Low Maintenance Dog Breeds Part 2!

Low Maintenance Dog Breeds Part 2!


  • Height: 12 to 15 inches
  • Weight: 35 to 40 pounds
  • Personality: Loyal, even-tempered, energetic
  • Coat: Short, double-coated
  • Colour: Variety of colours
  • Life Expectancy: 15 years

Whether your routine is hectic or relaxed, a Drever just asks for some balance. Brisk walk in the morning followed by a couple hours of downtime until the dog walker gets there? No problem. Their coats are resilient and require very little grooming. If you’ve already got a dog or have lots of people living in your home, Drevers will embrace this group life and go with the flow.


Tibetan Spaniel

  • Height: 10 inches
  • Weight: 9 to 15 pounds
  • Personality: Playful, confident, bright
  • Coat: Medium, double-coated
  • Colour: Black, white, cream, gold, red, black and tan
  • Life Expectancy: 12 to 15 years

Tibetan spaniels are keen on lounging around the house (they won’t ask your permission to do it, either) or occupying themselves with toys. They are playful yet veer towards calmer dispositions and intense obedience. As far as grooming goes, a swift brush through every week should prevent the fur behind the ears from tangling.

Border Terrier

  • Height: 12 to 15 inches
  • Weight: 11 to 15 pounds
  • Personality: Affectionate, even-tempered, intelligent
  • Coat: Short and wiry
  • Colour: Blue and tan, grizzle and tan, red, wheaten
  • Life Expectancy: 12 to 15 years

A true dog’s dog, the border terrier is lovable and trainable, affectionate with kids and in need of a quick brush every week or so. He’ll play and then follow routine when it’s time to eat, work or sleep. Ideally, border terriers have yards to run in, but they’re known for adapting well to city life as long as there’s a park they can prance through on occasion.



  • Height: 18 to 22 inches
  • Weight: 25 to 40 pounds
  • Personality: Affectionate, playful, calm
  • Coat: Short and smooth
  • Colour: Black, white, brindle, fawn
  • Life Expectancy: 12 to 15 years

Low-maintenance in just about every sense of the word is the whippet. These pups are content to lay out on the bed until your home from work and ready for a walk. Their short coat takes grooming almost completely out of the question and their barks are few and far between.


Italian Greyhound

  • Height: 13 to 15 inches
  • Weight: 7 to 14 pounds
  • Personality: Athletic, affectionate, intelligent
  • Coat: Short and smooth
  • Colour: Variety of colours
  • Life Expectancy: 12 to 13 years

Similar in stature to whippets, Italian greyhounds are tiny dogs that hardly take up any space at all (making them great for busy city people). They do love a good, warm lap and may follow you around when your home, but they know how to settle down, too. If dog parks are sparse in your area, this is the canine for you; they’re often too small and wary of other dogs to enjoy themselves and would rather hang out at home.



  • Height: 7 to 9 inches
  • Weight: >7 pounds
  • Personality: Playful, docile, easy going
  • Coat: Long and silky
  • Colour: White, white and lemon, white and tan
  • Life Expectancy: 12 to 15 years

The true lap dog. Maltese pups are adaptable canines who will sit with you calmly or trot as needed for a bit of exercise. Another perk? They hardly shed at all. While super friendly, they might be stubborn if you don’t teach commands (and offer plenty of treats during training) early. After that? Smooth sailing.



  • Height: 10 to 13 inches
  • Weight: 14 to 18 pounds
  • Personality: Clever, charming, docile
  • Coat: Short and smooth
  • Colour: Black, fawn
  • Life Expectancy: 13 to 15 years

Think about a roly-poly pile of love that just wants to eat snacks and hang out with you. That’s the pug! These rotund little pooches do well with other dogs, kidssingles—pretty much anyone. Yes, they shed, but require very little brushing.



  • Height: 6 to 7 inches
  • Weight: 3 to 7 pounds
  • Personality: Extroverted, active, bold
  • Coat: Long, double-coated
  • Colour: Variety of colours
  • Life Expectancy: 12 to 16 years

Toy breeds abound on this list, and the Pomeranian is one of the most popular. People around the globe love these tiny companions. This is probably because they have a positive disposition, are smart (so they grasp commands early and stick with them) and short bursts of playtime indoors is enough to get them some daily exercise.


Miniature Schnauzer 

  • Height: 12 to 14 inches
  • Weight: 11 to 20 pounds
  • Personality: Friendly, smart, obedient
  • Coat: Medium, wiry, double-coated
  • Colour: Black, black and silver, salt and pepper
  • Life Expectancy: 12 to 15 years

Another breed eager to please and ready to learn and retain commands is the miniature schnauzer. These dogs are great companions to children and other pets. Grooming is the only area in which this pup may require some extra effort—brush often to prevent their wiry coats from getting tangled.



  • Height: 8 to 11 inches
  • Weight: 5 to 10 pounds
  • Personality: Friendly, alert, happy
  • Coat: Medium, silky
  • Colour: Variety of colours
  • Life Expectancy: 14 to 16 years

It always looks like the Papillon is smiling! Probably because they are a happy breed, content to play wherever they happen to be. Folks living in big country houses, small urban apartments, hot deserts and chilly tundra’s will find the Papillon to be a hearty companion. They have no undercoat, so grooming is a cinch.


  • Height: 9 to 12 inches
  • Weight: 7 to 13 pounds
  • Personality: Intelligent, sociable, playful
  • Coat: Long, silky, double-coated
  • Colour: Black, black and silver, black and tan
  • Life Expectancy: 14 to 16 years

If a Havanese was a person, they’d be the class clown who can entertain themselves and others but knows how to read the room and chill when it’s time to focus. They don’t bark or shed much and they love learning new tricks (they tire easily though, so beware of pushing them too hard while exercising).

Irish Wolfhound

  • Height: 30 to 32 inches
  • Weight: 105 to 120 pounds
  • Personality: Loyal, sweet-tempered, patient
  • Coat: Medium, wiry
  • Colour: Variety of colours
  • Life Expectancy: 6 to 8 years

One of the biggest dogs out there, the Irish wolfhound brings a calm, almost serene presence to his home. Ideally, you’ve got a yard where he can run around a few times a day (they’re fast and are built a lot like Greyhounds). Known for being super sweet, they actually make ineffective watch dogs since they’re so agreeable.


  • Height: 13 to 15 inches
  • Weight: 20 to 30 pounds
  • Personality: Friendly, merry, charming
  • Coat: Short and smooth
  • Colour: Variety of colours
  • Life Expectancy: 10 to 15 years

Between the huge, floppy ears and those sweet, big eyes, you’d have to be a seriously strong person to not fall for these ultra-cute pups. Though they can be quite naughty, beagles are known to be very merry, with quirky personalities that will make you laugh. They make loyal companions, are very playful and are very good with children.


 Brussels Griffon

  • Height: 7 to 10 inches
  • Weight: 8 to 10 pounds
  • Personality: Loyal, alert, curious
  • Coat: Can be short or medium length, wiry or smooth
  • Colour: Beige, black, black and tan, red
  • Life Expectancy: 12 to 15 years

Speaking of dogs whose faces you can’t deny, how absolutely adorable are these teeny doggos? If their puggy little faces and tiny teeth don’t steal your heart, then you’ll certainly fall for the huge personalities packaged in their tiny bodies. Though most Brussels griffons average between eight to ten pounds, they’re quite vocal, energetic and are easily chummy with new people.

Nov 18 2022
by Claire