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Five Best Dog Breeds For A Writer
This article makes some assumptions. It assumes the majority of writers are introverts. Introverts love to be quiet, most of the time. Some of the time, though, they need to get out and burn off all of that energy. They need to log off, shut down that laptop, close the screen, and get out of the house.
This collection of dogs are perfect for writers—they do okay when they are waiting but need to get out and do some moving around. A hamster, unfortunately, just does not get the writer´s blood flowing (well, at least not in the legs).
Are you ready to choose a dog?
What are the best dog breeds for a writer?
The Greyhound is probably the best breed of dog for a writer.
When you go out and adopt a retired racing greyhound, you will find out that the dog is already used to being locked up in a crate most of the day. They need to play, they need time for a walk, and of course they would love to run, but sitting by your feet while you work on the great American novel will be easy for a dog used to waiting around most of the day in a small cage.
Greyhounds are slackers; they do not bark much and are not the dog to bring home if you are looking for a watchdog. Most of them do not care for small dogs and cats but are great sleepers and will gladly waste the day on the couch, hypnotized by the sound of the keyboard.
Nettlemere is a great writer who has owned one of these fine dogs. If you would like to adopt type “retired racing greyhound rescue” and your location into Google. You will find the rescue group closest to you and they will help you find the perfect dog.
If you need a skinny dog to keep you company on long walks, but keep calm when you are working and thinking, a Greyhound is a great choice.
Open up your search engine and find a dog today.
The Siberian Husky may be a little too much for some writers.
This dog is quite independent and is unlikely to be as affectionate as a Labrador or as anxious as an active dog like a Weimaraner. Unfortunately, Siberians are going to need a lot more of a writer´s time than a retired racing Greyhound.
Like all dogs, they can be quiet at times. Like some dogs, they can be independent and leave you alone when you are working. Like several other members of the working group, however, they have a lot of energy and are going to need someone able to take them out for long walks. Not everyone can add a Siberian to the household.
Many writers will recommend Siberians only be taken out on leashes, since they will tend to run off and not always listen when called back. This is not my experience. My dogs never ran off, but then again I never minded if they trailed behind me. I also have not owned a Husky in years, and at this point would not be able to run off all of their energy.
This dog would only be recommended for a writer that builds up a lot of energy at the desk and needs a companion to burn it off. The dog is independent enough to be by himself when the writer is working, but will need a lot of time later on.
Shibashake has a lot of great articles about Siberians. If you want one of these dogs to keep you company during your writing career do a lot of reading and choose carefully.
Although they look similar to the Siberian Husky the members of this breed are much larger and usually less vocal.
The Alaskan Malamute is another breed that will overwhelm the writer that is not prepared. They will be happy spending a lot of the day resting but have a lot of energy and need plenty of walking.
Malamutes, just like their smaller cousins, are happy to spend time with other members of the pack. Many of the warnings about Siberian Huskies also apply to Malamutes but do not forget the differences, and do not forget how big they are. They eat more, shed even more, and some veterinary expenses (like heartworm preventative) will be more.
If you want more information on this great breed, visit the profile page for the HubPages author akirchner. She keeps Alaskan Malamutes, has many great articles about special needs for the breed, and will provide you with plenty of information on these good writer´s dogs.
The last two breeds of dogs are both great companions. Both breeds need some exercise, but not too much, and both are willing to keep a writer company any time of the day or night.
The Miniature Schnauzer does not shed much, has a pretty fierce bark and is a great watch dog, and although he will usually rest quietly can be active and is good with kids. If you are interested in getting one of these dogs you need to become familiar with their health requirements.
Since Miniature Schnauzers are such great companion dogs for a writer, several authors have a representative of this breed. Jaye Wisdom is an articulate writer that has several good articles about her Miniature Schnauzer and the breed in general.
West Highland White Terrier
This little dog is a pleasure to be around. He is good with kids, enjoys playing, and is curious and a good companion on walks. Since he is not too large the walk does not have to be too long. (Ideal for those writers who cannot stand the idea of being away from the desk long enough to walk a Siberian Husky.)
Westies are confident and will gladly sit by your feet, but are not too “needy” like some breeds. They are not as independent as the Greyhound, but do okay as long as you don’t keep chickens or pet rodents and are willing to spend some time playing games.
Midget38 has several great articles about her West Highland, as well as her Miniature Schnauzer and other dogs she has known. Be sure to check them out if you think one of these handsome little dogs might be right for you.
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If you are a writer, and these five breeds do not suit your fancy, keep looking! Not all writers are introverts, and an extrovert writer like John Steinbeck was happiest with a Poodle (Travels with Charley) The writer Eugene O´Neill favored a Dalmatian, and E.B. White was a fan of Dachshunds. Several writers here on HubPages are satisfied with friendly dogs like Golden Retrievers and Labs, a few are fans of the Basset Hound, and I have even read articles about favorite Yorkies and Chihuahuas.
There are plenty of great breeds out there, many fit for more extrovert personalities.
If you are looking for a good companion and do not have a lot of requirements be sure to consider a dog from a shelter. A lot of dogs will learn to get along with a writer—you can ask my Pit Bull cross.