Many people love dogs and want to add one to their home, but there is no doubt that taking care of a dog isn’t easy. Many people even compare taking care of a puppy as the equivalent of taking care of a child. Fortunately, not all dog breeds are high maintenance as there are low maintenance dogs, and you can quickly find the perfect pooch when you are ready to add a new member to your family. Here is a list of 9 low-maintenance dogs to choose from:
The Labrador Retriever is one of the friendliest and most loving dog breeds around. They are excellent with children, have a kind demeanour, and they are intelligent, which means they are very easy to train. The Lab is a very social, loyal and active dog, and they need daily exercise in the form of a walk or playing out on your property. These low maintenance dogs love to swim, and will take advantage of any pool, so owners with an open pool or body of water on their property should fence the water if they don’t want the dog to jump in.
When it comes to the care of a lab, brushing the dogs coat and checking his or her ears once a week is necessary, as the breed is prone to ear problems. Owners also must cut the dog’s nails and brush the teeth when needed. These dogs only require a bath a few times a year, but if they get dirty, make sure to bathe them in a high-quality dog shampoo.
Saucy, alert and courageous are all words that can describe the tiny Chihuahua, and they are a breed that is small when it comes to maintenance, but large in personality. Though Chihuahuas are small, they can be barkers, so training them early on is the key. They are simple dogs, and they love nothing better than snuggling up with their owners at the end of the day. They are easy to train, and short of cutting their nails and caring for their teeth, they do not require a lot of grooming.
Chihuahuas can be strong willed pups, so owners will need to show them that they are in charge by using stern, but gentle discipline when the dog is young. Chihuahuas are best in adult homes or homes with older children. This is not because of their behaviour, but because of their size. Young children don’t understand how easily these dogs can be seriously injured with innocent play.
In the world of low maintenance dogs, the Beagle is one of the most fun due to their silly personalities and droopy ears. The Beagle is a medium-sized dog that is gentle, even tempered and easy to train. They have short hair, which requires brushing occasionally, and like the Labrador Retriever, Beagles can be prone to issues with their ears, so owners must check the ears about once a week. The Beagle is a tried and true hound dog, so you will often see these dogs with their nose to the ground, which can cause him or her to become distracted and ignoring owner commands. However, they are non-aggressive, adorable, and make and excellent dog for families.
Since Beagles have a double coat, they require daily brushing during the shedding season, usually once or twice a year. Other than that, just occasional brushing will do, but they do shed all year long, so people should keep this in mind if choosing a Beagle.
The Jack Russell Terrier is another small dog in size, yet large in personality. Some of the traits that the Jack Russell Terrier exhibit include friendliness, devotion and a loving demeanour. These are very high energy dogs, however, so they work best in a home with active people. These little dogs are very playful and generally good with children, but they are very smart, so they require a firm owner when being trained. The Jack Russell requires rules, but they are very easy to train, which leads to the low maintenance reputation of this breed.
Since these dogs are small, they can easily be brushed when necessary, and it takes only a short time to do so. A firm, bristle brush is best for a Jack Russell, and they come with both short and longer coats.
A Miniature Pinscher is also one of the low maintenance dogs that people like, and this breed is ideal for individuals who are looking for a fun, outgoing companion in their pet. The Min Pin is a lively, intelligent and brave little dog, and is usually good with children and other pets as long as their human trains them correctly. There are no breed health issues to worry about with the Miniature Pinscher, and they are suitable for flat living, as they do not require their owners to have a large area of property.
The care for a Min Pin consists of a daily walk for both exercise and behaviour control since these dogs have a lot of energy. They also require brushing every once in awhile to keep the coat clean and looking its best.
People love the Pug thanks to their compact size and adorable smooshed in face. These dogs are very laid back and are natural entertainers, plus they are very low maintenance. They are non-aggressive, which makes them perfect for families that have children, and they are both charming and docile. Owners of Pugs must understand that they can have breathing problems thanks to their short noses, and they can be heavy, loud breathers.
Maintenance-wise, the Pug is easy to brush, though they do shed, so brushing consistently is the key to keeping their hair under control. Owners should also take note to clean their face regularly, especially inside of their natural wrinkles.
Many families choose the Golden Retriever as a companion for their children, and there are only a few other breeds that can even compare to the friendliness and lovingness of these dogs. These dogs are extremely friendly, so you can’t expect that they will guard your home, but this also means that they get along with almost any person and other pet. These dogs are very smart and train easily, but must have daily exercise, so owners should ensure there is a fenced in area for the dog to run, or take the dog for walks, daily.
Though the Golden Retriever has long hair, it is very easy to maintain and only requires occasional brushing. However, owners may have to trim the hair around the paws, ears and tail.
If an individual is looking for a larger dog that is still low maintenance, look no further than the Boxer. Boxers are high-spirited, happy, playful and have loads of energy. They are very smart and eager to learn, and it bonds closely with its family. They are very affectionate and loyal and get along well with children. When correctly trained, Boxers get along well with other dogs and cats, but smaller animals can be tempting for a Boxer’s hunting instincts.
Boxers have very short coats which require very little maintenance, and they should only be bathed a couple of times a year due to the natural protective oils in their skin.
The Yorkshire Terrier is a sweet, tiny dog with a lot of energy and an adventurous personality. These dogs don’t realise how small they really are, and can sometimes be quite bossy, so owners should ensure they are training the dog correctly from the start. They are easy to train and though they have long hair, it is easy to brush. These dogs do not shed, but they do require occasional haircuts from their owners or a groomer. Other than that, the Yorkie is a favourite among singles, families and couples thanks to the breed’s versatility.
If you are thinking about getting a new dog but want to spend time on low maintenance dogs, the above nine breeds are excellent choices. There are large and small dogs on this list, as well as dogs with varying personalities and temperaments, so it should be relatively easy to find the perfect dog for you.