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The Best Low-Maintenance Dogs for Busy People

Reader's Digest Logo By Lisa Marie Conklin of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 13: 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 Bernadine Cruz, DVM, an associate veterinarian at Laguna Hills Animal Hospital in California. "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." And in general, here's the smartest way to pick the best dog breed for you. Signs Your Dog Is Secretly Mad At YouOur dogs are our best friends, but, like friends, sometimes they're mad at us. How can you tell your dog is angry? Here are the signs.

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 Bernadine Cruz, DVM, an associate veterinarian at Laguna Hills Animal Hospital in California. "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." And in general, here's the smartest way to pick the best dog breed for you.

Signs Your Dog Is Secretly Mad At YouOur dogs are our best friends, but, like friends, sometimes they're mad at us. How can you tell your dog is angry? Here are the signs.

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