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Just because you’re busy doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to enjoy the affection of an animal. Whether it’s work, family, a bustling social life, etc., we’re sure there’s a compatible dog for you! The good news is that some dog breeds are better suited for people with packed schedules. We've compiled this detailed list of the top ten dog breeds for busy people, all of which are low-maintenance and adapt well to various lifestyles.
Remember, while these breeds tend to be low-maintenance, they’re not zero-maintenance! Individual dogs also have specific needs and temperaments, so always spend time with your prospective pet to ensure they're the perfect match for your lifestyle.
Temperament: Loyal, loving, and exceptionally good with children.
Care Needs: Their short coat generally requires minimal grooming, and with their smaller stature, they are usually content with short walks or indoor playtime.
French Bulldogs are perfect for small living spaces like apartments. Their calm disposition makes them great companions that don’t require much fuss. They also tend to be relatively quiet, which your neighbors will appreciate.
As a bonus fun fact, the French Bulldog was rated America’s top dog, usurping the Labrador Retriever, which held the spot for 31 years.
Temperament: Independent, gentle, and brilliant.
Care Needs: Their short coat requires little grooming, and they are surprisingly low-energy indoors.
Often mistaken as a high-energy breed because of their racing background, Greyhounds are actually quite relaxed. They're fine with a short daily walk, making them perfect for busy or laid-back owners. We’ve even heard them affectionately called “the fastest, laziest dog around.”
Temperament: Spirited, alert, and fiercely loyal to their owners.
Care Needs: Their small size means they require minimal exercise; however, they do enjoy playtime.
These feisty little dogs are small in stature and perfect for those with limited time for exercising a dog but still want one (specifically one with a big personality!) These notorious little pups are excellent watchdogs and usually attach themselves to one person in the household. They’re also extremely portable, often known as “purse dogs,” thus perfect to take along for whatever your day brings.
Temperament: Affectionate, friendly, and good with children and other pets.
Care Needs: Minimal grooming is needed, and their exercise needs are modest.
Whippets are essentially a smaller version of the Greyhound and have similar couch-potato tendencies. They enjoy snuggling and lounging as much as they do sprinting in short bursts.
Temperament: Brave, curious, and very clever.
Care Needs: Requires moderate grooming and enjoys short walks.
With their elongated bodies and short legs, Dachshunds don’t require much exercise. A couple of short walks a day and some spirited playtime are generally sufficient for this inquisitive breed to be adequately stimulated.
Need tips for better walks? Check out our blog on how to have a better walking experience here.
Temperament: Intelligent, friendly, and easy to train.
Care Needs: Their short coat requires minimal grooming, and they enjoy moderate exercise.
Boston Terriers are an American favorite. They are well-behaved, social, and good with kids, and require only moderate exercise, making them a good fit for people with busy lives.
Temperament: Patient, easy-going, and good-natured.
Care Needs: Their droopy ears require regular cleaning, but they are generally low-maintenance.
Basset Hounds are well-known for their relaxed temperament. Though they were initially bred for hunting, they are content to lounge around the house. When they do walk, it may seem like more of a “mosey,” as they don’t move quickly and enjoy using their powerful sense of smell to explore their environment, providing ample mental stimulation.
Temperament: Affectionate, outgoing, and loving.
Care Needs: Requires regular grooming but is generally low-energy.
Shih Tzus are bred to be companions and lap dogs, making them one of the best low-maintenance options for those who prefer indoor activities. These sweet pups get along with almost everyone they meet, so they are perfect for those who are busy but want a dog they can bring to their social events.
Temperament: Extremely sociable, loving, and good with children.
Care Needs: Requires regular grooming and moderate exercise.
With their royal roots, Cavaliers are noble, graceful, and adaptable, making them a superb choice for busy families or singles alike. The AKC even notes that they make great therapy dogs, which could be a rewarding addition to your already busy schedule.
Temperament: Friendly, curious, and merry.
Care Needs: Easy to groom but loves a good sniffing adventure during walks.
Beagles are low-maintenance and thrive in various living conditions, from apartments to houses with yards. They are also highly social animals that do well with families.
Which breed is your favorite? If you’re ready to pick out your new best friend, don’t forget to look at all of K9 & Company’s boutique dog supply offerings today!