Dog Breeds For People Who Work All Day

When adopting a dog, it’s important to be honest about how much time you’ll be able to devote to them. Those with busy schedules or who work full time should not adopt a high maintenance dog or a puppy who needs constant attention. With that in mind, read below for recommendations on lower maintenance dog breeds that are appropriate for people who work during the day. Keep in mind that no dog should be left alone or unattended for more than 8 hours a day! (P.S. Our partners at have the solution for those extra-long days – a friendly visit from your local dog-walker!)

dog breeds for people who work all day

Lhasa Apso

According to the American Kennel Club, the Lhasa Apso was traditionally bred as a guard dog for palaces and monasteries in the Himalayan mountains. Today, we characterize the Lhasa Apso not as a palace dog, but as a family companion. Their independent nature and comfort with being alone makes them a great dog breed for people who work. However, their independent nature also makes them extremely stubborn, so training can be difficult. Overall, this breed is confident, comical, and playful — the perfect addition to any busy household!

Basset Hound

Basset Hounds are perfect for people with busy work schedules because they are big couch potatoes! These lovable dogs don’t require rigorous exercise and spend most of the day sleeping. For that reason, Basset Hounds are prone to obesity, so their Guardians must walk them daily. Not only are Basset Hounds great for people who work all day, they also make fantastic pets for families with kids and other pets. With their big brown eyes and easy-going personality, the Basset Hound makes the perfect companion.

French Bulldog

Whenever you’re home, your Frenchie will want your attention! However, they are also content with napping throughout the day when you are away at work, which makes them a fantastic dog breed for people who work. The French Bulldog is a great fit for apartment dwellers because they tend to bark much less than other small breeds. Make sure that when you leave for work, your Frenchie is cool and comfortable, as this dog struggles to breathe in hot and humid environments.

Miniature Schnauzer

The Miniature Schnauzer is a wonderful dog breed for people who work all day. They are playful, affectionate, and their high level of intelligence makes them quick learners! Although Miniature Schnauzers are sweet to their owners, they are natural guard dogs and distrustful of strangers. Expect them to bark at every person who comes to your door! These little ones are full of energy, and require walks and play time as soon as you get home, but they are perfectly happy being alone all day – as long as you give them lots of toys.


The Chihuahua may be the world’s smallest dog, but they have the biggest personality! Chihuahuas are cute, cuddly, and make extremely loyal pets. This breed requires minimal grooming and exercise, so they make great low-maintenance pets for apartment dwellers and first-time dog owners. This breed tends to suffer from separation anxiety, so it may be best to get your Chihuahua a friend to play with during the day. Another strategy is to give your Chihuahua a good walk before you go to work so that they will sleep while you’re away. For more information on Chihuahuas, check out our blog all about the breed.

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