Best Dog For A Lonely Person


No matter if you live alone in the middle of a desert or in the center of a large city, sometimes it’s hard to get out of your shell and make some new friends. A great way to do that is by adopting a dog. For the most part dogs are extremely friendly and loving creatures. But, to make sure that you don’t end up with a canine that could potentially be destructive to your apartment or house make sure you choose the right one for you. If you are lonely this article should help you choose the right dog. Now let’s get started.

Doberman Pinscher

Let’s kick it off with the guard dogs, because “guard dogs” has a nice “don’t mess with me” ring to it. Dobermans are terrific at that not only because they are hardwired to be fearless protectors, but they look intimidating as hell. These incredibly intelligent, perceptive pups make anyone feel safer when they’re around. Train ’em early, and train ’em well.Sleek and powerful, possessing both a magnificent physique and keen intelligence, the Doberman Pinscher is one of dogkind’s noblemen. This incomparably fearless and vigilant breed stands proudly among the world’s finest protection dogs. Dobermans are compactly built dogs’¿muscular, fast, and powerful’¿standing between 24 to 28 inches at the shoulder. The body is sleek but substantial, and is covered with a glistening coat of black, blue, red, or fawn, with rust markings. These elegant qualities, combined with a noble wedge-shaped head and an easy, athletic way of moving, have earned Dobermans a reputation as royalty in the canine kingdom. A well-conditioned Doberman on patrol will deter all but the most foolish intruder.


Akitas are big, fluffy sweethearts. Their brains are constantly focused on two things: loving and protecting their companions. Historically, Akitas were seen as symbols of good health and guardianship. They thrive when given tons of affection. Should we…keep going?

Akita is muscular, double-coated dogs of ancient Japanese lineage famous for her dignity, courage, and loyalty. In her native land, she’s venerated as family protectors and symbols of good health, happiness, and long life.

Akitas are burly, heavy-boned spitz-type dogs of imposing stature. Standing 24 to 28 inches at the shoulder, Akitas have a dense coat that comes in several colors, including white. The head is broad and massive, and is balanced in the rear by a full, curled-over tail. The erect ears and dark, shining eyes contribute to an expression of alertness, a hallmark of the breed.     Akitas are quiet, fastidious dogs. Wary of strangers and often intolerant of other animals, Akitas will gladly share their silly, affectionate side with family and friends. They thrive on human companionship. The large, independent-thinking Akita is hardwired for protecting those they love. They must be well socialized from birth with people and other dogs.


Another loyal breed is the Bullmastiff. Yes, these pups are huge, energetic and territorial, but they know how to calm down when you’re ready to relax at home. Like Akitas, Bullmastiffs aren’t afraid to show some love. One word of advice: If you have a yard, be sure to fence it; these dogs don’t like anyone on their turf, which is good for you but can be scary for friendly passersby.Fearless at work, docile at home, the Bullmastiff is a large, muscular guarder who pursued and held poachers in Merry Old England’¿merry, we suppose, for everyone but poachers. Bullmastiffs are the result of Bulldog and Mastiff crosses. The Bullmastiff isn’t quite as large as his close cousin the Mastiff. Still, standing as high as 27 inches at the shoulder and weighing between 100 and 130 pounds, this is still a whole lot of dog. After the first impression made by the Bullmastiff’s size, it is the large, broad head that conveys the breed’s essence: the dark eyes, high-set V-shaped ears, and broad, deep muzzle all combine to present the intelligence, alertness, and confidence that make the Bullmastiff a world-class protector and family companion. Coats come in fawn, red, or brindle. These are biddable and reliable creatures, but as with any large guarding dog, owners must begin training and socialization early, while the puppy is still small enough to control.


Now we’re moving into companionship territory. Rottweilers are definitely loyal defenders with territorial instincts, but they also seem to think they’re tiny lap dogs, so expect a lot of cuddling from this big breed. Rottweilers know how to chill out, can learn quickly and enjoy hanging with you, even if you’re just walking down the hall.

The Rottweiler was originally dogs bred to drive cattle to market. Later they were used to pull carts for butchers. They were among the earliest police dogs and serve with honor in the military.

Most important, they are popular family guardians and friends. Novice pet parents should beware, as these dogs are strong and intense. They need experienced care and training. Consistent, energetic pet parents will find a loving, faithful, and intelligent friend for life in a Rottie!

Boston Terrier

A tiny, friendly dog perfect for single life in the city. These petite dogs are outgoing, which makes having guests over easier, and alert to their surroundings, which makes going to bed alone at night feel safer (because they’ll bark if something’s up, not because they’ll attack an intruder, but still).


As we move from energetic guardians to more laid-back pals, we meet the Maltese. This gentle, fun-loving breed is perfect for anyone in search of a playful pup who doesn’t require tons of activity or entertainment. They definitely need their daily walks, but these adaptable dogs are content at home all day while you’re at work. Malteses are also watchful, which again, is always comforting.


Pekingeses bond closely with their favorite human and can be stubborn around others (they’ve been dubbed the best breed for introverts). However, they are fairly independent and comfortable relaxing alone while you’re out (aka low maintenance). They don’t need tons of exercise and they aren’t afraid to warn you if they sense something out of whack in their environment. Yes, you have to brush them a few times a week. Yes, you should do a face mask at the same time. Yes, this will turn into spa night with your dog.


A good dog for a “lonely person” is probably a dog who will remain devoted and loyal to his or her new human—someone who will never be left in the dark, so to speak. What kind of dog you choose may very well depend on your personality, living situation and other circumstances. But the most important thing here is to really think about which type of dog would fit best into your lifestyle, and enjoy you company most. If you do that then any and all dogs can be amazing companions―note: we did not specify human companionship and that’s because when it comes to dogs, they are quite content with enjoying your company regardless of whether you are lonely or not.

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