Dogs that are friendly and happy being alone

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  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, requires lots of grooming, tolerates being alone, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: cream, blue
  • patterns: brindle
  • coat length/texture: medium, wiry
  • temperament: friendly, willful, playful, outgoing
Glen of Imaal terriers are independent, fun-loving dogs with big personalities. Learn more about living with these intelligent Irish pups.
  • breed group: none
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, tolerates being alone, high prey drive, loves water, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, gray, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, black and tan
  • coat length/texture: short, wiry
  • temperament: friendly, willful, outgoing, playful
Jagdterriers are smart, capable hunting dogs developed in Germany. If you're an outdoor enthusiast and an experienced dog owner, a jagdterrier could be the perfect companion.
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: tolerates being alone, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, gray, fawn
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing
Briards are active dogs that will win your affection with their work ethic and rugged good looks. These large, long-haired dogs are loyal, affectionate, and confident.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, requires lots of grooming, tolerates being alone, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, blue, brown / chocolate / liver, red, gold / yellow
  • patterns: black and tan, blue and tan, bicolor
  • coat length/texture: short, wiry
  • temperament: outgoing, willful, friendly, playful
Lakeland terriers are small, highly intelligent dogs with big personalities and a distinctive appearance. Learn more about living with this bearded English breed.
  • 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: hound
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, tolerates being alone, tendency to chew, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, loves water, cold weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, gray, gold / yellow, blue, brown / chocolate / liver, cream, white, fawn
  • patterns: bicolor, black and tan, blue and tan, liver and tan
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: friendly, playful, outgoing
Otterhounds are very rare. But if you’re lucky enough to hang out with one, they make fast friends because of their happy demeanor and lovable personalities. 
  • 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.
  • 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: black, gray, blue, cream, white, fawn, brown / chocolate / liver, red, gold / yellow
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, brindle
  • coat length/texture: medium, curly, short
  • temperament: friendly, playful, aloof
A low-allergen cross between the Chihuahua and the poodle, the bright and lively Chipoo is an affectionate, playful, and adorably compact designer mix.
  • 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: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, tolerates being alone, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, white, brown / chocolate / liver, red, gold / yellow
  • patterns: tricolor, black and tan
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful
Harriers are friendly, high-energy dogs that love spending time with their human and canine family members. Learn more about living with these active hounds.
  • breed group: non-sporting
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, requires lots of grooming, 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
  • patterns: bicolor
  • 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.