10 Best Low Maintenance Dog Breeds

10 Best Low Maintenance Dog Breeds

Looking for a Low Maintenance Breed?

Several characteristics define a low maintenance dog. He reacts well to other dogs and people who are not his owners. He is easy to train based on his lack of stubbornness and receptiveness to training. Gentle and trusting, he behaves well towards children and seniors. He doesn’t require a lot of brushing or trips to the groomer. Although as a puppy his energy levels are higher, establishing a good routine of exercise, training, playtime, quality food, and some lounging – he will calm down and enjoy the easy life. One thing all dogs require is to be around their owners/families. They are social animals and will be unhappy if left alone too often. If low maintenance to you means leaving your dog alone please get a cat instead.

Adopting a dog is a big step for you and your new dog. It’s a big transition for your new buddy who will have to get used to a new home with new people. He is going to be uncomfortable at first and will be looking to you for proper training. Be consistent and give him some time and you will see your dog starting to enjoy his new life with you!

10 Best Low Maintenance Dog Breeds


  • Height: 19-24 inches
  • Weight: 45-70 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 11-13 years

A loyal breed, he loves to be included in all family activities, whether indoor, outdoor, or traveling in the car. The Dalmatian is friendly with people and loves playing with children. He can be trusted to put up with a bit of rough housing but toddlers should always be supervised around this rowdy dog. A highly intelligent and trainable dog as long as positive reinforcement and lots of treats are used. A great pet for first time dog owners. Exercising him often keeps his energy from getting out of hand and helps stimulate him mentally. He loves the outdoors and need to go on jogs, hikes, agility courses or some kind of outdoor activity rather than having a couch potato lifestyle in an apartment.


  • Height: 5-8 inches
  • Weight: not exceeding 6 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 14-16 years

10 Best Low Maintenance Dog BreedsThis “Velcro” dog desires nothing more than being with you most of the time and this makes him an incredible companion. He is ready to spend the day with you traveling in a tote, car, or going on a vacation. Be prepared to have this little guy follow you everywhere you go, for life. Leaving him alone can lead to a bored and destructive little dog, and he will relieve that boredom with a lot of barking and chewing. It’s recommended you have someone keep this dog company at nearly all times. A thirty-minute walk each day will help curb bad behavior like excessive barking. Be sure to have some sweaters ready to keep him warm. Grooming is a breeze with only an occasional brushing and bath. With such a tiny dog your dog food bill will be tiny too.

miniature pinscher

  • Height: 10-12.5 inches
  • Weight: 8-10 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-16 years

10 Best Low Maintenance Dog BreedsA Miniature Pinscher is a fun and outgoing companion. He is known as a “Min Pin” and has a lively, intelligent and brave personality. Provided you train him properly, he will be good with children and other pets. There are no health issues with this breed and because of his tiny size he will do fine in a limited living space without a yard. The Min Pin has a lot of energy that must be expelled through a daily walk. This will keep your Min Pin’s exercise level and behavior under control. To keep his coat looking good give him a brushing every once in a while.

Australian cattle dog

  • Height: 18-20 inches (male), 17-19 inches (female)
  • Weight: 35-50 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-16 years

10 Best Low Maintenance Dog BreedsConsidered to be one of the most intelligent dog breeds, the Australian Cattle Dog is a brave and hardworking herding breed. He is loyal, alert, territorial, rather dominant and fairly affectionate. Ideally suited for homes with no children or other animals and an owner who can give him daily mental and physical exercise. He is excellent in obedience training, agility and herding trials. Because he is protective he is a reliable guard dog and if well-balanced he makes a good and trustworthy companion for children. He demands plenty of human attention and activity or he could become destructive. Climate is no problem but this breed needs a yard. The grooming for Australian Cattle dogs is practically non-existent. Give him a weekly combing and two or three baths per year with mild shampoo. There are a few health concerns including deafness, glaucoma, cataracts, and hip dysplasia.

ibizan hound

  • Height: 23.5-27.5 inches (male), 22.5-26 inches (female)
  • Weight: 50 pounds (male), 45 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 11-14 years

10 Best Low Maintenance Dog BreedsAccording to legend, Hannibal (who was born on Ibiza) carried Ibizan Hounds with him on his elephants when he invaded Italy. The Ibizan Hound, or “Beezer”, with his elongated body built for speed was bred to hunt rabbits and other small game in packs, by means of sound as well as scent and sight, using his tall, upright ears and keen nose to flush out game. Greyhound-like in personality and temperament, he is watchful and sensitive. While independent in nature, he enjoys being part of the family and should not be kenneled or left alone for long periods of time. His short coat is very easy to care for and requires little maintenance.


  • Height: 13 inches & under, 13-15 inches
  • Weight: under 20 pounds (13 inches & under), 20-30 pounds (13-15 inches)
  • Life Expectancy: 10-15 years

10 Best Low Maintenance Dog BreedsThe Beagle is very popular due to his fun personality and cute droopy ears. Check those ears once a week as they can be prone to ear issues. Brush his double coat daily during the shedding season which occurs once or twice a year, but otherwise an occasional brushing will do. Excellent dog for families as he is never aggressive but instead he is even-tempered, gentle and adorable. Brave, loving, tolerant and social, the Beagle is great with children. Training is easy and necessary because of his high intelligence but sometimes he may be a little stubborn or distracted while sniffing around – he is a hound after all. He is very low maintenance and low cost.

Toy fox terrier

  • Height: 8 to 11 inches at the shoulder
  • Weight: 4 to 9 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 13-14 years

10 Best Low Maintenance Dog BreedsThe Toy Fox Terrier or “TFT” is playful, silly, and fearless and life with him is never dull. He is a good watchdog and great companion. He can be a live wire or a couch potato depending on the individual. Active, intelligent and clever, he doesn’t like to miss out on anything. The coat of the TFT is short and easy to groom. Give him plenty of training and exercise to keep him from being bored and becoming a nuisance barker, digger or aggressive towards other dogs – even big ones. You must save him from himself. He’s best in a home without other dogs and very young children. He loves dog sports like agility, flyball and rally. Cuddling up with you in bed each night is his favorite activity. The TFT is a people-loving breed and not happy when left alone too long. Because of his thin skin, he may need a sweater to keep him warm in cool or cold climates. The satiny smooth coat is easy to groom with a quick weekly brushing to remove dead hairs. He also needs regular nail trimming, ear cleaning and dental hygiene — always important with toy breeds — plus the occasional bath if he rolls in something stinky.

Russell terrier

  • Height: 10-12 inches
  • Weight: 9-15 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-14 years

10 Best Low Maintenance Dog BreedsAnother large dog in a small body, the Jack Russell Terrier is very devoted and has a friendly and loving demeanor. He has a lot of energy, however, so he does best in a home with active people. Very playful and generally good with children, but also very smart, so he requires a firm owner when being trained. He requires rules to keep his keen mind busy, but because of this he is very easy to train, which leads to the low maintenance reputation of this breed. It’s easy and doesn’t take long to give this little dog a brushing when needed. A firm, bristle brush is best for a Jack Russell, and he comes with both short and longer coats.


  • Height: 8-9 inches (standard), 5-6 inches (miniature)
  • Weight: 16-32 pounds (standard), 11 pounds & under (miniature)
  • Life Expectancy: 12-16 years

10 Best Low Maintenance Dog Breeds

The Dachshund, or “Doxie” also has a big personality in a small package. He is fearless and likes to chase and bark at anything interesting. He’s a little bundle of joy that spends his days playing and napping. Very adaptable and adjusts to the family routine and likes to occasionally be rough and tumble. Incredibly bright, he loves learning new tricks but might be a little stubborn with potty training. He’s versatile and likes hanging out on the couch with you all day or going to the park. To keep him from nuisance barking, train him and keep him mentally stimulated and exercised. The Doxie is generally free from “doggy odor” and doesn’t require much grooming at all. A weekly brushing should suffice.

Labrador Retriever

  • Height: 22.5-24.5 inches (male), 21.5-23.5 inches (female)
  • Weight: 65-80 pounds (male), 55-70 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 10-12 years

10 Best Low Maintenance Dog BreedsA Labrador Retriever, or “Lab” is your best friend for life. It’s hard not to smile when you are around his contagious positive energy. He is loyal, kind, and passionate and loves nothing more than running and playing with his family. Prepare for an instant best friend for life with uncompromising love and cuddles. Because of his desire to please, training is easy and he is friendly with everyone he meets. His energy and excitement is high so he needs leadership and patience from his owner. Daily strenuous exercise and mental challenges will help him excel. He doesn’t like to be alone and will get bored and start chewing, barking and digging. He sheds a lot even though he is a short hair breed so keep a vacuum handy. Regardless of the weather, a Lab will need to run and exercise each day. The low maintenance aspect of this breed is his intelligent, affectionate and fun-loving nature.

Final Thoughts

Do you have one of these low maintenance breeds or are you thinking of getting one? What do you think might be some other good low maintenance breeds? Leave a comment below or a question and I’ll be happy to get back to you!

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