9 Best Dogs That Can Be Left Alone In 2020

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So, you love dogs and you want to have one in your home, but you’re just not able to spend all day, every day with them, right? Maybe you have a job or you have things that you have to do sometimes.

That means you’re looking for the best dogs that can be left alone, and they’re right here.

What Are Best Dogs That Can Be Left Alone?

Miniature Schnauzer

A black Miniature Schnauzer standing on a tree in a forest during Autumn

These dogs need something to do throughout the day, which means they’re going to need plenty of toys.

Yet, they don’t mind being left to their own devices.

However, if you don’t have enough time to play with them you might come back to find they’ve chewed on things they weren’t supposed to.

Also, you might get a few complaints from your neighbors because they tend to be pretty loud and vibrant guard dogs.

Barking usually happens when they think someone’s getting too close to their space. Still, they are extremely smart and affectionate.

Boston Terrier

Boston Terrier in a striped shirt in front of a white fence.

You might be surprised to see a terrier on a list for the best dogs that can be left alone, especially if you’ve done any kind of research into different dog breeds.

That’s because most terriers are absolutely prone to separation anxiety.

The Boston Terrier, on the other hand, is super independent and very smart.

They’ll be really hyper when you come home (and any other time) but they’re not going to tear up your house because they’ve been left on their own.

Shiba Inu

A golden Shiba Inu standing in front of dark green trees.

Here we have a dog that fits kind of in the middle as far as size goes. But they’re beautiful and very smart dogs.

They tend to be pretty stubborn and a little bit overbearing at times, but they have plenty of spirit to go around.

Not only that but they do great when they’ve been left home alone for extended periods of time.

By an extended period of time I mean hours, don’t leave your Shiba Inu alone for longer than 8 hours. And if you do have to leave them alone for longer consider dog boarding.

That may be partly because of how easy they are to train (if you’re careful about how you do it) and definitely how independent they are.

It won’t bother them if you’re gone at work all day.

Lhasa Apso

A white and gold lhasa apso dog laying upside down.

This fluffy dog is small and independent, which comes about in a few different ways.

The positive side of things is that they’re going to be just fine left alone for longer periods of time.

The downside is that they can be quite stubborn when they don’t want to do something.

And that’s despite the fact that they actually learn commands quite easily.

If you want a dog that’s super fun and playful for the little ones (and the young at heart), as well as one that’s not going to take up a whole lot of space in your home, this is a great dog for you.

These dogs are also on our list of hypoallergenic dogs.

Chow Chow

A golden Chow Chow laying on green grass and brown dirt.

These dogs actually tend to like being left alone because they tend to be a little more aloof than most dogs.

Instead, they’re a little bit more like a cat. They may look cute and fluffy, but they really don’t prefer to be cuddled or held. Instead, they like to be independent.

That means you shouldn’t have any problems leaving them alone for extended periods and don’t expect them to be too affectionate or to care too much when you do come home either.

They’ll probably stay a little distant.


A light tan Bullmastiff laying in green grass.

If you’re looking for a larger dog but you don’t want to be tied to your house all the time this is the way to go.

These dogs actually don’t like to get all that much exercise (which would make them a great dog for my family) and they love to sleep.

That means if you just take them for short walks throughout the day they’re going to be just fine.

All you need to do is make sure to give them plenty of things that they can play with while you’re gone and definitely give them lots of love when you get back.

Chinese Shar-Pei

A golden Chinese Shar-Pei  laying on a driveway next to green grass.

This one is a slightly unusual looking dog for some, but it’s definitely adorable and very sweet.

They tend to be quite stubborn and independent, which means you’re going to have your work cut out for you when it comes to training.

But once they are trained you won’t have any problems with them.

Not only that but you’re not going to have a problem leaving them alone because they’re less affectionate than most dogs and seem quite aloof and uncaring if you’re there or not.

Still, they’re extremely devoted to their owners and their families, so once you bring them into your household, they may not show it in the same way, but they love you just as much as any other dog would.


A white and gold akita-inu smiling standing in a green grass field

This is a dog that fits somewhat into the category of the best dogs that can be left alone.

It will tolerate you being gone for extended periods of time and it won’t destroy your house while you are.

On the other hand, it definitely wants plenty of attention. So that means you absolutely need to give it a lot of attention when you get back into the house.

This bold and fearless dog is definitely going to worm its way into your heart and serve as a great watchdog for your home.


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Another breed that’s larger (in case you’re looking for a bigger dog for the household), this one is going to need a lot of exercise and activity, but that can happen around your normal work schedule.

They’re quick to learn anything, they love plenty of toys (and that keeps them from getting into things when you’re not home) and they are super easy going.

As a mix between a Golden Retriever and a Labrador Retriever they have some of the best characteristics of both and make a sweet and loving companion for the whole family.

Wrap Up

When it comes down to it there are all kinds of dogs that can be left alone out there with all different personalities.

While some of them aren’t the best dogs that can be left alone, some of them absolutely are.

If your family needs a more resilient and less dependent dog, these are the ones you should be looking at.

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