8 Best Dog Breeds for Introverts
By Kathy Blumenstock
Canine companions come in many varieties, including those breeds of dogs that share a touch of chill. If you like to come home and unwind with a little peace and quiet, then one of the calmer dog breeds might be a better fit for your introverted lifestyle.
Dr. Leslie Sinn, veterinary behaviorist and certified professional trainer of Behavior Solutions for Pets in Leesburg, Virginia, emphasizes that although “you can use a breed as a guideline, the variation is so huge, you need to interact with the dog. And you need to ask why the dog appeals to you.” You need to find out if a specific dog is right for you before beginning “a long-term commitment to a living thing that is going to be part of your life for 10 or 12 years.”
If you are more of an introvert, your dog can provide companionship while you are at home but can also offer a means for connecting with others while out and about. Vivian Leven, certified dog trainer/behavior consultant and owner of Positive Dog Solutions in Washington, DC, adds that “For an introvert, meeting people through their dog can provide a more comfortable way of engaging where there is an immediate common interest, so the interaction becomes natural.”
Here are some dog breeds that might do well living with an introvert: