Most animal lovers would agree that owning a dog is a lot of work. But you can make things easier on yourself by choosing the right breed (or mix of breeds) from the get-go. Some dog breeds are easy to train. Others are easy to fit into your home and your lifestyle. Still others are just easygoing. And some dog breeds take only minimal time to groom.
Below, discover the adorable dog breeds that are the easiest to groom.
I Heart Dogs reports that the American pit bull terrier makes the list of dog breeds you’ll find easiest to groom. These dogs have very short, tight coats that require almost no brushing. And these dogs are happy with only an occasional bath. In fact, American pit bull terriers even stay clean when they spend lots of time outside because you can just wipe the dirt right off of them.
The AKC puts the Beagle on its list of dog breeds with minimal grooming needs. Their medium-length coats do shed, but Beagles don’t really need you to groom them outside of a weekly brushing. But as I Heart Dogs notes, you should make sure to occasionally clean your beagle’s ears to reduce the risk of ear infections.
Petful puts the Boston terrier on its list of dog breeds that require minimal grooming. These dogs have smooth, short coats that just require occasional brushing. That brushing minimizes shedding, and also conditions the dog’s skin. Breeders recommend bathing the Boston terrier only when necessary. But they also say that you should wash the dog’s face and eyes each day with a damp washcloth. (Maybe when you wash your face in the morning?)
Next on the AKC’s list of dog breeds that are easy to groom comes the boxer. These dogs may need a lot of exercise, but they don’t need much in the way of grooming. They have short, thin coats. And pretty much all they need, according to the AKC, is an occasional bath.
The story would be different with a long-haired Chihuahua, but I Heart Dogs reports that short-haired Chihuahuas take almost no time to groom. In fact, the publication reports that regularly brushing or even just wiping down your dog’s coat should be sufficient in keeping a short-coated Chihuahua clean.
Petful recommends the Dachshund — specifically, the short-haired “smooth” variety — for anyone who doesn’t have a lot of time to groom their dog. While the long-haired Dachshund requires weekly brushing and the wire-haired Dachshund needs professional trimming twice a year, the smooth Dachshund just needs a quick once-over with a cloth to remove dirt.
The AKC also recommends that you consider the Doberman pinscher if you don’t have a lot of time to groom your dog. These active and intelligent dogs would prefer that you spend your time exercising them than grooming them. They have very short coats. And while they do shed, Dobermans don’t need much more than a weekly brushing to keep their coats looking gorgeous.
The AKC’s list of dog breeds with minimal grooming needs also includes the Great Dane. These giant dogs have lovable personalities and become very affectionate with their families. And while grooming can be a good way to bond with your dog, the Great Dane won’t take much time to groom at all. That’s because these dogs have short coats that really only need a weekly brushing.