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Totally 100% yes! My son is 9, has ADHD and isn’t loving or affectionate with people (he’s actually quite cold), but he LOVES his dog, cuddles with him, plays with him and takes care of him. We adopted our dog ~9 months ago from a rescue agency that specializes in small dogs. He’s 3 years old, doesn’t bark a lot, doesn’t shed, and sleeps in a crate at night. I work from home so all I need to do is walk him a couple times a day. Finding care for him when we go away is the hardest part. I think there are dogs out there looking for homes that are super low maintenance and if you work with a reputable rescue agency, they’ll understand your needs and help find the right dog for you. I knew I didn’t have the energy or bandwidth to deal with a puppy. Good luck!!