10 Dog Breeds That Don't Tolerate Being Left Alone
Apr 12, 2017

When you and your dog got together, it was to give him a forever home. You’re so glad he’s yours, and you’re his! Unfortunately, you can’t always be together. You have to work, and you are not among those who are able to take their pets to work with them.

If you’re thinking about getting a dog that you know will spend time alone at home, do your homework first. Some breeds don’t tolerate being left alone, so you would be wise to consider this when choosing a dog to share your life. Here’s a list of 10 dog breeds that don’t cope well with being left alone.

1. Toy Poodle

This sweet little ball of fur is affectionate and will bond strongly with you. Unfortunately, the toy poodle can be overly dependent on your presence and develop severe separation anxiety if left alone for long periods of time, resulting in negative behaviors like urinating or defecating in your house. 

2. Australian Shepherd

The lovely Australian Shepherd is an extremely intelligent dog that loves nothing better than working for you. Easily trained, he is energetic and athletic and needs an outlet for that energy. Leaving him alone can cause an undue amount of stress, and he can actually be self-destructive if left alone for too long.

3. American Pit Bull Terrier


This is an affectionate breed that wants to guard and protect his family. Without company, he may become anxious and destructive or noisy. A wonderful addition to your home if you do not leave him alone for too long, you’ll want to consider how to keep him entertained when you are not there.

4. Chihuahua

This engaging little dog is a favorite housepet and often treated more as a child than a dog. Carried around with her human makes her extraordinarily affectionate, but if left alone for extended periods of time she may become so anxious as to be destructive or even aggressive.

5. Bichon Frise

These adorable balls of fluff are affectionate and love just about everyone. They crave human attention. That’s why, when left alone for long periods of time, they are apt to develop anxiety issues, which can lead into frustration and its own list of problems.

6. Italian Greyhound

Like a small greyhound, hers is a breed that was bred to run and hunt. Though this elegant dog loves to be in your lap, she needs lots of exercise and an outlet for her energy. Left alone too long, she may become anxious, destructive and even aggressive.

7. Maltese

Like the Chihuahua, the cute little Maltese is often treated more like a child than a dog. He quickly becomes accustomed to being the center of your attention, and becomes resentful and jealous of your focus after being left alone.

8. French Bulldog

These little powerhouses are not as fond of exercise as they are of snuggling with you, and they covet your complete attention. Addicted to human company, they can become jealous if your attention is divided between them and someone else. They absolutely hate to be alone.

9. Fox Terrier

An intelligent, very active breed, Foxy is not much of a people pleaser. He loves to learn, however, and needs an outlet for his extreme energy. Left alone too long, he is apt to become destructive, wreaking havoc in your home.

10. Pomeranian


What an adorable, sled-dog-in-miniature this little furbaby is! Engaging and winsome, you’ll want to snuggle with her in your lap all the time. She loves to play and enjoys outdoor exercise, too, so when left alone with nothing to do, she may become a tiny, noisy, house-wrecker.

Dogs left alone can experience extreme stress and fear even if you aren’t gone very long. So imagine how unhappy he might be if you’re gone for eight or ten hours at a time. Our list of 10 dog breeds that don’t tolerate being left alone is not an exhaustive list. Even though purebreds are more likely to suffer from time spent alone, the mixed breed is not exempt from the pain of separation, either.


There are things you can do to help your dog cope with being left alone and avoid the problems that can arise. Giving him an extra-long walk before you leave, providing interactive toys, leaving treats around for him to find, or installing a doggy-door to an enclosed backyard can all help. Furbo Dog Camera is an ideal way to keep an eye on Fluffy and stay in touch with her while you work. Not only will she feel better for hearing your voice during the day, but you will be more comfortable knowing you can see, hear, and interact with her, too. 

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