Low-Maintenance Dog Breeds

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You may be concerned that you feel It might not be fair to your canine buddy to be cooped up all day in a crate or small room waiting for you to return to see him. If this concern sounds familiar to you, then read on because we’ve just discovered an article on some of the best low-maintenance breeds that may be perfect for working people.

Most dogs won’t likes being left alone all the time. In fact I think no dog should be left alone for over 8 hrs at a time, because they are at heart pack animals. But, according to pethelpful.com, some breeds do well without as much social interaction and exercise as others. Lower-energy, less social dogs may be more content to just hangout, snooze, wander about the house and gaze out the window all day as your’e out earning money for your well-kept canine in the climate controlled comfort of your home.

As you might expect, these breeds are not the ones you want to bring home if you have an intense work schedule. A lower-energy, slightly less social dog will be content to sleep, wander around, and look out the window while you’re MIA — but they’ll still celebrate big when you’re reunited.


Chow Chow
Chow Chows arent especially fond of physical affection, per Dog Reference. This might stymie your desire for a Chow Chow.

Bassett Hound


Those stumpy legged hounds with crazy folds of skin make the Basset Hound irresistible to many dog people, The basset’s low energy levels make them a good match for those who spend most of their time away from their pets. Bassets are mostly happy relaxing and and sleeping while you ‘re gone — and equally so when you get home! They are obesity prone so walk them as often as you can.

It has been reported that Malteses are prone to separation anxiety, but are generally OK left alone while you work your nine to five.

Shiba Inu
Shiba Inus are extremely independent. This helps them handle being alone. They are fast and love to chase, so close the doors and train them on your Pet DeFence Hidden Dog Fence well.

French Bulldog
They don’t crave activity or lots of attention even when you are around. So they’ll be pretty happy when you’re gone too.

Historical guard dogs. These mastiffs seem happy as long as they get ample time with their masters after the workday.

This small breed is not prone hyperactivity. Consider adopting two because they tend to be happier and less aggressive in pairs.

Shar Pei
Train this breed well and they will do fine in your home.

Boston Terrier
This terrier seems to display eruptions of activity, but overall they are pretty relaxed. Generally they are happy to just hang out and wait for your miraculous return again.

Dog Reference describes this breed as “understanding when you need to go to work or leave the house for a couple of hours.” I love any dog with a poodle in them, so why not a lab poodle mix?

Irish Wolfhound
According to CheatSheet, Irish Wolfhounds are happy to lounge throughout the day. Maybe not a good choice for an apartment or tiny house. Irish Wolfhounds can weigh up to 200 pounds.

Fast sighthounds they are! — but, according to PetHelpful, they’re such couch potatoes. Your hound will likely be right where he was when you left for the office. However, he’ll be ready to go for a run when are set.

Lhasa Apsa

Like cats, Lhasas don’t mind long stretches of solitude.

I love Dachsys! Dachshunds don’t generally demand lots of exercise from you.

I do not recommend this breed. Though because of its’ large size it will generally be a lower energy dog. Dog Reference also notes that Akitas are reserved and silent.

Miniature Schnauzer
Big personalities and definitely prone to alerting you of activity in the area. Maybe not a good choice for an apartment. Miniature Schnauzers generally don’t require lots of activity but they do need their daily walk.


4 thoughts on “Low-Maintenance Dog Breeds

  1. Callum Palmer

    Since I’ve been living on my own, I’ve decided it would be a good idea to get a dog. Now I would want one that is low-maintenance as I wouldn’t be able to spend all day with them due to work. Of the ones you mentioned here, I’ll probably look into getting a Shiba Inu. I have a good amount of space for them to run around in and I do like that they are independent.

  2. Roger McCoy Post author

    Hi Callum –

    Thanks for reaching out. I appreciate that you found and enjoyed the info we provided. Shiba Inu’s are quite independent. My experience is that they are almost cat-like. I need a little more love from my dog than that. Every dog is special and unique. The measurement criteria in the article are subjective, but a good broad statement.

    Everyone, even cat people, should own a dog. Dogs are better people than most people I know! Good Luck.

  3. Pet Smart

    I really love to read your blog as well as the examples that you’ve mention. Thank you so much for this helpful contents. I am looking forward to see more example contents like this.

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