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According to one study, about 75% of adults in their thirties own dogs, compared to only half of the general population. Some people have called dogs “the millennial baby.” Among millennials who purchased homes in 2016, many more were motivated by their dogs than by their desire to have kids.

Whether you plan to have kids or not, a dog can certainly make a great companion. If you want to become one of the many millennials who have made dogs a part of their household, here are some breeds that you may want to consider:

Australian Shepherd

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Australian Shepherds have the same strong work ethic that millennials have, and they’re also highly intelligent. They’re always eager to learn new tricks, and training them can provide hours of fun. Aussies require a lot of exercise and playtime to keep them healthy and occupied. If you’re into fitness, your Australian Shepherd will be happy to work out with you. You can take your Aussie running or hiking, or teach them to do yoga with you.

Boston Terrier

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The Boston Terrier is a great breed for millennials living in apartments in big cities who might not necessarily have lots of time to go for long walks every day. Bostons are small and quiet, and their exercise requirements are minimal. Boston Terriers are friendly, sociable, easygoing, and lovable. They’ll be happy to meet all your friends and be the center of attention.


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Moderately active and adaptable to any environment, Dachshunds are also good apartment dogs. And if you want a canine companion with a spunky personality, a Dachshund could be perfect for you. Despite their small size, Dachshunds aren’t the least bit timid, and they like to work. Keep your Dachshund occupied, and they’ll keep you happy with lots of love.

Shiba Inu

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Like many millennials, Shibas are highly independent. They have a wise and sophisticated appearance because of their fox-like faces and coloring. Their independence makes them difficult to train, but they’re naturally quiet and alert, and they make attentive companions for individuals or families.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

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One reason that Pembroke Welsh Corgis are extremely popular dogs is because they always look like they’re happy. When you’re going through a stressful time, whether it’s a struggle in a relationship, or trying to find a new job, a Corgi can always bring a smile to your face. Corgis are also active dogs that’ll be happy to play with you outside for hours.

Belgian Malinois

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The Belgian Malinois is perfect for millennials who want a big, athletic dog. Malinois need lots of exercise every day, so they make great companions for young people who live active lifestyles. Malinois are also highly intelligent and trainable, and they’re extremely loyal to their owners. When you get a Malinois, you’re essentially getting a “right-hand-dog” that’ll stick with you for life.

Miniature Schnauzer

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The Miniature Schnauzer is a dog for the true dog person. This breed is known for their boundless energy and eagerness to run, play, and investigate new things. They make the perfect companion for a fun-loving millennial with a sense of adventure. Miniature Schnauzers are also highly trainable and make great family dogs.

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