They do yodel and howl, though. But on the whole, they are quiet dogs and are great for apartments.
Since they were raised to hunt, you should make sure they have time every day to burn out all their energy.
You should also know that these dogs are not the easiest to train. This doesn’t mean that they aren’t smart; it’s the exact opposite. They are brilliant, so sharp that people-pleasing is not on their list of priorities.
Those who owned Basenjis have said that they don’t behave anything like dogs. They will groom themselves, make very little noise, and are very independent – much like a cat. So, living alone for 6 hours is usually not too difficult if they get the right amount of exercise and enough food.
10. Indian Pariah Mixes
Last and not least are the Indian Pariah Mixes you find on the streets. These dogs are indeed some of the most versatile dogs. They love to be around people; they are kind, loyal, affectionate, and everything you want in a dog.
What stands out about Indian mix-breeds (and pure breeds) is that they are brilliant and very independent. Hence they can stay home for around six hours every day as long as you meet all their other needs – like feeding them and exercising them on time.
We hope you found our list helpful. Other dogs like the French Bulldog and the Boston Terrier can also stay at home for long hours. They are smaller dogs with fewer grooming needs.
What Is Common In The Breeds Mentioned Above?
There is a common trait in all dogs that can handle a little bit of alone time – they are usually independent and hard to train.
These breeds will love you, and they will be loyal to you, but they will not come to you for love and affection as often as a Golden Retriever would.
Secondly, these dogs are not the easiest to train. This does not mean that they are not intelligent. They are very intelligent and will probably not learn things to please their humans. This is why you may have to spend extra time training them to behave around other dogs and people.
Some of the dogs mentioned above may also be aggressive around other dogs and children, so early socialisation is an absolute necessity.
Coming back to a home that isn’t torn to pieces is excellent, but just because these dogs can handle some alone time does not mean that you can stay out for the night.
Having a dog does mean that you have to make a few sacrifices. This means that you may not be able to stay late for a few drinks or stay overnight at your friend’s place.
You may have to take them out on a walk after a long day at work. You may have to play with them because no matter how independent they are, they still need some time with their people.
If you feel that you can’t make sacrifices in your existing life, a dog may not be the best pet for you, at least not at the moment. But that’s okay, there’s always time, and we hope that you find the best time to bring home a furry friend.
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