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    Low exercise, low grooming, quiet and small, friendly dogs?

    My girlfriend is thinking of getting a dog but she may soon be living alone and so would not have the time to exercise and groom the dog too much. Perhaps a walk twice a week and grooming once a week.

    According to www.dogbreedz.com, low activity dogs require only a walk occasionally, due to either their lazy nature, or their small size..



    For example, in this page (http://www.dogbreedz.com/dogbreeds/french-bulldog.cfm)
    The French Bulldog is classed as low exercise and grooming, and when you click on those icons, it mentions little to no exercise requirements for 'low'


    Anyway, now that no one thinks i'm nuts/cruel or should get a cat/stuffed toy instead..

    Does anyone know a few suitable breeds or hybrids which share the low grooming-exercise, quiet-small-friendly combo?

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    Cuteness is a plus =p

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    Re: Low exercise, low grooming, quiet and small, friendly dogs?

    I think you should get the Siberian Husky.

    Low energy, you only have to comb them twice a year, bath them once every 1-2 years, they are cute, are generally quiet except on the occassions they enjoy singing, and are very friendly with everyone.
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    Re: Low exercise, low grooming, quiet and small, friendly dogs?

    Oh my, R. I hope this person doesn't believe you, unless you mean a stuffed Siberian Husky.

    I do think you answered the question yourself. There is no dog that low maintenance besides a stuffed dog, IMO.

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    Re: Low exercise, low grooming, quiet and small, friendly dogs?

    Just kidding.

    Maybe a stuffed Siberian Husky. I have no idea but out of curiousity, what exactly do you want from this dog? Forgive me for being frank, but this sounds like the most boring dog in the planet. LOL. It almost sounds like you're looking for a living doormat or pillow. So I mean no offense, but knowing what you are trying to get out of the dog will help us.

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    Re: Low exercise, low grooming, quiet and small, friendly dogs?

    Quote Originally Posted by RBark View Post
    Just kidding.
    ...knowing what you are trying to get out of the dog will help us.
    I'm thinking of something like a french bulldog, or a boston terrier, both short haired and requiring little exercise. However, they are known to bark and are quite stubborn. So i'm looking for quieter and more obedient versions of them.

    Also, cuteness would once again, be a plus.

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    Re: Low exercise, low grooming, quiet and small, friendly dogs?

    I have a good friend that has a French Bulldog. She is a lively, friendly little dog and is relatively easy to deal with. The coat is short and needs very little care, an occasional brushing is enough. She is a dominant little dog that would benefit from a bit more training then she is getting but is a sweet little girl. As far as exercise she is a very low need dog also. She loves to run around the yard loose and does play a lot in the house. I do think all dogs benefit from regular walks but she is content to only get them 2 times a week or so. Oddly enough however I thought it seemed odd that if your girlfriend is going to be living alone she should have MORE time to devote to her pet, not less. As someone asked above, What is it she is looking for in a dog? Even a companion dog requires regular attention and basic needs to be met daily.

    LOL the same friend also has a Boston and neither of those dogs are barkers at all.


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    Re: Low exercise, low grooming, quiet and small, friendly dogs?

    Quote Originally Posted by jerz211 View Post
    I'm thinking of something like a french bulldog, or a boston terrier, both short haired and requiring little exercise. However, they are known to bark and are quite stubborn. So i'm looking for quieter and more obedient versions of them.

    Also, cuteness would once again, be a plus.
    You could get a cat. The shorthaired ones require practically no grooming (no baths either if they are indoor only), they do not require walks, you can leave them all day if you must and they just use the litterbox, and they are very cute and friendly (Well depending on the cat how friendly they are, but there are some real friendly ones out there as well as one person cats too. Depends on what you want in personality). Oh, and many are pretty quiet (not mine but i like talkative cats so I gravitate towards them. But it would be a real rare cat that would be loud enough to bug your neighbors and I think even then I'd only see that being a problem in an apartment, not a house).

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    Re: Low exercise, low grooming, quiet and small, friendly dogs?

    A whippet or italian greyhound? Sighthounds are notorious for quiet in home behaviors. As long as they have a good walk or opportunity to run in a fenced area like 3 times a week, they are total couch pototoes. Easy grooming is rather obvious- there isnt any.. lol.. Just a bath when dirty.

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    Re: Low exercise, low grooming, quiet and small, friendly dogs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Inga View Post
    I have a good friend that has a French Bulldog. She is a lively, friendly little dog and is relatively easy to deal with. The coat is short and needs very little care, an occasional brushing is enough. She is a dominant little dog that would benefit from a bit more training then she is getting but is a sweet little girl. As far as exercise she is a very low need dog also. She loves to run around the yard loose and does play a lot in the house. I do think all dogs benefit from regular walks but she is content to only get them 2 times a week or so. Oddly enough however I thought it seemed odd that if your girlfriend is going to be living alone she should have MORE time to devote to her pet, not less. As someone asked above, What is it she is looking for in a dog? Even a companion dog requires regular attention and basic needs to be met daily.

    LOL the same friend also has a Boston and neither of those dogs are barkers at all.
    Companion dogs sometimes need MORE in certain aspects. People assume that they are easier. Yes, a small dog is less exercise than most big dogs, but these breeds are bred solely for companionship. They absolutely live off of and feed off of attention. These are super clingy dogs that want attention all the times.

    I don't know of a dog that requires that little of attention.
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    Re: Low exercise, low grooming, quiet and small, friendly dogs?

    I'd also suggest getting an adult dog (2 years or so) if you want a dog that is going to be calm, quiet, and relaxed right off the bat. I think I've only met ONE sane puppy, and that was a Golden Retriever (at eight months he was as well behaved as my 12 year old Lab...that is saying something).
    The Frenchie puppy that comes in for boarding is so full of energy you could run your house on it. He plays hard and then crashes hard.

    All dogs benefit from getting walked, even if they aren't an "active" breed. If your puppy is never walked, how will it get socialized? Yet another reason to look for an adult dog.

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    Re: Low exercise, low grooming, quiet and small, friendly dogs?

    I agree totally with Laurelin. People thinking little dogs are less work, are mostly wrong. Although a chihuahua is less work then a border collie, since one needs hours of work, and the other doesn't, that doesn't mean that the little dog can be ignored and do fine.

    And I don't suggest a boston terrier. Bostons need a lot of exercise, even though they are small.

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    Re: Low exercise, low grooming, quiet and small, friendly dogs?

    Whippet or Italian Greyhound sounds good. Or even a retired greyhound. They're a little bigger, though.

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    Re: Low exercise, low grooming, quiet and small, friendly dogs?

    I don't know anything about French Bulldogs, but Bostons are pretty high energy. The ones I've personally known would not get along well with a couple walks a week. In fact, I agree with Inga when she says that all dogs would benefit from a daily walk, even the lazy ones.

    Short hair does not equal low grooming needs. Have you ever met a Labrador?

    I think you haven't answered RBark's question. He didn't mean what kind of dog do you want, he meant why do you want a dog? If you're looking for something quiet that you don't have to exercise or groom, it seems like a cat would be your best option.


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    Re: Low exercise, low grooming, quiet and small, friendly dogs?

    If the dog does not need much physical activities they need much mental stimulation and games. Sorry to say but even low activity dogs need to be walked daily in order to feel good in their body. A dog is a lot of work.


    Why not try to foster a dog from a local rescue or humane society and see if you can handle a dog?

    Otherwise you'd have a great home for a cat.

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    Re: Low exercise, low grooming, quiet and small, friendly dogs?

    Guys, the OP said: "My girlfriend is thinking of getting a dog but she may soon be living alone and so would not have the time to exercise and groom the dog too much. Perhaps a walk twice a week and grooming once a week."

    So he is not the one who wants the dog, he is asking on someone else's behalf.


    I agree a cat is a good choice. Dogs are way too time consuming for her, cats are great for people who want a pet but have a limited amount of time. However he said basically they don't want a cat.
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    Re: Low exercise, low grooming, quiet and small, friendly dogs?

    then back to a whippet or italian greyhound.. Sighthounds are soooooooo easy compared to most breeds. Calm in the house, would rather snuggle than run.. ohhhh yea..

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    Re: Low exercise, low grooming, quiet and small, friendly dogs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Laurelin View Post
    Companion dogs sometimes need MORE in certain aspects. People assume that they are easier. Yes, a small dog is less exercise than most big dogs, but these breeds are bred solely for companionship. They absolutely live off of and feed off of attention. These are super clingy dogs that want attention all the times.

    I don't know of a dog that requires that little of attention.

    Yes, and I think if you reread my post you will see that I am saying that. I am also speaking of only the French Bulldog in my example of a dog that needs less then some other breeds. As I stated ALL dogs deserve and would benefit from regular exercise.
    My only question was why someone living alone would NOT have time for their dog as opposed to someone living with others.


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    Re: Low exercise, low grooming, quiet and small, friendly dogs?

    A goldfish might be the better pet.

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    Re: Low exercise, low grooming, quiet and small, friendly dogs?

    You actually need to spend a decent amount of time (and money) on goldfish to keep the happy and healthy . . . they are dirty fish and you need to do lots of water changes.

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    Re: Low exercise, low grooming, quiet and small, friendly dogs?

    I would think an older, less-active, speutered, SHORTHAIRED cat from the local humane society or rescue organization should do just fine. She can clean the litter box three times a week (at least), keep the bowls filled, leave some toys out and interact with the cat when she has the time. BUT, is this girl the type to be bothered by a critter tearing stuff up, getting onto and into her things or shedding hair?

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