Someone who is very committed to his job and works long hours might not feel that his lifestyle suits having a dog. Several breeds, however, can be low-maintenance and have an independent streak, meaning they will love their owners but also be fine left alone for long periods. Some of these breeds are made even more ideal by being good guard dogs who will protect the property in the absence of the owner.
The cairn terrier is a small breed with a medium-length, loosely curled coat. The dog has a loyal and loving personality with a playful nature. It is an independent breed, meaning that although these dogs love human contact, they can happily entertain themselves and be left alone. They have high energy, but short daily walks and play will keep them happy. As a small breed, cairn terriers are suitable for apartments and houses without yards.
The basset hound is a medium-small breed with a long, stout body and short legs. It is a naturally laid-back breed that rarely has behavioural problems. Basset hounds are loving to their owners, enjoying their company without being overly clingy like some breeds, so they do well when left alone. When a basset hound's owner is home, the dog wants to play as much as it can and likes long walks. Long walks are also needed to avoid the dog becoming overweight. The natural tracking instinct means these dogs can wander off if not on a leash or in a fenced yard.
The Neapolitan Mastiff is a large dog breed with a huge head and jowls. It is a powerful dog but has a laid-back personality and will happily doze for hours in the absence of its owner. This breed is loving and gentle, making it good with kids and other pets such as cats. They do need a yard for exercise and regular walks. When the owner is away from home, the house is protected; no one can enter the property unless the dog knows them.
The Shar-Pei is a medium-sized dog that originates from China, where it was a herding breed. Shar-Peis have loose, wrinkled skin around areas of their body that give this breed a scowling appearance. This scowl and black mouth were believed by the Chinese to ward of evil spirits. Shar-Pei is a loving, relaxed breed that enjoys human contact but is not overly clingy. They are independent and can be left alone for long periods without getting bored and also make good guard dogs.