Here’s a tip for anyone who’s in the market for a new dog: a pet is NOT an ornament, a toy or an accessory. We are living, breathing, eating, peeing and pooping creatures just like you, and we need love, attention, grooming, treats, love, encouragement, medical attention when necessary, food, exercise and love. For many people, that laundry list of needs is enough to keep them pet-free for life. Still, for those of you who find this intimidating, we have good news. There are a few low maintenance dogs that are perfect for the, um, lazier owners out there.

These 10 pooches don’t need as much grooming, working out, or even living space as other dogs, which make them ideal for the dog lover who believes in a laid back approach to pet ownership.

10. Bulldog

It might look fierce or mean, but the bulldog is one of the mellowest dogs around. It can be a stubborn breed (especially this guy, who really doesn’t want to go for a walk), but it’s a loving, friendly dog who’s great with kids. Despite its stocky frame, bulldogs tend to be on the lazier side of the canine spectrum. Plus, it’s short fur means you don’t have to worry about grooming too much. Just take care of those wrinkles around the face and you’ll be fine.

9. Greyhound

You might be surprised to find a racing dog on this list, but Greyhounds are just as comfortable on the couch as they are on the track. They love to sprint but aren’t much for long bouts of exercise. Their short coats require little grooming and they actually do well in small spaces. Greyhounds are also quiet and mild-mannered dogs, which is always good for apartment living.

8. Dachshund

Small and full of personality, dachshunds aren’t the best dogs for kids (we’d recommend one of these dog breeds for the whole family). And for the purposes of this list, we’re talking only about short coat dachshunds, who hardly shed and don’t need grooming. These guys don’t need a lot of room and don’t require a lot of exercise.

7. Chihuahua

The smallest dog breed can be a little yappy and fidgety at times, but it’s also very low maintenance. These dogs don’t eat a lot, hardly shed (again, go for the short-hair chihuahua) and are perfectly fine indoors.

6. Bullmastiff

This gentle giant is great with kids, requires little maintenance and, despite its huge size, doesn’t need as much exercise as you might think. They aren’t aggressive dogs who also don’t require a lot of grooming or combing.

5. French Bulldog

Frenchies are fun, playful dogs that were bred to be companions. These even-tempered dogs are active when it comes to play-time but don’t need a whole lot of exercise. They also require minimal grooming.

4. Beagle

The most active dog on this list is going to need you to get off the couch and talk him for a walk. But other than that, it’s a wonderful companion for those who want minimal fuss. Playful and usually cheerful, they’re amazing people dogs and great with kids. Thy don’t shed much, and their short coats require minimal grooming.

3. Boston Terrier

Despite being an energetic and playful dog, Boston terriers don’t need a lot of exercise. This friendly and generally happy-go-lucky breed loves its family, and it will demand love in return! If you’re ok with that, you’ll love its minima grooming requirements, intelligence and personality of this dog.

2. Miniature Pinscher


Inquisitive and energetic, these little firecrackers are wonderful pets that adapt easily to different environments. They are easy to care for, require occasional brushing and bathing, and are fearless defenders of your home and loved ones. Don’t treat them like a small dog and you’ll get along wonderfully.

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1. Pug

On behalf of all pugs, I concur with this assessment! We pugs get along with everyone. We’re playful but we’re not into working out, and we are pretty mild-mannered. We’re very expressive but we neither bite or bark that much, and our short coats are easy to maintain.