7 of the Most Low-Maintenance Dog Breeds as Puppies

Owning a dog can be fun and rewarding but if you’re brand new to puppy ownership or you don’t have much spare time for pooch maintenance, you’ll want to make sure you choose the right breed since there are so many to choose from. Picking out the perfect puppy to match your personality, needs and experience level means you should expect to have lots of years of fun and joy ahead of you with your loyal four-legged friend. Here are some of the most low-maintenance dog breeds that new owners could adopt.


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Greyhounds have wonderful, even-keeled temperaments and are known to generally be lazy despite their racing pedigree. These loveable pups may seem too skinny to be cuddly, but in actuality they grow very attached to their people and love to be loved on all day. Italian Greyhounds, as opposed to traditional Greyhounds, are also very easy-going and lovable, but they are a little harder to train.


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Pugs get a bad rapport for their myriad health issues that often occur later in life. However, if you’re willing to sacrifice some time and energy later in your dog’s life in favor of an easier puppyhood, a pug may be a good option for you. These are bred lap dogs and will love their early years with you as long as you are doling out the ear scratches and belly rubs.

Shih Tzus

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Similar to pugs, Shih Tzus are loveable lap dogs who want to please their owners. However, what makes them a slightly easier puppy breed is their high level of intelligence and their willingness to learn. This makes it easier to train these little pups, so they’ll be well-behaved and affectionate.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

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The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a regal and elegant dog, often the choice of royals and dignitaries. However, these dogs aren’t prissy and high maintenance, despite their appearance. These puppies mostly concern themselves with endearing themselves to you, and their sweet puppy dog eyes definitely reflect that.

Mini Schnauzers

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If you’re looking for an absolute sweetheart from puppy to elder, you may want to look into a Miniature Schnauzer. These dogs aren’t finicky or picky, but there is one big thing you need to look out for: their coats. Mini Schnauzers are definite shedders, and they won’t grow out of that as they age.

Golden Retrievers

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Golden Retrievers are some of the most popular dogs in the United States for a reason. These cuddly dogs can be high-energy and playful, but that’s what having a puppy is all about! Golden Retriever parents report that they are extremely eager to please their owners and that makes them slightly easier as puppies.

Lab Mixes

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Labrador Retriever mixes are easier to find as rescues from shelters or pounds, and are generally well-mannered pups. They need plenty of exercise and play but since they are great family dogs, they can often receive that playful attention from families with children.

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