It’s hard to imagine a dog that doesn’t want to play all the time, but they do exist! Because humans and dogs have built strong bonds for centuries, we know each other well enough to be honest, “Hey, I need some space.” Breeds that enjoy alone time tend to be more aloof and suspicious of strangers – which could also mean that they have strong protective instincts when it comes to protecting you. However, watchful guard dogs are not automatically loving cuddles! It is important to learn and respect your dog’s boundaries. Being alone isn’t a bad thing, but teaching your dog how to safely exist on his own is a necessary part of puppy training. Two such races with independent personalities enjoying alone time? The Afghan hound and the Chow chow.
As always, it’s important to remember that a breed can only say so much about a dog’s personality. Some chows can follow you wherever you go while others may not even look up when you walk through the door. The American Kennel Club says no dog, regardless of breed, should be left alone for more than eight hours. Even low-maintenance breeds with easy-going and adaptable personalities need mental and physical stimulation throughout the day. Read on to learn more about these potentially lonely pups.
CONNECTED: 19 best small dog breeds for kids (because … twice as cute, right?)
2 races that need their time alone
Height: 25-27 inches
Weight: 50-60 pounds
Personality: Independent, proud
Activity level: Moderate to high
Release factor: Hypoallergenic
Life expectancy: 12-18 years
With a long, hypoallergenic coat and regal demeanor, it’s no wonder the Afghan prefers plenty of time to sit and think. These are definitely energetic athletes, but they’re not very social. Although they are open to meeting new people, Afghan Hounds are not particularly affectionate or good with children or other dogs. According to the Afghan Hound Club of America, these dignified dogs “value their own comfort too much” to stand up and greet you. they expect you to come to them. It is especially important for Afghan hounds to socialize early as they become intolerant of other animals or people over time. In fact, it is advisable to practice commands as early as possible. This breed does not aim to please and will avoid obeying orders if they can help.
The story goes on
Height: 17-20 inches
Weight: 45-70 pounds
Personality: Serious, loyal
Activity level: Moderate
Release factor: Moderate to high
Life expectancy: 8-12 years
Chow chows are very serious animals, which means they don’t take their roles as guard dogs lightly. These are loyal animals that have been known to be affectionate with their favorite family member (and actually thrive with introverts). Ultimately, however, they are not fans of new people or other dogs. If a Chow grows up with children, their sense of loyalty and protection will extend to them, but they are unlikely to enjoy children from other households. In fact, chow chows are known for being almost feline, staying to themselves, and requiring little exercise throughout the day. This makes them a great choice for people who live in cities or smaller houses. Remember, their fluffy coats lose a ton, so groom them often.
A race that will never leave your side
Height: 9-12 inches (toy), 12-15 inches (miniature), 15-19 inches (standard)
Weight: 6-10 pounds (toy), 10-20 pounds (miniature), 25-35 pounds (standard)
Personality: Kind, intelligent, adaptable
Activity level: High
Release factor: High
Life expectancy: 13-15 years
American Eskimo Dogs are the fluffy, cuddly companions who want nothing more than to be part of the party. They are good natured and incredibly intelligent, take command and training well, and enjoy pleasing their people by showing their obedience skills. Yes, they are very energetic. Yes, they are constantly shedding their skin. No, they will never stop loving you! Unless you leave her at home alone. Eskies can become destructive and develop separation anxiety without their families around.
CONNECTED: 20 great breeds of dogs that are basically giant teddy bears