Choosing the right dog for your lifestyle is so important that breeders, trainers and rescue workers cannot stress it enough. The wrong dog in the wrong home is a disaster for everyone and only ends up with the dog in the shelter and the owner distraught over the struggle they’ve managed. Dogs are individuals and their needs will vary, but focusing on certain breed traits will help you choose the right dog for you regardless of where you get it.
Picking an active breed that needs more exercise than an owner can give is one of the top mistakes new owners make. Siberian Huskies and Australian Shepherds are beautiful, but if you can’t provide sufficient exercise, they’re going to get bored and destructive. So make sure you’re honest with yourself about the amount of physical activity you can provide and if you’re looking for a low-maintenance dog in terms of exercise, consider the breeds on this list.
#1 – Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Bred primarily as a lapdog and companion, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel excels at its original job. The breed is gentle, affectionate and would much rather be inside next to you than doing any sort of vigorous activity.
#2 – Basset Hound
The Basset Hound is a large dog on short legs, reaching upwards of 65-75 pounds. They are very lazy dogs that are gentle and affectionate towards their families. Although they require little exercise, potential owners should be prepared for a lot of drool.
#3 – English Bulldog
The English Bulldog was originally bred as a bull baiting dog, but the sport was fortunately outlawed many, many years ago. Since then, they’ve been mostly family companions and are known for their clownish personalities. They are very lazy dogs that require minimal exercise.
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