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10 Low-Maintenance Small Dog Breeds

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Looking for a small, low-maintenance breed? Check out the 10 breeds on this list.

Looking for a small, low-maintenance breed? Check out the 10 breeds on this list.

10 Low-Maintenance Dogs

Are you looking for a low-maintenance dog that needs less grooming and fewer vet visits? Then you need to find a dog that's naturally healthy, intelligent and independent. And if you live in an apartment, then a small-sized dog can be another preference.

Though all dogs need vet care, pampering, exercise and grooming, some dog breeds are less dependent. Find the list of such dogs to make your selection.

  1. Shorthaired Chihuahua
  2. Shorthaired Dachshund
  3. French Bulldog
  4. Boston Terrier
  5. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  6. Miniature Pinscher
  7. Beagle
  8. Jack Russell Terrier
  9. Toy Fox Terrier
  10. Teddy Roosevelt Terrier
Shorthaired Chihuahua

Shorthaired Chihuahua

1. Shorthaired Chihuahua

The Chihuahua, which originated in Mexico, is one of the smallest breeds on Earth. Chihuahuas are healthy, intelligent and active dogs that need less grooming and care. Also, they are loyal, affectionate and energetic, but their personalities vary.

Longhaired and Shorthaired Chihuahuas

Longhaired and Shorthaired Chihuahuas

Basically, two different varieties of Chihuahua dogs are available: the shorthaired and longhaired Chihuahuas. Based on their physical traits, head shape, body size and coat, they are categorized into three subcategories:

  • Deer Head Chihuahua (Short and Long Hair)
  • Apple Head Chihuahua (Short and Long Hair)
  • Teacup Chihuahua (Short and Long Hair)
Deer head vs apple head Chihuahua.

Deer head vs apple head Chihuahua.

Usually apple head Chihuahuas are a bit smaller than teacup Chihuahuas.

Shorthaired Dachshund

Shorthaired Dachshund

2. Shorthaired Dachshund

The Dachshund, which originated in Germany, is a small dog from the hunting category. It has a good reputation for its detection skills. It comes in two varieties: longhaired Dachshund and shorthaired Dachshund.

The Dachshund is a reserved and loyal dog. This dog was developed to hunt and hence, it has an athletic build, good sense of smell and hunting instinct. It also needs less grooming and training.

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Shorthaired and longhaired Dachshunds.

Shorthaired and longhaired Dachshunds.

French Bulldog

French Bulldog

3. French Bulldog

French Bulldogs are an old dog breed. Originated in France, this breed has been recognized by most of the major kennels since the year 1860. This breed was developed by a cross between a Bulldog and local ratters from Paris, France. It's also known as Bouledogue Francais, or Frenchie.

This is a powerful, muscular and gentle dog with a broad head and rounded forehead—it looks like a small Bulldog. The French Bulldog is a happy and healthy dog and needs average grooming and minimal exercise. Also, it is a courageous, lively and friendly dog that makes a good companion—it loves to be around its owner and family.

Boston Terrier

Boston Terrier

4. Boston Terrier

Initially created for dog fights, the Boston Terrier is a small, sturdy, bold and powerful dog. This breed is recognised as the Boston Bull, the Boston Bull Terrier and the Boxwood. Because of its calm and gentle nature, this breed is also known by the nickname "American Gentleman."

The Boston Terrier is a lively, affectionate and friendly dog that makes a great companion and family pet. The Boston Terrier is most appreciated for its gentle and protective nature toward children.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

5. Staffordshire Bull Terrier

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a medium-sized, strong, and muscular dog that originated in 19th century England. This breed is also known as Staffy, Staffy Bull, Staffy Dog, Nanny Dog and SBT. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a healthy and lively dog and most appreciated for its courage, intelligence and gentle behavior with children.

Difference Between the American Staffordshire Terrier and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Difference Between the American Staffordshire Terrier and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier and the American Staffordshire Terrier have similar traits and appearance, so you may confuse them. The American Staffordshire Terrier is a little bigger in size.

Miniature Pinscher

Miniature Pinscher

6. Miniature Pinscher

The Miniature Pinscher is a small, healthy and athletic dog. Originated in Germany, it is also known as Min Pin, King of the Toys and Zwergpinscher. Though it's a small and average-build dog, it’s hardy, bold, energetic, confident—and loyal and protective of his family. It’s a healthy and intelligent dog, and it needs less grooming.

Beagle

Beagle

7. Beagle

The Beagle is a small, sturdy and active dog that makes a good companion and family pet. This dog breed originated in England around the 1830s. The purpose of developing this breed was to create a dog to hunt hare and vermin, and Beagles have decent scent and tracking capabilities that make them great detection dogs. Usually, the Beagle is a lively, fun-loving, healthy and intelligent dog.

Parson Jack Russell Terrier

Parson Jack Russell Terrier

8. Jack Russell Terrier

The Jack Russell Terrier was developed in early 18th century England. Reverend John Russell was the creator of this breed. The initial purpose of developing this breed was to create a dog to hunt foxes and help hunters with small game.

This breed is also known as JRT or Jack. Sometimes people confuse the Jack Russell Terrier and the Parson Russell Terrier, but they are different breeds with different characteristics and traits.

Toy Fox Terrier

Toy Fox Terrier

9. Toy Fox Terrier

As its name suggests, the Toy Fox Terrier is a smaller version of the larger Fox Terrier. It is also recognised as the American Toy Terrier and Amertoy. This breed was created in America to hunt small prey like rats and squirrels, or to help hunters with small game.

This is an energetic, sturdy and intelligent breed that performs excellently in circuses and field games. It is a quick-learning and healthy dog that needs less grooming. The Toy Fox Terrier is a loyal, friendly and alert dog that makes a great companion and family pet.

Teddy Roosevelt Terrier

Teddy Roosevelt Terrier

10. Teddy Roosevelt Terrier

Created in America, the Teddy Roosevelt Terrier is very similar to the Rat Terrier, but this breed has shorter legs, heavier bones and a more muscular physique. Initially, this dog was used for farming and hunting purposes—hence, it has a hunting instinct and a great sense of smell and detection. Also, this is a loyal, protective and hardy dog that needs regular running and exercise.

Rat Terrier vs Teddy Terrier

Rat Terrier vs Teddy Terrier

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