Experts say we should choose a dog that has a personality much like our own. So, what are your favorite pastimes? Would you rather veg on the couch and catch a marathon on Netflix? Are you more of the type to laze by the pool rather than swimming a few laps? Do you prefer to sit at the park rather than hiking on a trail? If so, when choosing a dog breed, you might want to consider one of the “laziest” dog breeds.
Of course, just because we humans like to spend our leisure time resting doesn’t mean we are lazy. In addition, many of us work long hours and need to rest when we can. Even if we ourselves have a busy lifestyle, that doesn’t always mean we need to have a dog that is just as active!
Several dog breeds require a lot of attention; this is something individuals who work a lot or travel a lot are not able to provide. Maybe you have a young family and your children require a lot of your attention. Plus, pets that are basically couch potatoes are often the best pets for very busy people; besides, couch potato pups are often the most darling breeds of all!
Whatever reason you wish to procure a “lazy” dog, we have procured a list of the most lazy dog breeds who will require minimal exercise or one-on-one time to be happy. These pups are simply happy to spend time with you; after all, their day will often consist of lots of napping while you’re working or tending to kids or traveling.
1. The Basset Hound
If you’ve ever watched old episodes of Lassie, you may remember a canine pal aptly named “Pokey.” Yep, Pokey was a Basset Hound! Another notable Basset Hound was the cartoon character Droopy Dog. Both of them were happy-go-lucky, methodical Basset Hounds who had plenty of smarts but not a lot of get-up-and-go.
The Basset Hound is a mid-size dog with long, droopy ears that is simply adorable. The Basset Hound is typically happy to climb into his bed and just nap the day away because they have very low energy. They may even refuse to move, no matter how much goading you may give—perfect dogs for apartment living. The Basset Hound is extremely loyal; they have a great sense of smell (sometimes dog food is the only thing that persuades them to leave the couch). They are also very “chill” dogs who just don’t get upset about anything., unlike other dogs.
The Basset Hound will only need a minimum of exercise. A couple of trips outdoors to take care of bathroom issues is usually enough to keep the Basset Hound happy and healthy. Provide him with a few chew toys, and he’ll be quite content. The Basset Hound is the perfect pup to crawl up on the couch (don’t be surprised if you need to assist a bit) and binge-watch a favorite television series.
2. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is one of the most adorable doggie couch potatoes with a happy-go-lucky personality! They are very calm dogs, and, while they might not always be the “laziest” dogs around, they tend to adapt to the personality of their handler. That means if you love to nap, recline by the pool, or sit on the porch, the Cavalier King Charles is down to do the same.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a hunter at heart, but they do not have the “prey drive” that similar dogs have. However, if you do take Fido out for a walk where there maybe squirrels, you will want to keep him leashed—he just can’t help himself.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel does not require a lot of exercises. Two or three trips outdoors per day to go potty typically suffice for the breed. If you work from home, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel will happily sit at your feet while you work. You can also provide her with some interactive chew toys that will keep her from becoming bored. This little pup is simply happy to be where you are, so if you need a pup who’s simply happy to be alive and in your presence, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel could be the pup for the job!
3. The French Bulldog
The French Bulldog has a significant reason for being a lazy breed. The Frenchie is a brachycephalic dog; this means the dog’s skull is made a little different from typical dog breeds . Her nose will often be shortened, and whereas traditional dog breeds have a long muzzle, the Frenchie’s nose is shortened. This means the breed often has what is described as “obstructive breathing.”
Now, this design is NOT a physical flaw in the least! It just means that special care must be taken in order to prevent overheating and other respiratory issues in the dog. The French Bulldog will require little in the way of regular exercise. In fact, pet parents should work to ensure that walks take place during cooler times of the day. French Bulldogs should never be allowed to get too hot, and playtime should ideally be in short spurts of twenty minutes or less. Be sure to provide adequate exercise as the breed does possess quite an appetite, and gaining weight is easy for the Frenchie. Keep in mind that extra weight on the Frenchie can exacerbate any breathing issues.
You can often find the Frenchie taking a nap, snoring away. That’s right—this cute little bundle’s short snout means you’ll hear him sawing logs many times during the day. They are most definitely lap dogs, and they love to be right by their owners’ sides at all times.
4. The Greyhound
Wait—aren’t greyhounds notorious for being originally bred as racing dogs? Yes, they are, but, they are also very lazy. (NOTE: We do not promote racing Greyhounds. Many retired racers are often thrown in shelters because the original owners have no use for them any longer. This is s shameful practice. Look into adopting a retired Greyhound; they have very much love to give and are a joy as a companion.) The Greyhound was originally developed to hunt small game. They have a high “prey drive,” and they will chase rabbits, squirrels, and the like in your yard. However, the Greyhound can also be a couch potato.
Given the right amount of exercise (they are prone to zoomies), your Greyhound will happily spend an hour or two curled up on the couch beside you while you watch the NCIS marathon. Don’t be surprised if your Greyhound doesn’t attempt to nuzzle its way into your bed at night, either!
5. The Beagle
The Beagle is only active—eating, playing, etc.—for an average of sixty-six minutes per day! This dog was bred to hunt small game, and they do love to catch a scent trail and sniff out its “prey.” However, the Beagle is much like a Basset Hound; they would much rather laze in the sun than run and play for hours on end.
The Beagle is a mid-size dog; they do tend to bark, especially at squirrels and birds. However, give the Beagle about thirty minutes devoted to walking and another half-hour devoted to playing fetch or gnawing on a chew toy. This breed will be completely satisfied with the “lack” of activity, and the Beagle is happiest just lounging on the couch with you.
6. The Pomeranian
You’d think this darling little ball of fur would be more active, but the Pomeranian is actually happier in her bed or on the couch with you. The Pom is actually a very shy breed; they can be quite timid with other people. It’s a good idea to socialize the Pom very early on with other people, children especially.
The Pomeranian is happy with a few short, brisk walks per day. They may enjoy a toy or two, but they’re more likely to curl up with a dog toy and sleep than they are to chew or play fetch.
The Pomeranian is a great dog for those who work from home; she will curl up in her bed at your feet, safe in the security that her “person” is home and nearby. Those who work long hours will want to provide a dog crate with a bed so that Fido can have his own “space”—this will prevent separation anxiety in the Pom.
7. The Rottweiler
This breed often garners an unnecessarily bad reputation; they are great dogs if properly socialized. (Truth be told, they are big babies!) The Rottweiler is active an average of 63 minutes per day. They bond closely with their owners and family; it is not a good idea to leave the Rottie penned up alone for hours on end per day, however.
The Rottie enjoys being able to get out and take a walk with you. You’ll want to make sure the dog is leashed; you’ll also want to start teaching him to heel and refrain from pulling at the leash. These strong dogs can and will take off after a small game or if they see another member of the “family” outdoors.
A good way to keep the Rottie occupied is to provide interactive chew toys. A great toy for Rotties is a food puzzle toy. Simply open the toy, place cream cheese or some soft treats inside, and shut the toy back. Hand it over to Fido; he’ll spend the better part of thirty minutes licking and chewing his way to the treats in the toy.
Rotties love to be lap dogs, even though they may reach a weight of 140 pounds. Socialize them while they are quite young in regards to walking with the leash and laying in his dog bed, and the Rottie will make an excellent lazy dog companion.
8. The Dachshund
The Dachshund is adorable to look at and lazy as can be! The good natured “weinie dog,” as it is commonly called, is a laid-back pup that just seems to go with the flow. It is a good idea to provide the Doxie with some chew toys, but he will only need a short, brisk walk of twenty minutes or less per day.
The Doxie will chase after small animals, and, you must be careful that the Dachshund does not jump down off furniture. If he does, a back injury could occur. Otherwise, this sweet and fun-loving pup is happy to be where you are. If that means spending the day on the couch, the Doxie is perfectly happy to do so.
1. What kind of dog is good for a lazy person?
The best kind of dog is one that fits your personality best! The Basset Hound is often a favorite, as they seem to enjoy snoozing the day away. However, other lazy dog breeds include the French Bulldog, the Dachshund, and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
2. What is the most laid-back breed of dog?
The Basset Hound is likely the most lazy dog breed. With just a small amount of exercise, the Basset Hound is happy and healthy. They aren’t really “chewers,” so you don’t have to worry about providing him with lots of toys. Most of the time, the Basset Hound simply loves to sleep the day away near his “person.”
3. What are the least active dogs?
The least active dog breeds are the Pomeranian, the Rottweiler, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and the French Bulldog.
4. What is the most low-maintenance dog?
Two breeds come to mind when considering “low maintenance” dogs. First is the Basset Hound, but another great breed that simply loves to be near its “people” is the Boston Terrier. Not only are the “lazy” dogs, but they are also less likely to shed, need little in the way of grooming, and are generally healthy dogs.