Best Low Maintenance Dogs

Reviewed by Vanesa Farmer, DVM on March 08, 2023

When choosing the best dog for your family, there are plenty of things to consider. Size, temperament, exercise needs, and grooming are important factors that will affect your decision. Low maintenance breeds require little grooming and are typically calmer dogs. 

Whether you’re looking for a dog that’s calm, requires minimal grooming, or is easy to train, these eight breeds are the most low maintenance dogs. 

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very calm dogs that make great therapy animals. They are well-mannered and do well in a variety of social situations, so they’re perfect for families with children. They are very loving and enjoy lots of love and attention from their owners. Their coats require an average amount of grooming.

Beagle. Beagles are small hounds that have easy-going temperaments and are very smart. They can be stubborn sometimes, but are great for couples and families with children. They have medium-length coats that need minimal grooming. 

Whippet. Whippets are great house dogs because they are quiet and easy to train. They have a short coat that requires minimal grooming. They also sleep a lot during the day and can get very attached to their owners. They are low maintenance dogs, but require plenty of love. 

Italian Greyhounds. Italian greyhounds are very small and enjoy being lap dogs. They have a thin coat and need very minimal grooming. They are easy going companion dogs, but they are not recommended for families that have young children. 

Great Dane. Great Danes are affectionate dogs that do well with children of all ages. Despite their large size, Great Danes need little grooming and are relatively docile. They’re often called gentle giants. Because of their size, they aren't suitable for apartment living, but can make great companions if they have enough space. 

Boxer. Boxers are playful and energetic medium-sized dogs that do need lots of exercise. They’re very friendly and social, making them great for active families and families with children. Boxers' short coats need very little grooming. 

Bergamasco Sheepdog. Bergamasco Sheepdogs are very calm and loyal. They’re a smart breed: easy to train and easy to get along with. They are protective of their families and are weary of strangers. Their “flocked” coat also makes them easy to take care of and requires minimal grooming

Before committing to a dog, which is a long-term commitment, you should consider: 

Where you live. The size and location of your home will impact what type of dog will suit you best. Different types of dogs can handle different environments better. You want to make sure your dog is happy and healthy in your home.

Your family. If you have children, you’ll need to make sure your desired dog breed is friendly with kids. If you live on your own or with adults, this will broaden the options for low maintenance dogs.  

Your activity level. A common reason for pets ending up at animal shelters is that their owners couldn’t keep up with their energy levels. Because of this, you’ll want to find a breed that fits your activity level and has a temperament that you can handle. Even low maintenance dogs require plenty of training and attention. 

How often you are gone from your house. Your new dog will need plenty of attention and training as they learn house rules and adjust to your home. Most dogs behave better if you’re home frequently to care for them. If your job requires you to travel frequently or you’re gone often, you may want to consider getting a different type of pet or waiting until your lifestyle changes.