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The 10 Low Maintenance Small Breed Dogs

Updated on August 29, 2020
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Low-maintenance Small Dog Breeds
Low-maintenance Small Dog Breeds | Source

Are you looking for a low maintenance dog, which need less grooming and vet visits? Then you need to find a dog which is naturally healthy, intelligent and independent. And in case if you are staying in an apartment, then small sized dog can be another preference. 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. Chihuahua (short hair)

The Short Coated Chihuahua
The Short Coated Chihuahua | Source

The Chihuahua dogs are the smallest dogs on the earth, which were originated from Mexico. They are healthy, intelligent and active dogs that need less grooming and care. Also, they are loyal, affectionate and energetic dogs, but their personality varies. They need early socialization and training, otherwise they may suffer, small from dog syndrome problems and can develop shy or aggressive behavior. Basically two different varieties of Chihuahua dogs are available, the short quoted and long coated Chihuahuas.

Long and Short Coated Chihuahua
Long and Short Coated Chihuahua | Source

Based on their physical trait, head shape, body size and coat. They are categorized in three subcategories,
Dear head Chihuahua (Short and Long Hair)
Apple head Chihuahua (Short and Long Hair)
Teacup Chihuahua (Short and Long Hair)

Dear head vs Apple Head Chihuahua
Dear head vs Apple Head Chihuahua | Source

Usually apple head Chihuahua are a bit smaller than Teacup Chihuahua.

2. Dachshund (smooth coat)

Smooth Coated Dachshund
Smooth Coated Dachshund | Source

The dachshund is a small dog from hunting category, originated from Germany. It has a good reputation for detection and earth dog also. It comes in two varieties, long and short haired Dachshund. The dachshund is a reserved and loyal dog, because this dog was developed to hunt and hence it has an athletic build, good sense of scent and hunting instinct and also need less grooming and training. But this is an aloof dog that doesn’t welcome other pets and strangers and not recommended to leave alone with children.

Short and Long Haired Dachshund
Short and Long Haired Dachshund | Source

3. French Bulldog

French Bulldog
French Bulldog | Source

French bulldogs are an old dog breed, originated from France, this has been recognized by most of the major kennel since year 1860. This breed was developed by a cross between a bulldog and local ratters from France (Paris) and also known as Bouledogue Francais, Frenchie. This is a powerful, muscular and gentle dog with a broad head and rounded forehead, that looks like a small Bulldog. French bulldog is a happy and healthy dog and need average grooming and minimal exercise. Also, its a a courageous, lively and friendly dog that makes a good companion dog and loves to be around its owner and family.

4. Boston Terrier

Boston Terrier
Boston Terrier | Source

The Boston terrier is a small, sturdy, bold and powerful dog, which was initially created for dog fights. This is also recognised as Boston Bull, Boston Bull Terrier, Boxwood and because of its calm and gentle nature, this 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 to children.

5. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Staffordshire Bull Terrier | Source

The Stanford Bull terrier dog is a medium sized, strong, and muscular dog, which was originated in the 19th century from England. This is also known as Staffy, Staffy Bull, Staffy Dog, Nanny Dog and SBT. The Stanford Bull terrier is a healthy and lively dog and most appreciated for its courage, intelligence and gentle behavior with children. Though Stanford Bull terrier needs less grooming, but it has a higher risk from mastocytoma (mast cell tumours). So if you must need to consult your vet before getting a Stanford Bull terrier.

Difference Between the American Staffordshire Terrier and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Difference Between the American Staffordshire Terrier and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier | Source

The Staffordshire bull terrier and American Staffordshire terrier have similar traits and appearance, you may get confused between them. But American Staffordshire Terrier is a little bigger in size.

6. Miniature Pinscher

Miniature Pinscher
Miniature Pinscher | Source

The Miniature Pinscher is a small, healthy and athletic dog, originated from Germany. Also known as Min Pin, King of the Toys and Zwergpinscher. Though it's a small and average build dog, but it’s a hardy, bold, energetic and confident dog. And loyal and protective of his family. Usually Miniature Pinscher is good with children and other pets but need early socialization. It’s a healthy and intelligent dog and need less grooming.

7. Beagle

Beagle | Source

Beagles is a small, sturdy and active dog that makes a good companion and family pet. This dog breed was originated in England around the 1830s. The purpose to develop this dog was to create a dog to hunt hare and vermin. It has a decent scent and tracking capability that makes them a great detection dog. Usually Beagle is lively and fun loving, healthy and intelligent dog, but they were groomed as hunting dogs and have hunting dog behavior in their genes and needs hard exercise and running, but if they are getting average exercise and regular walk, they can be happy and healthy.

8: Jack Russell Terrier

Parson Jack Russell Terrier
Parson Jack Russell Terrier | Source

Jack Russell Terrier was developed in the early 18th century from England. Mr. Reverend John Russell was the creator of this breed, the initial purpose to create this dog was to hunt foxes and help hunters in small game. This is also known as JRT and Jack. Sometime people are getting confused with Jack Russell terrier and Parson Russell terrier, but both are different breed and has different characteristics and traits. This is an energetic and sturdy dog and need regular exercise and running. Jack Russell Terrier was created to hunt and have the hunting instinct. So you need to train and socialize it at early stage, else it may become willful and dominant.

9. Toy Fox Terrier

Toy Fox Terrier
Toy Fox Terrier | Source

As its name suggests Toy Fox Terriers is a smaller version of the larger fox terriers and also recognised as American Toy Terrier and Amertoy. This breed was created from America to hunt small preys and rat, squirrels and help the hunters in small games. This is a healthy, energetic, sturdy and intelligent dog that performs excellent in circus and field game. This is an intelligent and quick learning and healthy dog that need less grooming. This is a loyal, friendly and alert dog and make a great companion and family pet.

10. The Teddy Roosevelt Terrier

Teddy Roosevelt Terrier
Teddy Roosevelt Terrier | Source

The Teddy Roosevelt Terrier is very similar to the Rat Terrier, created from America. But this has shorter legs, heavier bone and more muscular physique. Initially this dog was used in farm and hunting purpose, hence it has a hunting instinct and great sense of smell and detection. Also, this is a loyal, protective and hardy dog, that need regular running and exercise. But this is aloof to strangers and doesn’t like strangers to touch him. Though if it is well trained and socialized at an early age, this can do well with other pets and guests and suitable for apartment living. But Teddy Roosevelt terrier is recommended for small or medium yard. Also, Even this is a healthy and intelligent dog which need less care and grooming, but you need to take care for allergies and bite problems.

Rat Terrier vs Teddy Terrier
Rat Terrier vs Teddy Terrier | Source

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2016 ARADHYA


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