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15 Best Dog Breeds for Single Men: Pictures, Facts & History

Adam Mann

By Adam Mann

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If you’re single and need a little extra companionship, there’s certainly nothing wrong with that. But while you might want to bring home a dog, some dog breeds are better for single men than others.

Whether it’s their appearance, their personality, or what goes into caring for them, you need to find the perfect dog breed for you before you decide to bring one home!

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The 15 Best Dog Breeds for Single Men

1. Labrador Retriever

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Height 22 to 24 inches
Weight 55 to 80 pounds
Lifespan 10 to 12 years

If you’re looking for one of the most loving, adorable, and intelligent dog breeds out there, the Labrador Retriever needs to be near the top of the list. They’re a larger dog breed but not massively so, and they’re a dog breed that can grow with you no matter where life takes you. Whether you’re a single man or have a family, the Labrador Retriever is a great choice!

2. Boxer

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Height 21 to 25 inches
Weight 55 to 70 pounds
Lifespan 10 to 12 years

If you want a tough-looking dog breed with a kind and loving spirit, the Boxer is a great choice. They might look a little intimidating, but with the right socialization, the Boxer is a big ol’ softy at heart. That’s the perfect combination for many single men—a dog that looks tough but will be all over anyone you decide to introduce them to!

3. Great Dane

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Height 28 to 35 inches
Weight 100 to 150 pounds
Lifespan 8 to 10 years

If you’re looking for a large dog, you won’t get one much bigger than a Great Dane. However, it is important to note that there’s often quite a size difference between males and females, so take this into consideration before bringing one home.

4. Pitbull

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Height 18 to 21 inches
Weight 30 to 60 pounds
Lifespan 8 to 15 years

If there’s any dog with an unfair and unearned reputation, it’s the American Pitbull Terrier. These dogs have a notoriously bad reputation in many circles, but they’re among the most loving dogs out there. Still, they’re tough-looking dogs that can’t wait to spend as much time with you as possible, which is a win-win for many single men.

5. English Bulldog

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Height 12 to 16 inches
Weight 40 to 50 pounds
Lifespan 8 to 10 years

English Bulldogs need an owner with a bit of time and dedication to put into training them, and that’s often the case with single men. And when you finish training them, they’re great dogs to own and have no problem spending all day curled up on the couch with you while you game!

They’re not the most active dogs out there and they love curling up with you, making them an excellent choice for single men all over the world!

6. Golden Retriever

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Height 20 to 24 inches
Weight 55 to 75 pounds
Lifespan 10 to 12 years

The Golden Retriever is another classic dog breed that comes with an awesome disposition. You can train them to do just about anything, they get along great with everyone, and people will look twice at you while you’re walking them because they’re so dang attractive. They require a bit more maintenance and shed a ton, but if you’re willing and able to handle that they’re a great choice.

7. Australian Shepherd

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Height 18 to 23 inches
Weight 35 to 70 pounds
Lifespan 12 to 13 years

Good luck finding a dog as smart as the Australian Shepherd. While they’re technically not the smartest dog breed on the planet, they’re near the top. They require a bit more maintenance, but they look great, and you can train them to do just about anything. They also love your attention and are great dogs if you’re looking for a pup that can keep up with you for tons of hikes if you’re the outdoorsy type.

8. French Bulldog

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Height 12 inches
Weight 20 to 28 pounds
Lifespan 10 to 12 years

If you want a smaller dog but don’t want the stigma that sometimes comes with men getting a smaller dog, the French Bulldog can be a great choice. You can get one as small as 20 pounds, making them easier and less expensive to care for, but it doesn’t come with the same looks that a smaller poodle or chihuahua might get.

9. German Shepherd

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Height 22 to 26 inches
Weight 50 to 90 pounds
Lifespan 9 to 13 years

While the German Shepherd is a phenomenal-looking dog and extremely loyal, it is worth noting that they require a bit more work to socialize properly. But if you put in the proper time and dedication, you won’t find a more loyal or loving dog. That combination more than earns them a spot on this list.

10. Beagle

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Height 13 to 16 inches
Weight 20 to 24 pounds
Lifespan 12 to 15 years

The Beagle is another smaller dog that doesn’t come with the same small dog reputation. Beagles also do great as hunting dogs, but they typically hunt in packs. They also need special training to unlock this potential, so whether that fits into your lifestyle is up to you!

11. Huskies

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Height 20 to 24 inches
Weight 35 to 60 pounds
Lifespan 12 to 15 years

Is there any dog breed quite as gorgeous as a Husky? Just know that while they look great, they’re also high-maintenance dogs. Yes, they’re going to turn heads and get you some attention, but they’re also going to take a ton of work to properly care for.

12. Basset Hound

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Height 11 to 15 inches
Weight 44 to 75 pounds
Lifespan 10 to 12 years

The Basset Hound has a well-earned reputation as a lazy dog breed, which is perfect if you don’t want to spend a ton of time training them or even meeting all their exercise needs. They still want to spend a ton of time with you though, so ensure you have plenty of time to spend with them before you bring one home.

13. Australian Cattle Dog

Australian Cattle Dog
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Height 17 to 20 inches
Weight 30 to 35 pounds
Lifespan 13 to 15 years

If you’re a single man that wants a dog that’s going to turn all the ladies’ heads, an Australian Cattle Dog is a great choice. They’re incredibly adorable and yet they’re rare enough that you won’t see tons of them on every corner. This means people will want to stop and check them out when they see them. They’re also extremely intelligent and loving, but they have incredibly high energy levels you’ll need to tame.

14. Bernese Mountain Dog

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Height 23 to 28 inches
Weight 80 to 110 pounds
Lifespan 6 to 8 years

While the Bernese Mountain Dog is a great companion for single men, they do have the unfortunate distinction as the dog breed with the shortest lifespan on our list. Of course, that also means they’re the perfect dog breed for this stage of your life.

15. Doberman

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Height 24 to 28 inches
Weight 70 to 100 pounds
Lifespan 10 to 13 years

The Doberman is the last dog option on our list, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t the exact dog breed you’re looking for. They’re a large dog breed that looks fierce but, with the right socialization, has a heart of gold. They’re also protective but when you’re around you can usually bring whoever you want around them without any problems.

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Before you bring any dog home, ensure you do your homework and you’re ready to care for them in the long run. But once you’re ready, get the perfect pup for you and they can be a great addition to your life! They’re always excited to see you and can’t get enough time with you, and who couldn’t use a little more of that?

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