By Karen A. Soukiasian
If you are the type of person who loves attention, needs lots of people around you and hates to be alone, an independent breed of puppy or dog probably wouldn’t be your best choice.
On the other hand, if you are a person who prefers private time, and doesn’t appreciate demands for your attention, a clingy, Velcro dog would be extremely annoying and stressful.
So, how do you know which breed is best suited for your personality? Do your homework! Research breeds that can peacefully co-exist with your character and lifestyle!
Not all dogs in a breed classified as independent are independent, and vice versa. However, you’ll be knowledgeable on which breed or mix, might be the best one for you.
An independent puppy or dog doesn’t mean it’s not an affectionate or a wonderful companion. It simply means they are exceptionally content with their own company, and don’t need to be constantly entertained by you. Most tightly bond with their person, and are very loyal and affectionate. Yet, like you, they appreciate their alone time. In most cases, the time you share is special, and is a higher quality of time spent interacting.
Many dogs in the Working category fit the independent profile. Independent dogs come in all shapes and sizes. They include, West Highland Terriers, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Akita, German Pinscher, Bull Mastiff, Shiba Inu, Chow-Chow, Neapolitan Mastiff, Irish Setter, Japanese Chin, plus many more.
It’s not just people who like to be the center of attention… all the time! There are breeds that thrive on nonstop human interaction. Some are over-the-edge loving. Others live for the sole purpose of amusing their people.
Typically, they are puppies or dogs that want to cling to you like Velcro. As ridiculous as it sounds, “out of sight, out of mind” is what they fear most! To them, there are no boundaries. They will faithfully and tirelessly follow you from room-to-room; not even drawing a line at the bathroom door.
If you don’t mind a zillion interruptions, like being shadowed and adored, here are a few breeds you may want to consider. They include Boxers, French Bulldogs, Shih Tzus, Great Danes, Australian Shepherd, Collies, American and English Mastiffs, Maltese, Havanese, Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, plus several more.
Bottom line: Each animal is unique! Socialization is important for both types. There is no guarantee the puppies or dogs listed above fit the independent or dependent categorization, but it is a reasonable guide. To be fair to your pet and to yourself, do your homework to find the perfect one.
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