15 Dog Breeds For Busy People Who Work All Day


Do you want a dog companion, but fear that you might not spend enough time at home to take care of them?

These 15 breeds are better adapted to spending some time alone while you’re at work than most. Let’s have a look at them:

 

Chihuahua

Firstly, let’s look at one of the best known and most recognizable breeds in the world. These eccentric little entertainers with their big ears and round heads might be exactly what you need if your lifestyle doesn’t afford you the time to be at home, because you can quite literally take them with you everywhere you go.

Chihuahua
Life Expectancy 10-18 Years
Size 15-22 cm tall, 1-3 kg in weight
Grooming They don’t need a lot of grooming, a weekly brush and a monthly bath will do the trick.
Exercise Needs They have A LOT of energy, therefore they do need quite a bit of exercise.
Health Issues Patellar Luxation, Hypoglycemia, Heart Murmurs, Pulmonic Stenosis, Collapsed Trachea, Hydrocephalus, Open Fontanel, Shivers
Temperament Despite their size, they are brave and suspicious of strangers. They are sensitive and thrive on companionship.
Family Pet or Guard Dog While they may be good for warning you of danger, they won’t be able to protect you. Even though they make great companions, it is not recommended to have them in a family with very young children, simply because of how easily they can get hurt. Overall, they are perhaps more of a personal companion dog.

Cons:

Chihuahuas can be quite needy, and although they can be crate trained, they do not enjoy spending too much time alone. Because of their size, they are also very fragile and need constant protection.

Pros:

They are absolutely adorable and tiny enough to be able to travel with you pretty much anywhere. They are generally healthy and can have long lives. They are also very clever and obedient. If they are trained well they will be perfectly well behaved while accompanying you.

 

French Bulldog

These adorably ugly critters are perfect for a single professional who just wants a companion to come home to after a long day at work. Because they aren’t suited well for being outside, French Bulldogs don’t mind spending the day indoors, waiting for you.

French Bulldog
Life Expectancy 9-11 Years
Size 27-30 cm tall, 11-15 kg in weight
Grooming They don’t require much grooming at all.
Exercise Needs They don’t need much exercise and aren’t built for jogging. They also shouldn’t be over-exercised during the warmer months.
Health Issues Allergies, Hip Dysplasia, Pinkeye, Deafness, Cherry Eye, Brachycephalic Respiratory Syndrome, Stenotic Nares, Tracheal Collapse, Heat Stress, Elongated Soft Palate, Laryngeal Collapse, Hermivertebrae, Intervertebral Disc Disease, Cleft Palate, Von Willebrand’s Disease, Thyroid Issues
Temperament They are even-tempered, as long as they are getting enough attention.
Family Pet or Guard Dog They are not fitted well to be guard dogs, and they tend to challenge other family members for your attention. Thus, they are more suitable for single companionship.

 

Cons:

Because they are clever and independent, they can be quite naughty at times. They’re also not well adapted for the heat, so if you live in warm areas they’ll have to be provided with air conditioning. They are also known to be quite possessive and might compete with family members for your attention.

Pros:

They are extremely loving and loyal and highly entertaining. They adjust very well to apartment living, and won’t be bothering your neighbors with excessive barking.

 

 

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

If you’re after a companion that is perpetually happy, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is perfect for you. No matter where you go or what you do, you will have a wagging tail nearby. They are some of the friendliest dogs ever.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Life Expectancy 9-15 Years
Size 30-33 cm tall, 6-8 kg in weight
Grooming They are average shedders. While they do need to be brushed regularly, and bathed quite often to prevent matting, they do not require any special grooming.
Exercise Needs They are only moderately active, so they don’t need that much exercise, playing in a small yard will be enough. If they do go on walks they should be kept on a leash, as they aren’t very street smart.
Health Issues Mitral Valve Disease, Syringomyelia, Episodic Falling, Dry Eye, Hip Dysplasia
Temperament They are extremely friendly and loving.
Family Pet or Guard Dog They are too friendly to be guard dogs, as they might not even bark at strangers. They are best suited as family pets, they are loving and gentle and play very well with children.

 

Cons:

They are very attached to their humans, and won’t like being left alone. They also shed a bit.

Pros:

You won’t find a friendlier dog anywhere, they love everyone and will bring you tons of joy. They can also live to be quite old, so they can be by your side for a long time.

 

West Highland White Terrier

Westies are a great match for people who might not have a lot of free time. They are very sociable with other dogs and don’t mind entertaining themselves while you are at work. Then, when you return, they will entertain you and love you.

West Highland White Terrier
Life Expectancy 12-14 Years
Size 25-27 cm tall, 7-10 kg in weight
Grooming Their coats need to be combed about 3 times per week, and they need to be taken to professional groomers every 3 months.
Exercise Needs A moderate walk or a bit of playing in the yard is enough exercise for them.
Health Issues Globoid Cell Leukodystrophy, Legg-Perthes, CMO, Skin Disease, Cataract, Patellar Luxation
Temperament They are happy, curious and friendly towards humans. They do however not get along with other small pets.
Family Pet or Guard Dog They can be quite vocal, so they may act as a good alarm, but they lack the physicality to protect you. They are best fit to be family pets, as they are well behaved and loving.

 

Cons:

They are notorious barkers if they aren’t trained otherwise. Small pets like rodents or rabbits are at risk of being hunted down due to their Terrier instinct.

Pros:

They are very easy to housetrain, they don’t shed much and they don’t get separation anxiety. Apart from all that, they are also wildly entertaining and loving.

 

Dachshund

They may be famous hunters, but they can also be perfect companions. They are very intelligent and hilariously quirky. They are easy to care for and adapt to apartment living with ease.

Dachshund
Life Expectancy 12-15 Years
Size 20-22 cm tall, 7-14 kg in weight
Grooming They don’t shed excessively, but their required grooming will differ depending on their type of hair. Smooth Dachshund can simply be wiped down every now and then, while longer-haired Dachshunds need to be brushed more regularly.
Exercise Needs They are hunters, so they have a lot of energy. They like going for walks, digging and fetching.
Health Issues Intervertebral Disk Disease, Epilepsy, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Bloat, Cushings Disease, Canine Diabetes, Deafness
Temperament They are extremely clever and very brave (often to their own detriment). While they are known to be hunters, they are not meant to live outside and need human care. They are protective of children they know and dominating over other dogs.
Family Pet or Guard Dog They are very vocal alarm dogs, but not physically capable of protecting you. They get along well with children as well. So a Dachshund could be both a family pet and a good alarm dog.

 

Cons:

They are infamous for developing back problems. They are sometimes difficult to housetrain and because they are excellent hunters they might often bring you gifts consisting of dead rodents or birds. They also become quite possessive and may try to establish dominance over other family members.

Pros:

Super loyal and clever, they make great companions. They are smart enough to be independent, even though they still appreciate love and attention.

 

Greyhound

These renowned speedsters make surprisingly great pets. Loyal, loving and easily satisfied, they may be the perfect companion for a busy professional. They are very independent and enjoy lazing around, so they won’t mind it too much when you leave for work.

Greyhound
Life Expectancy 12-15 Years
Size 64-67 cm tall, 22-38 kg in weight
Grooming Even though they have a short, smooth coat that is easy to groom they do shed quite a lot, so they should be brushed daily.
Exercise Needs They are famously athletic, but surprisingly low energy, and they don’t need that much exercise. They do need to be taken for walks or be allowed to run around to prevent boredom. When walking they must be kept on a leash as their natural instinct is to chase after prey.
Health Issues Anesthesia Sensitivity, Hypothyroidism, Osteosarcoma, Bloat
Temperament They are not aggressive at all. They are very independent, but still need to be shown love and care. They tend to be comfortable with other dogs, but they may see small pets as prey.
Family Pet or Guard Dog They are very friendly, and not very vocal, so they aren’t great guard dogs except for perhaps looking intimidating. They are well suited to be family pets, as they are loving, gentle and loyal.

 

Cons:

They do shed quite a lot and don’t do well in colder climates. Because of their hunting instincts, they also cannot be walked off of a leash and need to be fenced in when playing in a yard.

 

Pros:

They are relaxed and independent, making them great for people who need to go to work. They are friendly, highly trainable and amazingly athletic.

 

Brussels Griffon

Despite their grumpy-looking face, they are energetic and playful with a great sense of humor. They will be your loving and loyal companion for up to 15 years.

Brussels Griffon
Life Expectancy 12-15 Years
Size 17-25 cm tall, 3-5 kg in weight
Grooming They do not require much grooming, their coats have to be brushed weekly and they can visit a professional groomer once or twice a year.
Exercise Needs They have a lot of energy and need a lot of exercise. They do tend to overheat, however, so be sure to let them exercise during the cooler periods of the day.
Health Issues Heat Stroke, Hip Dysplasia, Patella Luxation, Allergies, Eye Problems
Temperament They are very headstrong and do not appreciate unwanted hugs or being forced to sit on a lap. They tend to get along well with other dogs but have also been known to challenge dogs that are much bigger than them which could result in injury for them.
Family Pet or Guard Dog While they might bark at intruders they can’t keep you safe, they are a great family pet provided they are treated right, so a family with small children should perhaps wait until the children are old enough to understand their actions before adding a Brussels Griffon to the family.

 

Cons:

Although they are great pets, Brussels Griffons are not for inexperienced dog owners. They have a natural tendency to bark a lot and need to be trained to be well behaved. They do not like to be ignored or left alone and they are very fragile so they need to be protected.

Pros:

They thrive inside the house, which makes them great for apartment-dwellers. You will also never be alone if you have one of them, they’ll stick to your side like glue.

 

Shar Pei

Shar Peis have a rich history, from being bred as guard dogs in China hundreds of years ago, to the loving family pets that they have become today.

Shar Pei
Life Expectancy 8-12 Years
Size 45-50 cm tall, 18-24 kg in weight
Grooming Bathing them too much might irritate their skin, they should be bathed only once every 3 months or so, depending on what they’ve been doing, and a weekly brush will be more than adequate. The most important part of grooming a Shar Pei is making sure that he is dried between the folds of his skin to prevent fungal infections.
Exercise Needs They need daily exercise, but a quick walk will be enough.
Health Issues Shar Pei Fever, Hypothyroidism, Cancer, Elbow Dysplasia, Mange, Skin Conditions, Hip Dysplasia, Bloat, Glaucoma
Temperament Very loyal to their family, but wary of strangers. They are intelligent and independent. They have been known to be aggressive with other dogs.
Family Pet or Guard Dog Because they are protective, loyal, strong and gentle, they make both amazing guard dogs and loving family pets.

 

Cons:

Without proper training, their tendency is to bark quite a lot. Bred as fighters, they tend not to get along well with other canines.

Pros:

They are devoted family dogs. They will both guard and entertain you and your loved ones. Grooming them is extremely easy and they can adapt to almost any living situation. They are smart and independent and can be left to their own devices.

 

Maltese Lap Dog

These beautiful, gentle dogs will make a great, almost teddy-like companion for anyone. They are soft, loving and cuddly. They look almost magical, seeming to move without walking under their slick white coats.

Maltese Lap Dog
Life Expectancy 12-15 Years
Size 20-25 cm tall, 3 kg in weight
Grooming Because of their long, beautiful hair, they need to be brushed and combed daily and bathed almost once a week.
Exercise Needs They have a lot of energy, but because they are so small and can play indoors they do not need much exercise.
Health Issues Patellar Luxation, Portosystemic Liver Shunt, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Hypoglycemia, White Dog Shaker Syndrome, Collapsed Trachea, Reverse Sneezing
Temperament They have adorable personalities and assume everyone and everything they meet is a friend. They are very playful and respond well to training.
Family Pet or Guard Dog Definitely not a guard dog. They are extremely well suited as a family pet because they are so loving and friendly.

 

Cons:

They may not like other animals or very small children, simply because they have to be handled gently. Their beautiful coats require maintenance and they are often difficult to housetrain. Unfortunately, they are also known for having delicate digestive systems. They also won’t do well left alone.

Pros:

They really are beautiful and will love you deeply. They don’t shed much and are well adapted for living indoors. They are so incredibly sweet that they can brighten up anyone’s day.

 

Akita Inu

This big and powerful dog can make for a surprisingly loving and gentle companion. They will protect and love you for the duration of their lifetime. Its beautiful and soft features should not mislead you into thinking that it isn’t capable of protecting you, they are powerful and fiercely loyal.

Akita Inu
Life Expectancy 10-12 Years
Size 60-73 cm tall, 31-60 kg in weight
Grooming They are heavy shedders, but they do not require much grooming. Brushing their hair reduces shedding, and they’ll require a bath once every couple of months.
Exercise Needs They are not very energetic but still need daily exercise. Short walks or jogs will do the trick.
Health Issues Hip Dysplasia, Bloat, Hypothyroidism, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Sebaceous Adenitis
Temperament They are strong-willed and brave. While they will be loyal to and playful with their family, they are known to be aggressive with strangers and other animals.
Family Pet or Guard Dog They make brilliant guard dogs, in fact, they were used to guard the Japanese royal family. They can also be loving and playful as a family pet, but because they are so dangerous they should not be left alone with small children. They are best suited to be guardians.

 

Cons:

Because they are so protective, they might be dangerous to strangers or other animals if not introduced properly. They need intense, intimate training and are not a good option for novice dog owners. They shed a lot! They are happiest when living inside with their owner, but still need a yard for activities.

Pros:

They are amazing guard dogs and will protect you under all circumstances. They are also very loving and extremely loyal. They are perfect for single people or couples who work from home.

 

Italian Greyhound

The Italian Greyhound is an excellent family pet. They are fun, loving and intelligent. They are small enough to be kept in an apartment, but still athletic and active enough to be more than a lap dog.

Italian Greyhound
Life Expectancy 14-15 Years
Size 33-38 cm tall, 3-6 kg in weight
Grooming Their beautiful coats don’t shed much and only needs to be brushed when it gets dusty, or bathed when they get filthy.
Exercise Needs They have a lot of energy, especially while they’re young. Daily exercise is needed to keep them from getting bored.
Health Issues Cataracts, Von Willebrand’s Disease, Vitreous Degeneration, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Hypothyroidism, Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, Patellar Luxation, Hip Dysplasia, Allergies, Epilepsy, Cryptorchidism, Portosystemic Shunt
Temperament They are loving but sensitive, they may come across as very shy towards strangers.
Family Pet or Guard Dog They do not bark much and are too small to protect you, so they aren’t great guard dogs. They are, however, amazing, loving family pets.

 

Cons:

They can be very difficult to housetrain and they are quite shy around strangers. They also do not enjoy being alone.

Pros:

They are small enough to live in an apartment, provided they get exercise. They are extremely fun and playful and will love you unconditionally. They are also very easy to groom and they don’t shed much

 

Chow Chow

Chow Chows are absolutely adorable, they look like their faces are drowning in fur. They are independent and won’t mind staying home alone, as long as they have a yard to play in.

Chow Chow
Life Expectancy 12-15
Size 43-50 cm tall, 18-31 kg in weight
Grooming They are seasonal shedders. Their coats have to be brushed a couple of times per week, but they do not have to be bathed as regularly.
Exercise Needs They do not do well in the heat, and a couple of short exercises per day will be sufficient.
Health Issues Hip Dysplasia, Entropion
Temperament They are reserved and independent. While they will be playful and loving with their family, they will challenge strangers and other dogs of the same sex. Children must also be taught how to treat them respectfully, or else they might snap at them.
Family Pet or Guard Dog The Chow Chow makes for an excellent guard dog. They could also be a great family pet if they are treated right.

 

Cons:

Their beautiful coats require maintenance, and they are very aloof. They will challenge strangers if not introduced properly. They are very sensitive to heat.

Pros:

They do not require constant attention, yet they are still loving. They will also protect you and your house from unwelcome guests.

 

Whippet

These hunting proteges also make amazing companions. They are friendly, they look great and provided they get enough exercise, they can even adapt to living in an apartment.

Whippet
Life Expectancy 12-15 Years
Size 45-55 cm tall, 8-21 kg in weight
Grooming They don’t shed much but weekly brushing will keep their coats shiny. They only need to be bathed if they get dirty.
Exercise Needs They have intense, yet short-lived bursts of energy. A couple of short walks daily, or a yard to play in will be ample exercise.
Health Issues Anesthesia Sensitivity, Deafness, Eye Disease, Von Willebrand’s Disease
Temperament They are calm and gentle pets. Instinctively they are hunters, they might chase after small animals. Whippets love playing with children and appreciate the company of other dogs.
Family Pet or Guard Dog They don’t bark much and are too friendly to be guard dogs, even though they are very alert. Whippets are best suited to be loving family pets.

 

Cons:

There is very little not to like about Whippets, one of their only downfalls might be their high prey drive, they’ll go berserk if they see something they want to chase down.

Pros:

They are sometimes referred to as the perfect all-purpose dog. They are loving and playful, agile and trainable and they love playing with children. They also like living indoors, which means that they can adapt to apartments, as long as they get enough exercise.

 

Puggle

This cross between Beagles and Pugs result in fun, adorable companions who get along well with other pets and children.

Puggle
Life Expectancy 10-15 Years
Size 33-38 cm tall, 8-13 kg in weight
Grooming They have a dense double coat which tends to shed. Weekly brushing will help with shedding. They only have to be bathed when needed, but be sure to check that it stays clean between the folds of its skin.
Exercise Needs They need a lot of exercise to keep from becoming bored.
Health Issues Stenotic Nares, Hip Dysplasia, Hypothyroidism, Patellar Luxation, Epilepsy, Cherry Eye
Temperament They are sweet and clever. They tend to like everyone, including small children and other pets. They do however tend to bark and howl a lot.
Family Pet or Guard Dog They bark too much to be an effective alarm and aren’t big enough to provide protection as a guard dog. They are well fitted to be family pets though.

 

Cons:

They tend to bark a lot and they also shed quite a bit. They are quite difficult to train and have been known to run off and get lost.

Pros:

They’re adorable and get along well with everyone, including children and pets. They don’t get separation anxiety and they are happy living in apartments as long as they get their exercise.

 

Labradoodle

The Labrador/Poodle hybrid has become immensely popular as a family pet. They are quirky, fun, intelligent and loyal.

Labradoodle
Life Expectancy 12-14 Years
Size 53-61 cm tall, 22-30 kg in weight
Grooming They are bred not to shed, but grooming requirements will vary depending on the type of coat. They should generally be brushed once or twice a week and visit a professional groomer every couple of months.
Exercise Needs They need quite a lot of exercise, it would be best if they had a large yard to play in.
Health Issues Ear Infections, Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, Epilepsy, Allergies, Diabetes, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Hypothyroidism
Temperament They are smart and friendly towards everyone, including children and other dogs.
Family Pet or Guard Dog They are too friendly to make good guard dogs, but they are wonderful family pets.

 

Cons:

There’s not much bad to say about Labradoodles. They may accidentally knock down small children if they get too excited while playing. They might be a little too energetic to live in an apartment.

Pros:

Labradoodles are amazing, loving pets. They don’t shed much, they are easy to groom and easy to train. They are friendly towards everyone and they love playing.

 

Conclusion

Even if you have to work a lot, there is a breed that’s right for you. The trick is making sure you find a dog that fits your needs while making sure that you can also accommodate the needs of the dog. Hopefully, this list can help you narrow down your decision.

Linda Rice

Linda is an expert in everything pet related from owning dogs such as Labradors to Doberman Pinchsers. She has also owned a horse, an iguana and some geckos and of course some cats. She once worked in a pet store and has a fishtank of both fresh and saltwater fish. She is also considering a new dog for her house at the moment!

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