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15 Dog Breeds That Love To Be Lazy

All dogs need exercise, but some need a little bit more than others. Whether they get bored more easily or are simply better athletes, some breeds are completely unsuitable for the couch-potato life. Others, however, can be found sleeping more often than not. If you’re looking for one of these low-key dog breeds, this list is for you.

#1 – English Bulldog

The English Bulldog is probably one of the laziest dog breeds around, although you can find them learning to skateboard and surf. Like any dog, they do need activity but are perfectly capable of sleeping on the couch pretty much all day and night.


#2 – French Bulldog

The French Bulldog is a little feistier than its English cousin, but that doesn’t mean it enjoys sleep any less. Frenchies are an excellent choice for someone who wants a funny dog that’s capable of relaxing. 


#3 – Bullmastiff

Despite its size and strength, the Bullmastiff isn’t much of a working dog anymore. If anything, the breed works very hard at a good nap. They do need exercise but actually make great apartment dwellers due to their little need for a yard. 


#4 – Clumber Spaniel

The Clumber Spaniel is a large spaniel, reaching up to 85 pounds or more. Unlike other Spaniel breeds, the Clumber is much less active and enjoys spending its time on your couch more than in the brush hunting game.


#5 – Pug

The adorable little Pug is full of glowing personality and one of its most endearing qualities is its laziness. Pugs are very cute and their owners think they’re most cute when snoring…something they do quite often!


#6 – Pekingese

The Pekingese is one of the most popular lapdogs, which is no surprise to those familiar with the breed. They make great companions for those looking to spend a little less time on physical activity with their dogs and more time resting on the couch. 


#7 – English Mastiff

Like the Bullmastiff, the large English Mastiff is a rather lazy breed that enjoys sleeping more than guarding. That said, it does make an excellent guard dog by its looks alone. If you want a large breed that requires minimal exercise, the English Mastiff might be a good choice. 


#8 – Saint Bernard

Saint Bernards are a giant breed that require minimal exercise despite their size. They have very thick coats and do not do well in warmer climates, but even in cold weather can be relatively lazy dogs. They are gentle giants that make great family companions. 


#9 – Havanese

The Havanese was bred for use as a lapdog and companion dog, a job it excels at today. Although it does enjoy walks and outings, it’s a fairly lazy breed that is perfectly happy to snuggle on the couch all day.


#10 – Chihuahua

Chihuahuas come as no surprise on the list for those looking at couch potato breeds. They are sweet dogs that enjoy spending time with their people. They like daily walks but are much more comfortable being inside resting than outside.


#11 – Newfoundland

Newfoundlands are gentle giants in the dog world and act just as much like giant teddy bears as they look. They make excellent companions and require very minimal exercise despite their size. 


#12 – Glen of Imaal Terrier

It’s typically unusual for any Terrier breed to be considered sleepy, but the Glen of Imaal Terrier is probably the most easy-going of the group. They need regular activity, but not as much as their Terrier cousins and are much less demanding when it comes to their needs.


#13 – Japanese Chin

The Japanese Chin was bred to be a companion and lapdog and they still maintain this position today. Although a daily walk is needed, that’s really all they need to be fully content sleeping next to their owners for the remainder of the day and night.

#14 – Basset Hound

This large scenthound is known for its short legs and huge ears. Although once an avid hunter, the Basset Hound is mostly found lounging around the house near its people. They do require exercise, mostly to prevent obesity, but are perfectly content sleeping the majority of the day. 


#15 – Greyhound

Despite its hunting and racing history (and present, in many places), the Greyhound actually requires minimal activity and is known to be one of the biggest couch potatoes in the dog world. They do need a place to run and play, but they are sprinting dogs more than endurance runners and really don’t need as much exercise as it appears. 



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Written by Katie Finlay
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