There’s no doubt that choosing to share your life with a dog can be a rewarding decision.
However, you may not want to spend all your free time grooming, training, and cleaning your house because of your dog. If not, we’ve got you covered!
In this article, we will share with you 17 super low-maintenance dog breeds that could be right for you. We will define what makes a dog low-maintenance and give you information on why we chose each breed, taking out the guesswork and putting you in command of the leash.
Ready to get started? Let’s go!
Dog hair everywhere! Have you ever gone to a friend’s house and sat on their furniture only to be immediately covered in their pup’s fur, even before the dog touches you? Some dog breeds just explode fur continuously, regardless of how much brushing you do. Many breeds are low shedders and they make our low-maintenance list.
The grooming tangle. Don’t want to become an expert dog groomer when you adopt a new furry friend into your life? There are lots of dog breeds that require just a little time each week for grooming. A quick brush of the coat a couple of times a week, teeth brushing daily, and nail trim every two to three weeks and you’re done.
The non-athletes. Not every dog breed is cut out to be a canine Olympian. Sure, Border Collies, Australian Shepherds, Labs, and other working dogs excel at athletics. But, there are many dog breeds that only need moderate exercise to stay healthy physically and mentally. A little ball throwing or a good walk/run every day for these guys goes a long way toward keeping them happy.
Smart and ready to show it. The dog breeds that have made our low-maintenance list are smart cookies and are easy to train. They can learn new skills quickly and can be counted on to (mostly) leave the puppy shenanigans behind once they become adults. However, there’s no guarantee when squeaky toys are involved.
The Velcro Vizsla, so named for her need to be close. A great jogging buddy, this breed is very intelligent and easily trainable. They are very easy to groom, with a beautiful red short and sleek coat. Vizslas are talkers; she will moan or whine to make her wishes known. She can suffer from separation anxiety if left alone for long hours. The Vizsla is a good choice for families with children.
American Staffordshire Terrier
These are great people dogs and really want to please their special human. Very intelligent, so training is a must or else mischief can happen. The Staffy can also be headstrong, so a confident person in charge is very important. They have an easy-care coat. Just once-a-week brushing is all that’s needed to keep them looking good. These are really affectionate fur kids.
Being a German pack hound, the Rotti loves companionship. That means spending as much time with his humans as possible. This includes going out with you, sleeping with you, watching TV with you…you get the point. Rotties are smart and quick learners. Once they pick up a skill they will retain it with consistent use. They have a calm nature and are usually slow to find their voice, with some not barking until two to three-years-old. Brushing a couple times a week will keep their short coat looking great.
Ridgebacks are super smart and have a high desire to please their people. Learning and practicing new skills will keep their sharp mind engaged and out of trouble. Their beautiful sleek coat requires minimal grooming, but will still need weekly care. They have moderate exercise needs and would make great running companions. Rhodies are very quiet dogs, so if yours barks you’d better investigate the cause. Best of all, they are loyal, loving companions.
Pugs are ancient Chinese dogs bred to sit on the laps of royalty. They have not forgotten this. According to them, their place is always with you being petted and, preferably, fed continuously. Be aware they can pack on pounds quickly. They enjoy grooming, which is good because they are moderate shedders. Exercise to them is moving from one cushion to another, however, they need at least a short walk daily. Pugs cannot tolerate heat above 70 degrees Fahrenheit for very long due to their smushed in nose. They are not outdoor dogs. Always leave your Pug indoors in warm or cold weather.
A Bully is a three-year-old kid in a dog suit: they’ve got to be DOING something! But if it’s not fun, forget it. If your training style is harsh and rigid, this is not the breed for you. Bull terriers want to be the center of your world and are loving and loyal. They are great with kids but need to be encouraged to be gentle. What they are not so crazy about are other dogs. Best to stay away from the dog park and exercise on your own daily by running or vigorous ball throwing in a secure area. Bullies have a super easy-care coat. A good brushing every week keeps things looking great.
There are some who think Boxers are not a very intelligent breed. We are not part of that thinking. Just keep practicing those basic skills you taught her as a puppy and your fur kid will be a loving and happy member of your family for her whole life. Boxers love to give slobbery kisses, crawl in your lap, and be an active part of family life. Weekly brushing keeps shedding to a minimum. Daily moderate exercise (not a walk down the block) is required for this breed.
This is a very affectionate, but independent breed. He will not be your Velcro dog, however, he will want your attention when he wants it. Good basic training is essential for this intelligent dog so that clear division of responsibilities is known (i.e., you are in charge). Although his coat is easy-care and only requires a good weekly brushing, his eyes and ears will need regular attention. This breed is great with kids, but older kids are best due to the size of grown dogs. Bloodhounds must always be kept in a tightly secured yard or on leash. They can never be trusted with a nose like that!
This really popular breed is an excellent family dog for several reasons. They are friendly, happy, and loving. They also love to snuggle with you in bed and hang out while you watch TV or read. They definitely prefer the indoors. They are easy to train when the lessons are interesting and provide a food reward for good work. Beagles require some form of daily exercise; a walk in the neighborhood is ok for them. They must have a securely fenced yard or else they will follow their nose to who knows where. Their coat is short and doesn’t require more than brushing once a week to keep shedding to a minimum. Although known for howling, Beagles aren’t really barkers.
Min Pins are lively and active dogs. They do great in homes with other small dogs to play with. They are really smart and very easily trained with positive techniques. They are not the best breed for homes with small children. However, if you want a dog who loves to snuggle with you under the covers at night, this is your girl! The Pins are bold and can be aggressive with intruders, so consider this if your home has a lot of people coming and going. Their grooming requirements are quite low. Just a quick weekly brushing is all they need.
IGs are devoted and loving companions who prefer a one-on-one relationship with their human pack. That can be a one person pack or family, but small or rowdy children should be supervised because these delightfully charming dogs are fragile. A warm home and climate are ideal for them with blankets to snuggle under on the couch and bed a big plus. Iggys are clean and do not require much grooming due to their short and fine fur. Walks through the neighborhood every day are perfect for these guys. As sight hounds, they do require a securely fenced back yard and leashes.
The Boston is a cute and funny little dog who loves a good play session with children or a nice cuddle on the couch. A running partner for you she will not be, however. Overheating is an issue for this breed, so keep her cool in the summer and warm in the winter and you’ll both be happy. These are smart dogs who do well in obedience training and competition. She will be your loyal and loving defender, quick to bark at unfamiliar sounds from under the bed covers.
Frenchies are true people dogs. They really crave human contact and will keep you entertained for hours. They don’t need a lot of physical activity to stay happy. Just don’t take them swimming without a life preserver because they can’t swim! Their little bodies are so heavy they sink. Grooming requirements are minimal due to the short, soft coat. They can overeat, so watch for sneakiness around food. Cuddle time in bed and on the sofa is their favorite time. Easy to train as long as it’s fun.
The smallest of the recognized dog breeds, Chihuahuas are normally a one-person dog and will sometimes ferociously defend their person against any perceived threat. Keep this in mind in a family with children. They must have a den and will burrow under blankets, into the clothes hamper, or anywhere dark that feels secure. They occasionally enjoy sunlight, too. Grooming is a snap with such a small package to work with. Training can be a challenge if approached without a positive attitude.
A breed close to our heart. This feisty, intelligent package of self-confidence is all you need for entertainment. Dachsies love to travel in packs and no home is complete without at least two. They can be stubborn about housetraining, but positive reinforcement (and tile floors) helps. Grooming requirements are low for the short hair variety. They are food scavengers, so you must take care to keep an eye out for unauthorized snacking. They will sleep under your bed covers…no discussion allowed!
The Yorkie is a happy little companion for women without children, mostly. There are some exceptions, of course. Their small size allows them to be on-the-go with their special human, the preferred life of the breed. They are great watchdogs because of excellent hearing and will alert at the slightest noise. Training is made easier with positive methods. Keeping their hair cut short allows for minimal grooming requirements.
The lovely, smoke gray Weimaraner is an active dog who needs vigorous daily exercise in his early years to remain a happy member of the family. If you are a runner, this is a great breed for you. Weims are happy, cheerful, affectionate, and love their people. They are quick to learn, but dislike having the same skill repeated over and over. The short, fine coat makes for very easy care.