Like humans, dogs come in all shapes and sizes, and many different personalities as well. Though there isn't a Meyers-Briggs Test for pups, there are many ways to predict how needy or aloof your potential new puppy might become. And while it's often lamented that you can't choose your family, you can choose a canine member of the family that suits your own personality and lifestyle. Not everyone wants a lap dog who lives for closeness and cuddling, or a waggy-licky lab that just can't believe you've been gone for a whole day at work, and can we pulleeze play now? Want the lowdown on the best easy-care, independent puppers for you? Here are the top independent dogs that can entertain themselves!
These elegant beauties give the impression of being able to "take it or leave it" when it comes to interaction with their humans. Dignified and alert, Afghans often seem to have their attention distracted by almost anything else, and are unlikely to squirm themselves into a pretzel when you come home from work. Getting and giving love is on their terms.
These smallish, unique-looking pups are descended from Chinese working dogs with a no-nonsense attitude. Though they look like teddy bears, hugging and squeezing is just not their thing, and they will probably resist until they feel totally comfortable. Because of their cool, sometimes unapproachable demeanor, Chow Chows have sometimes been compared to that other aloof pet: the cat.
These are not small, yappy, bouncy terriers. In fact, the Airedale is the largest of the terrier family, and were bred to hunt alone and return with their prey without bidding. Strong and stately, they show affection to their humans by allowing themselves to be stroked, but seldom approach strangers for attention.
Charlie Brown's favorite pup is cute, friendly and intelligent. But these dogs are also independent hunters and seekers of adventure. If permitted, they will escape the yard and be gone for days, pursuing small animals and charming their way into treats from strangers. Many a Beagle has had to be reclaimed from the pound and figuratively dragged home.