Some people want to spend a lot of time engaging with their pets. They enjoy complicated grooming, long walks, or teaching tricks, and some even spend time and money dressing their dogs in cute clothes, or arranging elaborate spaces in the home. For these folks there are many dogs to choose from -- the Jack Russell, or the Pekingese, to the happy-go-lucky Labrador.
But some folks just don’t have time in their lives for quite so much fuss. It’s perfectly respectable to be a dog-lover who happens to have a bit less time and energy for a pet. From busy parents, to working people with a litany of other obligations, dogs can’t always come first. Don’t fret. There are several breeds who are, relatively speaking, low maintenance dogs, and well-suited for loving caregivers who wish to focus on the rest of life as well.
Dogs who Need Minimal Exercise
Some dogs need frequent walks and lots of off-leash time to run. The following dogs, on the other hand, do quite well lying about the house, and require just a short walk once or twice a day.
These friendly, curious little dogs are great for the busy pet owner with limited space—the apartment or condo dweller. Pugs don’t need a ton of exercise, and a lot of what they do need can come from a brief bit of play in a small living room.
Similar to the Pug, the tiny Chihuahua is one of those dogs that makes a perfect pet for close quarters. These dogs are low exercise pets to a T, and are content to sleep much of the day away on the couch or a doggie bed.
Dogs who Need Minimal Grooming
The short coat on the American and English Bulldogs requires little from their owners in terms of maintenance. Occasional brushing and a bath now and then will keep these dogs in top shape. Bulldog owners will have to make sure the folds on the dog’s face are kept clean and dry, but this is not a difficult task.
Another short-coated dog that needs little other than an occasional brushing. The coat of the Beagle stays clean and doesn’t shed much. This breed, like the Bulldog, is also great with kids.
Dogs that Don’t Need Showers of Attention
All dogs need companionship and love from their owners. After all, dogs are social animals. Nevertheless, these breeds get along without constant contact and attention from their people.
Originally bred as a guard dog, the Shar Pei is a confident, independent breed that won’t demand constant attention from their owners. The dog is also often silent, barking only when strangers are present. The Shar Pei’s independence and wariness might make this dog better for families without children. Also worth noting -- the Shar Pei’s smushy face requires a bit of extra skin care.
Another proudly independent breed is the Chow Chow, whose reserved nature sometimes earns this dog the reputation of being cat-like. Like the Shar Pei, the Chow Chow is dedicated and loyal to their owners but wary of strangers.
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