Working from home is a luxury in many ways: zero commuting time, a fridge full of healthy foods that don’t cost a week’s pay, pleasant sweats. But there is one thing that we miss and that we did not suspect: colleagues. As difficult as they can be, it feels lonely at the home office. A four-legged colleague can be the perfect solution – all the attention and companionship, none of the loud, annoying phone calls. But breeds vary, and not every puppy’s resume is up to snuff. For example, you might want to ignore high-energy dogs and hire a gentler companion instead. For recruitment advice, we asked vets to weigh in on the best pups for the job. Read on to learn more about the eight best dog breeds if you work from home.
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Fancy hairstyles aside, the Poodle is one of the smartest breeds in dogdom, according to Deepanshu Bedi, the marketing director of Holistapet. They are easy to train, quiet, hypoallergenic, and happy to care for indoors. They can even be litter trained! They are also friendly to people of all ages and will “snuggle quietly up to you while you work”.
Bedi also says that Poodles are very sensitive to their owner’s needs (which puts them ahead of most human colleagues). He adds that poodles are categorized into three subbreeds: standard, toy and tiny. “If you prefer a less active animal, go with the standard breed.”
Jenna Mahanlicensed veterinarian technician and claims manager for Embrace Pet Insurance, says that despite their racial reputation, “Most Greyhounds are content to spread out on your couch, preferably tucked under a blanket. They are generally calm, clean animals with good manners and a gentle attitude.”
Emma Thompson, a registered veterinary nurse who runs online pet platform Jaxery, says one specific type of Greyhound is a particularly good breed for people who work from home. “Italian Greyhounds are low maintenance, as they don’t need much grooming, and one walk a day will suffice. They are also extremely affectionate and like to be in close contact with their owners, which means that while you work, they would be happy sitting at your feet or on your lap.”
Thompson points out a caveat. Slender dogs don’t like to be left alone for long periods of time, “but if you work from home, that wouldn’t matter!”
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Small dogs tend to be better office companions because they can sleep in your lap while you work at your desk. For this reason, Aaron Rice, expert dog trainer at Stayyy, says the Maltese is one of the most popular breeds for people who work from home. “They are calm little dogs that don’t need too much space to move around… They are also very intelligent and easy to train, so they can be a great companion for someone who wants to spend more time time at home.”
In keeping with the theme of smaller is better, Linda Simon, a veterinarian and consultant at FiveBarks, votes for the Chihuahua, the world’s smallest dog breed. “When you work from home, you are looking for certain traits in your partner in crime. You won’t want a needy or clingy dog, or too loud. don’t do too much nonsense.”
Chihuahuas don’t need a lot of exercise, a plus if you can’t get away from the desk for a walk, but they love affection, so “make sure you spend plenty of time with them on your break. “. advises Simon.
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Small dogs are not for everyone. If you’d rather go big, you’ll be happy to know that Great Danes make great workmates. These gentle giants are “real couch potatoes and will do well for a walk every day,” says Mahan. “They are generally not excitable, except perhaps when someone new comes to pet them. Their gentle nature makes them quiet and trainable, making them a premier large dog breed for those who work from home, provided they have room to lay down somewhere to take a nap.” Just make sure your home office is spacious enough to accommodate your desk and dog bed.
Labrador Retrievers are a great all-around choice, according to Corinne Wigfall, licensed veterinarian and veterinary spokesperson for SpiritDog Training. “They will sit lovingly at your feet all day while you work and keep you company.” She notes that Labs require a minimum of 40 minutes of exercise per day, but it “will help you get out of the house and increase your step count after your workday is done so you can relax and unwind. after a hard day in the home office.” Other benefits are that Labs are easy to train, friendly, and good with children and other dogs.
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Stephanie Venn-Watsonveterinary epidemiologist and researcher, tells Better life that the ideal dog breed for a remote employee should be both calm and active. “You want them to be gentle enough not to distract you during work, but also active enough to take regular walks with you. Having a furry walking buddy helps encourage needed physical activity.”
Golden Retrievers are pure gold when it comes to these traits. “These dogs have an innate ability to match their human’s energy, so they’ll be lazy when you’re distracted by work, but also willing to join you for an afternoon or evening stroll around the neighborhood.” , says Venn-Watson.
Amanda Takiguchi, veterinarian and founder of Trending Breeds, wisely advises that often the best breed is the most diverse. “A pooch. A mongrel. A messy little mix of terrier and sausage dog and Jack Russell and who knows what, rescued from abandonment and months in the cage of a rescue shelter. They’ll adore you for the rest of their lives. life and will give you their gratitude every day in tender kisses.”
In addition to the adoration from both sides that comes with adoption, mixed-breed dogs are generally eager to please and, therefore, are easy to train. Plus, “they will be strong and healthy from their parent mix – no hip dysplasia or other genetic disorders,” says Takiguchi.