Dogs that are good with families and that are happy being alone

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  • breed group: non-sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, tolerates being alone, tendency to chew, low prey drive, high potential for weight gain, loves water, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: cream, black, gray
  • patterns: tricolor
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful
The keeshond is an intelligent old breed that has long been raised as family companions and watch dogs. They are well-tempered dogs with lots of personality and a striking gray, cream, and black double coat.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: apartment-friendly, good hiking companion, easy to groom, tolerates being alone, high prey drive
  • colors: white
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful
West Highland White Terriers are loyal, tenacious, and wildly entertaining dogs that pack a lot of personality into their relatively small frame. Both a clever hunter and playful pet, learn more about living with Westies. 
  • breed group: hound
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, tolerates being alone, high prey drive, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion, high potential for weight gain, prone to health issues
  • colors: black, blue, gray
  • patterns: brindle
  • coat length/texture: wiry
  • temperament: gentle, aloof, outgoing, playful
A giant sighthound who used to hunt deer in the Scottish highlands, Scottish deerhounds these days are still rare but they instead prefer spending time with their families or patrolling a big yard.
  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, easy to groom, tolerates being alone, apartment-friendly, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, cream, black, blue, gray
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, sable, blue and tan
  • coat length/texture: wiry, curly
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, outgoing, playful
Few small hybrid dogs compare to the spirited and affectionate Yorkie-poo, a little firecracker of fun with devoted companionship every member of the family can enjoy.  
  • breed group: non-sporting
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: tolerates being alone, high prey drive, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: red, cream, fawn, black, blue
  • coat length/texture: long, medium
  • temperament: aloof
With their regal, distinctive stance and independent nature, chow chows both look and act like kings. They aren’t big snugglers, but chow chows will be attentive companions to their immediate family.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, easy to groom, tolerates being alone, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: red, cream, black, gray, white
  • patterns: brindle
  • coat length/texture: short, wiry
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, willful, playful, anxious
Cairn terriers are loyal, intelligent, and playful little dogs who are just as happy snuggling on our laps as they are accompanying us on hikes. Learn more about cairn terriers’ behaviors and traits here.
  • breed group: non-sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, tolerates being alone, tendency to chew, prone to health issues, highly territorial, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, red, cream, fawn, black, blue
  • patterns: sable
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, willful, playful, aloof
The Chinese shar-pei is easy to recognize because of her loose, wrinkly skin, sandpaper fur, and a "hippopotamus" muzzle. This independent and loyal breed is best for experienced dog owners.
  • breed group: none
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, tolerates being alone, highly territorial, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, blue, gray, white
  • patterns: brindle
  • coat length/texture: long, short, wiry
  • temperament: outgoing, playful, protective
Originally bred for farm work and sheep herding, the Dutch shepherd is an active, intelligent, self-sufficient dog.
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, tolerates being alone, tendency to chew, hot weather tolerant, loves water, good hiking companion
  • colors: red, brown / chocolate / liver, blue, cream, black, fawn
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, black and tan
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, friendly
Bred as working dogs, Australian kelpies still love being put to work whether their task is herding sheep, catching a ball, or making it to the finish line of an agility course. They require lots of exercise and mental stimulation and make great pets for active families who want energetic, affectionate, and loyal companions. 
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: tolerates being alone, highly territorial, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: white
  • patterns: bicolor, spotted
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: gentle, willful, aloof, protective
Great Pyrenees are smart and serious dogs that enjoy lots of space and make excellent family pets. Learn more about living with Great Pyrenees.
  • breed group: none
  • breed size: extra large (101 lbs. or more)
  • other traits: easy to groom, tolerates being alone, hot weather tolerant, cold weather tolerant, good hiking companion, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, red, blue, cream, white, fawn, gold / yellow
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, aloof, playful
Central Asian shepherds are large, independent dogs who are loyal to their families but can be wary around strangers. Learn more about living with Central Asian shepherds.
  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, requires lots of grooming, tolerates being alone, low prey drive, loves water, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, hot weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, red, gold / yellow, cream, black, white
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: long, medium, curly
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, willful, outgoing, playful, protective
A friendly, loving family dog who's easy on the allergies makes Labradoodles one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States. These dogs love activity, just not as much as they’ll love you.
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, tolerates being alone, highly territorial, high potential for weight gain, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, gold / yellow, black, blue, gray
  • patterns: bicolor, black and tan, liver and tan, blue and tan
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: willful, aloof
Tibetan mastiffs are smart, strong-willed, and independent dogs who switch between obedient and willful depending on their mood. Learn more about living with the Tibetan mastiff.
  • breed group: non-sporting
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, requires lots of grooming, tolerates being alone, loves water, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, gray, red, blue, cream, white, fawn, gold / yellow, brown / chocolate / liver
  • coat length/texture: long, medium, short, curly
  • temperament: timid, friendly, playful, anxious
Miniature poodles are small, athletic dogs with a friendly, easygoing temperament. Learn more about the peaceful mini poodle and what sets her apart from her breed sisters, the standard and toy poodles.
  • breed group: non-sporting
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, requires lots of grooming, tolerates being alone, loves water, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, gray, red, blue, cream, white, fawn, gold / yellow, brown / chocolate / liver
  • coat length/texture: long, medium, short, curly
  • temperament: timid, friendly, playful, anxious
Standard poodles are energetic, intelligent dogs who thrive with lots of activity, learning, and time with their human. Learn more about these cute, curly companions.
  • breed group: non-sporting
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: requires lots of grooming, tolerates being alone, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, red, gold / yellow, cream, black, blue, gray, white
  • patterns: sable, brindle, black and tan
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: friendly, willful, aloof
Lhasa apsos are small, confident dogs filled with personality who make smart and loyal companions.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, requires lots of grooming, tolerates being alone, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, hot weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners
  • colors: black, white
  • patterns: bicolor, flecked / ticked / speckled
  • coat length/texture: wiry, medium
  • temperament: outgoing, playful, friendly
Brilliant, spunky, and eager to please, the miniature schnauzer is an excellent family dog—provided you can keep him entertained.
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, tolerates being alone, requires lots of grooming, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, white, gray
  • coat length/texture: long, curly
  • temperament: willful, outgoing, playful
The puli is an intelligent, energetic, adaptive, and happy dog that is loyal to her family and has a strong desire to please her favorite people. Learn more about caring for this corded Hungarian pup.
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: tolerates being alone, hot weather tolerant, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: white
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: gentle, willful
Komondors are intelligent, affectionate dogs with a unique corded hairstyle. Bred to guard livestock, these working dogs are rare in the U.S.
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, tolerates being alone, high prey drive, apartment-friendly, good hiking companion, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, brown / chocolate / liver, fawn, red
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: willful, friendly, aloof, gentle
German pinschers are highly intelligent, energetic dogs who make great companions for experienced owners. Learn more about living with this working breed.