Some women who are living alone think they would feel safer if they had a loyal dog protecting them and their home. Many breeds of dogs can, indeed, act as a foolproof burglar alarm since they will bark as soon as someone approaches.
Other single women living alone are simply looking for a cuddly pet to keep them company, or to become their trusty workout partner and go on long walks with them everyday.
If you are wondering which dog breed you should choose, here are some of the best dogs for women who are living alone to help you make your choice.
1. German Shepherd
German Shepherds make great guard dogs, and nothing will stand between them and their beloved owner if they are in danger. They are intelligent, loyal and obedient, but they need to be trained. They also need a lot of exercise, so a German Shepherd could be a perfect choice for you if you have a vast backyard.
Boxers are affectionate and playful, and they also make excellent watchdogs. They have silly personalities, but they have a fierce bark and they are very protective with their owner. They need a lot of exercise daily, and they like being the center of attention so they can make great companions for women who are living alone.
3. Chow Chow
Chow Chows, which are territorial and protective, also make great guard dogs. They are loyal, and they tend to bond with one person in particular, so even though they are not extremely affectionate, they make great companions for women who feel like they could use some protection when they are alone at home.
4. Doberman Pinscher
Dobermans are wonderful personal protection dogs, and they tend to be completely devoted to their owner. They are extremely intelligent and easy to train, and they are also affectionate. They can be aggressive towards strangers, but that shouldn’t be a problem if they get socialized and trained properly.
5. Basset Hound
If you prefer a gentle and lazy lap dog, a Basset Hound could be a good choice. They are easy-going and patient, and they make great family dogs. They are also perfect to keep you company if you are living alone. You will need, however, to bathe your Basset Hound often, and to pay attention to their ears.
Pugs are extremely affectionate, and they could be perfect for you if you want a cuddly dog who likes to take naps and to sit on your lap whenever it gets a chance. Pugs are friendly, but they can get jealous if they see you pet another dog. They like to beg while their owner is eating.
7. Shih Tzu
Shih Tzus are perfect lap dogs for women who want a sweet dog they can cuddle and groom. They are affectionate and playful, but they can feel anxious if they are left alone for too long. If you are working away from home, a Shih Tzu might not be your best choice.
8. Tibetan Spaniel
Tibetan Spaniels are another dog breed that will get anxious if they are left alone for too long. But if you are spending a lot of time home, a Tibetan Spaniel will be a great companion. They are intelligent and affectionate, and they don’t need a lot of exercise, so they would be happy to live in a small apartment.
9. Golden Retriever
If you want an energetic workout partner instead of a lap dog, think about Golden Retrievers. This breed is appreciated for their lovable, friendly and reliable personalities. Golden Retrievers love to run, to take long walks, and to play with a ball or a frisbee, so don’t hesitate to take them to the park.
10. Siberian Husky
Siberian Huskies are extremely friendly and playful, and they are always ready to go on an outdoor adventure with their owner. They need a lot of exercise and frequent grooming, so if you are ready to take care of a Husky, you will have an enthusiastic workout partner.
11. Jack Russel Terrier
If you don’t want to own a large dog, a Jack Russel Terrier could become your trusty workout partner. They are intelligent, friendly and energetic, but they can also be cuddly when they feel like it. They usually can’t stay still, and they need plenty of exercise as well as mental stimulation.
12. Shiba Inu
Shiba Inus are energetic and can make great jogging partners, although they need to be kept on a leash since they like to wander. Some Shiba Inu owners claim that these dogs have similarities with cats, as they are independent and not extremely affectionate. They can live in a small apartment, as long as they can get plenty of exercise outside.