Best dog breeds for working people and how to balance work and pups

You can have a dog while also having a full-time job, but that doesn't mean that there isn't a lot to consider. What's the best dog breed for a working person, how should you handle your pooch, and what do you need to know? We've got you.

There are quite a few suitable dog breeds for working people.
There are quite a few suitable dog breeds for working people.  © 123RF / belchonock

Full-time jobs and dogs can be a tricky combination, especially if you live alone and unable to share the responsibility of taking care of a pet.

That doesn't, however, mean that you need to go dog-free while you're working on your career. You just need to take a few things into account.

In this dog guide, TAG24 takes you through not only the best dog breeds for working people, but an assortment of things you should consider before getting a doggo as a full-time worker.

The most important information for quick readers:

  • If you can take your dog into the office, or perhaps work from home, having a dog is a lot easier.
  • Make sure that you allow time for your dog before and after work.
  • You need to choose a breed of dog that is compatible with a full-time job. For example, one that requires less exercise.
  • Develop a network of relatives, friends, and dog sitters who can help out.

Can you have a dog if you work?

It's an easy question to answer, if you're wondering if dogs and jobs can co-exist.

Of course you can have a dog and work at the same time. If you couldn't, how would anyone be able to have a doggo in their home? That doesn't mean it's easy, though.

Dogs present you with a unique set of challenges that differ vastly to those imposed by a feline friend, as they require walks and attention. Of course, you shouldn't neglect your cat, but a dog is a lot more demanding. Your doggo is going to need attention, mental stimulation, and exercise.

Are you ready to juggle all of this with your work? Here are a few tips.

Best apartment dogs for full-time workers

It's time to come clean: if you want to work a 40-hour week and own a dog at the same time, you're going to need to make plans for your pooch.

Of course, it is best to take your dog with you to work, or perhaps work from home if possible. But let's be real, though, these options can be unlikely for most of us.

What you really want is a doggo that you can leave at home for a good deal of time without it getting freaked out or having an accident. Your first port of call here is in the breed, so let's dive in.

Best dogs for people who work

There are many dog breeds that could potentially be considered "calm" and easy to take care of that can also be left alone from time to time. These pooches require less attention as long as you give them regular exercise.

Good dog breeds for working people include:

  • Chihuahua
  • Bernese mountain dog
  • Great Dane
  • Maltese
  • French Bulldog
  • Leonberger

Make sure to read up on the specific breed that you choose, because different dog breeds are suited for different people, and not every dog will suit your specific lifestyle.

It's not just about choosing a cute pooch, but also about choosing one that will be perfect for you and your family. No individual breed will suit everyone, so do some research before picking your pooch.

Important: No matter whether your dog is comfortable or not with being left alone, you should never leave your dog alone all day. This can cause severe separation anxiety and a lot of distress for your beloved doggo!

Worst dogs for people who work

Any extremely athletic or intelligent dogs should be off-limits for any prospective full-time working dog parent. They would be challenged by your absence, and could easily fall into doggy depression if left alone too regularly. These dogs truly won't suit the lifestyle of a working person.

Here are a couple of examples:

  • Terrier
  • Border Collies
  • Australian Shepherds
  • Siberian Husky
  • Rhodesian Ridgeback

While there are a few professions where a dog like this could actually be taken to work (like farming, for example, it's somewhat rare. Avoid these adorable pooches if your pet will have bouts of alone time.

What to think about when getting a dog while working

Dogs often require a lot of attention, so you need to be present when you're home and playing with them.
Dogs often require a lot of attention, so you need to be present when you're home and playing with them.  © 123Rf / Kurashov
The most important thing to be clear about when adopting a dog is that they are social creatures and will need a lot of your attention when you have free time. As a result, when not at work, you should be spending as much time as possible with your pooch.

That doesn't mean, though, that you need to give things up. Instead, compromise is the spice of working dog life.

Here are a few potentially helpful compromises:

  • Instead of going on a restaurant dinner date, go for a picnic in the park and take along your faithful pooch.
  • Work fewer hours so that you have some time to look after your dog.
  • Instead of mindlessly scrolling online during your lunch break, take your doggo for a walk!
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Many dog owners feel the need to plan their entire day around the needs of their pet. It makes sense, and is very admirable, but it is a bit unnecessary and unrealistic. Don't go overboard, and your pet will fair just fine.

Make sure that a few things are done every day:

  • In the morning: Give your dog some food in the morning and spend some time with it as best you can. There's no need for a long morning walk, but if that's what you enjoy, it won't hurt either.
  • At lunch: Many people feel that a dog should be checked in on at lunchtime. Considering that not everyone can work from home, and many have to commute quite a distance, it may cause the need to ask a friend or neighbor to briefly drop in and check on your pooch! There are also plenty of dog walking services that can help.
  • In the evening: This is when you need to pull out all the stops. Take your dog for a walk, give it some dinner, shower it with affection, and do some training exercises. Show your canine companion some compassion and love.

One thing is for sure: if you are continuously away on work trips, or tend to work late and don't reside with anyone else, it is probably not a great idea to get yourself a dog.

Don't be afraid to get help when working and raising a dog

Getting a good dog sitter can be crucial for working dog owners - and helps pups socialize too.
Getting a good dog sitter can be crucial for working dog owners - and helps pups socialize too.  © 123RF / highwaystarz

There are a few things that you need to make sure about before you get a dog: you should be relatively financially and socially stable, you should have some free time for a pooch, and you should be willing to enlist help when it's necessary.

There is nothing wrong or problematic about having help if it's within your means. If you have relatives and friends who can drop in on your doggo when you're at work, or when you're away for whatever reason, then ask them! In the case that you can afford a regular dog sitter, why not?

Dogs for couples and working people can help with connections and social lives

The reality is that although it may be tough to juggle dogs and a working life, they enrich our lives as well. They provide an excuse to go out and get fresh air, to socialize with other dog owners, and have a life outside of work. In fact, dogs have been proven to improve our brain stimulation, too.

In the end, it is true that you need to be cautious when balancing work and living with a dog, and you need to be careful your canine companion isn't neglected. It will almost certainly be worth it though, because the benefits of having a dog when working far outweigh anything else!

Cover photo: 123RF / belchonock

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