7 Best Dog Breeds To Have In College

French Bulldog

The French Bulldog is an excellent choice for a dog during your college years. It is a very popular breed among people who live in cities because of it’s size and friendliness. It’s trademark large bat-like ears makes it truly unique looking. It does not require a lot of exercise or outside time, making it a good option for a busy college student. The “Frenchie” is not a barker but it is very alert of their surroundings making it a good watchdog. It gets along very well with other dog breeds, pets and humans. It’s lifespan is roughly 10-12 years, weighs under 28 pounds and can grow to be around 11-13 inches in height.


Basset Hound

The short legged descendent of the Hound family, the Basset Hound is known for its charm. It is extremely patient which makes it a very chill dog to have around. It has the second most accurate smelling nose of all the dog breeds in the world (second to its cousin the Bloodhound). It’s not the most affectionate dog but it certainly makes up for it in loyalty. Also it’s look, with their long droopy ears and sad looking eyes, is absolutely one of a kind. It’s a good dog to have in college because you get the best of two worlds; it has the big dog strength and stamina but in a smaller more manageable package. It’s a great companion to take out to the great outdoors and will chill out and be calm at home. The Basset Hound’s life expectancy is 11-13 years. It can weigh 40-65 pounds and can have a height up to 15 inches.


Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever is America’s most popular dog breed and with good reason. They are very smart, friendly and outgoing. They come in three beautiful coats, yellow, chocolate and black. If you’re looking for a large dog then you can’t go wrong here. The lab has such a high spirit, it makes a great pet to have. It does have a lot of energy so you have to keep them nice and exercised. For that though they make great outdoor companions. They also are excellent swimmers. They get along well with other dogs and humans, making them very sociable. They are also great with kids, so after college if you find the right guy or girl, then you’re all set. The Labrador’s life span is 10-12 years. They weight around 55-80 pounds and can grow to be 24.5 inches in height.


Boston Terrier

Sought out after their stylish tuxedo coat and big round eyes, the Boston Terrier has earned the nick name “The American Gentleman” for their kind and well mannered demeanor. It’s relatively small size and amusing personality makes the Boston Terrier a great choice of a dog breed for a college student. They are very bright and easy to train although they have a reputation for being curious and a bit mischievous. They usually weigh 12-25 pounds. They have a lifespan of about 12 years and can be 15-17 inches tall.


Japanese Chin

The Japanese Chin was raised by Japanese and Chinese royals back in the day for their noble appearance. They are a very small dog breed belonging to the Toy Group, making them great for the small apartments of campus life. They are perfect lap dogs who love to cuddle. Their cute look make them a popular breed among the ladies. They have a bit of an aloof personality and are quiet who don’t bark a lot. Perfect for the owner who wants a laid back pet. Their life expectancy is 11-13 years. They usually weigh 7-11 pounds and grow to be 8-11 inches tall.

Australian Shepard

Originally ranch dogs from Australia, Australian Shepards have become a very popular breed in America, especially for cowboys and on the rodeo circuit. They are extremely bright, making them easy to train but can be a little stubborn. This breed is more for a college student who has some dog experience growing up. Their beautifully colored coats and eyes make them stand out from other dogs. They are very work orientated and will need lots of space and exercise. If you live a really sedentary lifestyle then this dog isn’t for you. They are extremely athletic and blasts to play with at the dog park. They live to be around 12-15 years old. They can weigh 40-65 pounds and are 18-23 inches tall.


Golden Retriever

Originally bred in Scotland as a gun-dog, the Golden Retriever has become one of the most popular dog breeds today in America. They are very smart and obedient, being used as eye-seeing dogs for the blind and trained to help in search and rescue missions. Perhaps the most attractive thing about Golden Retrievers is their endearing love they have for life and their owners. They are a strong medium size dog, famous for their dense lustrous golden coat. They are energetic and enjoy playing outdoors. They are very outgoing and easy to get along with. Their life expectancy is 10-12 years. They can weigh 55-75 pounds and can grow to the height of 21-24 inches.