Some dogs’ greatest passion is simply to warm your couch (and your heart).
For every busybody herding breed or investigative journalist hunting dog, there’s an equal and opposite couch potato breed. These dogs can’t wait to nap the day away. The least energetic of the canine world, these slow and sleepy dog breeds still need walks and play (of course!), but they’re just not as busy as other dogs.
The least active breeds come in every shape and size, and from every part of the world. Some have “day jobs,” sure, but many have been bred simply to be wonderful, low-maintenance family companions.
Let’s take a look at some downright lazy dog breeds. And by lazy, we also mean adorable.
Toy breeds (2-9 pounds)
An elegant, mostly hairless petite companion. Caution: will require occasional clothes.
An elegant companion with soulful eyes. Easy to train with a merry personality.
Bright and playful, this companion will relax and entertain you. Easy to train but difficult to housebreak, this sensitive little fluffer may prefer a litter box or other indoor potty solution.
Spunky and alert, the Pomeranian pays close attention to the world around them. This foxy little spitz can be a little bossy, so obedience training is in order.
Small Breeds (7-35 pounds)
These bearded little Ewoks are sensitive snugglers with a huge heart (and bigger attitude). There are bearded and smooth-coated versions.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Cavs can be a little athletic, due to a hunting lineage, but they love to snuggle, and hate to be away from you for long. A good combination for lightly active families.
A chunky little dog with a beautiful coat and a big dog attitude, the Peke was born to be your sweet and comical companion.
These beautiful, sturdy little watchdogs are calm and playful by turns. They love to climb and perch in a windowsill like a cat.
Medium (35-65 pounds)
Highly sociable and easygoing, this talented scent hound is known for its independent working dog attitude. Highly food-motivated but slow to train.
The majestic Chow is a noble guardian, protecting his home and family. A beautiful, bearlike, stocky dog, he requires plenty of early socialization to combat a suspicious nature.
The American cocker spaniel is a beautiful, extremely sensitive companion, with more grooming needs and less exercise needs than their English cousins.
Stubborn yet sensitive, the bulldog is equal parts majestic and comedic. More of a snorer than a barker, and good, though often stoic, with children and strangers.
Large (55-85 pounds)
An uncommon breed with true couch potato instincts, the Clumber is a heavy built spaniel who sleeps indoors, but is perfectly willing to play some fetch or chase out of doors.
For all his athletic build and background, the greyhound is built for the sprint, and only requires an occasional gallop to offset a napping regime. Sensitive to emotional tension and noise, this elegant animal does best in a calm, quiet home.
Extra Large (75 pounds and up)
Bernese Mountain Dog
Berners are the majestic big dog of the Swiss Alps. If they have to be active, they prefer cooler weather for sure. Though they can be massive, Berners are great with children and bustling families.
The original ‘gentle giant’ of the dog world, the Dane is a large, elegant, mastiff type. Rambunctious as puppies, Danes quickly settle into a calm, majestic companion.
Sweet, slobbery swimmers, the Newfie is quite an active dog outside the house. Great with children and families, this all-purpose heavy dog can also be trained to pull carts.
(Sound on for impressive snoring!) The Saint, like the Newfie, loves his outdoor time, though is a furry lump inside the home. Rambunctious in puppyhood, the adult Saint prefers to get his exercise carrying a load, hiking in the cool mountain air, or gently drowning you with drool.