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When it comes to choosing the right dog breed for you and your family, there are a lot of different things to consider. Temperament, exercise needs, size, and maintenance are all important aspects of your decision. Some people prefer a lower-maintenance breed, which often means that the dogs require little grooming. Of course, regular baths and brushing are essential to promoting skin and coat health, but certain breeds are very low- maintenance in the grooming department. If that’s what you’re looking for, check out these breeds!

1. Beagle

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The Beagle is a small scenthound originally bred for hunting hares. They’re known and loved for their docile temperaments, intelligence, and stubbornness. They make excellent companions for adults and children of all ages. Their medium-length coats do shed, but Beagles require little grooming outside of weekly brushings. This makes them very low-maintenance dogs which, combined with their merry disposition, has made them extremely popular companions.

2. Boxer

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The Boxer is a medium-sized working breed from Germany. They are very playful, energetic dogs that need adequate exercise to remain manageable companions. They are powerful dogs that are steadfastly loyal to their families, and they are also very friendly and social with those they know. They are a people-oriented breed and make a great choice for active families with children. Boxers have very short, thin coats that require very little more than an occasional bath.

3. Doberman Pinscher

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Another powerful working breed, the Doberman Pinscher is renowned as a loyal guardian for their family. They are active and intelligent dogs and, although wary of strangers, make goofy, clownish companions for their owners. Dobermans are energetic dogs that need a job to do, and regular training will help ensure that they blend with their families seamlessly. They have very short coats that do shed, but these require little more than weekly brushing.

4. Great Dane

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The Great Dane is well-known for its incredible size. These giant dogs come from Germany, where they were used as hunting and guarding dogs. Today, they are seen as gentle giants, known for their goofy personalities and desire to interact with people. Despite their size, Great Danes are exceptionally affectionate and do very well with children of all ages. Their short coats require very minimal grooming, such as weekly brushing.

5. Weimaraner

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The Weimaraner, a large gun dog, is still popular with hunters today. Their short coats help make them extremely low-maintenance, as they require almost no grooming. They are very active dogs that need ample exercise to be suitable pets, making them a good choice for active families with children.

6. Vizsla

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A Hungarian pointer, the Vizsla is a popular hunting and companion dog, loved for its endurance and willingness to please. They are intelligent, energetic, and fun-loving, making a great choice for active families. They are also known for lacking the typical dog smell that many breeds begin to have without adequate grooming.

7. Italian Greyhound

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The smallest of the Sighthounds, the Italian Greyhound is a popular companion breed. They are very affectionate and enjoy being lap dogs, but they are not recommended for families with young children. Their short, thin coats require almost no grooming at all — sometimes, monthly baths irritate the skin and coat. Many owners find that wiping their dogs down with a damp cloth is more than adequate. This makes this small dog a very low-maintenance pet.

This article is intended solely as general guidance, and does not constitute health or other professional advice. Individual situations and applicable laws vary by jurisdiction, and you are encouraged to obtain appropriate advice from qualified professionals in the applicable jurisdictions. We make no representations or warranties concerning any course of action taken by any person following or otherwise using the information offered or provided in this article, including any such information associated with and provided in connection with third-party products, and we will not be liable for any direct, indirect, consequential, special, exemplary or other damages that may result, including but not limited to economic loss, injury, illness or death.

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