So you consider yourself a neat freak, huh? Do you like your things in order and detest messes? But are you also a dog lover who needs four paws and a wagging tail in your life? If you answered yes to both, then we have good news. There are plenty of dog breeds that also share or match perfectly with your neat and tidy ways. To help you choose, we’ve put together a list of the six best dogs for neat freaks and the must-have dog supplies you’ll need to keep everyone in the house happy, neat freak and canine alike.
Even though they may be just a gene or two away from their giant cousins, Chihuahuas are the smallest dog breed, weighing 1.9 to 6 pounds. So even if they have an accident indoors, the small amount of urine will be easy to clean. They are very clean dogs that groom themselves like cats and hate getting dirty or wet. Because of their tiny size, they are ideal for apartments and can be potty trained to use pads if necessary. Tucking these away in a designated corner on a designated mat will be a breeze for you to clean up. Chihuahuas come in short- and long-haired varieties. Depending on the individual dog, some may require daily brushing, while others can get by with weekly grooming.
2) Yorkshire Terriers
Another tiny breed, these little pups generally weigh no more than seven pounds when fully grown. Yorkiess also have hair instead of fur, which means they are less likely to trigger allergies in those who are allergic to dogs but still want companionship. The hair is silky and can be kept trimmed short or styled long, depending on your preference, making upkeep a breeze.
Yorkies are also one of the breeds that don’t shed much, so you won’t have to worry about stray hairs everywhere. Like the Chihuahua, Yorkshire Terriers are also clean dogs that groom themselves, but mats can form in their long hair without regular grooming and brushing.
Poodles come in three sizes (toy, miniature, and standard), but all are known for being intelligent, proud, and obedient dogs. They have a hypoallergenic coat that is easy to maintain with regular brushing and clipping. Poodles don’t need to be bathed often. When they are, it’s best to use a mild shampoo made specifically for dogs to avoid drying out their coat. Their nails should be trimmed every few weeks, and their teeth should be brushed at least once a week.
4) American Hairless Terrier
Not interested in dealing with hair or fur but still want all the love and licks that come with owning a pup? Say hello to the American Hairless Terrier. As their name suggests, these pups are without hair or fur, making them ideal for those with allergies or who simply don’t want to deal with the mess that comes with it. Because they have no hair, they also don’t need to be groomed, which means less time and money spent at the groomer.
These pups are also very clean, often grooming themselves like cats. If you live in a cooler climate, be mindful that this breed will need a sweater or coat to stay warm since they have no fur to protect them from the elements. But that’s an excellent opportunity to flex the fashionista in you and accessorize your AHT to the fullest.
5) Shih Tzus
Shih Tzus are one of the most popular breeds and for good reason. They are small (usually 9 to 16 pounds), loving, and low-maintenance. Shih Tzus have a long, silky coat that can be kept short or long, depending on your preference. When their hair is kept long, they’ll require daily brushing to avoid mats and tangles, but regular trips to the groomer (every six to eight weeks) will help keep their coat healthy and looking its best. These pups also don’t need to be bathed often. When they are, using natural dog grooming products will deliver the best results.
6) Japanese Spitz
Surprised to see these fluffy clouds on this list? Despite their appearance, the Japanese spitz’s beautiful and elegant white coat repels dirt and debris well, making them one of the cleanest breeds. They are also known for being very odorless (another plus for neat freaks). Because of their thick coat, they will need to be brushed daily to avoid mats and tangles. But regular quality time together in the evening with a brush will do the trick.
Considerations for All Breeds
It’s important to remember that just because a dog fits into your neat freak lifestyle and ways, that doesn’t mean they will be zero maintenance. When it comes to your dog of choice, regardless of breed, you can follow these additional tips to maintain their health and satisfy your neat-freak tendencies:
- Brush your dog’s teeth with a dog toothbrush and dog toothpaste at least once a week. Never use human toothpaste, as it can be harmful to dogs, especially when it contains the toxic ingredient xylitol. Brushing regularly maintains oral health, which stops bad breath.
- Trim their nails every few weeks. If you can hear their nails clicking on the floor when they walk, that’s a good indication it’s time for a trim. Keeping trim nails will keep them from puncturing furniture or getting snagged on carpets or linens while also helping to prevent painful ingrown nails.
- Schedule regular baths as needed. How often you need to bathe your dog depends on the breed, activity level, and type of coat they have. But, as a general rule, most dogs only require a bath about once a month at most. When in doubt, speak with your groomer or vet.
- Speaking of your vet, regular vet visits keep your dog healthy and happy. This leads to a neater, more orderly life because a healthy dog is less likely to mess around the house. A happy dog is also a well-behaved dog, which makes living with them more enjoyable for everyone. When visiting your vet for vaccinations and general health checks, take the opportunity to address issues like what allergy relief for dogs is best and how to provide joint pain relief for dogs who are getting older.
- And, finally, don’t forget the importance of regular exercise! A tired dog is a good dog, and a good dog means a happy owner. Maintaining a regular exercise routine will tire them out physically and mentally, leading to a calmer dog that is less likely to bark or destroy your belongings out of boredom.
Hopefully, this list of the best dog breeds for neat freaks has given you insight into what type of pup may be the best fit for your lifestyle. From American hairless terriers to Japanese spitz, there is a breed out there that is perfect for everyone. So remember to do your research and, most importantly, enjoy your new companion.
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