Dogs are loyal pets and can easily adapt according to your daily life routine. But some dogs require attention for their entertainment and get stressed when little is offered. Puppies usually require more attention than adult dogs, they can’t live more than 4 hours without any special attention and this time varies from breed to breed.

For full-time workers that don’t have enough time to spend on a dog’s special care, certain breeds are there that can entertain without putting any extra stress on the owner. So, if you don’t have enough time to entertain your dog some dog breeds can fit into your environment, they will enjoy spending time with you and will not be stressed and will entertain themselves. These dog breeds are:

1) Bedlington Terrier

Bedlington terrier is a little lamb-shaped dog with a stunning look. They are known to be alert, intelligent, energetic, and an excellent companion. They are friendly, playful, and curious dog and needs gentle handling as the only act of love for behaving well. It is famous for its good speed, hearing, and smelling ability. Bedlington terrier is such a sweet and charming dog that once you hug him before leaving your house, he will surely wait for your arrival and will give good gestures whenever you return home.

2) Chow Chow

Chow Chow is an ancient dog breed from China that is affectionate and more friendly with the owner and family members. It is not usually social and outgoing dogs and minds their own business all the time. Compared with other dog breeds, chow is a reserved, formal, intelligent, and dignified dog. Despite all these qualities, the Chow Chow is neither aggressive nor shy. Chow Chows are mostly independent dogs and don’t like much physical affection as compared to other dogs. Therefore, it can be one of the choices for full-day workers as it requires much less affection and attention as compared to other dog breeds.

3) Bassett Hound

Bassett Hounds are very easygoing, docile, and friendly dogs that are best oriented with people and get affection with children and other pets in a very short time. They are not aggressive and don’t like to move around inside the house and when they are outside, they love to move around and become alert. They have a good temperament and are placid. They can be your great companion because of their comedic behavior. If you are a full-day worker and can’t give adequate entertainment to your dog, then Bassett Hounds can be a good choice for being a friendly, less aggressive dog. Your little care and affection are enough for his loyalty.

4) Maltese

Maltese is a dog breed that is loving, caring, gentle, loyal, and fearless. They are very playful, affectionate, and intelligent. They respond to commands vigorously and are very lively. They love to play with children and can create a strong bond with other pets. They can learn and obey the trick easily. Adult Maltese can be left alone at home for eight hours a day while puppy Maltese cannot be a good companion because it cannot be left alone for more than one hour. So, for a full-day worker, an adult Maltese dog can be the best choice. They can suffer from separation anxiety but once you return home, they’ll welcome you warmly and will be a good friend again.

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5) Dachshund

Dachshund is a small pretty dog that adapts to almost every lifestyle and is very clever and lively. This bread has a reputation for entertainment and fearless qualities and loves to cuddle with the caring ones. Dachshund is a good family dog as it gets affection from all family members. If you have a Dachshund left alone at home for several hours, he can entertain himself and will happily wait for your arrival and once you get into your home he will hug you. Dachshund can be a good choice because he cannot be stressed or aggressive when left alone at home.

6) Italian Greyhound

Italian Greyhounds are smart, alter playful, and very sensitive dogs. They have a special affiliation with family and love to stick with you. They are more reserved and shy for strangers. They are people-oriented and enjoy the company of people living with them. They can be a good companion for you if you are a full day worker. They can live alone at home for several hours but they can show unhappiness when left alone for a long time. They express this feeling through destructive chewing. So if you are a full-day worker you can get an Italian Greyhound. It can be stressed when alone but this stress may fade away whenever you spend time with it and the duration of staying alone can be increased gradually with affection and love.

7) Beagle

Beagle is a gentle and friendly dog breed that is not too aggressive. They are famous for their even-tempered behavior. They are small in size and have medium energy reserves. They can entertain themselves when left alone for several hours. So if you are a full day worker and wish to have a caring, friendly, and loyal companion canine, Beagle could be the one. Its friendly nature and welcoming kisses and hugs on your arrival at home will make all your tiredness fade away. For its good energy reserves, you can easily be free from the worries of its hunger.

8) Cocker Spaniel

Cocker Spaniel is a very handsome, lively, gentle, affectionate, and easy-going pet. It has a friendly nature with children and other pets. Cocker Spaniel doesn’t easily get aggressive toward other people and another animal. But they can interact with other dogs very well. They can easily obey your commands. On-aggressive nature makes them good for a full-day worker’s pet. These are energetic pets. So, if you leave them alone for several hours a day, they will not be aggressive and stressed and can be proved to be a good companion.

9) Bernese Mountain Dog

Bernese Mountain Dog, an addition to a handsome look, is famous for its wonderful temperament. They are very intelligent, loyal, and affectionate dogs. The best quality of them is that they are easy to train and have a happy attitude. They can deal with a stressful life and don’t get bored when left alone for several hours. Therefore, they can be proved to be the best companion if you are a full-time worker. They can be self-pleased and self-entertained. They are easy to train therefore, you can train them to behave well when left alone at home. They can lose temperament if left alone for a long time and may show destructive teeth grinding.

10) Bullmastiff

Bullmastiff is gentle, calm, and affectionate and has easy-going nature. He behaves well with children and is a dog with a friendly nature. He is less tolerant of other pets. He is a less aggressive and less stressful dog and can easily be trained. The training can make him learn to live alone at home and is proved to be fruitful. So, if you are a full-time worker, Bullmastiff is the best dog breed for you. You have to spend more time with him in the beginning but once he learns to behave well, you will be surprised by his friendly and mannered nature.

11) Shar-Pei

Shar-Pei is a calm and sleepy dog breed. Shar-Pei is an intelligent dog and little training is required. He needs space to feel comfortable. They respond non-aggressively with strangers and are more reserved in presence of strangers. But with family, they feel calm and relaxed and have a friendly nature. As they love to stay alone for comfort, therefore are proved to be best for full-time workers. They have an alert and dignified nature. But if they are alone for a long time, they can have separation stress. So, spending more time when you are at home, will make your loving Shar Pie feel relaxed in the period of being alone.

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12) Boston Terrier

Boston Terrier is a gentle, lively, loyal, smart, and affectionate dog breed. He has an even temperament. Although, he has a stubborn nature training makes him behave well. For a full-time worker, a Boston terrier can be a good companion but he needs some food, water, a source of entertainment, and a place for proper rest. It can easily spend twelve hours alone. Boston terrier enjoys his own company and can feel relaxed while alone at home. He will wait for your arrival at home.

13) Labradoodle

Labradoodle is a smart, friendly, energetic, sociable dog, and very intelligent dog breed. Their friendly nature makes them affectionate with adults, children, and pets equally. They like to swim and are good swimmers. They can easily learn tricks. If you are a full-time worker and love to get a pet dog, and you have set a toilet from them at home, then Labradoodles are best for you. But if there’s no toilet for your pet Labradoodle, then you cannot leave your pet alone for more than 5 hours, due to the small bladder capacity of this pet. So, I add to other facilities, if a dog’s toilet facility is available at your home then Labradoodle is the best choice for you.

14) Irish Wolfhound

Irish Wolfhounds are gentle, noble, friendly, sensitive, loyal, easygoing, and have a big heart. They can run with good speed but they usually run slowly in the house and it reflects their obedience. They have a higher weight, up to 200 pounds, and need exercise for the maintenance of weight, to look lean, slim, smart, and healthy. If you have an apartment for your companion Irish wolfhound, it can stay at home alone with clam during your working hours. He cannot show any aggressive behavior for spending several hours alone. But a long duration of wait will make him bored and show destructive behavior.

15) Lhasa Apso

The Lhasa Apso is an affectionate, easy keepers, lively, and a good companion. Lhasa apso is an intelligent dog and can easily master all the tricks. Its friendly nature makes it more popular among your family members. It is famous for its tendency to do work for itself. It can entertain itself for several hours. It can become stubborn, get anxious, and will bark with a sharp and loud voice if kept alone for much longer time (more than eight hours). But for a short duration, it is the best companion to be kept alone, it waits for you while you are working.

Final Thoughts

A dog is a loyal and best companion. But for full-time workers, it is difficult to entertain pets, so some dog breeds are self-entertaining and can live alone for several hours. Bedlington terrier is one of the best dog breeds that is can easily learn to tackle the circumstances and can stay at home with patience. Similarly, Chow chow and Bassett Hounds have good temperament and can stay at home alone for several hours. Many other dog breeds can stay alone at home, such as Lhasa Apso, Italian Greyhounds, Irish Wolfhounds, Labradoodle, Boston Terrier, Shar Pei, Bullmastiff, Bernese Mountain, Cocker Spaniel, Beagle, Dachshund, and Maltese are good dog breeds for full-day workers. They have different temperaments and can stay alone for a variable number of hours. Most of them are non-aggressive in nature and are calm and peaceful. They show gentle behavior. They are proved to be a good companion. Lhasa Apso has small bladder capacity therefore, cannot stay alone for more than eight hours if you don’t have a pet’s toilet at your home. All these dog breeds have good energy reserves so that the owner can have several hours at work out of worries. But try to not leave your pet alone for a long time, it will make them bored and stressed.


Wesley Buck
Wesley Buck

Hello, my name is Wesley, and I grew up in Colorado. I went to school at St. Mary's University of Minnesota and have a B.S degree in Criminal Justice. I currently reside in Georgia and have been married for over 17 years.

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