5 Low-Maintenance Dogs You Barely Need to Walk

2. Maltese

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Take it from Lynn Julian, a motivational speaker and Boston Marathon bombing survivor who did a year’s worth of research before adopting her first service dog to help prevent and interrupt PTSD attacks. Her criteria: a quiet, smart, and submissive dog that would be easy to train. “Since I was in a wheelchair, at the time, I wanted a dog that did not have to be walked,” Julian says. “My research led me to the Maltese: the most low-maintenance dog.”

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She adds: “The Maltese is hypoallergenic, weighs only 4 to 12 pounds, will use Wee-Wee pads in the home, needs no exercise outside the home, does not love to bark as much as other small dogs, only needs to be fed once a day, and is moderately submissive making it easier to train.”

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