The perfect match
All dogs have lifelong physical and emotional needs, but some breeds have strong genetic traits that should be taken into consideration when you’re trying to find the perfect pup to match your lifestyle. For example, a Border Collie is an energetic breed that’s wicked smart. It requires lots of mental and physical exercise every day to thrive and be happy. So, if you’ve got lots of love to go around but not loads of time, this adorable dog might not be right for you.
Our list features low-maintenance dogs that don’t need a ton of exercise or grooming, as well as ones that are more independent than other breeds. Still, though, if you want to expand your family with a canine BFF, you need to put in some work. “Nurture and not nature tends to impact a dog’s personality and ‘laid-backness,’” says veterinarian Bernadine Cruz. “This is a long-term, healthy human/animal bond. To do it correctly, you can’t expect that you can only interact with your dog on your time.”
Often called nanny dogs, Newfies are notably patient and watchful over children. “The best example of this breed and its demeanour is the dog Nana in the story of Peter Pan,” says Dr Cruz. Plus, these adorable, snuggly dogs are highly intelligent and easy to train. Even better for busy people, Newfies aren’t looking for high-intensity exercise. Dr Cruz says a daily walk of about 30 minutes or so discourages boredom and weight issues. Newfies do shed, so weekly brushing is a must to keep it in check. That said, these mini grooming sessions are a good opportunity for you to bond with your Newfie while having some quiet time together.
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“Greyhounds are the cats of the dog world: somewhat aloof and independent,” says Dr Cruz. They’re accommodating and can easily transition from couch potato to jogging partner. But these low-maintenance dogs don’t need a lot of exercise; a daily walk or jog is sufficient. Inside, they are light on their feet and have a good body sense, so they’re not likely to knock things over. Their short coat also makes grooming easy.