Best Dog For A Working Couple


You and your partner are busy — on-the-go, working long hours, and barely have time for a quick hello in the morning. Because of this, you’re thinking about getting a dog. But not just any dog will do — you want one that’s well- behaved, playful, loyal…and that never sheds hair. Who has time to clean up after the dog? Truthfully, no one; this is why finding the best dog for a working couple can be such a challenge. With numerous breeds to choose from, how do you know which one will work for you? Well what if I told you there were two breeds that would make great companions for busy professionals…

Basset Hound

The Basset Hound is like the poster child for self-sufficient dogs.

They spend most of the day sleeping, so there’s not that much to look after. When they’re awake, however, they’ll likely roam the house using their nose as a guide — just for fun.

Even though they’re self-sufficient, Basset Hounds are still happy to see you at the end of the day. Don’t expect their energy levels to spike, though. They’ll likely just want a few extra hours of sleep in your lap.

The American Kennel Club (AKC) labels Basset Hounds as “charming, patient and low-key.” What’s not to love about a dog who enjoys your company but is perfectly OK having some alone time?

Standout features of a Basset Hound:

They’re large but short dogs.

They need special attention when it comes to diet — extra weight makes them prone to back problems because of their length.

They’re typically good with strangers and kids, so they make good family dogs.

Akitas are generally fearless and loyal, which ranks them high on the list of the best dog breeds for someone who works. Photo: esmalen


Akitas are traditionally hunting dogs, but they also make loyal companions.

Akitas aren’t quite as self-sufficient as Basset Hounds, but they’re still capable of spending days by themselves without destroying the house. They don’t hate being alone, but they’ll certainly be happy to see you when you’re home.

These strong-minded dogs aren’t scared of much, which likely adds to their tolerance of being stay-at-home dogs.

Because of that, you’ll need to train them before leaving them on their own to make sure they know exactly what they should and shouldn’t do.

Standout features of an Akita:

Akitas originated in Japan, where they were bred to be hunters and guard dogs. Their background is what makes them fearless and loyal.

They can easily weigh over 100 pounds, so having enough space for them is a must.

They can be a little standoffish around strangers, kids and other dogs.

Chow Chows are often categorized as one of those dog breeds with low separation anxiety. Photo: Martin Holzer

Chow Chow

Chow Chows aren’t usually the right dogs for typical “dog people” because, in truth, these big dogs act a lot like cats.

Aside from their larger size, they tend to be independent and even aloof, traits you more commonly find in cats. In other words, if you’re looking for a 4-legged sidekick who lives for you and your happiness, the Chow Chow isn’t it.

That being said, even though you won’t be getting that Golden Retriever-like eagerness from a Chow Chow, this breed is still loyal to the people they love. If that’s your jam, they could be the perfect pet.

When people ask, “What’s the most low-maintenance dog out there?” Chow Chows are a good answer.

They have low separation anxiety, they’re low maintenance and they tend to tolerate being alone particularly well.

Standout features of a Chow Chow:

Chow Chows aren’t usually friendly toward kids and strangers, but they’re very loyal to their person.

They’re susceptible to gaining weight, so “free feeding” while you’re not home isn’t recommended (and they need regular exercise when you are home).

Chow Chows aren’t big barkers, so if you live in an apartment or with neighbors close by, a Chow Chow likely won’t ruffle anyone’s feathers.

Lhasa Apso

The Lhasa Apso is a small dog who tends to act a lot bigger than they really are.

On first glance, you’ll just see a fluffy lap dog. Get to know this breed, though, and you’ll see Lhasa Apsos proudly making sure their home is safe and sound.

When it comes to what breed of dog can be left alone during the day, a Lhasa Apso will probably quietly stand guard until you’re back — instead of getting bored and tearing things apart like other breeds.

Standout features of a Lhasa Apso:

They’re independent, which means that normally these dogs won’t mind being left alone while you’re at work during the day.

Lhasa Apsos are great with kids, family and other dogs.

They’re sturdy and adaptable, so they’ll do well in almost home size, family type or climate.

If exercised enough, Boston Terriers can be one of the best dog breeds for someone who works. Photo: mujipanda

Boston Terrier

Boston Terriers are among the friendliest dogs you’ll meet.

They’re small and generally energetic, but with adequate exercise, they’ll be fine spending most of the day on their own.


These dogs reach only about 25 pounds in weight, making them the perfect-size dogs for small spaces. They also do well with strangers, kids and other animals, but they’re content being independent in small families, too.

Standout features of a Boston Terrier:

They’re easy to train, groom and keep healthy.

They’re energetic, so give yours enough exercise. With a couple of long walks or trips to the dog park each day, though, they won’t mind taking it easy while you’re away.

According to the AKC, they’re nicknamed “The American Gentlemen” because of how well-behaved they tend to be.


While it’s true Greyhounds are typically known as racing dogs, they’re surprisingly lazy at home.

Especially at their size (up to 70 pounds), though, they need exercise. So plan on long walks each morning and evening. Otherwise, these dogs spend most of their time sleeping.

Although Greyhounds are lazy, they’re not typically as independent as some of the other dogs mentioned on this list, so having another dog at home or daily visits from a dog walker would make them happiest.

Fortunately, they’re known for being friendly around other people and dogs, so having company shouldn’t be an issue.

Standout features of a Greyhound:

Greyhounds are prone to weight gain. Make sure yours gets enough exercise each day.

They do great in hot weather, but because of their body types and fur, they need coats and blankets if living in cold climates.

They’re easy to groom and generally healthy, making them particularly low-maintenance dogs.


If you are a working couple that’s looking for a good dog, then I’d recommend the Labradoodle. Labs, who are known for being “the best all-around dog” can make wonderful pets. They’re friendly and playful, but not overly high-energy, so they can adapt to many different situations. You will probably want to take them to obedience training classes because they do like to please their masters, but they’re usually pretty easy to train. Alert and active, they make an excellent watch dog. If you’re willing to put in the work, you’ll find that these dogs are great companions because of their free-spirited personality.

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