Are you a busy person? Do you work all day and can’t take care of a dog? You might think your only option is to get a cat, but it’s not. Some breeds like Labradors and Border Collies require lots of attention, but others like Akitas, don’t. However, don’t forget that they are living things and do need some care and affection.
Here are the 10 most independent dog breeds and some fluffy facts about them:
1) Chow Chow
Chow Chows are originally from China and have been around for centuries. The oldest record of a Chow Chow comes from the 11th century – even Marco Polo wrote about them! These pooches are not that eager to please and are very independent dogs.
The most known Akita was Hachiko, known for being one of the most loyal companions. This breed originates from Japan and continues to be a popular breed among the Japanese. Although they’re faithful companions and independent dogs, they don’t trust strangers and don’t get along well with other dogs.
3) Basset Hound
Basset comes from the French word ‘bas’ which means short. In the past, they were used for hunting because of their superior sniffing abilities. Due to their small size they are more prone to getting dirty so you will have to give them frequent baths. However, do not leave them unaccompanied in deep water as Bassets are terrible swimmers.
4) Scottish Terrier
Much like the other dogs in this list, these dogs were also bred to be hunters. This breed was originally named after the city of Aberdeen in Scotland. They gained popularity after World War I and are so popular today they even have their own Monopoly piece! They have very little shedding so they won’t leave hair all over your nice furniture.
Did you know that Greyhounds are an Egyptian breed? Their origin can be traced all the way back to 3,000 B.C. and were even portrayed in stone sculptures, statues, and paintings. These pooches can run as fast as 45 mph, although despite their athletic abilities, they also love to do nothing and are very independent.
6) Afghan Hound
This breed is known for its long, flowing, beautiful fur. It’s believed that Afghan Hounds were introduced to Afghanistan by Alexander the Great’s army. They’re incredibly fast and can reach a speed of up to 40 mph.
7) Siberian Husky
Contrary to popular belief, Siberian Huskies are not “part wolf”. These canines can survive in surprisingly cold temperatures and commonly have heterochromia (two different eye colors). Scientists can’t explain how Huskies can run for hours without getting tired.
8) Shiba Inu
These dogs became very famous after the Doge Internet meme and are very much loved in Japan. They can be traced back to the 19th century and nearly became extinct after the attacks of World War II. They are a very loyal breed of dog and also don’t need frequent baths.
It is believed that these dogs came from Malta and originally used to hunt rodents. They can be traced back to 2800 years ago and were popular among the royalty. These dogs like to jump and make great therapy dogs. Malteses don’t shed so it’s easy to take care of these pooches and they are also a great option for people with allergies.
10) French Bulldog
Funnily enough, French Bulldogs are not French at all but actually have roots in England and can be traced to English bulldogs. These dogs are great companions and are affectionate and friendly. They are not demanding, don’t need much exercise, and are happy to live in smaller areas.