Exercise is essential for all dogs, but there are some breeds who aren’t keen on a workout like others, and are quite content with a few minutes of physical activity, indoors or outdoors. Let’s check out some lazy dog breeds.
Energetic dogs, such as Australian Shepherd and Labrador Retriever tend to become more calm and docile as they age, and hence, don’t require a strenuous exercise routine, thereby, making them ideal choices for lazy owners.
Like people, even dogs have a temperament. An energetic person is better off with a Border Collie or Miniature Pinscher, but some of us are quite laid-back in nature, and would prefer a dog with a mellow disposition.
A lot of thought should be put in before buying a dog. However, most dog owners choose the animal based on its looks and color, spend a ton of time and money to pick out the perfect canine, and later, regret their decision. These people have a hectic lifestyle, and can’t go every day for a 30-minute walk or the weekly hiking trip with their pet. To ensure that they don’t buy the wrong breed, DogAppy enlists the most popular couch potato dog breeds that are satisfied with a 10-minute walk around the park.
History associates the Bulldog with gruesome animal fighting, but in reality, it is a calm canine, perfect for the ultimate couch potato. Behind that grumpy face is the most mellow and docile dog. All it needs is a 10 to 15-minute walk in the mornings or evenings. A Bulldog loves to sit idle, and even watches just about anything on TV. It is great with kids, and usually, not aggressive towards strangers. However, it rarely mixes well with other dog breeds.
A Bullmastiff is a large breed; in fact, it is one of the largest dog breeds listed by the American Kennel Club (AKC). Also known as the ‘Gentle Giant’, this dog is extremely friendly, easygoing, and calm in nature. However, it is difficult to make the dog act out of its own will. A Bullmastiff is a quiet dog that loves to take naps on the couch. Despite its lazy nature, it does need some exercise to be healthy and happy. This breed is great with kids and other household pets.
Who doesn’t love pugs? They are small, charming, fun-loving, and carry an insane amount of cuteness with them. They are also playful, mischievous, but the best thing about them is their ability to blend in any kind of atmosphere. They can easily rest on the bed or couch for hours, by taking regular naps. They don’t need much exercise, and are happy with running around indoors. Sometimes, the dog can be a little stubborn, but it lives to please its master. Pugs are also great with kids, and mix well with other domesticated pets.
A direct descendant of the Blood Hound, a Basset Hound is a calm and obedient canine that loves being close to people. It possesses a strong sense of smell, and is likely to follow an interesting scent, relentlessly. Despite its short stature, the Basset Hound is quite heavy. It is an easygoing breed and blends well with people, pets, and especially kids. However, kids should be taught not to treat the animal as a toy. Overall, the Basset Hound is a calm dog that can’t do without its daily walk. It may appear clumsy, but is quite smart and loves to snuggle on the couch or bed.
Another giant but loving dog, the Great Dane is a lazy breed that loves napping. Great Danes are great watch dogs, but have an easygoing nature, and hence, they don’t bark much. However, they become highly alert if they sense something suspicious. These dogs are great with kids, but due to their enormous size, they can be quite a handful sometimes. A firm training from the start is essential to keep the Great Dane under control. This breed may be lazy, but requires regular exercise to avoid various health issues.
The distinctive appearance, small size, and quiet nature make the French Bulldog an ideal pet for people with a hectic lifestyle. A daily walk of 15 to 20 minutes is enough for this Bulldog, and during rains, it is perfectly happy to play indoors. Unlike the Bulldog, its French cousin here always has a curious and alert expression, which complements its keen sense of hearing. It is the ideal lap dog that thrives on human companionship and loves its long resting hours.
Cute, gentle, and playful, the Bichon Frise enjoys the company of humans and domesticated pets alike. This dog thrives on human companionship, and hence, shouldn’t be left alone for long. It usually prefers to just lie down and catch up on its sleep. Occasionally, the Bichon Frise might show a tremendous burst of energy by running in the house for a few minutes. These short outbursts and a daily walk for 10 to 15 minutes are all this dog needs to stay healthy. The Bichon Frise is likely to develop small dog syndrome, and hence, owners should be extremely firm while training this animal.
A Pekingese wouldn’t mind running around the park, chase squirrels, or play indoors with chew toys. However, its favorite activity is jumping on and off the sofa. The Pekingese is the ultimate lap dog that requires less exercise and more love. It can sleep for hours, and prefers to remain aloof in the presence of strangers. However, the dog is extremely courageous, and won’t back down if challenged.
Even with a strong natural instinct to protect its family from any threat, the Shar Pei loves to stretch its legs and rest. This amazing rare dog breed was on the brink of extinction during the 1970s, but thanks to the conservation efforts of dog lovers, its popularity has grown tremendously. A daily short walk is a great exercise for this dog, and at the end of the day, it prefers to just sprawl on the couch.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
A dog originally bred for the royal lifestyle, it does equally well in an apartment too. Also known as the ‘Comforter’, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is capable of changing its activity level accordingly. The dog can sit on the couch, watch TV for hours, and even play with the kids once they are back from school. This dog prefers to walk, but loves to chase small birds and animals; hence, ensure it is on a leash all the time. It does get alarmed in the presence of strangers; otherwise, it is of a calm and relaxing nature.
These are some dog breeds that are perfect for people living a couch potato lifestyle. These dogs would prefer spending the weekend home, rather than going out for a jog or hike.