Hi there friends! I know there are many dog lovers who don’t own dogs because they might not be able to commit themselves to one. The smell and amount of shedding are usually one of the top few things that put people off during their consideration. Here are 5 examples of low maintenance dogs that are easy to take care of. If you are someone or know somebody who have a busy schedule but are considering to get a dog, do share this bite sized information with them!!!
1. Basset Hound
The Basset Hound was bred to hunt small animals for food like rabbits and are still used in some parts of America for such purposes. But when they are off duty, they are laid back dogs that are good with the family and kids. They grow up to 14 inches tall and weigh between 50 to 65 pounds and typically have a lifespan of up to 12 years. The coats of Basset Hounds are smooth, short and hard-textured, making them very easy to take care of. One interesting fact about them is that their sense of smell is second only to the famous bloodhound. So do remember to keep them on a leash when they are outside, just in case they may wander off to a scent of interest.
The Chihuahua is the smallest dog breed in the World. What they lack in size, however, they make up in their personality. Chihuahuas grow to between 6 to 9 inches and weigh between 3 to 6 pounds and have a lifespan of up to 18 years. Chihuahuas have both long and short furs but are very easy to clean. It only takes a couple of minutes a week to give them a good brush and a bath is only required in a month or two. A Chihuahua’s personality is one point that you should take a good note of. They may ruin your life if you allow them to as they will become fussy eaters or get restless when bored. It is important to set some ground rules so that Chihuahuas will stay disciplined to your lifestyle.
The Maltese is a gentle and confident dog breed. They are friendly with everyone and will easily adapt to the family. They are great for living together in apartments as do Chihuahuas. Maltese grow to between 8 to 10 inches and weigh up to 7 pounds and live up to 15 years. Maltese have long silky hair with coats that touch the floor. You might think that it might shed a lot, but because it does not have an undercoat, they actually do very little. Most people consider this breed to be hypoallergenic. Maltese do require a lot of interaction time as they will suffer from separation anxiety with their owner even when they are left alone for a few hours. They are also aggressive to other dogs and maybe children if they feel that the owner might be giving them too much attention.
The Pug is a unique dog with a very distinctive face. Made famous in films like Men-in-Back, they are actually quite affectionate and love human attention. Although at times they can be rather stubborn. Pugs grow up to 14 inches and weigh between 14 and 18 pounds and usually live up to 15 years of age. Pugs have a short and stout stature which do make them rather comical when they are running about in the house. Pugs are relatively quiet dogs and tend not bark much. They also tend to sleep quite a bit which makes them rather low maintenance. However, they do shed quite a bit of fur and are prone to health problems, so investing in a good vacuum cleaner is a great idea!
Dachshunds are an iconic dog and are usually known by their nicknames, the sausage dogs or wiener dogs. This “short but long” dog, grows up to 9 inches tall and weighs between 16 and 32 pounds and lives up to 15 years old. Historically, Dachshunds were used as game sniffing dogs, where they would hunt for tunneling prey such as rabbits and foxes. Dachshunds are great for apartment living as they have a small stature coupled with low amounts of shedding. They also love to bond closely with the family and are weary of strangers. Though be warned as they do have a tendency to howl and bark, and their intelligence backed by their keen sense of smell might urge them to wander off in their own pursuits.
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So these are 5 great dogs to consider if you are a person with a busy schedule, who is looking for a low maintenance dog to fit into your lifestyle. If any of these characteristics call out to you, then that breed might be just for you! Remember, as always, before heading out to buy one, consider adopting one first
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