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Top Dog Breeds for College Students

Dog breeds that college students wish for are those which require less time on proper caring . If you are a college student, you may have neither time nor money. Getting a dog is a serious commitment, so if you have made the decision to get a dog, make sure you are ready for this commitment. Being a college going student, you will probably want a small or medium sized dog which requires less maintenance and has low energy level. There are various dog breeds that are suitable for student lifestyle.  Here is a list of the ten coolest breeds for college students . These are suitable to your lifestyle and waiting to become your best friend.


Papillon dogs are friendly to everybody, including strangers and other dogs. With max weight of 10 pounds, most landlords will be fine allowing you to keep them in an apartment. This breed of dogs is moderate shedders, but brushing is required on regular basis. Some other important information of these dogs is given below:

Papillon Dog Information
Origin France
Life span 13 – 15 years
Temperament Friendly, Alert, Energetic, Happy, Hardy, Intelligent
Color Fawn & White, Red & White, Brown & White, Sable, Black & White, White
Height Male: 8–11 inches (20–28 cm)Female: 8–11 inches (20–28 cm)
Weight Male: 8–10 pounds (3.6–4.5 kg)Female: 7–9 pounds (3.2–4.1 kg)
Litter Size 2-4 puppies
Health Concerns Usually very healthy. Some problems with inadequate tear production, PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), luxating patellas and liver shunt


Clumber Spaniel

This dog breed is a great choice for a student going to college in the city. A good walk on a leash each day is enough for this dog breed. They are not especially friendly to the strangers, but they will be very devoted to the owners. All dogs must be brushed at two to three times per week. Some other important information of these dogs is given below:

Clumber Spaniel Dog Information
Origin England
Life span 10 – 12 years
Temperament Dignified, Affectionate, Gentle, Loyal, Calm, Great-hearted
Color White, Lemon & White, Orange & White
Height Male: 18–20 inches (46–51 cm)Female: 17–19 inches (43–48 cm)
Weight Male: 31.8–38.6 kgFemale: 24.9–31.8 kg
Litter Size 2-8 puppies
Health Concerns No major health concerns. He may appear dignified and pensive, but he possesses great enthusiasm for both work and play.



Greyhounds make great pets in the right environment. This breed of dogs does not do roughhousing with kids or other dogs, but for most college students that will not be an issue. Due to their calm and well-mannered nature indoors, they are known as “world’s fastest couch potato”. Some other important information of these dogs is given below:

Greyhound Dog Information
Origin England
Life span 10 – 12 years
Temperament Affectionate, Athletic, Even Tempered, Gentle, Intelligent, Quiet
Color Black, Blue, Brindle, Fawn, Red, White
Height Female: 27–28 inches (68–71 cm)Male: 28–30 inches (71–76 cm)
Weight Male: 27–40 kgFemale: 26–34 kg
Litter Size 6-8 puppies
Health Concerns No major concerns, Some minor concerns are esophageal achalasia, gastric torsion, osteosarcoma, some racing injuries especially toe, hock and muscle injuries are common in retired dogs.



The borzoi breed of dogs is not going to thrive unless he is got room to run. They need a long walk every day and a chance to sprint. If you can give him that, you will have a well-mannered and quiet pet that is very loyal but very proud and sensitive. This breed of dogs rarely barks, so you do not have to worry about your neighbors hating you. Some other important information of these dogs is given below:

Borzoi Dog Information
Origin Russia and Belarus
Life span 7 – 10  years
Temperament Gentle, Intelligent, Independent, Quiet, Athletic, Respectful
Color Black, Brindle, Cream, Fawn, Red, White
Height 26 – 28 inches ( 67 – 79 cm )
Weight Female: 25–40 kgMale: 34–47 kg
Litter Size 1-11 puppies
Health Concerns gastric torsion


Black and Tan Coonhound

Black and Tan Coonhound dogs breed loves people and other dogs and is very independent and sensitive, even stubborn. He may bark, but indoors he is calm and mellow. These dogs need to be brushed occasionally. More information of this breed is as follows:

Black and Tan Coonhound Dog Information
Origin United States
Life span 10-12 years
Temperament Alert, Cheerful, Social
Color Black, Black and Tan
Height 23-27 inches
Weight 65-130 pounds
Litter Size 8 puppies
Health Concerns Generally healthy, but there is some risk of ear cancer, hip dysplasia and other ear infections, and eye problems.


Irish Wolfhound

This breed was once bred for war and it is used to drag soldiers off of horses. This fact will give you an idea of size of this breed, but not their demeanor. These dogs are actually very gentle and friendly that do fine in apartments. Indoors they are very calm and patient, but some wolfhounds can have problems with other dogs or animals, and may not warm to strangers well. Some other information of this breed is as follows:

Irish Wolfhound Dog Information
Origin Ireland, Belgium
Life span 6 – 8 years
Temperament Dignified, Generous, Loyal, Patient, Sweet-Tempered, Thoughtful
Color Black, Brindle, Fawn, Grey, Red, White
Height Male: 75 – 90cmFemale: 71 – 79cm
Weight Male: 45 – 55kgFemale: 40 – 50kg
Litter Size 3-4 puppies
Health Concerns Major concerns: gastric torsion; Minor concerns: cardiomyopathy, OCD, osteosarcoma, CHD


English Mastiff

Mastiff dogs are good-natured and make great companions and even better watchdogs. Owing to their big size, mastiffs need to get out and move around every day. They need to live inside because they are not heat friendly. These dogs are quite courageous and once he bonds with you and makes you his “family,” he will defend you whenever necessary. Some more information about this breed is as follows:

English Mastiff Dog Information
Origin England
Life span 10 -12 years
Temperament Dignified, Affectionate, Good-natured, Courageous, Calm, Protective
Color Fawn, Brindle, Apricot
Height Female: 28–36 inches (70–91 cm)Male: 28–36 inches (70–91 cm)
Weight Female: 54.4–77.1 kgMale: 72.6–104.3 kg
Litter Size 3-4 puppies
Health Concerns Major issues can include hip dysplasia and gastric torsion. Minor problems include obesity, osteosarcoma, and cystinuria.


Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavaliers are incredibly sweet little dog breed that is perfect for the lifestyle of students. They are gentle, loving, and quiet. Outside home, they like to smell and explore, but they are small enough that it will not take too long to tire them out. Their coat needs brushing every other day, but this dog is so adorable you will not be able to keep your hands off it anyway. Some other information of this breed is as follows:

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Dog Information
Origin England
Life span Average 12 to 15 years
Temperament Friendly, Loyal, Stubborn, Active, Playful, Affectionate
Color Black and Tan, Red
Height 12-13 inches
Weight 13-18 pound
Litter Size 2-6 puppies
Health Concerns Mitral Valve Disease (MVD), Syringomyelia (SM), Episodic Falling, Hip Dysplasia, Patellar Luxation, Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (Dry Eye)


Lhasa Apso

Lhasa apso is stubborn, tough, and ready to mix it up with you and anybody who looks at him cross-eyed. These dogs always need to be brushed, but in compactness they cannot be beat. They are quite friendly and playful and make great companions; old people love them. Some more breed information is as follows:

Lhasa Apso Dog Information
Origin Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, Tibetan Plateau
Life span 12 – 14 years
Temperament Energetic, Playful, Fearless, Friendly, Assertive, Intelligent, Lively, Spirited, Steady, Devoted, Obedient, Alert
Color Black, Golden, Sandy, Honey, Dark Grizzle, Brown
Height Female: 25–28 cmMale: 25–28 cm
Weight Female: 5–7 kgMale: 6–8 kg
Litter Size 4 puppies
Health Concerns Patellar luxation, entropion, distichiasis, PRA


English Bulldog

English bulldogs are pretty amusing to look at, but they are also terrific dogs for the college going students. That’s why, they are known as the prototypical college dog that guys always have in the movies. These dogs does not like to do exercise (make him do exercise anyway). They like sleeping and eating, they love people, especially kids, and they are very manageable and calm. Heat is the biggest enemy of these dogs, so students from hotter climates should look elsewhere. Some more information of this breed is given below:

English Bulldog Information
Origin England
Life span 8-12 years
Temperament Friendly, Docile, Willful, Gregarious
Color Fawn, Red, Red & White, Fawn & White, Gray Brindle, Brindle & White
Height Female: 12–16 inches (31–40 cm)Male: 12–16 inches (31–40 cm)
Weight Female: 22–23 kgMale: 24–25 kg
Litter Size 3-4 puppies
Health Concerns Requires daily walk



Swati takes pride of being a dog lover. Her current passions include blogging, writing and collecting dog pictures of various breeds. She is an active member of stray dog care society.

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