These breeds have all the right attributes to make ideal pets for the shy dog owner.
A huge number of us have decided to welcome new puppies into our homes over the last few years – according to Kennel Club figures dog ownership has soared to record levels.
There are a whopping 221 different breeds of pedigree dog to choose from, alongside numerous crossbreeds, so there’s plenty of thinking to do before you select your family’s latest addition.
There’s even academic guidance to seek out, with Psychologist Stanley Coren’s book ‘The Intelligence of Dogs’ ranking breeds by instincts, obedience, and the ability to adapt.
One thing to take into consideration is that some dog breeds get on better with owners that have particular personalities.
So if you are a classic introvert that prefers to curl up at home with a good book rather than going out partying, there are certain dogs that should top your canine wishlist.
Here are the 10 dog breeds that are great for introverts.
1. Great Dane
Great Danes are gentle giants that don't need much in the way of exercise or outdoor time - they'd rather sprawl on the couch than be sociable. Photo: Canva/Getty Images
The Basenji is best known as being the dog breed that doesn't bark - they make a strange yodeling noise instead. They are also very independent dogs that are happy to amuse themselves and are not needy or demanding. Photo: Basenji
3. Irish Wolfhound
The Irish Wolfhound is another dog that doesn't need a huge amount of space or attention - happy to just curl up at your feet for hours. Photo: Canva/Getty Images
4. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a low-maintenance lap dog that's happy just to curl up with you for hours. Photo: Canva/Getty Images