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Best low-maintenance dog breeds

Pets provide unconditional love and companionship. And though they need love and care, they don’t have to be a big hassle. Look for dog breeds that need minimal exercise, grooming and training.

Woman with chihuahua

We have put together a list of dog breeds that are suitable for those living in apartments, busy families or just people who want to love a dog without all the fuss.

If you are looking to adopt a new pet, consider one of these low-maintenance dog breeds.


If you want a small dog, consider the Chihuahua — the smallest breed in the world. Usually weighing less than 5 pounds, this dog is so small you can tuck it in your purse. Chihuahuas need minimal exercise and grooming. However, they aren’t a good dog if you have kids or other animals. They are loyal to a fault and often high-strung.


A cross between a beagle and a pug, these low-maintenance dogs are absolutely adorable. With a laid-back yet cheerful personality, they get along with everyone — adults, kids and other pets. They are small (15-30 pounds) and can work well for houses and apartments. They shed in the spring and may need some wrinkle cleaning if the pug side is dominant. However, they don’t need much grooming or much exercise other than an occasional walk.

Japanese chinJapanese chin

This little lap dog reaches a weight of around 10 pounds. The Japanese chin is quiet and smart. He gets along with children and other pets. He needs regular brushing to keep his coat looking great, but doesn’t need much exercise or training.

Chinese crestedChinese crested

So you don’t want any shedding? This little dog is perfect. The Chinese crested is hairless except for a little bit on its head, tail and feet. If someone in your family is allergic to dogs, this one is considered the most hypoallergenic. The Chinese crested is playful but not hyper, and good with kids. Other than a tendency to get sunburn and some skin allergies, this dog is very low-maintenance.

Bichon friseBichon frise

If you want a small, smart dog, you can’t beat the bichon frise. He loves to learn new tricks and, unlike many small-dog breeds, loves children. He’s very friendly, but quiet too. It might take him a while to get housebroken, but once that’s done, maintenance for the bichon frise is a breeze.

Welsh corgiWelsh corgi

This small, athletic dog looks a little like a fox in build. He’s smart, loyal and so easy to train. This dog will work well in an apartment or small house. He has a very dense coat but doesn’t need it clipped. You will have to take him out for exercise, however, because he tends to gain weight.

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