Multiple studies have shown that having a dog can significantly;y reduce stress levels in humans. For super busy people, one of our top 10 low-maintenance dog breeds may help reduce stress without putting more on your plate.
Contrary to popular belief, this racing dog is not high-energy or high-maintenance. Most greyhounds are couch potatoes that enjoy loafing around with their owners. They do enjoy daily walks and the occasional chance to run, they are after all the world’s fastest dog, but they don’t need a large amount of exercise.
In general, greyhounds tend to be easy to handle and very responsive to training. And it is big, but not giant.
If you appreciate the personality and looks of a greyhound but would prefer a smaller dog, consider an Italian Greyhound or Whippet.
Rat Terrier – Low Maintenance Dog Breeds
The Rat Terrier is certainly not the most low-exercise needs on this list. But, take this cute, compact, and playful pup anywhere and it’ll appreciate every moment.
Or, leave your pup at home while you finish errands and it’ll calmly welcome you back with open paws. Training early is best as rat terriers love to learn and please but can be sensitive. Ideally, you’re a big social family or host often. The Rat Terrier loves to entertain.
Want a Rat Terrier, but without fur? Check out the American Hairless Terrier, the only hairless breed indigenous to the US.
The Dachshund is lovable affectionate and makes a great couch buddy. This dog comes in two sizes: miniature and standard. Long-haired dachshunds require a bit more grooming than the short-haired or wire-haired variety. But all are excellent companions.
Dachshunds have a stubborn side, so they need good basic training to give them structure.
Dachshunds only need a moderate amount of exercise. But, a good game of fetch is usually appreciated.
With big brown eyes and a tuxedo-style coat, Boston Terriers are sociable pups who just want to be with you.
They’re great apartment dwellers for singles in the city and do just as well with families and kids in the suburbs. Plus, that coat is as low-maintenance as it gets.
Also, the amount of exercise they need is minimal; a couple of walks per day and some playtime indoors is typically sufficient to keep your Boston happy and healthy.
Chihuahua – Low Maintenance Dog Breeds
Leaning towards a tiny dog? Weighing in at just 2 to 6 pounds, the itty bitty Chihuahua can be your pocket-sized lap dog.
Although these dogs do get bursts of energy, they generally don’t need a lot of exercise.
Most Chihuahuas are also relatively healthy. You can see our Top 10 Healthiest Dog Breeds for more on that.
Grooming needs are minimal, but long-haired Chihuahuas will need a bit more brushing to avoid tangles.
One thing to watch out for is a Chihuahua attitude. Choose a dog with a mild-mannered temperament and provide basic training and socialization. Avoid carrying these dogs everywhere and babying them too much as well. Set boundaries for your Chihuahua, or else it will set the rules.
Want a dog that will look like a puppy forever? The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a mild-mannered, gentle, affectionate, and adaptable dog. This small dog is often happiest when snuggled up beside a human or another dog. It is after all a companion breed.
Cavaliers generally weigh about 11 to 18 pounds and are easy to handle and train.
They are typically healthy pets, though some may inherit or develop heart issues. This is a low-maintenance dog, although the Cavalier has some grooming needs, such as regular hair brushing, ear cleaning, and the occasional trip to a groomer.
West High White Terrier
Considering a small dog for your new easygoing companion?
West Highland White Terriers or Westies for short make excellent pets. Most Westies are moderately energetic, easy to train, and like most Terriers are healthy. They require some grooming but don’t need to be trimmed regularly. Many people choose to hand-strip the coat (pluck the dead hairs) while others just brush regularly to keep the coat healthy.
Brussels Griffon – Low Maintenance Dog Breeds
Small, cute, and goofy, the Brussels griffon is a delightful little dog. Though they can be a bit energetic, they don’t need a ton of exercise.
Basic training is important to offset their feisty side and provide structure.
At 6 to 12 pounds, the Brussels Griffon is a small breed with moderate grooming needs. Their wiry coat may require some brushing, but extensive grooming is not necessary. In addition, the breed is healthy and well-mannered.
Is a small dog not enough dog? Mastiffs are immense dogs that tend to have a fairly low energy level and not much endurance. Basically a giant couch potato.
Younger mastiffs tend to be a bit goofy and playful, but usually very docile. As they age, they become lazier and more aloof but still affectionate towards their families.
Like most giant dog breeds, a downside to the mastiff is that it tends to have a shorter lifespan than the average dog. Most are considered seniors by age 6 and not many will live past the age of 11 to 12 years. However, aside from the orthopedic problems that affect some mastiffs, these dogs tend to be healthy.
Bull Mastiff – Low Maintenance Dog Breeds
If you want a large dog that is not quite as giant and lazy as the mastiff, then the bull mastiff might be better for you.
Weighing 100 pounds to 130 pounds, this is still a quite large dog. Health is similar to the mastiff (or better) and the lifespan might be a bit longer.
The breed has a bit more energy than the mastiff but still not a ton of endurance. Daily walks should be enough to keep your bull mastiff happy and healthy. The rest of the time, this dog will be all about some couch time.
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