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7 Small Dog Breeds that Make the Perfect Low-maintenance Pets

Aug 11, 2022



As many districts in the United States and the United Kingdom went into lockdown in March 2020, millions of people were forced to stay at home. Meanwhile, social media platforms like Instagram and Tiktok were flooded with cute pet dog photos and videos. It seems that those fluffy animals became the biggest psychological relief for people during the epidemic period. However, not all pet dogs are easy to deal with. Some may even become the owner’s nightmare. Therefore, you must learn about low-maintenance pet dog breeds before you make the wrong decision. So here to help you out, we list seven small dog breeds that make the perfect low-maintenance pets for your reference.


a black pug in a red car


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If you are looking for a dog to keep you happy, a pug is a perfect choice. No matter how mad you are, you can’t stop laughing once you turn to look at the pug’s innocent face. Staying at home is boring. People are driven crazy by long-time social isolation. But having a pug will calm you down and think of the good things. The best thing about pug is that it is very, very, very well-behaved. It barely bites stuff around as long as you play with it. However, it eats a lot and never knows what it is to be full. It would crawl over with all its might to a banana even if it overeats to stand up.

Characteristics of Pug: Stubborn, Clever, Mischievous, Docile, Sociable, Attentive, Loving, Calm, Quiet

How long do Pugs live: 12 – 15 years


a running Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu

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Shih Tzu is the dog that quietly stays there and enjoys itself, whether you like it or not. I've always loved Shih Tzu from childhood to adulthood because of my Shih Tzu complex. Currently, my family has a purebred Shih Tzu: good personality, hair is not allergic, no hair loss if you regularly give it some hair grooming, doesn’t need too much exercise, happy to accompany the elderly, suitable for owners living in apartments. Shih Tzu is very beautiful, but its intelligence is not high. Therefore training a Shih Tzu is a difficult job. If you want to train your Shih Tzu well, then you must learn the right training methods beforehand. Also, you must be very patient and give your Shih Tzu some snacks to train it again and again.

Characteristics of Shih Tzu: Playful, Intelligent, Affectionate, Clever, Friendly

How long do Shih Tzu dogs live: 10 – 16 years


a Chihuahua on the arm of a girl


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Chihuahua is named after its origin (Chihuahua, Mexico) and is as adorable as the name sounds. Chihuahua is easy to maintain, especially when showering it due to its lightweight. Also, because of its small size, Chihuahua doesn’t eat a lot, saving lots of money for the owner. As for the body odor, as long as you get your Chihuahua spayed or neutered, it won't be a concern. But it would be a small challenge for you to brush its teeth since there isn’t a suitable toothbrush. You’d better use your fingers wrapped in gauze to replace a Chihuahua toothbrush. This cutie pie pet dog won’t frequently ask you to walk and exercise outside. However, when you take it out for a walk, you must get it on a leash in case it runs far away.

Characteristics of Chihuahua: Aggressive, Devoted, Lively, Alert, Quick, Courageous

How long do Chihuahuas live: 12 – 20 years


two Dachshunds on vacation



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The dachshund is featured with a conehead, a tapered snout, long body, short and curved legs, and drooping ears. Dachshunds originated from in Germany and were trained to hunt badgers. This dog breed has become popular in the USA since the early 1900s. Dachshunds are famous for being intelligent, active, and brave. They are generally recognized as a good companion for human beings. They are ideal pets for kids. Dachshunds with longer hair usually require more grooming than their shorter-haired peers. Dachshund is so clever and intelligent that it can tell whether the visitor is a friend or not according to the owner’s reactions. If you dream of getting easy pets to care for, do not hesitate to get one dachshund.

Characteristics of Dachshund: Playful, Clever, Stubborn, Devoted, Lively, Independent, Courageous

How long do Dachshunds live: 12 – 16 years


a English Bulldog bites a branch


English Bulldog

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English bulldog, also known as tiger dog, has wrinkles all over its face. Fat, but muscular. Its expressionless face looks a bit fierce. But English bulldog keepers know for real that it is stubborn and nice to get along with. Although its name sounds a little bit threatening, it has a gentle personality. It always knows how to behave appropriately and be friendly. Or maybe it’s too lazy to move, which makes it a gentleman among dog breeds.

The English bulldog is special. Teddy-like puppies will treat themselves as the family's baby, pleasing you every day, while larger dogs will treat themselves as the family's guardian. Only the English bulldog treats itself as a human being, your home as its own home. No matter how much it seems to love you, you are equal to it in its eyes. That’s why English bulldog keepers love the animal so much. Haha!

Characteristics of English Bulldog: Willful, Docile, Friendly, Gregarious

How long do English Bulldogs live: 8 – 10 years


a smiling English Springer Spaniel


English Springer Spaniel

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English Springer Spaniel was tamed as a hound dog in the beginning. Younger spaniels are mischievous, energetic, and very needy. It is intelligent and a good learner. If you can train it well, the spaniel will become your most loyal companion. Compared to Teddy, the spaniel is more prone to hair loss. So make sure that none of your family is allergic to dog hair, and at least one of you is willing to take over the regular hair cleaning job. Generally speaking, a spaniel needs to be walked for nearly an hour or so every day. It is very obedient when you keep it on a leash. But you’ll regret setting it free from its leash when you fail to catch up with it. Spaniel doesn't pee or poop in the house, but its hair loss problem is a real headache for the keeper.

Characteristics of English Springer Spaniel: Intelligent, Affectionate, Cheerful, Alert, Active, Attentive

How long do English Springer Spaniels live: 12 – 14 years


two Basenjis in the garden



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Pet dogs are self-aware animals with high intelligence quality and rich emotional feelings. Therefore they often have their thoughts and don’t want to follow the keepers’ order. So we see that many dog keepers got caught in trouble thanks to their loved pet dogs barking loudly. Is there any dog breed that doesn't bark? Well, the basenji is! 

Are they dumb? Absolutely no! They can bark and their bark is similar to the wolf's wail. An interesting fact is that they are called "barking dogs" in Africa! When it comes to the training of basenji, the shorter the time the better. Basenji is very smart. It needs more challenging training games other than common training like commanding it to sit down. I bet you have sufficient time to figure out how to train a basenji well during this epidemic.

Characteristics of Basenji: Intelligent, Affectionate, Playful, Curious, Quiet, Energetic, Alert, Confident

How long do Basenjis live: 12 – 16 years



Most people think that small dogs are more suitable for domestic pets. Because for owners, they are easy to maintain, convenient to clean, and easy to train. For dogs, they will have enough space to play around. However, pet dogs need enough companionship and love. Do not impulsively decide to keep a pet dog, which is irresponsible for both the family and the dog.

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