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The 10 Least Hyper Dog Breeds

Written by: Scott H
Scott Haiduc is the Director of Publishing for iHeartDogs, iHeartCats and The Hero Company. When not working, Scott spends his time on the farm, taking care of his animals and crops.Read more
| Published on September 25, 2017

While some people want a very active companion, others are looking to spend more time relaxing with their canine friends. There’s nothing wrong with that, and there are certainly plenty of breeds who fit the couch potato description! While all dogs are individuals and have their own unique needs. Here you’ll find some breeds that are generally more on the lazy side, with our list of the 10 least hyper dog breeds…

#1 – Basset Hound


This hound breed is unique due to their naturally short legs and long, dragging ears. Originally bred to be tracking dogs like their Bloodhound cousins, Bassets nowadays would typically rather be watching TV with you on the couch.

#2 – English Mastiff


Despite their size, the English Mastiff is a gentle giant who wants nothing more than to relax with his people. While he makes a good watch dog by presence and looks alone, don’t expect him to go chasing after the bad guy!

#3 – Shih Tzu


These adorable little Chinese dogs are one of the most ancient dog breeds around. We know them for their friendly demeanor even towards strangers. Shih Tzus really don’t care who’s snuggling up on the couch with a blanket, so long as they’re allowed to join the fun.

#4 – Newfoundland


People consider Newfoundlands to be gentle giants. And rightfully so! Despite being bred for retrieving in icy waters, these huge dogs are perfectly happy relaxing at home with their families.

#5 – Cavalier King Charles Spaniel


These toy spaniels were once bred for hunting. Their affectionate, soft personalities make them popular today. They want nothing more than to be with their people and make excellent lap dogs for those looking for a stay-at-home companion. 

#6 – English Bulldog


English Bulldogs are popularly used for tricks and stunts. But they’re actually a very lazy breed that needs a little coaxing to get out and work! They make excellent family companions, and you’ll be as surprised by their snoring as you are by their intelligence! 

#7 – Chow Chow


Chow Chows have a distinctive fluffy coat. Bred as an all-purpose dog, it’s not uncommon for Chow Chows to show their origin as working dogs on occasion, and they are excellent guard dogs. However, they typically don’t exhibit the desire for activity that they once used to show.

#8 – Lhasa Apso


The Lhasa Apso comes from Tibet where he would alert monks to intruders. While they maintain their watchdog capabilities today, Lhasa Apso generally prefer to do their work from your lap. They are deeply loyal to their families and make affectionate companions. 

#9 – Pekingese


The Pekingese was bred with the original purpose of being a lap dog! He’s the ultimate couch potato! Although they were used to keep Chinese royals company, they are now bred to keep everyone company and make excellent family pets.

#10 – French Bulldog


The French Bulldog does have spurts of energy here and there, but is generally very lazy like his English cousin. French Bulldogs make great watchdogs but prefer to do their work from the comfort of their beds, and it’s not uncommon to see them sleeping on the job!

Does one of these couch potatoes sound perfect for you and your leisure lifestyle? Don’t forget to check your local shelters and breed rescues, they may have just the perfect one of these least hyper dog breeds for you!

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