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Easiest Dog Breeds to Care For

Are you a new pet parent? Do you have a really busy life? Are you lazy? But you still want a furry friend to love to pieces? If you can say yes to either of these questions, then you will need a dog that’s relatively easy to care for. There are hundreds of dog breeds out there and finding the right one for you isn’t always a cakewalk. It’s best to choose a breed that fits your lifestyle and schedule.

In this post, you’ll learn about 10 of the easiest breeds to care for.

But first, there are a few things to think about before making a choice:

Grooming Needs:

How much grooming will your dog need? A dog with a long coat will require more attention and care than a dog with a shorter coat – unless you’re cool with him walking around like Sasquatch!

Attention Needs:

Some dogs are perfectly fine with being left alone, while others go absolutely berserk and tear up the house while you’re away. Also, some breeds really are pack dogs and enjoy sticking together.

Eating Frequency/Metabolism:

While breed generally doesn’t affect appetite, the breed will affect how large your dog will become as he ages. With this in mind, sometimes a larger dog will have a relatively slow metabolism, which means he won’t eat as often as a smaller dog with a faster metabolism, that requires more calories per pound.

Furthermore, a more active dog who burns lots of calories will need to eat more as well. According to WebMD, “A 50-pound Border Collie and a 50-pound Basset Hound have different dietary needs”. You should think about how much time you have or whether you’re home enough to feed your dog often.

Energy Level:

Certain breeds have higher energy levels than others. If you’re a first-time pet parent or if you don’t have a lot of free time, you’re likely to get burned out and overwhelmed with a dog that has boundless energy. And if there’s no way for your dog to expend that energy by getting exercise or playing with toys, he’ll just do it in other ways in the form of destruction. He’ll destroy his crate (if it’s not indestructible), furniture, or anything he can get his paws on!

Trainability:

Whether it’s your first pet or you’re an experienced owner, training your dog is always a must. But you want a breed that’s pretty easy to train and causes you minimal frustration.

According to one study, herding dogs (i.e. German Shepherd, Border Collie) and sporting dogs (i.e Labrador Retriever, Cocker Spaniel, English Setter) were more trainable than hounds (i.e. Beagle, Basenji, Dachshund), working dogs (i.e. Boxer, Doberman Pinscher, Great Dane), toy breeds (i.e. Chihuahua, Pomeranian, Pug), and non-sporting dogs (i.e. Bichon Frisé, Chow Chow, Dalmatian).

Based on these factors, we’ve compiled a list (in no particular order) of 10 dogs that are low-maintenance and easy to care for. Keep in mind that there will be certain trade-offs you’ll have to consider. It’s not always easy to find the “perfect” dog. Besides, perfect is boring, right?

1. Chow Chow

Chow Chows are devoted and loyal to their families. They’re also natural protectors. Because Chow Chows are so protective, it can be a bit difficult to train them and rid them of their guarding tendency. This breed isn’t the most social and might require early socialization. However, the low social needs of the Chow Chow make him pretty independent.

Unfortunately, you’ll need to groom your Chow Chow quite often. With rough-coated Chow Chows, you should brush them daily to prevent tangles. Chow Chows with smoother coats only require weekly grooming.

Breed Group: Non-sporting
Energy Level: Laid back
Attention Needs: Low
Size: 45-70 lbs., 18-19 in.
Coat Length: Medium/short
Grooming Needs: High

2. Pug

If you want an easy dog, get a Pug!

Seriously, they are pretty mild-mannered and get along well with humans and other dogs. While Pugs aren’t highly sociable, they’re very affectionate and don’t like being alone.

Pugs have pretty short coats, so they don’t require much grooming. If you’re a couch potato, the Pug would be your perfect companion. Just make sure he gets enough exercise so that he doesn’t pack on the pounds!

Breed Group: Toy
Energy Level: Average
Attention Needs: High
Size: 14-18 lbs., 11-12 in.
Coat Length: Short
Grooming Needs: Moderate

3. German Shepherd

If you’re going to be spending a lot of time away from home, you’ll probably need a good guard dog to hold down the fort. The German Shepherd fits that bill. Not only are GSDs easy to train, but they’re also very intelligent.

German Shepherds generally have lots of energy, so if you won’t have time to give your GSD plenty of exercise, it’s best to have a large fenced-in yard where he can expend some energy.

Breed Group: Herding
Energy Level: High
Attention Needs: Moderate
Size: 75-95 lbs., 23-25 in.
Coat Length: Medium
Grooming Needs: Moderate

4. English Bulldog

Don’t let the deep scowl and wrinkles fool you! The English Bulldog is one of the most people-oriented breeds out there. With an English Bulldog, you generally won’t need a yard as they only need moderate amounts of exercise.

With their short coats, grooming needs are minimal, but it’s important for their face wrinkles to be wiped regularly, so that skin infections don’t develop.

Breed Group: Non-sporting
Energy Level: Laid back
Attention Needs: Moderate
Size: 50-54 lbs., 16-17 in.
Coat Length: Short
Grooming Needs: Low

5. Bullmastiff

While large and intimidating, the Bullmastiff is quite friendly and easygoing. Training can be difficult, however, as they tend to be headstrong and stubborn. But if you want a guard dog that’s suspicious of strangers and has low grooming needs, you can’t go wrong with a Bullmastiff.

Breed Group: Working
Energy Level: Low to Moderate
Attention Needs: Moderate
Size: 100-130 lbs., 25-26 in.
Coat Length: Short
Grooming Needs: Moderate

6. Greyhound

Often nicknamed the “40 mph couch potato, the Greyhound is extremely athletic and agile, yet doesn’t require as much exercise than most breeds. This low-maintenance breed doesn’t mind spending most of the day sleeping or just lounging around. But just make sure you provide plenty of space for him when he does want to run around, as the Greyhound is a pretty large dog. As far as grooming goes, you won’t have to do a lot of that with your Greyhound as their coats are short and sleek.

Breed Group: Hound
Energy Level: Laid back
Attention Needs: Moderate
Size: 60-70 lbs., 28-30 in.
Coat Length: Short
Grooming Needs: Low

7. Shih Tzu

Are you a first-time dog parent looking for an easygoing, happy-go-lucky pooch? Want a dog to love on and spoil to bits? Get a Shih Tzu.

Shih Tzus are generally very sweet dogs and love lots of attention. But their coats can get pretty long if not properly cared for, If you choose to keep the long coat, you’ll be in for some serious grooming time. But if you decide to cut the fur short, it’s best to go to a groomer. This option is great because the haircut lasts for months.

Breed Group: Toy
Energy Level: Average
Attention Needs: High
Size: 9-16 lbs., 10 in.
Coat Length: Long
Grooming Needs: High

8. Chihuahua

Known as the “world’s smallest dog breed,” the Chihuahua is not your typical lap dog as they have large amounts of energy. This breed can be pretty feisty too. At times, you’ll wish your Chihuahua came with a “mute” button because they tend to bark a lot. Oh, and they need lots of attention.

Despite all these things, Chihuahuas are pretty easy to care for, as they have short coats and require little grooming. They’re pretty healthy too.

Breed Group: Toy
Energy Level: High
Attention Needs: High
Size: 2-6 lbs., 7-9 in.
Coat Length: Short
Grooming Needs: Low

9. Boston Terrier

Boston Terriers are good-natured dogs who get along quite well with people and even other animals. Despite their easygoing personality, Bostons may be challenging to train as they can be pretty stubborn dogs.

Most Bostons don’t require a lot of attention. They also don’t need to be groomed often, with their short coats.

Breed Group: Non-sporting
Energy Level: Average
Attention Needs: Moderate
Size: 10-25 lbs., 16-17 in.
Coat Length: Short
Grooming Needs: Low

10. St. Bernard

St. Bernards are friendly protectors. Because of their large size, some people find them quite intimidating. This breed is very social and enjoys being around family. Because St. Bernards are pretty large, their metabolism tends to be relatively low, which means that they won’t need lots of calories per pound. Their slow metabolism also makes them prone to excessive weight gain as well as increased pressure on the joints.

This breed is typically easy to train due to their eagerness to please their owners. St. Bernards require regular brushing, but nothing too drastic.

Breed Group: Working
Energy Level: Laid back
Attention Needs: High
Size: 120-200 lbs., 25-27 in.
Coat Length: Medium
Grooming Needs: Moderate

Wrap Up

Whether you’re short on time, new to dog ownership, or just plain lazy, the breeds we talked about should fit your lifestyle quite well. The most important thing, though, is to find a dog that will be a great companion and loyal to you and your family. You can choose a dog with low grooming needs, infrequent shedding, optimal health, low energy level, and low attention needs all day, but if you don’t have a bond with your canine companion, you’re seriously missing out.

So good luck and happy dog hunting!

What breed is your dog? Is he or she easy to care for?

About the Author:
Britney Sanders is a dog blogger who aims to help make the lives of pet parents easier through her articles about dog health, products, and training tips. She is the mother of two rambunctious boys and two crazy furbabies. She is married to a jokester who keeps her sane when she is not blogging.