Looking for a dog that's easy to care for? We totally get that.
We've selected 30 breeds that are easy to own (in one way or another). We then ranked each one based on our "low maintenance" criteria.
So if you're a first time owner, or busy with life - our ratings can find a dog that 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? A dog that is lazy and prefers to lounge all day? Or maybe it's all of the above?
We realize low maintenance can mean different things to different people. We've rated each breed on all these traits so you can decide easier.
There's Always Exceptions!
These aren't hard rules, our ratings are more like guidelines. There is always exceptions and it varies with each individual dog.
For example: it's possible that you might end up with a very energetic dog that is supposed to be quite lazy.
Training Is Required
Don't expect a low maintenance dog from the very first day you adopt. You'll have to spend some time and effort to get your dog to a comfortable level of training.
But once you and your dog have a routine - 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.
Easy to Train is simply based on their receptiveness to learning. While some breeds are very keen to learning, others may be more stubborn.
Good With Kids asks the question of how well they respond to children being in the home. A low rating means these dogs will dislike young ones.
Energy Level is based on how lazy or energetic your dog is. A 5-star rating means this dog is always ready to play. A 1-Star rating means this is a lazy dog breed. Keep in mind most puppies are energetic until they mature.
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
Medium Sized Low Maintenance Breeds
Large Low Maintenance Breeds
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.