Top Dog Breeds To Get Based On Your Work Schedule

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When considering adding a new fur baby to your family, you no doubt will want to consider the time commitment your new puppy will take. The last thing you want is a depressed or anxious dog that is not getting the attention and exercise it needs. Certain breeds are very easy going and independent, while other breeds need plenty of exercise, company, and mental stimulation. It’s impossible to know the exact personality your dog will have, but it’s wise to consider a dog breed that typically would adapt well to your work schedule.

There are breeds that suit every job, whether you have a very busy schedule, you work from home, or you have a flexible work schedule. Here are ten of the top dog breeds that fit these varying schedules.

Lhasa Apso

Lhasa Apsos are the ideal dog for a busy work schedule. Being small and independent, they are a pawpular pooch for an apartment, and a great roommate for the busy professional. Since they’re so independent, they may not be the best dog for learning tricks, but they can tolerate being left alone and doing their own thing.

Border Collie

The Border Collie is a woofderful dog for the part-time worker, or someone with a flexible schedule. You’ll want to have some free time to be able to tap into this dog’s high level of intelligence and energy. On your days off, they’ll happily go on an adventure with you or settle down for some cuddle time.

Boston Terrier

The Boston Terrier, nicknamed “The American Gentleman”, is another great option for full-time workers and city dwellers. They received this nickname for their reputation for a laid-back demeanor and good manners. Boston Terriers are also less prone to separation anxiety than other terriers. They do have short bursts of energy, so be prepared for an ecstatic pupper when you get home!
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Bernese Mountain Dog

The Bernese Mountain Dog is loyal, affectionate, and eager to please. They make a great companion for someone who works from home. These are happy pups around their two-legged friends, and love to be included in the family activities. A big backyard is ideal for this gentle giant, and you can watch your doggo from the window while you work!


Don’t be intimidated by their size, as the Bullmastiff makes a great dog for someone with a busy work schedule. These patient, low-energy doggos were historically bred to be guard dogs, and will be content with spending some quality time with you after work. Another bonus is that the bullmastiff rarely barks, so you don’t need to worry about him disturbing your neighbors all day.  

Basset Hound

Another pooch that fits the “work from home” category perfectly, is the Basset Hound. These pups love to be around their humans, but don’t require much mental stimulation. They may check in on you once in a while while you’re working, but overall they are calm, lazy, and won’t interfere with your workday.


The Pug is a dog that you’ll want to spend some quality time with, and is great for someone who works part-time or has a flexible schedule. They are charming, loving, and even-tempered, but they don’t particularly love being left alone. When you do have to go into work though, they will likely just spend that time snoozing.

Chow Chow

The Chow Chow is surprisingly described as having some feline qualities, which makes it a great dog for a workaholic. As much as you’ll want to snuggle with this fluffy, teddy-bear-like dog, they don’t love physical affection. They’re known for having a proud, independent spirit, which is pawfect for someone with limited time.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was one of the first breeds developed for companionship as opposed to work. If their job is to keep someone who works from home company, they’re living their best life. These affectionate little puppers don’t take much space, and will curl up next to you on the couch while you work from your laptop.

Shiba Inu

The Shiba Inu is known for being spirited, good natured, and very independent. Their independence means they’re less affectionate, but on the bright side, they won’t miss you too much while you’re gone working all day. They’re prone to chase, so make sure that all your doors and fences are secured before you leave the house for the day!