10 low-maintenance dog breeds

There is a dog for everyone who wants to and can take care of it. Not every dog owner is looking for a running companion or a dog that can play for hours. And some dog owners don’t want to spend countless hours dealing with dog grooming requests. Dog “maintenance” can mean different things to different people. For this list, we will consider factors such as energy level, grooming needs, and coping skills, based on research from the American Kennel Club.

Whether you live in a small space, are looking for a quiet companion, or are about to raise a puppy for the first time, these 10 low-maintenance dog breeds are some of the easiest to own .

1. Greyhound

Although they’re known for being “running dogs,” greyhound parents know them in a different light: cozy couch potatoes! These soft-natured dogs need very little grooming, and their short coats don’t pose a big shedding problem.

While they love to lounge around with their favorite companions, they must get regular exercise. This breed is a wonderful choice for anyone looking to add a large, fun dog to the family! If you’re a rescue enthusiast, consider adopting a former racing greyhound.

2. Chihuahuas

Sweet, sassy, and adorable, Chihuahuas prove that good things come in small packages! They’re perfect for people who want a companion on the go, who live in an apartment, or who just want a little companion.

Puppies are low maintenance, as their exercise needs are relatively minimal, as are their grooming needs (especially if they have short hair). Plus, these little guys are easy to take with you around town! Keep in mind that to avoid the development of “Napoleon syndrome”, they should be treated like dogs, not accessories: they should not spend their entire lives being carried around in a purse, nor should they be allowed to engage in behaviors (jumping, lunging, growling, etc.) that would not be acceptable for larger dogs! That said, these pocket dogs make wonderful companions.

3. Pug

These wrinkled charmers have a way of making everyone they meet fall in love. Loyal and lovable, Pugs don’t need much living space, and a daily walk around the block is usually enough to get them exercised. This brachycephalic breed can easily overheat and can’t handle intense activity.

Weekly brushing and occasional baths are usually enough to keep these short-haired pups clean, and well-socialized pugs are always happy to make new friends! But if you prefer cozy evenings indoors, they’ll be ready for that too.

4. The Labrador Retriever

Labradors have topped the AKC’s “most popular breeds” list for over two decades, and good reason. These versatile, carefree dogs can fit into all kinds of families and environments, as long as they are cared for and loved.

One thing potential parents of a Lab puppy should know is that they tend to stay in this high energy, “mouthy” phase until they are a few years old. They also shed a lot, although weekly brushes and occasional baths usually meet their grooming needs. However, those willing to put in the work will have loyal and loving companions for children and adults alike. If the “puppy phase” makes you wary, consider rescuing an adult Lab or Lab mix!

5. Rescue or Shelter Mutts

Okay, this category covers a wide range of genetics, temperaments, energy levels, and needs. But people looking to adopt a new dog should not overlook this wonderful option!

No matter what you’re looking for in a four-legged companion – high or low energy, happy in an apartment or on acres of land, low shedding or fluffy, etc. – you can find a mongrel that has everything you’re looking for and more. With a little patience and an open mind, you may find the perfect puppy for your family at your local shelter, and save a life to boot!

6. Beagles

These puppies are known for their docile personality. Unfortunately, their natural gentleness is one of the reasons this breed is sometimes used for laboratory testing. (Consider rescuing a former lab dog from organizations such as the Beagle Rescue League, Inc.).

Because of their small size, these puppies are relatively easy to transport and, with their outgoing personalities, they are always ready to make new friends. As far as grooming goes, their short coats only need to be brushed a few times a week, and shedding is usually not a big problem.

7. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

These dogs are known for their affection, and if you’re looking for a family-friendly lapdog, this could be the breed for you! King Charles Spaniels are happy just about anywhere, whether you live in an apartment, in a large house with a garden, with a single person, or with dog-loving children.

Despite their soft, silky coats, they only need weekly brushing to be groomed, and they shed relatively little. They are naturally calm by nature and will enjoy anything you offer, whether it’s a walk around the neighborhood or a long evening snuggled on the couch.

8. Corgis

These adorable dogs are often known for their fluffy butts, and fans of the breed can’t get enough! Small and sturdy, these pups don’t need much space, but they do have a lot of energy that they need to burn off with regular exercise.

In terms of grooming, Corgis only need weekly brushing, and while they do shed, it’s not too important. They are quite cooperative when it comes to training and can be very friendly and outgoing if well-socialized.

9. Jack Russell Terrier

First and foremost, the reason these puppies made the list is that they are low maintenance in busy families! If you’re looking for a little companion to accompany you on your long daily walks, errands, hikes, and/or hours of play, this may be the perfect breed for you.

They are low maintenance, meaning they are friendly, easy to care for with occasional brushing, and shed very little. They are also perfectly portable for anyone looking for a companion to take with them on their adventures!

10. Pitbulls

Although not an official “breed,” pit bulls have been chosen for their big smiles, bouncy butts, and eager-to-please nature! Their strong desire to make their owners happy – and to turn all strangers into friends – makes them wonderful companions for many families.

Plus, these puppies are usually short-coated, which means they only need light grooming and shedding isn’t usually a major problem. But because Pitbulls are a mixed breed class, some are genetically inclined to be very energetic, especially when they are young. This is something that people wishing to adopt a Pittie puppy must be prepared to accept.

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  1. My Mother had a German Shepherd that stood about 7 feet when standing on his hind ft. If someone came to the door(salesman etc.) the dog would look out the window and bark. Needless to say many of these people would leave and not come back.

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