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Top 7 Low Maintenance Dog Breeds for Busy People

By Odie Blog Editors on May 14, 2021

Becoming a puppy parent is one of the most rewarding life experiences. However, many people want a dog more than anything in the world, but worry about the amount of time, effort, and money that goes into caring for a pet. Luckily, there are certain dog breeds that have minimal exercise, grooming, and training needs. Low maintenance dogs come in all sizes and shapes, so it’s always best to consider your individual needs, as well as the climate and environment that your dog will be living in. 

And remember: there is no such thing as a maintenance-free dog. You should never leave your dog alone for extended periods of time, and you should always spend time caring for your dog, such as taking them on walks, giving them toys to play with, and giving them lots of pets and snuggles. 

If all of that makes sense, then here is a list of 7 low maintenance dog breeds for busybodies:

Chihuahuas

These small dogs are famous for their energetic, rambunctious personality. However, their small size means that they don’t need much outdoor exercise, so they should have no problem lounging around in the house or backyard. Plus short-haired Chihuahuas only need minimal grooming!

Dachshunds

These small-to-medium-sized dogs are excellent companions, no matter what type of lifestyle you have. Dachshunds have short legs and long bodies, which means they can only receive a moderate amount of exercise. They also have a tendency to nap throughout the day, which means they can easily adapt to more quiet environments.

French Bulldogs

These sweethearts are playful creatures that are easy to entertain. They are also big nappers and don’t mind being fairly independent. French Bulldogs have a small, stocky build, so too much exercise will wear them out quickly.

Labradoodles

Labradoodles are smart and easy to train. On the other hand, they are lean, medium-sized dogs that need to be exercised regularly. Best of all though, labradoodles are hypoallergenic and don’t shed, which means you don’t have to spend hours grooming their coats or picking up dog hair around the house.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavaliers are known for being mild-mannered, gentle, and affectionate. They love all forms of human company, whether it’s parents, grandparents, or children. While they have long coats that require regular hair brushing and ear cleaning, they are a hypoallergenic, low-shedding breed.

Mastiffs

Looking for a bigger dog? Mastiffs can weigh upwards of 220 pounds. While this might initially seem daunting, Mastiffs are actually docile and lazy dogs. They’ll love lounging on your couch, and they actually don’t require much exercise, as their large size prevents them from having a ton of physical endurance. 

Bullmastiff

If you’re looking for similar large dogs, then a bullmastiff could be right for you. Weighting around 100-130 pounds, a bullmastiff is still a large dog, but it has a slighter longer lifespan and a bit more energy. Otherwise, a bullmastiff is a total couch potato!

Havanese

Havanese dogs are incredibly loyal and affectionate. They have long hair but don’t shed much, which means regular brushing sessions and not much else. Havanese dogs are sturdy, adaptable, and social, so they can thrive in city, suburban, and rural areas.

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