Think it’s time to get a furry sidekick? You probably already know the health benefits of owning a dog, like reduced feelings of loneliness and more opportunities for mindfulness. But even though you may be interested in joining the 69 million households in the U.S. who own at least one dog, you still might be hesitant to bring one into your home—especially if you know that having a dog means a lot of extra work. Good news: There are several dog breeds that are so low-maintenance, you barely need to walk them. To be clear, you must walk all dogs, but read on to discover some of the easiest-to-care-for canines you’ll ever meet, according to pet experts.
Pet expert, dog owner, and CEO of Waggy Pups Shannon Bunn tells Best Life that a dachshund has to be one of the most low-maintenance dogs you can get. These little long-bodied dogs are such a pleasure to be around, and are small enough for any age group to enjoy, she says.
“These dogs are typically lower to medium energy, which means they do not need as much exercise as other breeds of dogs,” Bunn explains. “Their short legs and small frame cannot take on too much, so short walks every day and some moderate playtime can suffice, and of course, lots of cuddling and relaxation.”
Both short- and long-haired dachshunds also need minimal grooming, she adds, with weekly brushing and monthly bathing, which can be done through a groomer or at home. “These dogs are also very patient and fun to train which makes them a great first time dog as well,” Bunn adds.
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