16 Best Low Maintenance Dog Breeds for Laid Back Owners

We all need the love of a good dog in our lives, but not everyone has tons of room for them to roam or the time to deal with constant grooming. But that doesn’t mean you should have to miss out on all the fun!

The good news is that there are plenty of low maintenance dog breeds that are perfect for those of us living in apartments or limited on time to exercise our dogs. Find the dog that’s perfect for laid back you by reading the list (in no particular order) below!

1. Yorkshire Terrier

yorkie breedThe small size of Yorkies makes them perfect for those in apartments, with adults only reaching about 6 pounds. They have a long lifespan (up to 15 years) and don’t require much exercise. If you enjoy having visitors, Yorkies are great as they’re very friendly and also hypoallergenic.

2. Miniature Pinscher

Despite their small size, Miniature Pinschers show no fear. They have a happy demeanor and are typically pretty healthy with the average lifespan being 12 years. Maintenance is a breeze with only an occasional brushing being necessary.

3. Labrador Retriever

One of the most popular breeds in America, Labs are easy to train, love kids, and are very friendly (to the point that they’re not great options if you’re looking for a guard dog). But if you’re looking for an always happy, easy-going dog for your family that loves to play, you can’t go wrong with a Lab.

4. Havanese

This is a breed that loves to cuddle! The Havanese breed is known for its gentleness, and they don’t require much outdoor exercise, making them great for those living in apartments. They can be scared (but not typically aggressive) of strangers so proper socialization is important.

5. Basset Hounds

basset hound breedThese adorable floppy-eared pups are great for laid back owners as they’re perfectly happy and content to lay around the house letting everyone bask in their cuteness. Just a quick daily walk is plenty for a basset hound.

6. Pugs

Looking for a low maintenance dog to add to your family? Look no further than pugs! The breed is well known for getting along with children in addition to other small dogs and cats. They’re devoted and love to be around their humans, so you’ll just have to learn to love the sound of their snort!

7. Chinese Shar Pei

The Shar Pei’s loose, wrinkly skin makes them practically irresistible to pet! They’re definitely on the lazier side, but a daily walk is plenty of exercise for them so if you lack a back yard this could be the perfect breed for you.

8. Bullmastiff

Wait, what? How can this massive breed be considered low maintenance? Well, despite their large size mastiffs are fairly lazy. They still need exercise and plenty of food, but their large size and sweet, loyal personality make them great companions for single people.

9. Chihuahua

This was a breed made for apartment dwellers who love spending time with their pup on the couch! These guys love to cuddle and have a long life expectancy (14-16 years). And if you’re looking for more than one pup for your home, they love hanging out with other chihuahuas.

10. Bichon Frise

bichon frise breedIf you’re an apartment dweller looking for a cute companion that’s just the right size for your abode, look no further than the bichon frise. On top of their cuteness, these pups require little exercise, love cuddling on your lap, and are always there to cheer you up with their happy demeanor.

11. Beagle

This gentle, short-haired breed has a laid back temperament that makes them quick learners when it comes to training. They are generally not aggressive towards strangers or children, but one caution is that they do love to howl.

12. Jack Russell Terrier

This fun-filled, playful breed has a long typical lifespan (13-16 years) and is known for responding well to training. If you’ve got young children in your home, they make great companions as they love kids and will match their high energy.

13. Greyhound

Despite being known for their tremendous speed, greyhounds are incredibly happy just laying around the house sleeping. They’ll need a trip to the dog park to tire them out, but once home they’ll mostly spend it fast asleep.

14. Rhodesian Ridgeback

While a big breed that will require some training in the beginning, Ridgebacks make the list for their good health, loyalty, and low grooming requirements. They’ll need exercise, making this a great breed for anyone looking for a walking partner.

15. Boxers

A breed that responds well to training, Boxers are loyal dogs that love spending time with their family. Their short-haired coat requires no more than an occasional brushing, but they will require some daily playtime.

16. American Staffordshire Terrier

This short-haired breed is easy to groom with only an average amount of shedding. They’re outgoing and very loyal, which combined with their large and tough appearance makes them terrific guard dogs. They will need daily exercise, however.

Good luck on finding the perfect low maintenance dog for you! If allergies are an issue, be sure to check out our article on hypoallergenic dogs also!

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