Do you ever feel like you want a dog but don’t want to put in very much effort? Are you craving canine companionship but never want the hassle of walking, feeding, poop-scooping, vet visits and grooming?
The bad news is that there is no such thing as a maintenance-free dog. All dogs require some time and attention and if you own a dog, there is not a way to avoid the basis such as visiting the vet, cleaning up poop and feeding/walking your dog unless you pay someone else to do it all. And if you’re not the one caring for your dog, what’s the point of having a dog in the first place? If you are really too busy or lazy to take care of a dog, you might be better off with a cat. Or, better yet, just get a pet rock. Kidding!
The good news is that there are some dogs that only need a moderate amount of exercise, training, health care, and grooming or you might call these as lower-maintenance dogs.
While it’s possible that some busy people or lazy people can actually be good dog owners, owning a dog does take an investment of time and money. Even the most low-maintenance dog has needs. Having a dog is a serious responsibility that should not be taken lightly. It’s important to make sure you can meet your dog’s needs, like exercise, grooming, training, and health care. The key is to find the type of dog that needs less of these things.
Dog Needs to Consider
What are the best types of dogs for lazy people? You will want to find a dog with the least needs. However, you must remember that every dog has needs that take time. Consider the following dog needs:
Exercise: All dogs need to move a little, even if it’s just a simple daily walk around the block.
Training: Every dog should get a basic amount of training to provide structure in life.
Grooming: All dogs should have their hair coats, nails, and ears attended to.
Health Care: Even the healthiest dog needs to visit the vet once or twice a year for check-ups.
Dogs to Avoid if You’re Lazy
First of all, be sure to avoid high-energy dogs because you won’t be able to provide them with enough exercise and stimulation. They will become bored, frustrated, and possibly even depressed. They might develop behavioral issues. Instead, choose a dog with a little less energy. You can choose a large dog or a small dog as long as you consider the individual dog’s needs and the environment where your dog will live. It’s a good idea to consider a middle-aged or senior dog. Just remember that senior dogs may eventually need more medical care as puppies and young dogs (around age two to three) may also more energy and needs.
The following are just a few examples of low-maintenance dog breeds. These dog breeds tend to have moderate to lower energy levels, average intelligence, and overall good health.
The Dachshund is a love and affection dog breed that makes the best couch buddy. The Miniature Dachshund typically weighs about 11 pounds or less and makes a perfect lap dog. If you prefer a medium-sized dog, the Standard Dachshund ranges from 16-32 pounds. But please be aware that long haired Dachshunds require a bit more grooming than the short haired or wire haired variety but what matters is all can make excellent companions.
Bare in mind that Dachshunds have a stubborn side, so they need a good basic foundation of training to give them structure. They are frequently healthy in general, though some may be prone to skin issues, spinal problems, and dental disease. Dachshunds only need a moderate amount of exercise. In fact, with their short little legs and long bodies, too much running and jumping can actually exacerbate any inherited spinal issues.
The joyful Frenchie makes the perfect loafing companion! French Bulldogs are among the most cheerful of all dog breeds. They are compact, muscular, and weigh 19 to 28 pounds. Although they have a good deal of energy, they tend to lack strength. Therefore, moderate daily exercise is usually just right for this breed.
Most Frenchies respond well to a basic foundation of training and are generally well-behaved if provided with the structure. The Frenchie also has minimal grooming needs, but be aware of potential health concerns like brachycephalic syndrome and various skin issues.
You might wonder how a racing dog would be good for a lazy owner. Let me tell you this, different to what many believe, Greyhounds are actually not high-energy dogs. Most Greyhounds are couch potatoes that enjoy loafing around with their owners. They do enjoy daily walks and the occasional chance to run, but they don’t need a large amount of exercise.
In general, Greyhounds tend to be easy to handle and very responsive to training. At a typical weight range of 60 to 80 pounds, the Greyhound is great for those who want a larger dog (but not a giant dog). Most Greyhounds have overall good health.
Leaning towards a tiny dog? Weighing in at just two to six pounds, the itty bitty Chihuahua can be your pocket-sized lap dog. Although this these dogs do get bursts of energy, they generally do not need a lot of exercises. Most Chihuahuas are also relatively healthy. Grooming needs are minimal, but long haired Chihuahuas will need a bit more brushing to avoid tangles.
One thing to watch out for is the common Chihuahua attitude. Choose a dog with a mild-mannered temperament and provide excellent basic training. Avoid carrying these dogs everywhere and babying them too much. Set boundaries for your Chihuahua before he develops a Napoleon complex and tries to boss everyone around.
v.West Highland White Terrier
The West Highland White Terrier, commonly known as the Westie is a breed of dog from Scotland with a distinctive white harsh coat with a somewhat soft white undercoat. Considering a small to a medium dog for your new easygoing companion? Westies make excellent pets and are very easy to care for. Westies are usually about 13 to 20 pounds in size and moderately energetic. They are gentle and
The Westie requires some grooming but does not need to be trimmed the way many of the other “little white dogs” do. Many people choose to hand-strip the coat of this breed (pluck the dead hairs) while others just brush regularly to keep the coat healthy. Most Westies are easy to train and relatively healthy.
vi.Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a small spaniel classed as a toy dog by The Kennel Club and the American Kennel Club. It originated in the United Kingdom and is one of the more popular breeds in many countries.Ever want a dog that will look like a puppy forever? The Cavalier is a mild-mannered, gentle, affectionate, and adaptable dog. This is a small to medium dog that is often happiest when snuggled up beside a human or another dog.
Cavaliers generally weigh about 11 to 18 pounds and are easy to handle and train. They are typically healthy pets, though some may inherit or develop heart issues. The Cavalier has some grooming needs, such as regular hair brushing, and ear cleaning, and possibly the occasional trip to a groomer.