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Five Best Dog Breeds For A Writer

Updated on November 14, 2016
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Dr. Mark is a veterinarian. He has been working with dogs for more than 40 years.

The best dog for a writer.
The best dog for a writer. | Source

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.

Waiting for the next novel!
Waiting for the next novel! | Source
A Siberian Husky will sometimes rest, sometimes demand exercise.
A Siberian Husky will sometimes rest, sometimes demand exercise. | Source

Siberian Husky

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.

Alaskan Malamutes can wait.
Alaskan Malamutes can wait. | Source

Alaskan Malamute

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 Miniature Schnauzer will guard the writer, really.
The Miniature Schnauzer will guard the writer, really. | Source

Miniature Schnauzer

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.

The West Highland White is the perfect dog breed for the audacious writer.
The West Highland White is the perfect dog breed for the audacious writer. | Source

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.

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.

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    • akirchner profile image

      Audrey Kirchner 

      6 years ago from Washington

      OMG--that is hilarious--I have friends who believe that if you just TRAINED your malamute better, he or she would NOT run away--arguing why I will never let them off leash. I'm sorry but I live in redneckville and amongst ranchers...need I say more? I would rather have 3 alive malamutes than 3 dead and buried ones. I think they are way smarter than anyone gives them credit for and just because they 'question' us from time to time just shows how smart they are~ I have 2 who look at the ball like yours--are you insane? But my young one is the weirdo--she loves swimming and she loves balls--go figure. She is also the most stubborn dog I have ever come up against and it is a constant (laughing) challenge to win over her attitude. I can just see her mentally shrugging at the end of it all though--well, ma--I had to try--that's my job~!

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      Dr Mark 

      6 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      That is a good point and exactly why I disagree so strongly with Dr. Coren´s intelligence ratings. My Siberians figured out how to open a "dog-proof" rabbit hutch but if you asked them to sit or fetch a ball they would look at you and laugh (dog-style). No dumb dog would have opened those cages but since they do not obey they were rated low in intelligence!

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      6 years ago from Washington shows, eh? I've had so many dogs over the years but there is just something about these guys...glad you enjoy~ We're getting ready to head out in a few weeks on yet another adventure with them so hope to have more hubs on that--and I'm currently training my youngest who I refer to affectionately (NOT REALLY) as "My Little Pony" to walk on a leash! Good grief--how hard can this be? She has apparently become my most stubborn mal and decided to be a pill but I've been using some techniques I read about and they're working--just very amusing--and VERY time consuming. These guys (and Sibes) are NOT stupid dogs~

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      Dr Mark 

      6 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      I can tell that you think of them as family based on your many great articles about them. I really enjoy reading all of them, even if I am not a Malamute owner! I am always looking forward to more.

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      6 years ago from Washington

      Ha Dr. Mark--that is too cute really--actually our mals are extremely vocal, especially my Griffin. He talks constantly and is the funniest dog I have had the pleasure to know in my entire life--and I've known a lot and rescued a lot~ Great points though--I think the nice thing about being a writer (or working at any job at home) is that you can be there WITH them--that seems to solve all the problems for us with our malamutes...even when they were going through their puppy antics. It just doesn't make sense to have dogs that you cannot pay attention to in my humble opinion....though I understand folks having to work, etc. It's just so much easier on dogs if they actually have someone 'around'--we take ours everywhere as we think of them as literally part of our family. Nice job~!

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      Dr Mark 

      6 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      My Pit Bull cross agrees! Any dog is a good excuse to get up and see the world for a while. Thanks for that comment.

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      6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      Uh oh. I might have to break it to my dogs that their job is on the line. I happen to think most dogs are good for those in the writing profession if only because they serve as a great excuse to get fresh air and exercise, and interact with the occasional human face-t0-face! Great hub!

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      Dr Mark 

      6 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      That is a good comment about the Chow Chow. They are pretty mellow dogs and the ones I have met would be good waiting for a writer!

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      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      These are good options. I have a labradoodle and we just had our chow mix put down (Jan 17). I would recommend chows because they are very independent, have a (unwarranted) fierce reputation, don't need a lot of exercise and are extremely loyal. I think they're a very underrated breed, but I would get a chow again any time.

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      Dr Mark 

      6 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      Thanks for linking this. I would like a greyhound too if we had them in the area. They need some special care, like with your Mini Schnauzer, but both dog breeds are definitely worth it.

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      Jaye Denman 

      6 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Thanks for pointing this hub out to me, Dr.Mark....and for mentioning me in the section about the mini schnauzer. I'll link this hub to my canine-related hubs.

      I think greyhounds are beautiful dogs! Since my schnauzer girl now has a chronic eye condition that is expensive and time-consuming to treat, I can't get a second dog, but if I could, either a greyhound or whippet would be a likely choice. And rescuing a "retired" racer is a wonderful idea.

      Voted Up++ and shared.


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      Dr Mark 

      6 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      Thanks for the comment and the link back; woof back for me and mine!

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      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      LOL, Mark, the last two woof hi to you! And yes, they definitely are great companions. And thanks very much for the linkup too! I will be linking this hub to my latest dog hub on taking care of your dog while you are away.

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      Dr Mark 

      6 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      Thanks for your comment MelChi. I think I´d love to have another Siberian too, perfect for a writer, but my geese would not agree on the choice.

      eHealer, glad to see your comment and thanks again for the share. Your Beagle sounds like my Pit Bull, a perfect writer´s dog, even if she did not make the list!

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      6 years ago from Las Vegas

      My beagle sits near me while I write (all day long) and only moves when it's time for a walk. It's great because I get to pet her between articles and she will remind me to 'get up' and get some walking in several times a day. Great hub as usual DrMark. I think your hubs are awesome. Pinned and Facebooked!!!!

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      Melanie Chisnall 

      6 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Oh how I wish our backyard was big enough to take on a dog or two! I love dogs, and have grown up with them my whole life. This was a great list of dogs for writers. If I had to pick, I'd probably go with a husky because I'd be forced to go out every day and get a ton of exercise, but they are great to cuddle with too. Thanks for sharing!


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