Dogs have long been considered man’s best friend. They’re loyal companions that come in a wide variety of breeds, but if you’re looking for a teacup buddy here, you’re barking up the wrong tree. All dogs are good dogs, and even Disney agrees that they deserve to go to heaven, but if we had our pick of the litter, these would be the breeds that separate the men from the pups in terms of size, trainability, and all around good natured companionship.


Preferred Climate: Mild

Contrary to popular belief, not all big dogs like to throw their weight around. In fact, Bullmastiffs are quite content to Netflix and chill at its owner’s command without putting up much of a fuss. Their bulky weight, fierce loyalty, and easy confidence make them great guard dogs, but for apartment dwellers, the best, and perhaps only, reason for choosing one is its relatively quiet nature. There’s no such thing as incessant barking from this breed, but if it happens, it’s probably a good idea to heed the warning. It’s for these reasons, coupled with the fact that they don’t mind a little alone time, that makes the Bullmastiff a solid addition to any bachelor pad where low maintenance is a priority.

Irish Setter

Preferred Climate: Mild/Cool

The Irish Setter is pretty much just a happy go lucky frat boy with a penchant for chasing that other word for cat (and any other small critters). Unlike the mastiff, it needs plenty of wide-open spaces to run freely and will constantly talk back, even if it’s not being spoken to. He gets along great with kids and will spend hours tuckering out your little ones if you let him. The Irish Setter is exploratory by nature, so when it calls, be sure to give him plenty of time to sniff around and enjoy the smells. Also, don’t be afraid to take him trekking out into the vast wilderness or on camping trips to new areas – both he and your adventurous side will thank you.


Preferred Climate: Mild

Boxers are the best bros a man could ever ask for. They’re extremely social and will follow an owner from room to room just to be apart of whatever is going on. While small apartments won’t throw this playful pup off its game, Boxers do need an active partner. Their energy levels never really peak past puppyhood, so be sure to have plenty of time for toys and activities if this is a breed you’re looking into.

Australian Shepherd

Preferred Climate: Any

Australian Shepherds are working dogs that aren’t afraid to put in a little overtime with the family. It’s an athletic breed that’s as brainy as it is loyal, which makes it a perfect companion for just about any household with a little room to breathe. His temperament can be a bit pushy but a firm tone and steady leadership will easily find alpha status in this dog’s eyes.

Bernese Mountain Dog

Preferred Climate: Cold

Bernese Mountain Dogs are big. Like leap grown men in a single bound, big, so to keep one locked up in a tiny apartment is a major no-no. The first two years of its life are dedicated to playing, but after that, they tend to calm down quite a bit. Berneses were bred to be farmhands and can easily pull carts up to 1k pounds, but unlike the Aussie, they’re also content to just hang back and become a willing participant in a more docile family setting. They do shed a lot, but a good brushing and weekly bath is about all the grooming he needs.

Rhodesian Ridgeback

Preferred Climate: Any

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is quite possibly the closest thing to a Navy seal to walk on four legs. It’s an amazingly courageous breed that will not only look danger square in the eye, but run towards it if it meant protecting his home. For that reason alone, the Rhodesian makes for a great companion. They’re extremely adaptive to living spaces and won’t put up much of a fuss if trained properly from a young age. An active lifestyle is key to this breed’s health and happiness, though, and running 30 miles in a single spell is not outside of its comfort zone. Athletes do well with this dog, and while older children aren’t a problem for his temperament, toddlers may find the Ridgeback a bit too strong willed and boisterous. This is a dog that was literally bred to chase off lions, so before you start setting up a space for this badass canine, ask yourself, are you man enough to handle this level of alpha? Because where the Ridgeback is concerned, there can only be one.


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