Best Dog For A Single Man

Introduction

As a single man, the most common questions I get are “What’s your dog’s name?” and “What kind of dog is that?” Having a dog makes no difference whether you’re single or not but having a pet is something awesome in your life you could ever experience. Dogs are some of the best friends you can ever have. They are loyal, they are playful and they love you unconditionally. These make them an excellent pet for singles.

French Bulldog

If you are looking for a pup that will not only be amazing company but just might attract your soul mate, the Frenchie is it. He will be ecstatic to see you when you come home and will also get you lots of attention on walks, which just might lead to a date (if that’s what you’re looking for).

Few things are cuter than a French Bulldog, but that’s only one reason why they might make for a great addition to your life. Thanks to their fun personalities, it’s pretty much guaranteed you’ll never get bored. And, they can make great companions for tooling around town.

“Long hikes may not be the best for them all year around,” Ellis says, since their flatter faces can lead to breathing problems. But they can join you on other adventures, she says, including dining out at cafes and strolling down sidewalks.

German Shepherd Dog

Some singles may be looking for a loyal, intelligent dog for security. The German Shepherd is a good choice if you want a trainable dog to make you feel safer when home alone or on walks at night.

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Labrador Retriever

Friendly and easy going, the Lab makes a great buddy for any single person. And since they are usually stranger-friendly, you are sure to make a lot of new friends at your local dog park or while out and about.

Labrador Retrievers are extremely loving dogs, so they’ll always be happy to see you when you get home. And that’s the best feeling ever, whether you’re single or in a relationship.

Labs can be great for solo folks, though, due to their ability to attract attention. “These goofy, happy pups […] will be excited to meet new people and potential friends wherever you go,” Ellis says.

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying a quiet stroll or eating lunch alone. But if you’re looking to strike up a conversation with passersby, a Lab will make it easier.

English Bulldog

The English Bulldog is a good choice for singles who may not have a lot of time to exercise their dog and is looking for more of a couch buddy to hang out and watch football with on Sunday afternoons. Short walks are good enough for this bloke, and their adorable wrinkles will have people coming up and introducing themselves to your furry friend!

The English Bulldog comes in at a stockier size than its French counterpart, but has a lot of the same qualities, including loads of personality. “[And] as an extremely loyal dog, there is nothing a Bulldog loves more than their person,” Ellis says. “Bulldogs are a great companion for anyone looking for a lounge-around-the-house buddy.”

Thanks to their low energy levels they really don’t need much exercise, making them a good choice if you’re popping in and out all day for work.

Chihuahua

Since Chihuahuas get really attached to their “person,” they love being your one and only. They fit fine in a house or an apartment and are easy to travel with, so you can take them with you wherever you go.

Thanks to a Chihuahua’s tiny size, they can be great for apartment life, Jennifer Freeman, DVM, tells Bustle, as well as travel. They also love to be in a one-on-one relationship with their owner. And if you’re single, what could be better than that?

Of course, any and all mixes of the above breeds can be a great choice. And the same is true for many others dogs, as long as their needs and individual personality are a good fit for your lifestyle. It’s all about thinking ahead, and making sure you’ll both be happy as a duo.

Retired Greyhound

Looking for a jogging buddy? Adopting a retired greyhound might be a great option for you. After their jog, they will happily cuddle up with you on the couch – they won’t even make you shower first.

Dalmatian

The Dalmatian loves to be in a one-on-one relationship. Owners of the breed describe them as “Velcro dogs” that are aloof to everyone but their owner.

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Boxer

If you are looking for an adventurous dog that will go on hikes and keep up with a high energy level, then a Boxer is a great choice. They are super friendly and have no qualms about going up to complete strangers, making them great ice breakers if you are looking for a dog to help you make friends.

Pug

The pug is a great dog for someone on-the-go – they adapt to new environments and situations easily, so if you are moving or traveling a lot, they are cool with that (as long as they can come, too!).

Pugs are great at adapting to new environments and going with the flow,” Ellis says. So if you’re moving a lot of still settling down in life, they may be a great fit.

They can live quite happily in apartments, and like the Bulldogs above, aren’t always the most active. That’s not to say they don’t need walks or that they don’t like to play, because they very much do. But energy levels are always a good thing to keep in mind, especially if you’re taking care of a dog on your own.

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Conclusion

This is the type of guide you play with when you’re looking for the right dog. After all, the right dog can enhance your life and become an important part of your family. The qualities that make one dog a better match over another are myriad. Not only do you have to consider size, personality, grooming needs and health concerns, but living situation and compatibility are major factors as well. In the end, it really does come down to what feels right—which is why there’s no substitute for a cross-examination of your potential dog when deciding on which one to bring home.

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