Having a dog doesn’t mean continually having to go out on walks or climb up mountains to wear them out. One of the most important things to consider when adopting a breed is that they match your lifestyle.
If you prefer to spend your free time sitting on a couch, a low energy dog breed is going to be a better match for you. There are plenty of low energy dogs, from big to small. They enjoy a good cuddle or snooze fest just as much as, if not more than, spending time in the great outdoors.
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the 21 low energy dog breeds
It might surprise people how many large-breed dogs are considered to be low-energy breeds. The Newfoundland is among these pups.
As adults, they almost always weigh more than 100 pounds, both males and females. transporting all this weight from one place to another is exhausting. when they don’t have to move, they’re happy to lounge around and snuggle up on the couch.
Newfoundlands are classified as large-breed working dogs. They have a lot of stamina and a hard work ethic. for them, slow and steady is the best way to get the job done. take them swimming when they need a workout and they’ll love you all the more for it.
Basset Hounds are one of the most stereotypical low-energy, lazy-day dog breeds out there. With ears that droop to the ground and big, sad eyes, they look quirky even when they are in motion. Everything about their appearance seems to be trying to pull them to the ground again.
These dogs only need about an hour of exercise a day. however, this exercise can be discreet. a couple of walks or a few games in the yard, and they are satisfied. however, they can be stubbornly lazy.
Even if they don’t want to go out, they should be taken daily. basset hounds struggle with obesity as a breed, and their lifespans will be much shorter if they are allowed to manage their weight on their own.
3. saint bernard
Saint Bernards are the drooly dogs that became movie stars in the early 2000s. They saw a rise in popularity around the U.S. and Europe during this time.
A Saint Bernard is a giant breed of dog that grows rapidly throughout its puppy years. Due to this exponential growth rate and final size of over a hundred pounds, they can suffer from quite a few health problems. These include problems with your bones and joints.
Because of this, it is really recommended to give a Saint Bernard only a finite amount of exercise. be careful with the type of activity too. going for a run is not as recommended as a walk or a slow walk.
4. great dane
Great Danes are an interesting dog to feature on a low-energy list. They earn their spot here because of their calm, sedate personalities in the home.
They’re happy to laze around all day when they’re in tight quarters. it is partly due to their intelligence that they understand when is the right time and place to avoid harming their surroundings.
Great Danes are low-energy dogs in the home, but they do need a fair amount of daily exercise. they should be taken for several brisk walks a day, allowed to run free in a dog park or other outdoor space, or taken for runs and walks. then when they get back home, they’ll happily crash wherever is smoother.
Greyhounds are similar in their personalities and activity requirements as Great Danes. They are dogs bred to sprint and are used in dog races in Great Britain and America.
These sports are not as common anymore and greyhounds are often simply a beloved family pet. take them out for several walks a day. even better is if you can find a place for them to run.
Greyhounds are famous not only for their affinity for running, but also for their love of blankets. in the home, you’ll likely find them curled up under whatever blanket they can find.
6. english mastiff
English Mastiffs, like most Mastiffs, have a rather intimidating appearance. They are enormous dogs and seem to be mostly muscle. While they are classed as a working dog, they exhibit a giant dog breed’s typical tendencies, including lower energy when not doing a job.
They are affectionate and quite protective. this means that they need a lot of socialization from the beginning, so that they know how to behave well with other people. They also drool quite a bit, so watch out for anywhere they’ve recently been lying down.
Like other giant dog breeds, any exercise they do should be low-impact. over-exercising them can lead to health problems with your bones and joints.
7. dogue de bordeaux
The Dogue de Bordeaux can leave a trail of drool wherever they roam. This is a large, intimidating breed. Focus on socializing them early so they understand how to behave around other animals and people properly. They have adorable wrinkled, serious faces and droopy jowls, but do not let this relaxed appearance fool you when introducing them to new situations.
The Dogue de Bordeaux only needs 45 minutes to an hour of exercise a day. keep it low impact to protect your joints and bones.
8. cavalier king charles spaniel
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are low-key, low-maintenance dogs who love nothing more than an afternoon inside. These little dogs have quite a history of being a lapdog to nobility and royalty. They do need plenty of time with their humans and suffer from separation anxiety if left alone for too long.
Gentlemen thrive more on human contact than any type of high-intensity exercise. they need about an hour of activity each day, from leisurely walks in the park to a walk around their neighborhood.
Malteses are comical little dogs who love to put on a show. They need to be the center of attention and crave time around people. They are tiny dogs, though, so as many steps as a walk is for you, it ends up many more for them.
Their size and energy level make them ideal for apartment living and urban settings. they’re lively, but it doesn’t take much to tire them out where they need a break.
Give your Maltese around 30 minutes of exercise each day and you’ll keep him in tip-top shape.
10. french bulldog
The French Bulldog, or Frenchie, is a small breed with a lively personality. They are a low-energy pup that suits apartment living easily.
Because Frenchies are brachycephalic, they should never be overexerted. it can end near fatal, especially in hot climates. they have trouble breathing through their shortened snouts and can quickly overheat.
French bulldogs should get about an hour of exercise each day. they should have several separate short walks, with quality cuddle sessions in between.
11. english bulldog
English Bulldogs are renowned for being one of the laziest dogs there is. Their desire for lack of motion and activity sets them apart in the dog world. It is more common to see one of these dogs being pulled along by their owners than it ever is to see one willingly run.
However, it can be amazing to watch when the English bulldog decides to break from his usual slow pace. they don’t have much stamina but can exhibit great bursts of speed if the situation calls for it.
Since bulldogs struggle with obesity, it’s important to take them out each day for about an hour of exercise. these are often slow walks, but try adding something more strenuous every once in a while to get your blood pumping.
Pugs are stereotypical lapdogs. They love attention much more than large amounts of activity.
Pugs have a long history of being the companion of royalty and nobility. They used to be larger dogs, but have been bred to become a toy breed with small legs. these are also brachycephalic pups and should not be overworked.
Take your pug out for about 40 minutes of exercise a day and he’ll be happy to sleep and snuggle for the rest of the day.
Shih Tzus are a similar size and shape to the Maltese. Typically, they have more brown and gray in their coats than their pure white counterparts.
Shih Tzus still require daily exercise, but they only need a minimal amount to stay happy and healthy. they always have a lot of antics around the house and adapt well to apartments.
walking a shih tzu twice a day for about 15 minutes is usually more than enough for them.
14. japanese chin
The Japanese Chin is far too elegant to be bounding around the home and amusing you with quirky acts. They prefer to be a picturesque lapdog than someone’s active companion.
Japanese chins seem to reflect the cultures in which they were most popular, in china and japan. they are calm and controlled, an elegant small dog for low energy homes.
They still need activity every day to stay healthy. take them out for a couple of shorter walks that add up to about 30 minutes of activity, and they’ll be satisfied.
15. irish wolfhound
Irish Wolfhounds are a grandfatherly breed. They have shaggy coats of tan, brown, or white fur that make them look elderly from a young age. Combined with a lovable personality, they do not receive as much attention as the breed deserves.
These dogs are similar in their activity requirements to Great Danes. They need a minimum of two hours of daily exercise, but they are reserved and quiet when they are at home.
Watch out for this large breed dog. if you adopt him as a puppy, slowly and carefully increase the duration and intensity of the exercise. doing so helps support your joints as they age.
Whippets appear to be a smaller version of a Greyhound, but they have long been a distinctly separate breed.
These skinny dogs can apparently run for days and need at least an hour of exercise each day.
However, their love of a cozy blanket cannot be matched by almost any other breed. at home, they’ll be pulled off sofas or snuggled up on your lap to find a spot that’s as warm and cozy as possible.
17. bernese mountain dog
The Bernese Mountain Dog is a giant breed dog. They have a history of being a working breed, herding and hauling materials throughout the Bernese Mountains.
Because they are so large, they often have problems with their joints and bones as they age. however, their muscles and breeding give them a sturdier build than some similar breeds.
Try to give your dog a minimum of 30 minutes of activity each day, although close to 90 minutes will keep him in peak condition.
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Chow Chows are another poised dog hailing from the mysterious mountain areas of China. They are one of the larger breeds that have come from Asia.
Chow chows are easily recognizable by their reddish-brown fur and wrinkled skin all over their bodies. they are drooling and have hanging jowls.
These pups prefer to sit and watch more activities than they would like to participate in, but they still need daily exercise. take them out for a couple of walks averaging 15 minutes each day, and they’ll stay happy and healthy.
The Pekingese often looks more like a poofy ball of fluff than a noble dog. They have short legs that are usually covered by all their fur if they haven’t recently been groomed.
The combination of a large amount of fur and a brachycephalic face makes it very easy for them to overheat. they only need one or two short walks each day at a slow pace.
Because of its extreme lack of maintenance when it comes to daily activity, the Pekingese makes an excellent pet for the elderly.
20. welsh corgi cardigan
Cardigan Welsh Corgis are a dwarf dog breed. With their large ears, foxlike faces, and stubby legs, they have no trouble eliciting laughs and creating joy.
Corgis are notoriously curious dogs with short attention spans, so they’re best kept on a leash. however, they also consume relatively little power, and once an area is explored, their lap is the next place they want to be.
Take your corgi out for a brisk walk or two each day to keep it healthy. be careful with high intensity activities because they can lead to health problems due to your unique body shape.
21. lhasa apso
The Lhasa Apso is one of the oldest dog breeds, raised by Buddhist monks to guard the mountain monasteries. Hours of slow patrols and sitting on the alert are bred into them.
They are affectionate and playful, but do not require much activity to stay healthy. they can be taken for one long walk or several shorter ones throughout the day.
Lhasas have a strong will and a lot of determination. they can be difficult to train, so combining exercise with training sessions may be a good option.
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