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15 Best Dogs for a Bachelor Lifestyle

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Do you believe that dogs are truly a man’s best friend? While I would personally suggest that they are best friends to women as well, I have to agree that no man could find a better friend than a dog. If you love living your bachelor lifestyle, but want to have a loyal companion for some no-stress company to hang out with, a dog is perfect.

I spend a lot of time thinking about what types of dogs are best for what types of people. It’s a fascinating topic to me. Lately, I’ve been thinking about the fact that I, as a single woman, am drawn more to dogs with big personalities. They fill up my home with humor and excitement, and I’ve never felt lonely or like I’m missing something. That’s why I adore Boxers – they are definitely hams.

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So what types of dogs are best for single men? If you like your bachelor lifestyle as much as I love mine, then you are likely to enjoy a Boxer as well. But in the spirt of being fair, this list of 15 dog breeds for bachelors doesn’t include my beloved Boxer. Here are some breeds that can get you started finding the best dog for you.

(1) Alaskan Malamute

Are you a guy with a lot of energy that just loves to get out and play around? If so, the Malamute is great for you. These dogs have a really cool, wolfish appearance, but they are basically giant kids. They just want to play all day, every day, and they are ideal for a person that has a lot of time to spend exercising with them. If you like to hike, camp, go to the park, go on runs, or just horse around, this is a good choice. Make sure you have a good set of dog toys if you do adopt this type of dog. They love to tug and chase and fetch.

Alaskan Malamute

(2) Australian Shepherd Dog

Do you love challenges? Want a dog that matches your love of learning new thing, exploring new places, and meeting life head on? The Australian Shepherd is a great dog for you. My personal recommendation is to get a female. This dog breed has a tendency to latch onto one person, and for whatever reason, females tend to be more drawn to male owners. This dog will be your sidekick in everything, and they are wicked smart. They can learn all kinds of neat tricks, go with you to work, go camping, and they make great guard dogs. They are friendly enough to eventually accept a girlfriend if you don’t want to stay a bachelor, but make no mistake that they are your dog.

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Australian Shepherd Dog

(3) Beagle

Another good dog for a bachelor that doesn’t intend to remain single is a beagle. These dogs are great with just one owner, but are also great with families. They are friendly and smart, and lots of fun to be around. They are also stubborn, kind of messy, and tend to get into everything. If you love the curious nature of a beagle and don’t mind the challenge of training them, you’ll have a very loyal and funny companion for life. They are also compact enough to live in apartments, though they do need daily exercise.

Beagle

(4) Bloodhound

Want a larger dog that will be great for a more active lifestyle? A bloodhound is a great choice. These dogs are smart, extremely active, and very loving. They can be kind of sensitive, so if you don’t have a lot of time to spend with a dog, skip this breed. They like to be around you constantly, and can get mopey if you are busy (sort of like that girlfriend you’ve been avoiding getting, but a little easier to please). If you take a bloodhound with you on runs, make sure to keep him supplied with treats and cuddles, then you will be their hero forever. Seriously, this dog will nearly worship you if you put in the effort, so this is a great dog for people who may get lonely in their bachelorhood.

Bloodhound

(5) Bull Mastiff

The gentle giant of the large dog group, the Bull Mastiff is perfect for a protection dog. They aren’t aggressive, but they aren’t going to be friendly to strangers. They’ll let you know if someone new is approaching, and observe warily until they are certain you are safe. They are very affectionate with their owner. Even as big as they are, they think they are lap dogs. They don’t require a ton of exercise, and are good for a guy that likes to hang out instead of going out.

Bull Mastiff

(6) Doberman

Want a dog that combines protective instincts with lots of energy? Get a Doberman! This breed is very athletic and they aren’t fond of strangers. They are great guard dogs, often used for that purpose specifically. However, a well-trained Doberman is still going to be friendly to a family, should you ever get one in the future. They are easy to train, because they have been bred to be working dogs, so this is just a great breed all around. They do have a bit of a bad reputation, and you may find it hard to find a home that allows them because of that.

Doberman

(7) German Shepherd

Another great guard dog, but with a more sensitive soul, the German Shepherd is essentially the world’s most loyal dog. They are super smart, and ridiculously loyal to the person they think of as theirs. They are also kind to anyone that they can tell their human loves, but they will never bond with anyone else the same way they bond with you. If you love the idea of a very brave dog that loves you unconditionally, and will be a great dog to train, then this breed is a good option.

German Shepherd

(8) Giant Schnauzer

Not many people know about the Giant Schnauzer in the states, but this is a fantastic breed if you like German Shepherds or Dobermans, but don’t want the stigma that these dogs sometimes have. They are big dogs that are used for police work in Europe, and they are very smart. However, it is very important that you know what you are doing with this dog. They are smart enough to know when they can break the rules, and if you give them an inch, they will take a mile. They can be stubborn and will often try to assert themselves as alpha. However, if you are someone who likes that challenge, and appreciates a dog with a confident attitude, you may love this.

Giant Schnauzer

(9) Irish Setter

This dog is just gorgeous with their long red hair. They are very energetic, and are best suited to bachelors primarily because they aren’t always the best with kids. If you are interested in a dog with a very noble background and the looks to go with it, as well as a dog that will be lots of fun for you, this is a great breed.

Irish Setter

(10) Labrador Retriever

It wouldn’t be a “best dog breeds” list of any kind without mentioning the Labrador Retriever. This dog is great for bachelors, for families, for single women, for young couples, for retired people…for just anyone in general. These dogs are loyal, silly, goofy, loving, and energetic without being overly so. They do need exercise and they will adapt to your lifestyle very quickly. They just love people and they love you – even though they haven’t met you yet. This is a great dog for someone that may eventually leave bachelorhood behind.

Labrador Retriever

(11) Rottweiler

If you like the idea of a dog that is underappreciated, the Rottweiler is a great one. Train them gently and treat them like beloved friends, and they will be excellent family dogs. They are very kind and gentle naturally, but have gotten a bad reputation because they can be trained to be aggressive. How they act will depend on you, so if you like the idea that you’ll have a tough-looking baby of a dog, here’s the breed for you.

Rottweiler

(12) Saint Bernard

Who doesn’t love this big, drooling, goofy guy? Saint Bernards are good-natured with everyone, loving to cuddle and please people above all else. They are also loyal and smart. If you are a single guy that may have kids one day, this is the perfect breed for you.

Saint Bernard

(13) Siberian Husky

The Husky is a popular choice for single guys because they are so active. They like to hike, swim, chase, explore, and just generally be outside doing stuff. However, they can be stubborn with training, and they are known for having personalities all their own. Don’t be surprised if a Husky talks back when you tell him to do something by whining and moaning. They are very vocal and also sassy.

Siberian Husky

(14) Sussex Spaniel

Like to hunt, or want to get into hunting with a dog? Hounds can often be loud and a bit high strung, and aren’t good for small homes or apartments. A Sussex Spaniel on the other hand is a great hunting dog, a loyal companion, and a compact size. They do need attention to grooming because of their long coats, but they are excellent trackers.

Sussex Spaniel

(15) Thai Ridgeback

The last one on this list is a rare breed, but it’s great for hunting and as a watch dog. This dog isn’t exactly a gentle, loving dog – he’s more rough and tumble, perfect for a single guy that is willing to take the role of alpha and wants a no-nonsense dog to fit into his no-nonsense lifestyle. This dog is better for a guy that won’t be having kids or leaving behind bachelorhood any time soon.

Thai Ridgeback

Can’t Decide? Here’s How to Choose

Absolutely any breed in the world could be the right breed for a bachelor if you know what you are looking for. Here are some characteristics that would make a dog right for a bachelor:

  • Choose a dog based on the size you have room for. A lot of guys gravitate towards big breeds, but if you live in a small home, a more compact breed may be better.
  • Choose something that won’t shed a lot or won’t require work you aren’t willing to put in. If you are ok with grooming a dog every day, no problem! But if you’d rather just shave your head than learn to style your hair, you probably need a dog that requires less grooming.
  • Look at the dog’s energy level. Do you want a dog that will go with you everywhere for adventures and exercise? Or do you want a dog that will chill with you while you play video games? It is possible to get a breed that does both, but it takes longer to find the right dog.
  • Consider the dog’s personality. Do you love having friends over all the time? You need a dog that will be friendly to other people. Do you live in a place where you feel unsafe? Look for a dog that will alert you to strangers.
  • Consider the age of the dog. If you get a puppy, you have more of a chance to train good behaviors into them, but you are also committing to spend the next decade to 15 years of your life with this dog. Adult dogs, on the other hand, may be filled with bad habits from previous owners. Spend some time getting to know an adult dog before adopting.

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The Final Word

So now that you know how to find the right dog breed for bachelors, and you have a lost of 15 of the best breeds for single guys, what do you think? Which of these dog breeds sounds right for you – or maybe it’s none of them?

Don’t discount the mutt at the pound when you are dog shopping. Many times, mixed breed dogs have the best health and the most charming personalities.

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