What is a Low Maintenance Dog?

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There is no love like the love of a dog. Their companionship and devotion fills a void we never knew we had! Not everyone has the time or space however for a high maintenance pooch. That doesn’t mean that you should miss out on the opportunity to share your life with one of these precious pups. The good news is that there are plenty of low maintenance dogs that would love to share your home and lifestyle with you.

So what exactly makes a dog low maintenance?

Before we can identify what low maintenance means, let’s be clear, that there is no such thing is a NO maintenance dog. Low maintenance pups will require less time and attention, but you can still expect to give regular walks, feeding, grooming and lots of love.


Most dog owners want a pet that can be trained quickly and easily. Many dogs that are low maintenance have a high level of intelligence and are quick to pick up tricks and commands. It is especially important to know that you have a well behaved dog when left to their own devices for extended periods of time, like when their owners are working.

Energy Levels

Most dogs have some level of energy and still require regular walks and play time. However, low maintenance dogs do not need hours of exercise and attention each day. A low maintenance dog will need a 20 to 30 minute daily walk and an area to romp around. A fenced in area where they can explore on their own is perfect.


Low maintenance dogs will require minimal if any trips to the groomer. They have shorter hair that I easily manageable and can be brushed and washed at home. Do be mindful however, that they will require nail clippings to prevent their nails from becoming caught on anything and tearing (this will also protect your floors and furniture) and bathes to keep their coats healthy and clean.


There are some dog breeds that are more prone to health concerns than others. As a low maintenance dog owner, you want to ensure that your little (or Big) one is healthy all the time. Knowing which breeds are less prone to disease is at the top of the list for identifying low maintenance breeds, which we will begin to explore below.

What breeds are considered low maintenance?

There are dozens of breeds out there, both mixed and pure that can are considered to be low maintenance and are looking for their fur-ever homes. Let’s take a look at the most popular… in no particular order.

Low Maintenance Small Dogs

Yorkshire Terrier
• Chihuahua
• Dachshund
Shih Tzu
Toy Poodle

Low Maintenance Medium Dogs

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
• Beagle
• Cocker Spaniel

Low Maintenance Large Dogs
• Bernese Mountain Dog
Standard Poodle
• Greyhound
• Labrador Retriever
• Golden Retriever

Even the most laid back of dogs, require love, care, and attention. No matter the maintenance level they still need exercise and socialization. If you are ready to find your fur-ever friend, please visit premierpups.com and speak to one of our professional pet agents today to find the best fit for you and your family.

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