All dogs need care, exercise and training, but some are a little less demanding than others. Low-maintenance dog breeds can be a great fit for everyone: busy families, seniors, first time dog ownersand apartment dwellers.
If you don’t have time to take your dog run twice a day or spend your afternoons vacuuming hair from the carpet, here are some easy-care dog breeds to bring home.
Trapeza Studio / Adobe Stock Don’t let their small size fool you – Bassets are large dogs, weighing up to 65 pounds.
Droopy and low to the ground, basset hounds are happy with a long daily walk followed by an even longer nap at home. They are fairly low-energy, slow-moving puppies (as long as they don’t catch the scent of a neighborhood bunny, that is) and their short coat is child’s play to maintain.
The part that takes the longest to care for a basset hound is its long droopy ears. They go need weekly cleaning to stay healthy and infection-free.
otsphoto / Adobe Stock If your Brussels Griffon doesn’t get enough exercise, he may gain weight. So be sure to keep his paws moving!
The flat and bearded face Brussels Griffon looks like a little four-legged Ewok. But while the Ewoks are still crashing around the Forest of Endor, the Brussels is a fluffy companion whose energy will be spent after a game of outdoor play (or, because they’re so small, in the living room).
They are happy to live in an apartment and, as long as they walk 30 minutes or two a day, they don’t need a big garden. And as long as his shaggy beard stays trimmed, the Brussels Griffon is an easy dog breed to care for.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
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If you are looking for a low maintenance dog that loves cuddles, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is the sweetest of the sweet. A good dog for old people and young families, the Cavs are friendly to everyone they meet.
In the end, she just needs her people to be happy. A Cav can develop some separation anxiety if left alone for long periods of time; luckily, it’s small enough (about 18 pounds) that you can take it almost anywhere.
Chihuahuas are low maintenance Little dog (the smallest dog, actually). Although they come in two coat types – long and short –nor shed muchand Chis don’t require much grooming on a quick weekly brush.
These pint-sized pups can fit into almost any family, with one caveat: because they’re so small (usually between 3 and 6 pounds), they may be too delicate for small children. . But as long as you teach your children to be careful with them, Chihuahuas will be their best friends.
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Spunky dachshunds are happy anywhere: in apartments, in the suburbs or on large lots. Just be a little careful with the stairs, especially as your doxie gets older, this weiner-like build makes them vulnerable to back injury.
french bulldogs are smooth-faced cuties, and they happen to be incredibly easy-care dogs. They are cool but love to play, have a funny sense of humor and quickly pick up training signals (as long as you make it feel like a game).
After a walk in the garden, your Frenchie will spend most of the day snore in dog bed– or, let’s be honest, in your bed. The only real thing you need to worry about is keeping it out of the heat because of its brachycephalic face.
the story of all dogs / Adobe Stock With its long nose and long legs, it is easy to spot a greyhound at the dog park.
Greyhounds are the fastest dogs in the world, but that doesn’t mean they have an always-on-the-go personality. They are actually quite the opposite and have a well-deserved reputation as couch potatoes.
These lanky pups are sprinters, so they’re not interested in marathon training. Give them a fenced yard to zoom, plus a walk or two a day, and they’ll be happy. When they’re inside greyhounds are calm and most likely stroll.
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Quiet and small, italian greyhounds are the much smaller cousins of the Greyhound. These low-maintenance dogs don’t bark much, are very easy to groom, and are perfect for new parents.
Although Italian Greyhounds are content to rest in your lap all day and be carried around while you run errands, they are sensitive puppies who need to be with their favorite humans. If you’re a homebody, this is your pup.
A pug happy place is on the knees of its owner. As long as you don’t mind his excited sniffling and wheezing, he’s a must-have companion pup for everyone – seniors, singles, and families. Although they are playful, they don’t need a ton of activity to be knocked out.
Pugs shed, but weekly brushing will help alleviate any flyaway fur. The biggest maintenance will be a bath once a monthwhich is necessary to keep those adorable wrinkles clean and the skin healthy.
Alex / Adobe Stock Shih Tzus love company, whether it’s with their humans or other animals. They coexist well with cats and other dogs, making them ideal furry siblings.
Of course, a shih tzu long fur requires frequent grooming, but all you have to do is schedule regular appointments with a groomer and she will be fine. keep her hair runs in a cute puppy cut to make things even easier.
Quick to make friends and laid back, a Shih Tzu is like a real stuffed animal. She is good around cats, other dogs and family members of all ages. Bonus: All she needs is a play session in the living room and a daily walk to meet her exercise needs.