10 Dog Breeds That Can Be Left Alone

These independent dogs can be left alone for a few hours without much fuss.

Chow Chow

Despite their athletic appearance, Greyhounds are content with short periods of alone time but appreciate attention upon your return.


Small but confident, Lhasa Apsos handle short periods of solitude well with proper training.

Lhasa Apso

These loyal dogs can tolerate being alone for a few hours, but they prefer not to be left alone consistently for more than four hours a day.

Shar Pei

With toys to keep them busy, Miniature Schnauzers can handle short periods of solitude, thanks to their intelligence and trainability.

Miniature Schnauzer

These intelligent and independent dogs can wait patiently for your return as long as they have their favorite toys.

Boston Terrier

Despite their size, Bullmastiffs are docile and can be left alone for a few hours with their toys.


Independent and self-contained, Basenjis can find entertainment on their own while you're away.


Loyal and calm, Basset Hounds can be left alone, but they require attention, exercise, and ear cleaning.

Basset Hound

Maltese dogs are energetic but may not need as much exercise. They enjoy keeping watch from a window.


Independent and not overly affectionate, Shiba Inus can handle being alone and are suitable for households with or without children.

Shiba Inu