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The 10 Low Maintenance Large Breed Dogs

Updated on December 22, 2017

Are you looking for a medium or large dog that need less grooming, vet care and require low maintenance? Then you need to find a dog which is naturally healthy, intelligent and independent. Though all the dogs need vet care, pampering, exercise and grooming, but some dog breeds have less dependency. Find the list of such dogs to make your selection.

1. Australian Cattle Dog

Australian Cattle Dog
Australian Cattle Dog | Source

Australian Cattle Dog is an Australian originated hunting dog breed, this is a medium sized healthy, intelligent and an active dog that looks like blue or red Heelers dogs and also recognized with a nickname "Red Heeler" or "Blue Heeler".
The purpose to create this dog was to herd sheep and flock and to guard livestock. Australian Cattle Dog is an alert, active and hardy dog that make a great working and watch dog. Australian Cattle Dog requires less grooming and vet care. Also, they are one among the most intelligent dogs, and highly appreciated in obedience and agility.

2. Ibizan Hound

Ibizan Hound
Ibizan Hound | Source

Ibizan Hounds are intelligent, active, and energetic dogs, which were originated from Spain. The Ibizan hound is an elegant and agile dog that has a tall, athletic and slender build. It has good bone girth and is a rugged/hardy breed. Based on their coat, they can be categorised in two subcategories, the smooth and wire coated. This is an aloof, alert and active dog that makes a good watchdog and also a protective dog. Their speciality is their long and high jumping talent, they can easily clear a 6 feet tall fence. Also, they are naturally healthy dog which need rare vet visit and less grooming.

3. Italian Greyhound

 Italian Greyhound
Italian Greyhound | Source

Italian greyhound is a smallest sight hound dog, originated from Italia. This is a slim build and short coated athletic dog, which is well rewarded and appreciated for its excellent speed, stamina, and hunting talent on small field games. Also, it makes a good companion dog and likes to be around family members. The original Italian Greyhound were almost extinct, though some breeders make efforts together to manage the return and recreate the customary breed. This dog is very self-dependent and quick learning that needs minimal grooming.

Difference Between the Italian Greyhound and the Whippet

Difference Between the Italian Greyhound and the Whippet
Difference Between the Italian Greyhound and the Whippet | Source

4. Bullmastiff

Bullmastiff | Source

The Bullmastiff is a guardian dog breed which was developed from England, in around the year 1800. The purpose to create this breed was to form a protective and a guardian dog breed to guard states. It’s a combination of gentleness, power and endurance. Even this dog breed was created for protection and fight, but this is a calm and gentle dog that loves the company of family and gentle with children. But you must need to train and socialize it at an early stage and need to be firm with them. Else, they can grow willful. This is a healthy and independent dog that needs less care and grooming.

5. Bloodhound

Bloodhound | Source

Bloodhounds are an ancient, giant, powerful hound dogs, originated from Europe. Though their origin doesn’t have clear history, but it's commonly believed they were created from European region and have presence in France, Belgium, Scotland and England. They are sturdy and powerful dogs, which were bred to hunt wild boar, dear and protect hunters from wild animals. Also, they are friendly, gentle and obedient dogs. But when following a prey, it can be wilful and dominant. Usually they are excellent with children and do well as family and companion dog.

6. Bull Terrier

Bull Terrier
Bull Terrier | Source

The Bull Terrier is a medium sized, strong, muscular and healthy dog which was originated from England. It has some rare features like deep, powerful under-jaw, egg shaped head and triangular eyes. The Bull Terrier is also known as an English Bull Terrier, Bully, The White Cavalier and Gladiator. This dog was developed in early 1900 to control vermin and participate in animal-based blood sports. Hence it has great hunting and fighting instinct and it was known as fierce gladiator. Bull terrier is a fearless, energetic and sturdy dog and very attached to its owner. Also it's an an active, loyal, polite and obedient dog that make a good protection and companion dog.

7. The Rhodesian ridgeback

The Rhodesian ridgeback
The Rhodesian ridgeback | Source

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a strong and large hound. Originated from Rhodesia/Southern Rhodesia (Now Zimbabwe). This dog has long and deep muzzle, with a defined stop. It has a unique feature the ridge on its back, ridge of hairs growing in the opposite direction down the middle of the back. and some dogs can have a rare black tongue also. This dog was created to help Lion hunters, it can keep a lion at bay till its master makes a kill and also known as Rhodesian Ridgeback has also been 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 make an excellent watchdog, but not suggested for guard dogs. This is a healthy, elf dependent dog that need less grooming and vet care, but need early socialization and training otherwise it can become destructive and aloof.

8. Labrador

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The Labrador retriever is most recognized and appreciated dog, in all over the world. Labrador retrievers are also known as ‘LAB’. This dog originated from Newfoundland to help fisherman in fishing, collect fishes and put them in nets and help the hunters to retrieve game. Labrador is a calm, friendly, intelligent and jovial dog. These qualities make them one of the best suitable breed for family having young kids. Also, they are excessive as an assistant dog for the handicapped and for search and rescue operations. Labs need average grooming and collaborate well with climate. They have a kind and intelligent and lively dog and reliable with young children that make them highly admired dog.

9. Dalmatian


The Dalmatian was originate from Dalmatia (Roman province), by Dalmatae tribe. From where it got its name Dalmatian. This is an athletic dog which was created to work as a coach dog. Also, it has a good reputation, to do well in warm weather. Also, it is respected to work for circus, hunting and for the firehouse. This is a rough and tough, energetic dog and need very less care, but they are not recommended for extreme cold weather and some time if it’s not getting proper exercise, than can be aggressive. So you need to train and socialize at an early stage.

10. Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier | Source

The Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a healthy, sturdy and muscular and relatively new dog breed that was originated from Ireland. This is a further extension of Stanford bull terrier. In the early 20th century, this new dog breed was created, by using Staffordshire Bull Terriers. The reason to create this dog was to cure the medical problems allied with all-white breeding. 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 need less grooming and vet care.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier vs Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Staffordshire Bull Terrier vs Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier | Source

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      John 3 months ago

      ANYONE who believes a Labrador puppy is low maintenance, should be ready for the shock of their lives!!

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      ARADHYA 12 months ago

      Thanks Syron!

      Happy to know that it was useful and you like it.

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      Shyron E Shenko 12 months ago from Texas

      Thank you so much for giving us this list of dogs with low maintenance.

      In February we adopted an Australian Terrier.