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10 Dog Breeds That Need Little Exercise

Newfoundland dog holding a stick

Normally, I’m a huge extrovert. I love being around people and get a lot of energy from it. Until I don’t. Then I hit my “peopled out” phase and just want a quiet room where I can watch a favorite show or read a book.

Luckily, I’m married to a good personality match this way. When I’m peopled out and need downtime, my amazing husband will sit with me on the couch and read a book or watch TV and not talk to me.

Personality fits are important in marriages, but they are just as important in dogs.

If you are busy or just want a calm and collected puppers then you should look for dog breeds that need little exercise and will make great cuddle and nap buddies. All they want is to spend time with you and be your best “couch potato” friend!

If that’s not what you want, here’s a post on dog breeds that are great for active families.

Here are the top 10 super lazy dog breeds that could be the right fit for your family. Some do require more care such as grooming and skin or breathing issues so you’ll want to do your research and choose which breed would be best for your situation..

Calm Dog Breeds

Low Energy Large Dogs:

Newfoundland Dog laying in grass

The Newfoundland is a  gentle giant who is super sweet , highly intelligent which makes them easy to train and prefer to stay indoors, not good for hot climates due to their heavy coats…they will be your best couch potato partner.

Saint Bernard standing in grass in front of lake
Saint Bernard

The iconic Saint Bernard is a very loyal and loving breed. They are sensitive and caring and super lazy.

Great Dane standing in field with mountains in the background
Great Dane

The enormous Great Dane can be playful but most of the time you will find they just love to lay in bed all day, not even barking.  Good if you don’t want a dog that barks non stop but shorter life span due to its size.

Chow Chow standing in grassy field with trees in the background
Chow Chow

The Chow Chow, a dog who looks like a teddy bear! What’s not to cuddle? They definitely like cooler climates and love lazing about on cool floors. Very lazy and prefer the indoors.

Bull Mastiff sitting on dirt road with trees in the background
Bull Mastiff

The loveable Bull Mastiff is a snuggler, a definite couch hog…this breed will take over your heart and your couch, may we recommend giving them one of their own, they make ones specifically for pooches. Great with kids!

Low Energy Medium Dogs:

Greyhound standing in field with trees in background

Beautiful, sleek and elegant the Greyhound is known for speed! It’s also one of the laziest pups on the planet who prefer to sleep all day when not in active mode. Great napping buddy.

English Bulldog running in grass with tongue sticking out
English Bulldog

The English Bulldog looks like they have an attitude but are really big babies at heart.  They love being lazy and will curl up on the chair or sofa with you.

Low Energy Small Dogs:

Pug standing on dirt with trees in background

The loveable Pug has the puppy eyes down pat.  They rank high on the lazy list as they just aren’t very active at all.  They do get breathing issues due to their shortened snouts and do need attention to their skin folds, but overall very sweet fur babies and perfect size for most apartment living.

Shih Tzu standing in leaf covered grass
Shih Tzu

The Shih Tzu is one of the most well known and loved breeds. Very few health issues, they live long lives normally with lots and lots of naps. They are known to be great watch dogs as they can be yappy and snappy. Best for homes with older people and older children. 

French Bulldog sitting on trail with tall grass in background
French Bulldog

The adorable French Bulldog is the perfect lap warmer. They love to cuddle and snooze all day long and are noted to be one of the laziest dog breeds there is. Perfect for small house or apartment living.

Summary: Low Energy Dog Breeds

When you are bringing a new dog into your home, it’s important to consider whether or not the dog breed – or mix of breeds as they have the personalities of the breeds that they come from – has the right personality to fit your lifestyle. If you are an apartment dweller or if you don’t like to take long walks then a low energy breed may be good to consider.

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