Getting a new dog is not only a long term commitment but also a huge investment in both time and money. If you are a single professional and looking for a dog, the time factor is a bigger problem. With so many work duties and hectic lifestyle you simply cannot afford to spend too much time with your new pouch. Being together with your new puppy is important for developing a positive relationship. However, there are certain breeds that can tolerate better being left alone for longer periods. If you want to keep your job schedule on track and be a dog parent you need to choose one of those breeds. Before making the final decision, do your homework and research. To help you in that research, we have compiled a list of the top 10 dog breeds for single professionals.
  1. Bullmastiff
The Bullmastiff is usually characterized as a gentle giant. He is dedicated, affectionate and brave. The main attribute that makes this breed ideal for single professionals is its laziness. In spite of popular belief, Bullmastiffs are immensely lazy and reluctant to exercise. They only need a comfortable (and quite big) couch and they will spend their entire time napping. In addition, they are patient and have a calm nature which means they will not bark and irritate the neighbors if bored. Last but not least, Bullmastiffs will protect their homes while the owners are at work.
  1. Boston Terrier
The Boston Terrier is a handsome looking dog with a remarkable ‘’tuxedo’’ marking. It is an interesting fact, that the Boston Terrier is one of the few Terrier breeds that does not suffer from separation anxiety when left alone. The Boston Terrier can be stubborn and hyperactive at times, but if supplied with enough interesting and entertaining toys he will be more than fine. They are extremely independent and love having time for themselves. However, at the end of the day, when the owner is home, they are affectionate, playful and willing to do entertaining tricks. 
  1. Chow chow
The first things that come to mind when someone mentions Chow chows is fluffiness and cuddling. In spite of their teddy bear appearance and popular beliefs, Chow chows are not big fans of hugging, displaying emotions and physical contact. In fact, they are often described as having cat-like personalities. Therefore, Chow chows make ideal pets for busy single professionals. When left alone at home they are quiet and calm.  They are extremely independent but loyal and devoted. Their owners will be happy to know that their homes are carefully guarded while they are at work. 
  1. Miniature Schnauzer
The Miniature Schnauzer is considered to be the king of the dog world because he has it all – looks and brains. He is a small dog with a huge and amazing personality. Because they are intelligent, curious and inquisitive they will find a way of killing their alone time without feeling bored and most of all without the need of developing destructive behavior. In spite of being stubborn they can be easily trained and will not bother the neighbors while the owners are not home. In spite of their size, they are quite brave and protective and will definitely keep the house safe while alone. 
  1. Chinese Shar-Pei
The Chinese Shar-Pei is a loyal companion dog with a distinctive, loose and wrinkled skin. The Chinese Shar-pei is perfect for single professionals that spend most of their time at work. This dog is calm and quiet and has a relatively reserved demeanor. He is independent and happy when alone. In addition, Shar-Peis are low-energy dog that do not require regular and extensive exercise regimens. The Shar-Pei is loyal to both his owner and his territory and will guard that territory while the owner is at work. Last but not least, this breed is naturally clean and will not make messes even if bored. 
  1. Whippet
Whippets are described as scaled down Greyhounds. They have the same personality but in a smaller package. The Whippet is highly recommended for single professionals because it is extremely undemanding dog. It does not seek constant attention but it is more than happy when it receives attention. When kept indoors, even if alone for long time, the Whippet is unobtrusive. What is more, Whippets prefer spending their time on the sofa instead of running outside and being active. Last but not least, being light-footed, their presence is hard to notice. 
  1. Greyhound
As funny as it may sound, Greyhounds are big dogs and even bigger couch potatoes. It is a popular misconception that Greyhounds love to run. It is true that they are fast, but they prefer spending their time napping. Requiring only a small amount of physical activity, Greyhounds are the ideal breed choice for working professionals. Additionally, they are calm, quiet, polite and even-tempered. Last but not least, it is recommended to adopt a retired racing Greyhound. A retired Greyhound is well used to being alone in its crate for a longer period of time. 
  1.  Basset Hound
The Basset Hound is a medium sized dog with big and floppy ears. Being the symbol of low energy, this breed is perfect for single and busy, working professionals. The Basset Hound loves to use its nose and explore. However its fondness of exploration is not bigger than its aversion to physical activity. If left alone, even for a long period of time, the Basset Hound will use that time to rest and sleep. Even at night, when the owner comes back, instead of playing, this dog prefers to curl up and cuddle. 
  1. French Bulldog
The French Bulldog is affectionate, playful, friendly and more often than not, quite comical. Although French Bulldogs like being around people, they can do perfectly fine on their own. That is why they are a good fit for single professionals that cannot spend too much time at home. Additionally, French Bulldogs are quiet and reserved – the neighbors can never complain about Frenchies being loud and annoying. French Bulldogs love to sleep and when alone probably that is all they do. Last but not least, these dogs not only have low exercise requirements but can be intolerant to physical activities due to their flat faces. 
  1. Chihuahua
Weighing less than 7 pounds, the Chihuahua has a big personality in a tiny package. The Chihuahua is the perfect choice for single professionals that prefer small dogs. Most small dogs get extremely attached to the owners and when left alone develop separation anxiety. However, the Chihuahua is an exception to the rule. In fact, Chihuahuas are independent, self-sufficient and capable of being alone for the whole day. In addition, when it comes to physical activity Chihuahuas are ‘’allergic’’ to it. Last but not least, Chihuahuas love to sleep and spend most of their alone time sleeping. Generally speaking, dogs are social animals and do not tolerate well being left alone. However, the above listed dog breeds are better at staying home alone. They are intelligent, independent and not bothered by the owners’ busy schedules. During the day, while you are gone, your dog can spend its time eating, sleeping, exploring the house, playing or guarding its territory (your apartment). Simply stated, these breeds are perfectly capable of fulfilling their free time and entertaining themselves.However, getting one of the above mentioned breeds does not mean you will not have to sacrifice your spare time. Devote at least a fraction of your free time to your new dog. Play with it or go on a walk. The idea is to bond with your furry baby and build a positive relationship. It will not hurt if you bring a new toy or treat on your way back from work.