A lot of us would love to have a dog to be part of our lives. But, the thought of taking care of a dog while juggling our busy lives just seem so daunting. However, not all dog breeds require the same amount of work or commitment. You can definitely enjoy the companionship of a dog while having a busy life. Check out these 19 best dogs for hectic lifestyles.
19. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have grown in popularity in the United States since 2000 despite originating from the United Kingdom. They are ranked the 18th most most popular pure breed in the United States based on the statistics in 2013. They are friendly, affectionate, eager to please and very adaptable to new environment. They are great for all ages and also all statuses from single people to families with young children and other animals. They can weigh between 10 to 18 pounds.
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18. Bassett Hounds
Bassett Hounds are solid and strong. They are extremely tolerant to young children and other animals. They might have kind of a sad look, but they are friendly, playful and outgoing dogs. Their average life spans are 10 to 12 years and average weights are approximately 40 to 80 pounds.
17. Boston Terriers
Boston Terriers is a dog breed originating in the United States. They are highly intelligent and easily trained, which is perfect for busy pet parents. They are rather small and compact. I would describe Boston Terriers as gentle, happy-go-lucky and protective dogs. Their maximum weight is about 25 pounds.
Beagles are considered small to medium size dogs. They are often considered tempered and merry. Beagles are very popular for families with kids because they are so amicable. They are not aggressive or timid. Beagles would not be my choice for guard dog though because they are easily won over even though they might initially appear to be aloof with strangers. They can weigh between 18 and 38 pounds.
Chihuahuas make a great choice for busy people. They are the smallest breed of dog, which means their food bill is the lowest among all. They love their dens and they like to snuggle with pillows, blankets and clothes. They only weigh about 3 to 7 pounds with the average life span of 15 years.
14. Clumber Spaniel
The Clumber Spaniels are the largest of the spaniels. Their temperaments are described as mellow, loyal, affectionate and gentle. They weigh from 55 to 85 lbs with average lifespan of 10 to 12 years.
There are quite a few misconceptions about Greyhounds. The first misconception is that they are aggressive because of the muzzles they wear during races. On the contrary, Greyhounds are quite, gentle, loyal and very loving to human and other dogs. The second misconception people have towards Greyhounds is that they are hyperactive. That is absolutely not true because they are actually nicknamed “apartment dog” because they are content with the space of an apartment and they can sleep up to 18 hours a day. All these traits make them wonderful pets. They weigh more than most of the dogs on the list at 60 to 90 pounds and live 9 to 11 years.
12. Golden Retriever
Golden Retrievers are ranked third most popular family dog breed in the United States. They are large and strongly built breed. Golden Retrievers are perfect for family with children because they are gentle and loving towards kids. They are also very intelligent, playful and active. They weigh approximately 55 to 75 pounds and an average life span of 11 to 12 years.
11. Miniature Dachshunds
Dachshunds are low to ground, long in body and short of legs with muscular built. They are intelligent, independent and devoted kind of dogs. They adapt very well to being alone or active, whichever fits your lifestyle. Since they were bred to hunt, they are active and definitely benefit from exercise. Dachshunds average 8 to 11 pounds and live on average 12 to 14 years.
10. Japanese Chin / Japanese Spaniel
Japanese Chins or Japanese Spaniels are considered one of the most cat-like dogs with their temperaments of alert, independent and intelligent. Their other cat-like attributes are preferring high surfaces, liking to hide in unexpected places and having good sense of balance. Japanese Chins are friendly and loyal, which make them perfect lap dogs and companion dogs. They are great with kids, and love to play and entertain. They average 7 to 9 pounds.
Pugs are known for being sociable and gentle companion dogs. They were originally brought from China to Europe in the sixteenth century. They are strong willed, but rarely aggressive. Hence, they are great with children. They also tend to be lazy and naps a lot, which is perfect for busy families. They do have compact breathing passageways, which make them susceptible to breathing problems especially when they are unable to cool their body temperature.
Puli is known for its long, corded coat, which resembles the dreadlocks. Puli is highly intelligent and active. It is cozy and friendly, especially towards children. It is best to keep Puli in a house with a yard because it needs its exercise. Puli typically weighs 25 to 30 pounds.
7. Rat Terrier
Rat Terriers have become increasingly popular as house pets. They are often mistaken as Jack Russell Terriers, but their temperaments are actually quite different. Rat Terriers tend to be more affection, calmer, less aggressive and more cheerful than Jack Russell Terriers. Even though they enjoy all the exercise, they also like to just chill on the couch. They are very trainable, which make them very suitable for busy lives. They typically weigh 10 to 25 pounds.
6. Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are playful and energetic dogs. They love playing catch with their pet family members. They are friendly, loving pets that generally like to hang out with children. They are enthusiastic greeter. Be prepare for big hug and wet face when you meet one. They can grow to about 35 to 45 pounds and live on average 10 to 13 years.
Next we are going to look at a few designer dogs that would be perfect for busy people. If you are not familiar with designer dogs, these dogs have been intentionally bred from two or more recognized breeds with purebred ancestors.
The Cavachon is a mix between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Bichon Frise. The attractive trait about this combination is that Cava-chon often has the temperament of a Cavalier in a smaller size. Combining with the non-shedding trait from Bichon Frise, it makes Cava-chon perfect for busy people looking for a low maintenance breed.
The Puggle is a mix between a Pug and a Beagle. Their temperaments are a combination of active and inquisitive traits from a Beagle and gentle companionable nature from a Pug. This crossbreed tends to have less breathing problems compared to Pug, which is a plus for the pet family. They weigh 15 to 30 pounds.
The Cavatzu is a mix between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Shih Tzu. The attractive trait about this combination is that Cavatzu often has the temperament of a Cavalier in a smaller size, which is similar to Cavachon. They are also very easy to train and very good with kids. They are just so adorable!
The Cockapoo is a mix between a Cocker Spaniel (American or English Cocker Spaniel) and a Poodle (most often a miniature or toy Poodle). This common and oldest “designer breeds” has been known in the United States since 1950s. Cockapoos are popular as pet dogs because of the great combination of loving, outgoing personalities from the Cocker Spaniels and low-shedding trait from the Poodles. They can live up to 15 years like a lot of other small dogs with higher life expectancy.
The Morkie is a mix between a Yorkshire Terrier and a Maltese. Since both pure breeds have hair instead of fur, the Morkie is a hypoallergenic breed. The Morkies are very social, active and playful. They normally weigh between 4 to 12 pounds.
We hope you have found your future fur friend that is perfect for you and your family!
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