Alone…but not lonely
In a dream world, we would spend all day, every day snuggling our pets. But in reality, the demands of our professional and personal lives take us away from our beloved pups. If you want to welcome a new furry family member into your home but know you’ll often be gone for hours at a time, pet experts and veterinarians recommend certain breeds that can tolerate more alone time than others. Where should you begin your search? With this list, of course! From pint-sized pups to larger ones, these are the independent dogs that can be left alone – happily and without issue. But remember: All dogs have their limits.
Greyhounds don’t develop the kind of bond with people that makes separation painful, according to veterinarian Rolan Tripp, founder of the Pet Happiness Network. Does this mean they don’t love their owners? Not at all! It just means they find it easier to relax on their own, and they will likely spend most of the day napping. When they’re young, they require a long walk on a leash daily, but as they age, they don’t need as much activity. “Although large dogs, older adult Greyhounds no longer require a daily run,” Dr Tripp adds.
Sometimes, looking into the history of a breed can provide insight on the amount of alone time that a dog can tolerate, notes veterinarian Jennifer Coates. One example is the Lhasa Apso, which was initially bred to guard Tibetan temples and monasteries; their ancestors’ former jobs might explain this breed’s independent nature and why these dogs can be left alone. “Lhasa Apsos are small but bold dogs that require only a moderate amount of exercise to stay healthy,” Dr Coates adds. “These characteristics combine to make them a good option for owners who need to be out of the house for extended periods.”
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