I recently came across a question that asked, “which dog breeds can better tolerate staying alone for a long period of time (around six hours)?” In a perfect world, our dogs would never be home alone. We’d spend the days at home snuggling, playing fetch, and teaching them new tricks. Unfortunately, many people do have to work outside the home and are often gone for up to 8 or more hours a day. If that’s your situation, there are a few breeds who really can handle the time alone a bit better than others. Take a look at which dog breeds better tolerate staying alone.
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Which Dog Breeds Better Tolerate Staying Alone?
If you don’t have small children, a Chow might be a good choice for you. Even though they look as cuddly as a teddy bear, this breed does not like to be cuddled. Their personality is often described as being reserved and cat-like.
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Chows are very loyal. So, if you’re a single person, you may be a perfect match. Even if you’re gone for most of the day, this dog is independent enough to be content on his own.
Basset Hounds were first bred to hunt small game. It is said that the only other breed that has an enhanced sense of smell is a bloodhound. These dogs also make wonderful pets, due in part to their friendly and relaxed personality.
Leaving your Basset Hound home alone for very long periods of time is not recommended. He or she may get bored and a little destructive. However, these hounds also have the tendency to get lazy. What does this mean for you? Squeezing in a morning walk before leaving for the day helps to ensure your furbaby will behave (and frequently nap) until you return.
A Tibetan Mastiff may be large in size, but he’s also a wonderful family pet. This clever breed doesn’t mind being alone for periods longer than six hours. These dogs are gentle and patient, not to mention fearless. They love kids as well.
When you leave your home, it’s best to keep these dogs indoors, if possible. They have been known to climb the fence and escape when they get bored. Another reason to keep a Tibetan Mastiff inside is the fact that he can get aggressive when spending too much time outdoors.
Chinese Shar-Pei’s are also very loyal and independent. Because they tend to be on the quiet side, they’re a great choice if you live in an apartment or condominium. These dogs can typically think for themselves. Of course, they require discipline from their humans in charge.
If you’ve never had experience with this breed, you may encounter problems if you’re not sure how to handle things. Unfortunately, they can be strong-willed, disrespectful, and even a bit destructive.
These are just four of many dog breeds to consider when you’re looking for a forever companion who doesn’t mind staying home alone. Quite honestly, it’s up to you to decide whether or not you have enough quality time to spend with a canine. If you do, I can guarantee that you certainly won’t regret it. Remember, dogs aren’t just d-o-g-s, they’re little (or big) people with fur!