One of the most important aspects of choosing a puppy or a dog of any age, for that matter, is whether you’re capable of taking care of it. You have to consider your physical ability vis-a-vis with its physical requirements, the costs associated with its well-being, as well as your lifestyle. Take your time when making this decision. Carefully consider the pros and cons of your new family companion, as some dog breeds are simply easier to care for than their counterparts. For some people, the lowest maintenance dog breeds are ideal for them. According to Graphiq, and information from Animal Planet, and the American Kennel Club, we are providing the top 10 most popular dog breeds in America for lowest maintenance.
Maintenance can incorporate a variety of aspects of caring for a dog, like the amount of exercise, level of training and difficulty, the amount of shedding and grooming, and so on. When you consider adopting a dog, carefully think of all its needs and what you’re capable of and what you’re willing to compromise in your life. Expect big changes when you welcome a dog in your home, even if it is of the smallest and lowest maintenance dog breeds. For instance, are you willing to vacuum daily? What about going out in extreme weather conditions? Can you be home for your companion to be fed and walked? These are just a few considerations, and there are many more.
The number one most popular dog breed in 2015, according to the AKC, is the Labrador Retriever. However, this dog sheds on a regular basis but only requires occasional grooming. On the upside, it’s a very friendly and easy dog to train, with a friendly disposition.
10. The Miniature Pinscher, also known as the MinPin comes in at number 10 on this list because it comes with low grooming and exercise needs. It sheds moderately, and it is easy to train.
9. The Italian Greyhound is somewhat easy to train, sheds minimally, has low grooming needs, and requires little exercise.
8. The Chinese Shar-Pei is also easy to train and sheds minimally. Its grooming needs are low, but it does require the occasional cleaning within the folds of the skin.
7. The beloved Bulldog is yet another breed that’s easy to train, requires little exercise, and has low grooming needs. However, it does moderately shed.
6. With its small size, the Boston Terrier is a very attractive dog for people with busy lifestyles. This dog is quite easy to train, requires little exercise, sheds minimally, and requires very little grooming.
5. The floppy-eared Basset Hound is one of the most appealing dogs for families with busy lifestyles, as they are easy to train, and have fewer needs compared to other breeds.
4. The American Staffordshire Terrier makes a perfect companion for those who are a little more physically active. This dog is easy to train, with low grooming needs and sheds just a little.
3. The French Bulldog is an all around good choice for busy families that don’t have time for long runs and endless grooming tasks. This dog sheds minimally, has extremely low grooming needs, requires little exercise, and is very easy to train.
2. The Chihuahua is growing in popularity because it’s one of the easiest dogs to bring home. Easy to train and few needs that would interfere with families, they are the ideal small dog for city living.
1. The Bullmastiff is a beautiful and sizable dog that makes an excellent companion without too many needs. In fact, this dog’s grooming needs are quite low, yet it sheds minimally. It’s easy to train and requires little exercise.