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Dogs are man’s best friends, so it’s only natural that you want a lifelong companion to tag alongside you while you go on adventures. The only problem is that not every dog breed fits every man’s lifestyle. Consider this list of the best dog breeds for every lifestyle as your guideline on which dogs to look into first. Remember to do your own research, as the breed standard doesn’t fit every single dog.
Best Dog Breeds for Active Lifestyles
You’ll probably want your dog to keep up with your pace if you’re an active person. Whether hiking or playing sports in the park, your canine companion can accompany you. The best dog breeds for active people are high-energy and strongly motivated to please their owners.
1. Border Collie
Border Collies are high-energy breeds that need a lot of mental stimulation and physical exercise to stay happy. Interestingly, Border Collies are the most intelligent dog breed — probably because they’re so receptive to training and eager to please. They’re not always perfect for beginner dog owners, but if you’re active enough to keep them happy, they’ll be lifelong friends.
2. Labrador Retriever
The Labrador Retriever has been America’s favorite dog breed for decades without fail. They’re lovable dogs who get along with all family members, but they’re Retrievers for a reason. They can be active and enjoy sport alongside you. Since Labrador Retrievers are prone to obesity, keeping them active will benefit both of you.
Best Dog Breeds for Couch Potatoes
Hey, there’s no shame in wanting to relax. These dog breeds are all about cuddling or simply lazing around, winding down from a busy day by your side. You’ll still have to walk and exercise them, but they won’t be begging you to take them out every hour of the day.
1. French Bulldog
These small dogs are also very lazy, making them perfect for apartment life. They’re very affectionate toward all family members, human or canine. They have enough energy to play with anyone who wants their attention, but they’d be happy to binge a television show with you if that’s more your speed.
2. Basset Hound
Basset Hounds are low-energy dogs. As long as you give them one long walk a day, they should be happy. They have kind faces and are a friendly breed that will get along with the guests you bring over. They are prone to barking a lot, so they may not be good dogs for a community setting, depending on your neighbors’ noise level tolerances.
Best Independent Dog Breeds
If you work long hours but still want a dog, you may want to opt for a more independent breed. You still have to take care of these pups, but they rely on attention much less than many other breeds. The best dog breeds that can thrive alone are affectionate and love their families but can get their mental stimulation elsewhere.
The Akita is a large dog that is very devoted to its owner. They’re relatively self-sufficient and can occupy themselves while you’re out and about. You may struggle a bit with training them, as they’re usually headstrong. When you’re with them, make sure to give them plenty of your time in the form of exercise and playtime. They’re independent, but they’ll be ready to play when they see you.
2. Chow Chow
As a Non-Sporting breed, the Chow Chow is relatively laid-back and a great dog that can handle itself when it’s alone. Chow Chows aren’t always very tolerant of children or other dogs, so make sure to keep a close eye on yours. These dogs are a reserved breed that can take care of themselves when you’re away for the day. If you live alone, a Chow Chow would be a great roommate for you.
Best Dog Breeds in the City
Living in a small apartment has its perks — you open yourself up to some of the best dog breeds that are cute, fluffy and won’t take up much space. These dogs still require regular walks and other types of exercise, but they’re smaller, so it might be easier to tire them out. Consider them if you’re worried about not having enough space but still want a lovable pup with enough energy to keep you on your toes.
1. Cardigan or Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Everyone loves Corgis! The main difference between the two is that the Cardigan Welsh Corgi typically has a tail, while the Pembroke Welsh Corgi does not — and is usually the type of Corgi people picture when they think of the breed. They’re in the Herding Group, so Corgis might be more energetic than you’re expecting.
2. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
This small spaniel is great with other dogs, and it’s a relatively neat breed. You won’t have to worry about shedding with them as much as you would other breeds, and you might end up getting them groomed far less often. They’re still playful, so make sure to give these dogs plenty of toys and attention.
Best Dog Breeds for Rural Areas
In rural areas, you can have any size dog you want because you should, realistically, have enough space for them. In very rural areas, people tend to live on farms or properties with more land. These are the best dog breeds to have if you have livestock to keep track of.
1. Australian Cattle Dog
Often called the “blue heeler,” the Australian Cattle Dog is a perfect low-maintenance dog for farm life. They’re medium-sized dogs who got their nickname from the way they herd livestock — by nipping at their heels. They don’t bark much, only to alert their owners to potential danger.
2. Anatolian Shepherd
These dogs don’t herd your livestock. Instead, they act as guards to warn off any predators. These pups may look menacing at first, but they love their families fiercely. These independent dogs work best with a job to do and are reserved when meeting new people.
Research the Best Dog Breeds for You
Not every dog will follow the breed standard. That’s why you must be prepared for any kind of dog ahead of time. Still, do your research and determine which traits you’d like in a dog. Then, you can find a reputable breeder if you want to raise a puppy or scour shelters in your area for a breed that fits your lifestyle. The best dog breeds aren’t limited to these — so many other dogs deserve your attention, too. Do your research to find the furry friend that fits your lifestyle perfectly.
Jack Shaw is a senior writer at Modded. Jack is an avid enthusiast for keeping up with personal health and enjoying nature. He has over five years of experience writing in the men's lifestyle niche, and has written extensively on topics of fitness, exploring the outdoors and men's interests. His writings have been featured in SportsEd TV, Love Inc., and Offroad Xtreme among many more publications.