8 Best Dog Breeds For College Students

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By helloBARK!
Updated on 17 October 2022

Are you a college student thinking about getting a dog?

There are some things to think about and consider when searching for the right dog breed to join your university life.

Dr Amanda Takiguchi, a veterinarian and founder of Trending Breeds, outlined four things to consider if you’re a student thinking about adopting a dog to join your in college life.

This sounds like a puppy disaster just waiting to happen. Not sure why you, a student, in a shared dwelling, with a heavy course load, wants to add another dependent to an already demanding life. However, if you really want a dog, what is most likely to fit in?

First, not a puppy, Puppies are children that is, learning, messy, demanding, time-intensive, adorable, distracting, chewing, insecure, funny, infuriating, and emotional. If all three roommates were caring for him, or if you clubbed together and got a house servant, then it might go okay, but otherwise this is just asking for trouble. Get a grown-up dog.

Second, not a little dog, this is counter-intuitive, but larger dogs do just fine indoors, and need no more exercise, and often less, than little dogs. Small dogs often have trouble with housetraining, due to little bladders. A larger dog (30-50 lbs. or so) will often be better able to hold on till someone can take him out.

Third, not a working dog, No Border Collies, Dobermans, Huskies, Australian Shepherds, or field-bred hunting dogs. The boredom will drive those nuts, and you, too.

Fourth, not a one-man dog, and probably not a guard type dog. Three undergrads are going to have lots of friends in and out; parties and dinners from time to time and having a guard dog suspiciously examining all visitors could cause problems.

Now that we’ve heard Dr Takiguchi’s advice for college students, let’s hear from our contributors to hear their suggestions for the best dog breeds for students.

French Bulldog

French Bulldog (Photo: Adobe Stock)

French Bulldog (Photo: Adobe Stock)

The *French Bulldog* is the perfect dog for college students. They are small dogs, which means they can live in an apartment or dorm room.

They are small and can live in a cramped space. They are also very intelligent and obedient, making them easy to train. It does not need a lot of exercise, which means that they can be taken on walks on the weekends or during the holidays.

They are easy to groom and do not shed much hair which means less time spent brushing the fur and picking up after them.

Suggested by Aaron Rice, Expert Dog Trainer At Stayyy

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (Photo: Adobe Stock)

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (Photo: Adobe Stock)

For many college students, a dog can be the perfect roommate. They’re loyal, fun-loving, and always down for a cuddle session.

But with so many breeds to choose from, it can be tough to decide which four-legged friend is right for you.

If you’re looking for a smaller breed, the Cavalier King Charles spaniel is a good option.

They’re loving and affectionate, but don’t require as much exercise as some other breeds.

Cavaliers are also relatively low-maintenance when it comes to grooming, although they do need regular brushing to avoid matting.

Suggested by Inez Stanway, Ex-Elementary Teacher And CEO Of Live Laugh Create

Shiba Inu

Shiba Inu and his owner relax with Petcube (Photo: Petcube)

Shiba Inu and his owner relax with Petcube (Photo: Petcube)

Initially bred to be hunting dogs, Shiba Inu need a moderate amount of physical activity and exercise. And if you do not have a lot of time to spend with them, do not worry.

Shiba Inu has an independent character and it is fine being on its own for a while. Take into consideration they are a Chinese dog breed, and a unique one, and you have a WOW factor anytime you take your dog on a walk. Not many people own a Shiba nowadays.

Suggested by Aleksandar Mishkov, Editor-In-Chief Of The Daily Tail

Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever (Photo: Adobe Stock)

Golden Retriever (Photo: Adobe Stock)

Goldens make terrific companions for college students for many of the same reasons as Labs. They’re medium-sized, active, and intelligent.

They’re also known for being very loyal and affectionate dogs, which can be a great comfort during times of stress.

Goldens do require a bit more grooming than Labs, however, so keep that in mind if you’re considering this breed.

Suggested by Sean Byers, Medical Advisor At Healthreportlive

Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever (Photo: Adobe Stock)

Labrador Retriever (Photo: Adobe Stock)

Getting into College may sound fun and good but it could be very hard to adjust to those surroundings. A dog friend could help you if you’re having trouble transitioning to college life.

One of the best dogs of all dog breeds is a Labrador Retriever. Due to their cleverness and versatility, labradors are perhaps the ideal breed for considerable situations. Labrador Retrievers will therefore be the finest choice for college students as well. They are lazy, so the walks won’t take very long. They also effortlessly adapt to new surroundings.

Most especially, they are very faithful and loving friends who will brighten your life simply by being there.

Suggested by Sean Byers, Medical Advisor At Healthreportlive

Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu (Photo: Adobe Stock)

Shih Tzu (Photo: Adobe Stock)

Dogs and humans go hand in hand! The most loyal animal comes in various breeds. The college students love to have a dog which may be a Shih Tzu since they are cute and always have a friendly smile.

The age of college students is the one when they meet new friends and partners, having a dog has always been an icebreaker between love interests and friends, this activity is well assisted by Shih Tzu, pugs are also a well-adapted for college students to choose since they follow people everywhere and help them in the daily tasks with joy!

Affection, lovingness, and playfulness of these dogs have helped people since time immemorial, and will always stay so!

Suggested by Erin Mastopietro At Dope Dog

Pomeranian

Pomeranian under a blanket (Photo: Adobe)

Pomeranian under a blanket (Photo: Adobe)

For students who live in apartments or have limited space, the Pomeranian is an excellent choice. These little dogs are full of personality, and they don’t need a lot of room to run around. Pomeranians do require daily brushing to keep their thick fur from matting, but they don’t need to be bathed often.

No matter what breed you choose, remember that owning a dog is a big responsibility. Dogs need plenty of exercise, regular meals, and lots of love and attention. If you’re not sure you’re ready for the commitment, consider volunteering at your local animal shelter or looking into dog-walking services in your area.

Suggested by Inez Stanway, Ex-Elementary Teacher And CEO Of Live Laugh Create

Whippet

Whippet poses for the camera (Photo: Adobe Stock)

Whippet poses for the camera (Photo: Adobe Stock)

This medium-sized dog is a dream option for a college student. Why? Because it has a short coat which doesn’t require grooming.

Second, despite their racing popularity and athletic ability, Whippets do not mind staying at home the whole day.

Whippets are highly affectionate dogs renowned for their obedience and ability to serve as therapy dogs. And the best part is, they are quite quiet. You should not expect barking from your Whippet.

Suggested by Aleksandar Mishkov, Editor-In-Chief Of The Daily Tail

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