12 of the best dog breeds to help tackle loneliness
Island life ain’t easy! And as the UK prepares to drift even further from the European mainland, one in five Brits claim to be lonely almost all the time. Dogs can help counter these feelings with their companionship and general loveliness.
Updated on the 23/01/2020, 16:46
As mentioned previously one in five Brits claim to be lonely almost all the time.. The British situation has become so dire that the government has even appointed a ‘Minister for Loneliness.’ It sounds like something out of a magic realist novel. But with isolation taking its toll on your feelings and your health, a dog may offer you more help and happiness than a Tory. So let’s take a look at the best breeds to conquer loneliness.
Best dog breeds for the lonely
#12: The Newfoundland
This gentle giant is more than enough hug for any lost soul. Easy to train and undemanding, he can also help you connect with other humans in your area – since everyone who sees you with this absolute unit will want to stop you to chat about him!
#11: The Poodle
Your poodle doesn’t have to be a catwalk model. In fact, under all that showy fur, poodles are modest and friendly creatures, eager to please and to spend time with their people. They’re clever, too, which can be super-helpful for an older or disabled person who needs a helping paw around the house.
#10: The Tibetan Terrier
All pepped-up and nowhere to go? The Tibetan is great company for the lonely person with energy to burn. He’ll accompany you on walks, drag you to the garden, and always be up for a game.
#9: The Alaskan Malamute
Pet a Malamute, and you can’t be sure you’ll ever see your hand again – because their coat is so thick. Quiet, strong, and intelligent, not to mention handsome, the Malamute could be the bloke for you if Tinder’s not been working out.
#8: The Viszla
“I’m sticking with you, cos I’m made out of glue.” The Viszla is known as the ‘Velcro Dog’ because these pretty hunting dogs love to stick by their owner’s side. She’s an energetic beast, though, so only take her in if you have plenty of wide spaces to exercise her in the neighbourhood.
#7: The Papillon
The butterfly pupper is an intelligent and obedient soul. Also fits nicely in your mobility scooter basket.
#6: The Lowchen
If you’ve got love to spare and then some, the Lowchen will appreciate a bit of extra grooming each week. That’s a whole lot of hair on that wild and adventurous dog.
#5: The Beagle
Cartoon characters don’t come much more isolated than Charlie Brown. But his beagle took the edge off things. The real thing is somewhat more sensible than Snoopy, so he’s great for introverts and thinkers.
#4: The Pomeranian
Just to look at this dog is to feel hugged. She’s a ball of love and energy – but thanks to her little legs, doesn’t need too much exercise. Good for those who can’t get out so much.
#3: The Miniature Schnauzer
Mere eye contact with the Miniature Schnauzer is enough to banish your existential woes for a moment or two. And his name means ‘little beardy’ which is a friendly kind of way to look at him.
#2: The Yorkshire Terrier
Han Solo had a wookie to keep him company on his long, lonely adventures through the universe. The Yorkie may be the closest alternative we have on Earth. Her eyes are pure sympathy: in fact, Yorkies were among the first therapy dogs. She’s a listener!
#1: The Labrador
The classic. A decent-sized dog without being overbearing, the Labrador is happy, friendly, and eager to please. She’ll recognise your moods and reciprocate with the appropriate tone. And she should get on with other dogs and children, too, making you a hit at the local park.