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16 Dog Breeds That Are Great For People Living The Single Life


Are you looking for a dog to keep you company on those cold nights? Or maybe you want a dog to help you meet people (I mean, who’s not a sucker for a cute puppy)? Maybe you’re looking for security, or someone to meet you when you walk through the door. While we’d argue that any dog will stave off loneliness, here some breeds that are particularly great for those living the single life.

#1 – 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).

Image source: @JohanLarsson via Flickr
Image source: @JohanLarsson via Flickr

#2 – 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.

Image source: @JulieWalraven via Flickr
Image source: @JulieWalraven via Flickr

#3 – 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.

Image source: @Redjar via Flickr
Image source: @Redjar via Flickr

#4 – 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!

Image source: @spacemanor via Flickr
Image source: @spacemanor via Flickr

#5 – 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.

Image source: @ajari via Flickr
Image source: @ajari via Flickr

#6 – 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.

Image source: @meteo via Flickr
Image source: @meteo via Flickr

#7 – 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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#8 – 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.

Image source: @MythicSeaBass via Flickr
Image source: @MythicSeaBass via Flickr

#9 – 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!).

Image source: @bhenak via Flickr
Image source: @bhenak via Flickr

#10 – Poodle

Like the idea of a dog but have allergies or don’t want to clean up hair all the time? A Poodle or Poodle mix may be the best dog for you. You will have to keep them trimmed and groomed, but you won’t have to worry about your house being covered in dog hair when you have the girls over on Friday night.

Image source: @NinhaMorandini via Flickr
Image source: @NinhaMorandini via Flickr

#11 – Doberman

Like the German Shepherd, the Doberman is loyal dog that is great for those looking to feel safe while living alone. Even if you get one for protection, socialization is still important. Working with a professional dog trainer is a good idea to ensure your dog only protects you from real threats.

Image source: @JohnCorlew via Flickr
Image source: @JohnCorlew via Flickr

#12 – Great Dane

This breed of dog is gentle and quiet, perfect for the single person who studies or works from home. Plus, their commanding presence will make you feel safer (no one needs to know your dog is a total love bug!) and they will certainly draw friendly attention at the dog park or your local coffee shop.

Image source: @JonHurd via Flickr
Image source: @JonHurd via Flickr

#13 – Border Collie

This intelligent, high-energy breed is great for the single person looking for a dog to take to classes like agility, flyball, or herding. It can be a great way to meet other dog lovers while doing something active. If you are worried about being a recluse, this breed won’t let you.

Image source: @F/ormePetPhotography via Flickr
Image source: @F/ormePetPhotography via Flickr

#14 – Golden Retriever

The Golden is a great dog for anyone, being smart, cuddly, and super happy-go-lucky. These dogs love pretty much anyone they meet, so you’re sure to make tons of friends!

Image source @MichealCoghian via Flickr
Image source @MichealCoghian via Flickr

#15 – Schnauzer

The Schnauzer (all sizes) is a great dog for singles. They are good “alert barkers,” which can help those who feel uneasy being home alone. If well-socialized, they can be very friendly, giving you a great way to meet new people. Lastly, they are easy to train and smart, so if you are looking for an active dog to do sports with, they are great for that too.

Image source: @DaveFayram via Flickr
Image source: @DaveFayram via Flickr

#16-The Rescue Mutt

Of course she made the list! People may approach you to ask what kind of dog your mystery-mix is, plus everyone loves a good story (even if all you know about her past is that you were the one to save her life!). Having a rescue also shows people how much you care about helping others.

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Written by Kristina Lotz
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