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Are Some Dog Breeds Easier to Care for Than Others?
Are you looking for a medium or large dog that doesn't require a lot of grooming or veterinary care and is generally low-maintenance? Find a dog breed that is naturally healthy, intelligent, and independent with this helpful guide. Though all dogs need regular veterinary care, pampering, exercise and grooming, some dog breeds are simply more independent. Here is a list of the top 10 low-maintenance, large dog breeds (pictures and descriptions to follow):
- Australian Cattle Dog
- Ibizan Hound
- Italian Greyhound
- Bull Terrier
- Rhodesian Ridgeback
- Labrador Retriever
- Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier
1. The Australian Cattle Dog
The Australian Cattle Dog originated in Australia and was bred to hunt. This breed is medium in size, healthy, intelligent and active. Individuals of this breed are sometimes referred to as 'Blue Heelers' or 'Red Heelers', depending on their coloration.
The Australian Cattle Dog was bred to herd sheep and to guard livestock. An alert, active, and hardy dog, this breed makes for a great working dog and watchdog. They require less grooming and vet care than other breeds. They are among the most intelligent dog breeds and are highly appreciated for their obedience and agility.
2. The Ibizan Hound
Ibizan Hounds are intelligent, active and energetic dogs that originated in Spain. The breed is elegant and agile, and has a tall, athletic and slender build. Depending on their coat type, they can be categorised into two subcategories: the smooth and wire-coated.
This is aloof, alert and active dog makes for a good watchdog and protector. They are especially talented jumpers and can easily clear a 6-foot tall fence. The Ibizan Hound is a naturally healthy breed and requires very little grooming.
3. The Italian Greyhound
The Italian Greyhound is the smallest of the sighthound dog breeds and originated in Italy. This dog has a slim build and a short coat. The Italian Greyhound is an athletic breed and is appreciated for its excellent speed, stamina and hunting talent on small field game. They make good companion dogs and like to be around family.
The original Italian Greyhound is almost extinct, though some breeders are making an effort to preserve it. These dogs are independent, quick-learning, and require minimal grooming.
The Italian Greyhound vs. the Whippet
4. The Bullmastiff
The Bullmastiff was developed in England around the 1800s. This breed was created to protect and guard property. The Bullmastiff has great endurance and is powerful but also gentle.
Even though this dog breed was created to protect and fight, it is calm and gentle and truly loves the company of family. These dogs are good with children, but you must train and socialize this breed from an early age. If you are not firm with Bullmastiffs, they can be willful. This is a healthy and independent dog that needs less care and grooming than most.
5. The Bloodhound
Bloodhounds are ancient, giant, powerful hound dogs and originated in Europe. Though their origin doesn't show a clear history, it's commonly believed they had a strong presence in France, Belgium, Scotland and England.
They are sturdy, powerful dogs and were bred to hunt wild boar, deer and to protect hunters from wild animals. They are friendly, gentle and obedient dogs, but when following prey, they can become willful and dominant. They are excellent with children and make great family and companion dogs.
6. The Bull Terrier
The Bull Terrier is a medium-sized, strong, muscular and healthy dog that originated in England. It has some rare features like a deep, powerful under-jaw, an egg-shaped head and triangular eyes.
The Bull Terrier is also known as the English Bull Terrier, the 'Bully', the 'White Cavalier' and the 'Gladiator'. The breed was developed in the early 1900s to control vermin and participate in blood sports. Hence, the breed has a great hunting and fighting instinct and is known to be fierce like a gladiator. They are fearless, energetic, sturdy and very attached to their owners. It's an active, loyal and obedient breed—a great protector and companion.
7. The Rhodesian Ridgeback
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a strong, large hound and originated in Rhodesia/Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). This dog has a long and deep muzzle, with a defined stop. It has the unique feature of a distinct ridge on its back—a ridge of hair that grows in the opposite direction down the middle of the back. Some of these dogs may also have a rare black tongue.
This breed was created to work alongside hunters and to keep a lion at bay until the hunter could make the kill. The Rhodesian Ridgeback is also known as Van Rooyen's Lion Dog, the African Lion Hound or African Lion Dog (Simba Inja in Ndebele).
This dog is very protective of its owner and is an excellent watchdog. This is a healthy, independent breed that needs less grooming and veterinary care than most. Rhodesian Ridgebacks should be trained and socialized early or else they can become destructive and aloof.
8. The Labrador Retriever
The Labrador Retriever is a highly recognized and appreciated dog all over the world. Labrador Retrievers are also known as 'Labs'. This dog originated in Newfoundland and was used to help fisherman by collecting fish and putting them in nets.
Labrador Retrievers are calm, friendly and intelligent dogs. These qualities make them one of the best-suited breeds for families with young kids. Also, they assist individuals with special needs and serve on search and rescue teams.
Labs need regular grooming and do well in a variety of climates. They have a kind disposition and are lively and reliable. They do especially well with young children which makes them a highly desireable dog breed.
9. The Dalmatian
The Dalmatian originated from Dalmatia (a Roman province) within the Dalmatae tribe. This is an athletic dog breed with a good reputation; it tends to do well in warm weather. The breed is highly respected for its ability to hunt and for its service among firefighters. This is a rough, tough and energetic dog that requires minimal care compared to other breeds, although they do not do well in cold climates. If not properly exercised, some Dalmatians may become aggressive. They need to be trained and socialized at an early stage.
10. The Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier
The Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a healthy, sturdy, muscular and relatively new dog breed that originated in Ireland. In the early 20th century, this new dog breed was created using Staffordshire Bull Terriers in order to avoid all of the medical problems associated with all white breeds. Coloured Bull Terriers were recognised as a separate variety (at least by the AKC) in 1936.
The Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a healthy, active, intelligent, lively and courageous dog that does well in obedience and needs less grooming and vet care than most breeds.
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ARADHYA (author) on November 25, 2018:
I Agree, they are Healthy and Sturdy dogs, and most of Cattle dogs are, Good self learners.
Amy Lee on November 18, 2018:
Cattle dogs are amazing. The best dog ever. Could not ask for a better dog.
ARADHYA (author) on April 19, 2017:
Happy to know that it was useful and you like it.
Shyron E Shenko from Texas on April 18, 2017:
Thank you so much for giving us this list of dogs with low maintenance.
In February we adopted an Australian Terrier.