The 10 Laziest Dog Breeds

By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. Updated: January 19, 2017
The 10 Laziest Dog Breeds

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When adopting a dog many people like to inform themselves so to find a pet with similar personality traits to themselves. There are several factors to consider and help pick the perfect dog for us, but remember that each animal has its own personality and that can sometimes be surprising.

In this AnimalWised article we will review the top 10 laziest dog breeds so you can orient yourself a little when selecting a pet.

Among our proposals you will find large and small breeds, a general set of laid-back dogs. Remember that you too must be part of this lazy mood and that you should reward this kind behavior if you want a pet with this trait.

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1. The Greyhound

Many people are surprised by this, as Greyhounds are often thought to be dogs that require a lot of exercise and physical activity. However, the fact is that most greyhounds are very laid-back animals who love to relax and enjoy themselves with their owners in a relaxed household.

The greyhound is a quiet and calm dog that scares easily and with whom you can enjoy seaside walks where we will see it run like lightning.

Have you considered adopting a greyhound? Remember that after the hunting period many greyhounds are abandoned. To help remedy this problem there are charitable organisations that you can contact to adopt an abandoned Greyhound. This is a wonderful and supportive way of getting a pet and one that does not contribute to the animal sales market.

The greyhound is among the 4 fastest dog breeds in the world.

The 10 Laziest Dog Breeds - 1. The Greyhound

2. The Pug

In most cases we associate small dogs with nervous and even over excited behavior, but this is not the case of the Pug. It is a small dog with a sweet appearance and a peaceful and calm personality.

Pugs enjoy the company of adults and children and although it plays and has fun we can quickly see that this is actually a lazy dog. It is perhaps due to its mellowness (it is left a little breathless when exercising) that it has a quiet and laid-back attitude both outside and inside the home.

If we are thinking of adopting a pug we must be sure that we do not want to exercise it in excess as it does not hold well to prolonged physical activity.

The pug is among the 5 most wrinkly dog breeds in the world.

The 10 Laziest Dog Breeds - 2. The Pug

3. The Great Dane

If you have ever seen a Great Dane you will agree with me that it is a lazy dog despite its large size. The Great Dane walks slowly and does not require large doses of exercise, a normal walking routine will be enough to keep our new pet happy.

Yes, although it is a quiet dog we must remember that its large size requires that it have a wide bed, a large room to live in and very large amounts of food.


The 10 Laziest Dog Breeds - 3. The Great Dane

4. The English Bulldog

The Bulldog is certainly another dog that deserves to be in this list of lazy dog breeds. It is a robust and burly dog that is very affable and attached to its owners.

Its build does not permit for excessive exercise and so we find in him a dog with which we can enjoy walking slowly and having a relaxed routine. Discover the other three types of Bulldog.

The 10 Laziest Dog Breeds - 4. The English Bulldog

5. Saint Bernard

The Saint Bernard is a good-natured dog that is very calm in character. Despite being one of the biggest dogs in the world, it is so tame that it is perfect for living with children. Such is its ability to protect the little ones in the house that is considered by many to be like a nanny.

In addition, one of the advantages of this breed is that it has a great willingness to be trained, so teaching it the basic commands will be really easy. If you have enough space for it, certainly the St. Bernard is one of the best options because it is a quiet, intelligent, loyal and obedient dog.

The 10 Laziest Dog Breeds - 5. Saint Bernard

6. Spanish Mastiff

This large and strong dog is one of the best cattle guard dogs. The Spanish Mastiff has a gentle and affectionate character that shows great loyalty to its owners and is a calm dog, especially when surrounded by children.

Its relaxed, calm and serene attitude make it the ideal companion for all those who are not very active but prefer to have the company of a larger dog. It is does not bark a lot and is balanced, noble and loving instead. It will offer the best of itself without asking for anything in return. Give it the basic care it needs and you will have at your side a responsible and very faithful friend.

However, the Spanish Mastiff can be lazy whilst at home and a very sociable dog with members of the household but can become somewhat territorial and distrustful with strangers. You should have some knowledge of dog training before deciding to get such a large dog.

The 10 Laziest Dog Breeds - 6. Spanish Mastiff

7. Basset hound

The basset hound is the perfect flat-mate: quiet, affectionate, friendly and family-friendly. This is a breed of dog that fits perfectly to life in small apartments as its favorite pastimes are eating and sleeping. Due to the short length of their legs, they are not fast dogs and prefer calm walks without rushing, walking at their own pace. Likewise, they are not characterized by being overly playful dogs, so if you want a calm pet but one that will also play with the children then probably the basset hound is not the best option.

You need to have patience when training it and pay special attention to the care of its long ears and eyes. They are dogs that love to be at home with their owners, so if you provide it with all the care it needs the basset hound will thank you with affection and pampering. And yes, it is an excellent hunter!

The 10 Laziest Dog Breeds - 7. Basset hound

8. Shar Pei

Indeed, the Shar Pei is one of the most laid-back and lazy dogs and is known for being friendly, calm and somewhat independent. There is no need to exercise it much and it does not usually get excited when faced with everyday stimuli that could cause other dogs to be startled, neither is it particularly destructive.

The 10 Laziest Dog Breeds - 8. Shar Pei

9. Akita Inu

The Akita Inu is a dog of Japanese origin. Beautiful and extremely loyal, it is also very calm and patient and is usually reserved with strangers. It is a great pet as it will undoubtedly become our best friend forever.

You must know that you will need to have some proper training knowledge in order to care for this breed, a fundamental feature if you'd like to adopt this dog.

The 10 Laziest Dog Breeds - 9. Akita Inu

10. Bloodhound

As is the case with the Spanish Mastiff, the Bloodhound is also a large, very calm and quiet dog. It accepts its training and does not usually behave in an excited or destructive manner. It is tolerant and patient with children, other dogs and even strangers, with whom they seem to show themselves to be relaxed and indifferent. The Bloodhound is in the list of Vulnerable Native Breeds in the UK.

The 10 Laziest Dog Breeds - 10. Bloodhound

Remember that...

Every dog is different, has its own character and way of doing things so it can not be guaranteed that all the dogs listed here are 100% lazy dogs. Training through positive reinforcement and rewarding calmness inside and outside the home will be the best tools to achieve a relaxed, calm and quiet dog.

The 10 Laziest Dog Breeds - Remember that...

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