First-time or busy dog owners should consider low-maintenance breeds.

Once hunting dogs, Dachshunds are now the ultimate lap pets. Though charming and mischievous, they just require 30 minutes of exercise.

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Most curly-tailed lapdogs don't exercise, so they're low-maintenance. Their narrow nasal passage limits fun, but they still need daily walks.

Assuming huge dogs require lots of exercise is wrong for Bullmastiffs. They require little exercise and upkeep and are ideal for large yards or apartments.

Low-maintenance dog breeds don't usually include chihuahuas. Training them is challenging since they shed. Chihuahuas are one of the most independent toy breeds if you can overlook their shortcomings.

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One of Japan's oldest and smallest dog breeds, the Shiba Inu is clean and odorless. They often groom themselves and are simple to housebreak.

Greyhounds are wonderful sofa pets since they need little exercise and upkeep. Their skin produces so little oil that they only need a few baths a year. 

On the field, Basset Hounds make great hunters and are known for their impeccable tracking skills. At home, however, they seem to be the complete opposite. Even with strangers, these dogs tend to be calm and docile. Because of their mellow personalities, they only need roughly 30 to 60 minutes of exercise a day. 

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