26 Low Maintenance Dog Breeds – [Best Dogs For First Time Owners]

​Looking for a dog that's easy to care for? We totally get that. You're busy with life, but you want to add a new family member - ​so ideally you're looking for a dog that doesn't need 100% of your time. ​Well, the good news is we did most of th​e research for you. Now ​you can go through all the breeds we've chosen and get started finding your new best friend. 

We've selected 26 breeds we feel are on the easier side of ​owning (in one way or another), and ranked them based on several criteria. So if you're a first time owner, or just busy with life ​- our ratings ​can find a dog that perfectly suits your lifestyle.

What is Low Maintenance?

​Before we get started we have to ask: "What is low maintenance?" ​Do you want a dog that's easy to train? That doesn't shed? Great with kids and good for seniors? Maybe a dog that ​is lazy ​and prefers to lounge all day? Or maybe it's all of the above?

We realize that low maintenance can mean different things to different people, so ​we've ​rated each dog breed on all these traits so you can make an easy decision. 

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There's Always Exceptions!

​​These aren't hard rules, there's always exceptions to each of these rankings, so please keep in mind ​that our ratings are more like guidelines. You might end up ​with a very energetic dog that is supposed to be quite lazy, or an unfriendly version of a normally calm dog. You'll have to address each individual pup a little differently based on their personality.

​Training Is Required

​Don't expect a low maintenance dog from the very first day you adopt! ​Your ​dog will be introduced to a new home and new owners - ​it's a lot to take in. ​You'll have to spend ​a fair amount of time and effort in order to get your dog to a comfortable level of training.

​But once you and your dog ​have a good routine of exercise, training, playtime, ​quality food, and some lounging - rest assured they'll calm down and enjoy the easy life. 

​The Rating System

​Here's a quick run-down on how we rated each of these breeds...

​Friendliness is a broad rating based on how ​these breeds react to people and other dogs. While most dogs will respond well to their owners, they may be suspicious of strangers (or even aggressive).

Easy to Train is simply based on their receptiveness to  learning. While some breeds are very intelligent, it sometimes comes with extra stubbornness as well.

Good With Kids asks the question of how well they respond to children being in the home. A low rating means these dogs will be suspicious or potentially harmful to young ones.

Easy to Groom asks two questions, will your dog require a lot of brushing? or trips to the groomer? ​Remember: different breeds (and hair types) have different grooming needs.

Energy Level ​is based on ​how lazy or energetic your dog is. ​A 5-star ​rating ​means this dog is always ready to play, and is absolutely bouncing off the walls with energy. a 1-Star rating means this is a lazy dog breed. ​Keep in mind ​most puppies are ​energetic until they mature, and as dogs get older they tend to become more calm.

Can Be Left Alone. Dogs are social animals, and in nearly all cases dogs simply do not like being left alone. If you're often away for long hours then it's recommended you do not get a dog. Or, have someone take care of them while you're away.

Low Maintenance ​Dogs - Small Breeds

​1. Bedlinton Terrier

Friendly

Easy to Train

Good with Kids

Easy to Groom

Energy Level

​Can Be Left Alone

Bedlington-Terrier

Like it's Terrier cousins, this Bedlington Terrier was originally bred for hunting. Although they wear Lamb's clothing, these dogs are bold and make excellent watch dogs.  Being part of the Terrier family also means they have a very high prey drive, and any little critter they cross paths with will cause them to bark and give chase.


Therefore, a little daily exercise goes a long way with the Bedlington. The last thing you want is a bored Terrier, or else they'll resort to chewing, barking, and digging. They become quite attached to their loved ones, so leaving these dogs alone may lead to destructive behavior.


​Bedlingtons are incredibly intelligent dogs, ​but may show signs of stubbornness​. Don't lose your cool though, the best method is with positive training as they're very sensitive to scolding. 


Their Lamb-like coat needs a little maintenance as well, be sure to brush a few times a week to avoid painful mats, and expect to visit your groomer once every 4 - 6 weeks. 

2. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Friendly

Easy to Train

Good with Kids

Easy to Groom

Energy Level

​Can Be Left Alone

Cavalier-Spaniel

​The Cavalier is a gentle soul ​who wants to share their love with everyone around them. Their friendly attitude is immediately contagious and it's difficult not to smile in their presence. 


These dogs are intelligent and are willing to learn - so long as you have a treat for them in return. But, their gentle demeanor means yelling or scolding will cause this dog to run and hide from you. Instead, use positive training and reinforcement, as this will help them learn and build a trusting relationship.


​Cavaliers are "Velcro" dogs, meaning they want to spend every second or every day with you. They certainly do not like being left alone, so consider this dog a travel companion, or have someone at home who can keep them company.

3. Chihuahua

Friendly

Easy to Train

Good with Kids

Easy to Groom

Energy Level

​Can Be Left Alone

chihuahua

​These tiny little dogs are actually amazing companions, and ready to spend the day with whatever you​ have planned - whether that's traveling in a tote, car, or going on a ​vacation. Chihuahua's are just content to be at your side​, and can be described as "Velcro" dogs. So be prepared to have this ​little guy follow you everywhere you go, ​for life. 


Leaving them alone can lead to a bored and destructive little dog, and they'll relieve that boredom with a lot of barking and chewing. It's recommended you have someone keep this dog company at nearly all times.


Even with those little legs ​Chihuahuas have a surprising amount of energy to burn, and a 30 minute walk can help curb bad behavior (such as ​th​at excessive barking).


They're also very sensitive to hot and cold temperatures, so having a little sweater handy or a cool place to rest will certainly keep them comfortable and safe.

​4. Dachshund

Friendly

Easy to Train

Good with Kids

Easy to Groom

Energy Level

​Can Be Left Alone

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​Dachshunds (or sometimes called "Doxies") are small bundles of joy that spend their days playing ​and napping. They adapt well to just about any family routine, as long as it's with the ones they love.


Despite their small size t​hese dogs still love to ​rough and tumble a little, and can have a personality bigger than themselves. Dachshunds ​are also described as fearless, and want to chase and bark at anything th​at peaks their interest. This ​will lead to a lot of noise in your home,​ and potentially annoyed neighbors. 


These little dogs are incredibly bright, which makes teaching new tricks and routines an absolute joy. The problem comes with their stubbornness, ​and ​this becomes very apparent with potty training. Crate training and letting these dogs into the backyard every hour is absolutely necessary, or they will certainly make a mess of your carpet.


What makes them low maintenance is their adaptability to your life. Love to nap all day? So will your Dachshund. Ready for a little playtime or an adventure to the park? ​They're down for that too!

​5. Havanese

Friendly

Easy to Train

Good with Kids

Easy to Groom

Energy Level

​Can Be Left Alone

Havanese

The biggest heart of all the dogs, the Havanese has only one thing on it's mind, and that's you. If you're looking for a love-stricken lap dog then look no further, these dogs will be glued to your side. But with all that attachment the Havanese do not like being left alone, and will usually resort to howling sad songs while you're gone.


Early socialization is important to avoid your dog from being overly timid. And while training these dogs may be a slow process, it is necessary to curb excessive barking and other bad habits.


They are very adaptable to your lifestyle, and are content for going on daily walks, or even going full tilt with agility or obedience classes.


Although the Havanese is considered a non-shedding dog, frequent brushing and ​grooming are required to keep your ​pup free from painful mats​. And teddy bear cuts from your groomer keep this dog looking like a puppy it's entire life. 


​6. Italian Greyhound

Friendly

Easy to Train

Good with Kids

Easy to Groom

Energy Level

​Can Be Left Alone

italian-greyhound

​Similar to their larger Greyhound cousins, the Italian Greyhound is known as an athletic breed. But what you might not expect is these dogs to have a very calm and ​lovable demeanor. While they love a good run, they especially love nap time and warming up with their owners.


​With all that love they can still be ​shy with strangers, and a little timid outside the comfort of their home. But with a little early socialization they can build confidence and overcome their nervous behavior.


Training can sometimes be challenging - while Italian Greyhounds might fully understand what you're asking, they may just choose not to do it. This can be especially frustrating with potty training. However, these dogs are incredibly sensitive, so scolding or negative training will not work.


These dogs have a high prey drive, so be prepared to keep them on leash at all times, and have a backyard with high fences. Because once they see a bunny or ​squirrel - ​your dog will take off at light speed.

​7. Maltese

Friendly

Easy to Train

Good with Kids

Easy to Groom

Energy Level

​Can Be Left Alone

maltese

Energetic and elegant - the perfect way to describe the Maltese. A princess (or prince) that prefers the finer things in life, and often that also includes running, playing, and spending time with loved ones.


The Maltese become very attached to their owners, and they don't like being left alone or else they may resort to barking and destructive behavior. They also become protective of their owners, which makes them suspicious of strangers​, children, or other dogs.


Maltese are incredibly intelligent, easy to train, and have minimal shedding. They​'re perfectly happy to lounge with their owners, ​and go for long walks in the summer.


Despite their long beautiful coat, these dogs have minimal shedding. But beauty comes at a price, and that white elegant hair needs upkeep and maintenance. You'll be brushing your Maltese out daily, ensuring there are no mats or tangles, and visiting the groomer regularly for upkeep and health.


​​8. Miniature Schnauzer 

Friendly

Easy to Train

Good with Kids

Easy to Groom

Energy Level

​Can Be Left Alone

mini_schnauzer

Unlimited energy and the world's biggest heart, that's what you get with a Schnauzer. Their enthusiasm and affection knows no bounds, and you can expect this guy to be bouncing off the wall with them.


Schnauzers love to be the center of attention, they'll put on a show for you and your friends and are amazing comedians. This makes them a wonderful companion - if you can accommodate their energetic lifestyle. Daily exercise is crucial for the Schnauzer, or they may take their boredom out by being destructive.


​They are at the top of their class, and in a calm environment can learn very quickly. Mental stimulation is just as important at physical for the Schnauzer, and they crave learning and exploring.


They need to be groomed every 6 - 8 weeks to trim that wiry hair and keep them looking great. Their bangs tends to grow quickly and cover their eyes, making running (and seeing) difficult, so regular visits to the groomer will keep your Schnauzer very happy.

​9. Papillon

Friendly

Easy to Train

Good with Kids

Easy to Groom

Energy Level

​Can Be Left Alone

Papillon

​Alert, energetic, and always ​searching for their next big adventure - the Papillon is always on the lookout for fun. These are tiny dogs that have a big spirit, and are not concerned with their lack of size.


​The Papillons favorite pass time is putting on a show for it's owners, as they demand your attention at all times. Whether it's playing, running, jumping, or licking your face - this little dog is always on the go. But it's all in good fun.


​Despite all that energy and distractions they are very keen learners, which make them excel at training and agility courses. Furthermore, they are an absolute joy to train as they love new challenges and personal time with their owners. 

​11. Pomeranian

Friendly

Easy to Train

Good with Kids

Easy to Groom

Energy Level

​Can Be Left Alone

Pomeranian

​A sometimes overly confident trouble-maker (but it's all in good fun) the Pomeranian is the star of their own show. They can be described as confident, curious, and enjoy being treated like a ​prince (or princess).


Because of their larger-than-life personality, you'll need to establish some house rules so they don't assume they run the place. And they can be most stubborn with potty training and excessive barking.


These dogs are a perfect ​accomplice to go on adventures with, they enjoy spending their days following you around and genuinely enjoy new experiences. Just keep in mind they're sensitive to heat and need to cool off every so often. 


Their ​fluffy coat needs daily maintenance and brushing, and they can shed an impressive amount of hair for a small critter.

​12. Pug

Friendly

Easy to Train

Good with Kids

Easy to Groom

Energy Level

​Can Be Left Alone

​Pugs are the comedians of the dog world, and they inject some of their unique personality into every situation. While​ not searching for more trouble to get into - they're known to be affectionate, playful, and adventurous. They're not the most energetic bunch, but they certainly enjoy some daily walks and playtime. 


You may be surprised how much this little dog can shed, so you'll need to keep a brush and vacuum ​within arms reach. And all those wrinkles need a good bath at least once every 4 to 6 weeks.


​Their unique face structure poses a few problems. Firstly, it causes them to breathe loudly, so prepare your ears for a lot of snorting and wheezing. Second, it doesn't allow them to ​regulate their temperature properly, so leaving these dogs in too hot or too cold conditions ​will ​lead to serious problems. 

​13. Shih Tzu

Friendly

Easy to Train

Good with Kids

Easy to Groom

Energy Level

​Can Be Left Alone

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Always the center of attention, and they'll do everything they can think of to make you smile. The Shih Tzu is playful, lovable, and wants nothing more than to be part of the family. Friendliness is in their genetics, that's because Shih Tzu's were bred for companionship, so you won't find any hunting or herding traits here.


These dogs want to be part of your daily routine, and they'll follow you like a curious shadow. Their good-natured attitude makes them very compatible for just about anything: kids, families, and other dogs are not a problem - the more the merrier.


​Shih Tzu's can be quite energetic, and they love playtime and exploring to let off some of that excess energy. Here's another little secret: the only better thing than one Shih Tzu, is TWO Shih Tzu's! That's because these dogs will flourish with a friend they can play and learn with.

Their soft, fluffy coat needs to be brushed daily, and you can expect to visit a professional groomer to regularly to keep their coat trimmed and healthy. 

​14. Toy ​Poodle

Friendly

Easy to Train

Good with Kids

Easy to Groom

Energy Level

​Can Be Left Alone

toy poodle

Poodles are at the top of their class, being ranked as one of the most intelligent dog breeds. They are eager to please their owners, and with all those brains it makes them very keen to training.


You might imagine a poodle as being elegant, gentle creatures (and they most certainly can be), but what you might not expect is poodles to be incredible athletes. Poodles live for learning and training, so they need daily exercise or they might result to destructive behavior.


At a young age they are full of energy with plenty of "talking" to do, and sometimes they go look for trouble by digging and running. They need a assertive leader to set the rules, or they may take the roll upon themselves, which can lead to aggressive behavior. They tend to grow calmer as they mature, but still need ways to stimulate their body and mind.


While these dogs have minimal shedding, you'll be visiting your groomer at least once every 4 to 6 weeks to maintain all that fluffy hair growth. ​We recommend getting the right kind of brush for your poodle to save you some headaches. 

​15. Whippet

Friendly

Easy to Train

Good with Kids

Easy to Groom

Energy Level

​Can Be Left Alone

Whippet

​Similar to Greyhounds, these dogs are a popular racing breed, and were once used for hunting rabbits. Because of their athleticism and intelligence, Whippet's excel in agility and obedience courses.


But even with all that energy these dogs are surprisingly very relaxed and quite enjoy a good nap. They love spending time with your entire family, and can adapt to nearly any type of home. Also, they rarely bark, and the only time they tend to make noise is when they're left alone. 


​While these dogs absolutely love (and need) a good walk everyday, ​be very careful letting them off leash. Any little creature they spot will cause them to give chase with everything they have, and they can run very fast and jump very high. ​

​16. Yorkshire Terrier

Friendly

Easy to Train

Good with Kids

Easy to Groom

Energy Level

​Can Be Left Alone

Yorkshire_Terrier

"Yorkies" are the star of their own show, and they want to make sure everyone is watching. They have a lot of personality to show off, and it certainly comes with some sass. These dogs were originally bred to hunt rodents, and these traits are still very apparent as their prey drive is off the charts. Birds, squirrels, and other critters will peak their interest, which is usually followed by chasing and barking.


Yorkies live for companionship, and show endless love and trust for their owner. But their owner is the only love in their life, and sometimes no one else is welcome into that relationship. These dogs can have an unkind manner with strangers, dogs, and sometimes other family members.


These are lovable little lap-dogs that love to play and explore, and are perfect for apartment owners without any children. And with a little early socialization they learn to play well with other dogs.

Low Maintenance - Medium Breeds

​1. American Eskimo

Friendly

Easy to Train

Good with Kids

Easy to Groom

Energy Level

​Can Be Left Alone

​Intelligent, affectionate, and excited for life - the American Eskimo is a perfect family dog. These are ​energetic and curious dogs that are seeking new daily challenges, so they need you to give them physical and mental stimulation. With all that energy and brains you don't want these dogs getting bored, or they may result to destructive behavior.


​Furthermore, Eskies are considered "Velcro" dogs, and they'll be stuck to you for the entire day, following you around the house like a curious shadow. These are not dogs you can leave alone for any long period of time.


Eskies are very bright and friendly dogs, who excel at training and adapting to family life. They're great with children, dogs, cats, and strangers. Just be careful with small animals such as hamsters or birds, as their prey drive may kick into full gear and lead to an unfriendly interaction.


​The best way to keep these guys out of trouble is to tire them out with play, training, and walks. ​Once you have a routine in place these dogs are perfect for just about any home. Finally, these dogs can shed like crazy, so we recommend a good husky brush to maintain their coat.

2. ​Basset Hound

Friendly

Easy to Train

Good with Kids

Easy to Groom

Energy Level

​Can Be Left Alone

basset-hound

​How could you resist those eyes and adorable ears? The Basset Hound is a wonderful family companion, but comes with a little stubbornness and a LOT of hilarious personality traits. 


While passionately loyal to their owners, they still may need a little convincing when it comes to training, and may only respond to the really good treats. However, they are known to be very sensitive souls and do not respond to scolding or negative training. So a lot of patience is required from their owners.


What makes the Basset Hound a great low maintenance dog is they'd just rather sleep in, lounge during the day, and maybe stop for ​a few short playtime sessions from time to time. ​Daily walks are still required, but if going ​on long runs isn't your thing then this might be the right dog for you. 


Bassets are not keen on being left alone for long periods of time, and will voice their concerns in their well known Basset Hound howl. They can also be quite vocal during playtime or even while they sleep.


And don't let that that short, sleek hair fool you - as it does shed a fair amount, and needs brushing and care. 

​3. Beagle

Friendly

Easy to Train

Good with Kids

Easy to Groom

Energy Level

​Can Be Left Alone

​Everything that makes a dog great is in this small lovable package. Beagles are loyal, kind, playful, and always looking for an adventure. However, when seeking out new adventures they can often get into some bad behavior, which is why they often need a human or dog companion to fill that constant need for attention.


There is nothing more heart broken than a lonely Beagle, so leaving this one home alone ​will certainly lead to ​annoying behavior such as chewing, digging, or barking. 


On that note - Beagles require a lot of training upfront to curb those bad behaviors, or you may ​find yourself with some angry neighbors. They're often ​very stubborn with training, and takes a fair amount of patience to make any progress. Many owners say having two Beagles is better than having one as they keep each other company.


If you can get past the initial (and sometimes frustrating) training, then these are fantastic dogs with big hearts. They're happy to lounge with their owners, go on long walks, or meet new friends. 

4. ​Cocker Spaniel

Friendly

Easy to Train

Good with Kids

Easy to Groom

Energy Level

​Can Be Left Alone

cocker-spaniel

​Cocker Spaniels are known for their gentle and calm temperament, but always ready for a fun adventure. Their big hearts and big brains means they're very receptive to positive training, and always ready for a challenge. This is why Cocker Spaniels excel at training and obedience courses.


​But ​with big, gentle hearts these dogs can be ​very sensitive to scolding or a negative environment. Also, leaving this dog alone can lead to some destructive behavior, not to mention a very broken heart.


They are sometimes known to bark​ excessively (especially when left alone), and be timid around strangers. Early socialization and training can work wonders to curb these behaviors.


​Cocker Spaniels are also known for their beautiful, flowing coat. But, beauty comes at a cost - and you'll be brushing their coat out daily, and visiting a professional groomer at least once a month. 

Low Maintenance - ​​Large Breeds

​1. Bernese Mountain Dog

Friendly

Easy to Train

Good with Kids

Easy to Groom

Energy Level

​Can Be Left Alone

​Bernese Mountain Dogs or "Berners" are quite literally giant ​comedians with big hearts. Their entire goal in life is to make people laugh at their daily antics, and they have no shortage of personality.


Despite all that goofiness they're very receptive to training, and that comes from wanting to please their owners. They absolutely love family activities and want nothing more than to participate in all your daily adventures. Because of this they do not like being ​left alone, and ​can often lead to destructive behavior. 


Those big, soft hearts of theirs can easily be hurt by negative training or scolding. So patience and positive training is ​what will help them learn and become a better family member.


​A Bernese is a lot of dog. They often exceed 100 pounds, ​their coat needs constant brushing and grooming, and they​ cannot be left alone for long periods of time. In that sense they're not low maintenance. However, their ​drive to be a part of your family makes them easily trainable and a wonderful companion.

​2. Greyhound

Friendly

Easy to Train

Good with Kids

Easy to Groom

Energy Level

​Can Be Left Alone

​You would think that owning the fastest dog in the world would be pretty hectic​. ​And while Greyhounds have a lot of exercise needs, they're actually quite calm and lovable. They ​enjoy spending their days napping, lounging in the sun, and hanging out with their family.


​Greyhounds rarely bark or make noise, unless left alone for any extended period of time. And they're ​incredibly bright, making training an absolute joy. 


​They can be a very timid breed, and may show signs of nervousness around strangers and new dogs. That's why it's recommended you socialize them at an early age to develop some confidence.


​Greyhounds were originally a hunting breed, and still show very strong signs of that today. ​If they see a creature running at the park you can bet this dog will chase after it with everything they got - and they can run very, very fast. You must keep ​your Greyhound leashed at all times, or in a fenced area with at least 6 foot high fences. 

​3. Newfoundland Dog

Friendly

Easy to Train

Good with Kids

Easy to Groom

Energy Level

​Can Be Left Alone

​Originally used as a working breed for fishing boats​ and docks, this dog has now retired to the easy life of family and relaxation. The Newfoundland is known for their calm demeanor, but bravery when ​an act of heroism is ​needed. ​There are many ​amazing stories of these dogs ​rescuing ​​children, people, or other dogs from dangerous situations. 


​The Newfoundland is more of a family member than a dog, they naturally look after young ones, and show massive loyalty and affection to their owners. ​Basically, you are adopting 100+ pounds of love. 


​Speaking of pounds, these are massive dogs - averaging 120 pounds, but males often reaching up to 160 pounds. And ​that thick coat takes a lot of upkeep, you'll be brushing everyday and visiting the groomer often.


These are low maintenance in the a sense that these dogs are sweet, calm, and brilliant learners. But can be difficult to manage just based on their sheer size.

​4. Standard Poodle

Friendly

Easy to Train

Good with Kids

Easy to Groom

Energy Level

​Can Be Left Alone

Elegant, athletic, hardy, and clever. These are a few of the Standard Poodles best qualities. And, you've probably already heard: they are at the top of their class with incredible intelligence. Training a Poodle is an absolute joy, they are receptive and keen to please their owners, which is why they excel at agility and obedience courses.


​Despite looking a little "dainty", these are hardy animals that love a little rough play and ​going for long walks. With their intelligence and energy combined, they can become bored and resort to finding trouble as an outlet. So a daily routine of exercise and mental stimulation is what will keep your Poodle out of trouble.


I'm sure you've seen the elaborate poodle hair cuts - and even if that's not your thing, these dogs need extensive grooming to keep them healthy. Expect to visit a professional groomer​ often, or have the essential tools to groom from home.

​5. Standard Schnauzer 

Friendly

Easy to Train

Good with Kids

Easy to Groom

Energy Level

​Can Be Left Alone

Schnauzer

Big hearts and unlimited energy, that's just the Schnauzer motto. Just like their close relatives, the Miniature Schnauzer and Giant Schnauzer, this is a medium sized version with very similar qualities.

Schnauzers are gentle, affectionate, and their aim is to make you smile. This makes them a wonderful companion - if you can accommodate their energetic lifestyle. Daily exercise is crucial for the Schnauzer, or they may take their boredom out by being destructive.

These dogs are highly intelligent, and they are fully aware of just how smart they are, so they can be a very clever and mischievous breed. They love to please their owners and are very receptive to training, which is why they are a common sight in agility and hunting.


You'll always recognize a Schnauzer when you see one, with a grey 'wiry' coat, and distinct mustache. That coat needs maintenance however, so brushing at least 3 times a week and regular visits to the groomer will ​keep your dog very happy.


​6. Labrador Retriever

Friendly

Easy to Train

Good with Kids

Easy to Groom

Energy Level

​Can Be Left Alone

Yellow-Labrador

​The Labrador is a loyal, kind, and passionate companion that loves nothing more than to run and play with their family. Prepare for an instant best friend for life with uncompromising love and cuddles. Their positive energy is so contagious that it's hard not to smile. What make's them so great is their desire to please, and with it comes easy training and friendly attitude towards everyone they meet.


​But that doesn't mean your free from putting in effort to build your relationship. Labradors need some leadership and patience, as their energy and excitement can be off the charts. They require daily strenuous ​exercise, new challenges, and mental stimulation to really excel. 


There is nothing more destructive than a bored Lab. So leaving one alone with too much energy or not enough distractions can lead to bad behavior: usually by chewing, barking, or digging.


​And don't let that short hair fool you, these dog's can shed like no other - leaving furballs all along floors, furniture, and your clothing. ​Be sure to pick ​a suitable brush for your shedding Labrador.

​Labradors are low maintenance in a sense that they're affectionate, fun-loving, and intelligent. But you won't be able to skip going for a run everyday, even if it's raining or snowing.

​7. Golden Retriever

Friendly

Easy to Train

Good with Kids

Easy to Groom

Energy Level

​Can Be Left Alone

​Golden Retrievers are ready to be your new best friend from the instant you meet. It's easy to fall in love with these dogs. Their ​humor, personality, and joy for adventure are absolutely contagious​.


Golden's are incredibly intelligent and gentle, so no wonder they're often used as service dogs. And while they're the ideal dog for many families, they still require a lot of training and exercise.


These dog's are bouncing off the walls with excited energy, and need at least an hour of running a day. The best type of Golden is a tired one, because they're less likely to become bored and get into trouble.


​Family is the most important thing to a Golden, so leaving them alone will ​create a heart-broken and destructive dog.


​And finally, that beautiful coat requires a lot of attention, you'll be brushing them out daily and visiting the groomer every so often for proper upkeep. Otherwise it will lead to painful mats and a very dirty dog. 

​High Maintenance Dogs

​​High maintenance dogs are usually working and herding breeds​ - or dogs that were bred for the sole purpose of doing a job. And that desire to work may be difficult for owners who don't have the time to commit.

​​Of course these dogs can be wonderful addition to your home, and can be properly trained to fit into most environments. Just know they may take additional time and patience to get there. 

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8 thoughts on “26 Low Maintenance Dog Breeds – [Best Dogs For First Time Owners]

  1. Very helpful to determine if which breed would be the best for our lifestyle and still have the characteristics we desire . Thanks you !

  2. You left out the Bluetick Coonhound. This breed is so laid back and just wants to be in the room with his family. Happy to go for a long walk, and can keep up for miles, or lay on the porch all day. Not usually one to play fetch, but loves finding the hidden treat by smell. A big heart and eager to please attitude make them easy to train with positive reinforcement. And who can get enough of those ears?! Grooming is a breeze, just typical brushing and nail trims. Perfect companions.

    • I agree with Liz’s comment. I had a Redbone Coonhound once and they are good family dogs, but for someone who has never owned a scent hound please be aware that they have a LOUD bark and they bay. Coonhounds should not live full-time in the city unless you have very understanding neighbors within a 5-mile radius 😉

  3. I’m looking for a dog for my 18-year old special needs niece. Not looking for a big barker or jumper. What do you think of the Great Pyrenees? I know they need jobs, but my niece was around a St.Bernard/GP mix once and it’s the only dog I’ve ever seen her like.

  4. thank u so much
    it was so helpful
    are the bernese good with cats? we have one cat
    and i want the dog to be friendly with him bcs hes part of the family

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