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Whats the best dog for lazy people?

The 8 Laziest Dog Breeds, Because Couch Potatoes Are the Cutest

Some dog breeds are born runners (Australian cattle dogs) or thinkers (Doberman pinschers) and get destructive or aggressive without regular exercise. On the other hand, some breeds are content snoozing or simply trotting behind their owners down the hall a few times a day. These so-called lazy dog breeds require very little physical and mental activity on a daily basis to stay happy and healthy.

As Aimee Gilbreath, executive director of the Michelson Found Animals Foundation puts it, “Lazy dogs don’t necessarily need a bunch of space to run and play. As long as they have a comfy bed, some food and toys, they’re typically happy campers.”

Obviously, all dogs need walks and some exercise to stay fit. But choosing a breed with historically less energy is perhaps a better move for people who aren’t home during the day for playtime, have limited living space or seek out mellow activities themselves. After all, if you know hiking or frisbee throwing isn’t in your immediate future, don’t adopt a dog who needs that kind of intensity all day, every day.

Before we leisurely launch into our list, Gilbreath has a few additional words of wisdom: “While many people focus on breed, the reality is that not all dogs are the same—some golden retrievers are couch potatoes, and some are extremely active; you can’t be certain. Pet parents looking to adopt should focus…more on the individual pet’s personality.”

She also adds it’s important to take dogs in for vet checkups regularly. Lethargy could be a sign of illness, especially in athletic dogs who usually prefer being active.

However, if you’re looking for a place to start on your lackadaisical quest for a lazy dog, begin with this list.

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1. Basset Hound

If the low-hanging ears and droopy eyes don’t give away a basset hound’s temperament, her affinity for plopping down onto her bed and refusing to move will do the trick. Endlessly loyal and always ready to chill, basset hounds are big-time lazy dogs, which most owners swear makes them incredibly charming. If it’s a jogging partner you seek, the basset hound will be the first to say, “Thank you, next.”

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2. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Cavalier King Charles spaniel is adaptable and will more often than not take on her owner’s personality. That means if you’re a self-proclaimed couch potato with a penchant for afternoons full of sunny naps, this breed will follow suit happily. Though these pups tend to be on the calm side, since they were bred to be hunters, they will take any chance they can get to chase a squirrel, so keep ’em on a leash during walks.

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3. French Bulldog

Similarly, French bulldogs like to veer in whatever direction their owners take them. Not only are they even-keeled, but they also don’t bark a ton, which makes them great apartment and city pets—especially for folks who work away from home during the week. Even if you and your Frenchie prefer the chaise lounge to the Great Outdoors, be sure to get out for regular walks, because these pups can gain weight easily, which puts their small frames at risk.

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4. Broholmer

A big dog with lap dog dreams, the Broholmer wants nothing more than to sit on your lap and bask in your love—whether he can fit on the couch or not. Relatively new to the United States, these pups acted as watchdogs around Europe for centuries. They are friendly with both kids and other animals, which makes them ideal family pets.

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5. Tibetan Spaniel

These tiny little lions are typically serene and agreeable dogs who are ready to become your new inseparable BFF. They’ll watch 20 reruns of Cheers in a row with you, no questions asked, and then get up between each episode for a short jaunt around the block. They aim to please and don’t care about traveling anywhere to see or be seen.

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6. Tosa

While Tosas may look ferocious (and they do make good guard dogs), they are as patient and calm as can be. Also known as the Japanese mastiff, the Tosa is large and super affectionate with his family (though he can get aggressive with new dogs). Lots of quality time is in order with this breed, just watch out for the slobber.

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7. Greyhound

Greyhounds are unique in that they are super fast and need a good sprint every once in a while, but for the most part are content lounging or weaseling their way into bed with you. Often, adopting a retired racing greyhound is your best bet; these dogs have been bred to have steady demeanors and tend to embrace their new lazy lifestyles.

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8. Senior Rescue

Remember, as Gilbreath puts it, it’s hard to determine based on breed alone if a dog will be low energy or not. If you’re dead set on a pup who prefers a TV marathon to a game of fetch, it may be best to rescue or adopt an older dog. “If you’re looking for a mellow pet who loves snuggling, consider adopting a senior or low-energy dog who may prefer your relaxed lifestyle and generally seek quiet time to share with you,” says Gilbreath. “Quite often they are content with a snuggly place to sleep and prefer limited exercise.”

7 Best Dog Breeds For Lazy Owners: Lazy & Loving It!

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Looking for your couch potato soulmate?

Your dog should reflect your lifestyle and activity level – they’re your best friend, after all!

Some dogs require constant exercise that will drive you nuts if you’re always tired after work. Other dogs love playing fetch to the point of exhaustion, and may not be a good fit for an owner who’d rather stay home with a good book.

You and your canine companion should love to spend time together, so it’s important to pick out a dog breed that’s got an energy level similar to yours.

Read on as we go through the dog breeds, great and small, that are best for lazy owners. We’re sure you can find a breed you like in the mix of homebody-friendly dogs!

Is a Lazy Dog Right For Me?

I live in Colorado, where many people are extremely active. That being said, a good test is to ask yourself what you did after work and on the weekends for the last few weeks.

If your answers often are dinner, the game, drinks, or Westworld, an action-packed husky might not be the right fit for you. Be honest with yourself about what you’re willing to do after work or on the weekends.

Although all dogs need some exercise (they’re not plants), some dogs need much more than others. While all the dogs on this list will still need daily walks, they’re less likely to destroy your house from excess energy. You shouldn’t need to hire a daily dog walker, nor should you need to take up mushing to wear them out.

Keep in mind that small dogs aren’t necessarily good for lazy owners – just ask any Jack Russell Terrier owner! In many cases, giant breeds are a great choice, as they’re easygoing and happy to laze around the house with their best friends.

1. Saint Bernards

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Saint Bernards are huge dogs are known for their patience, tolerance, and good nature. Their huge size shouldn’t deter you friend having them as a family pet – they’re known for being good with children and other pets.

As with many giant breeds, it’s important to watch the weight of these dogs without giving them intense exercise. Puppies should not be exercised until they’re done growing, but should not be allowed to get fat, either!

While Saint Bernards were originally bred to help rescue people in the Alps between Switzerland and Italy, they’re now much better suited as house pets. They’re friendly, easy-going, and are relatively calm dogs, but keep a rag handy for their drool!

2. Bulldogs

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Not all short-nosed dogs are low-energy, but bulldogs are a great place to start!

There are three varieties of bulldog:

“Frenchies” are the smallest, with upright ears and an endearing face. English bulldogs are short and squat, while American bulldogs are the tallest. American bulldogs are actually quite active, so stick to the two other varieties if you’re looking for a low-energy partner.

Neither variety is easy to train – they’re a bit bullheaded (no surprise given their namesake). Therefore, it’s especially important to raise your bulldog puppy well and enroll them in a positive-reinforcement based puppy socialization program!

Be sure to get bulldogs from reputable breeders – they are susceptible to a slough of health problems, and it’s important to ensure that your dog’s joints are healthy. If you’re concerned about health issues, Frenchies tend to be a bit healthier and live longer than the other varieties. That being said, all sizes are low-shedding, gentle, and goofy!

3. Pugs

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Pugs are another classic, short-nosed breed, be sure to check out pugs. Their small size and winning personality puts them at the top of many lists – and this is another one where they’re a great choice!

Like bulldogs, pugs are susceptible to breathing problems and joint issues. This makes them a popular indoor dog breed, as too much outdoor activity (especially in the heat) won’t do for these squishy-faced cuties. They also have a tendency to get fat, so be sure to give them a high-quality diet and realistic portions. They’re cuddly, friendly, and goofy.

Pugs are the smallest dog on this list, and are one of the most common. Unlike French Bulldogs or Bull Mastiffs, you might be able to find pugs from local rescues if you’d rather rescue your new bestie!

4. Greyhounds

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Greyhounds were bred for racing, but really they seem to love cuddling even more. In fact, whippets and Italian Greyhounds (smaller breeds that also look similar to greyhounds) are also great for lazy owners!

These dogs are happy to chase others at the dog park for a bit, but really seem to be happy indoors. They’re sleek and graceful, but don’t let that fool you – greyhounds are funny and are major people-pleasers.

Since people still race greyhounds, it’s easy to find them in rescues. In fact, many states have their own greyhound rescues, where you can adopt a young dog after its racing career is over. Their time in your home and at your side is well-deserved!

5. Basset Hounds

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Basset Hounds are cheery, good-natured dogs that are sure to melt your heart. Their long, low bodies aren’t great for endurance events, so they’re happy to go for walks to the park with you!

These affable dogs are easy to train, plus they’re extremely friendly with dogs, strangers, and kids. They do tend to gain weight easily and have some genetic health problems, so do your research and be prepared to work to keep your dog healthy!

Basset hounds were originally bred as scenting dogs, for tracking rabbits through Europe. They’re now generally happy with wandering through life with you. Many are so easygoing that they make successful office companions!

6. Newfoundlands

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Newfoundlands are another giant breed that’s perfect for laid-back owners. They’re great with kids and other dogs and known as winning companions. They’re cuddly, so be prepared for an extremely large lapdog!

These huge dogs love water and don’t do well in heat. They adore the snow, though, and are quite playful. They were originally bred as working dogs and love swimming. Now they’re happy to go for walks and swims without the need to embark on Lewis and Clark-style expeditions!

7. Bullmastiffs

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Bullmastiffs may look imposing, but they’re really big couch potatoes inside. This last giant breed on our list won’t shed quite as much as the other two, and has a very different look.

Bullmastiffs were originally bred as guard dogs, so they won’t be as accepting of strangers as some other dogs on this list. That being said, their confidence and self-assurance means that they shouldn’t display the suspicious barkiness of some other guard dog breeds.

Bullmastiff puppies and young dogs are rambunctious, so be prepared to wait a few years for your lazy buddy. As adults, they only need moderate exercise. Be prepared for lots of snoring and drool, but they won’t need much grooming and are great housemates!

If you’re a lazy owner looking for a low-key companion, this list is a great starting point. We tried to compile a good list of all shapes, sizes, and temperaments of dogs. Did we leave one out? Do you have another favorite couch potato dog? Let us know below!

Don’t forget to share this list with your Netflix-loving, wine-sipping, cold-aversive friends, too!

10 Lazy Dog Breeds Perfect For Apartment Living

Apartment living certainly has its advantages, such as not having to mow the lawn or take care of the countless other home maintenance projects that might be needed if you owned your home.

The downside to this for dog lovers is that certain breeds most often aren’t allowed, and others are too active, too noisy, or just plain unsuitable for a small living environment.

So, what’s an apartment-dwelling prospective pet owner to do?

Fortunately, there are breeds who require a lot less energy than others. Although it should be noted that all breeds require daily walks. We’ve complied a list of the top 10 lazy dog breeds that make the perfect companion for your apartment lifestyle.

1. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Weight: 10-18 lbs
Grooming: Medium
Why They’re Perfect: Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are happy, intelligent dogs, that get along with everyone. Unlike other small breeds, this breed is naturally quiet and isn’t prone to yapping unless poorly trained. Its energy level only requires brief playful romps around the living room before collapsing into your lap to take a long nap.

2. English Bulldog

English Bulldog

Weight: 45-55 lbs
Grooming: Low
Why They’re Perfect: These short, compact breeds might look like they mean business, but they’re actually sweet animals who just want to curl up with you on the couch. Bulldogs are not known for exercising as they get hot and tired easily. They much prefer lounging around indoors. They’re also just stocky and intimidating enough to ward off would-be thieves. With a short-haired coat that makes grooming practically unneeded, you wont be spending hours extracting dog hair from every crevice of your apartment!

3. Miniature Pinscher

Miniature Pinscher

Weight: 8-10 lbs
Grooming: Low
Why They’re Perfect: Although not quite as low energy as other dogs on this list, the Miniature Pinscher’s small size is perfect for apartments. After zipping around the living room a few times, this dog is ready to curl up in a corner and take their eight-hour nap. Relativity healthy and easy to groom, it’s no surprise why the Miniature Pinscher is so popular with apartment dwellers.

4. Italian Greyhound

Italian Greyhound

Weight: 8-18 lbs
Grooming: Low
Why They’re Perfect: Like the Min Pin, the Italian Greyhound is slightly more energetic than it’s peers. Italian greyhounds are compact as well, with the added benefit of being hypoallergenic, perfect for those with pet allergies. Known for being intelligent, sweet, and very affectionate, Italian Greyhounds are great companion dogs and will gladly spend hours curled up on a warm lap.

5. Pug


Weight: 13-20 lbs
Grooming: Low
Why They’re Perfect: Oh Pugs! Playful and always hilarious, the Pug doesn’t need much activity to have fun. Sensitive to extreme temperatures and prone to breathing problems, the Pug is happiest when frolicking around indoors. But beware — this breed is sometimes prone to overeating, as demonstrated in the picture above!

6. Basset Hound

Basset Hound

Weight: 45-65 lbs
Grooming: Low
Why They’re Perfect: The Basset is basically a big dog with very short legs. These dogs get along great with kids and other pets. Although they’re generally lazy dogs, if they pick up a scent, they might very well follow it. After all, this breed was bred to hunt, and it wouldn’t be fair if they weren’t allowed to fulfill their primal instinct.

7. Boston Terrier

Boston Terrier

Weight: 10-25 lbs
Grooming: Low
Why They’re Perfect: Similar to the Bulldog, the Boston Terrier is a short, compact dog who’s friendly and easy to train. Indoors they stay pretty inactive, releasing all their energy outside during their short daily walks. Their small size also makes them perfect for tiny studio apartments.

8. Chow Chow

Chow Chow

Weight: 45-75 lbs
Grooming: High
Why They’re Perfect: This breed, best known for its unique blue/black tongue, originated in China ironically as a working dog. Now they can be found lounging on the sofa in the cool indoors rather than running around outside. Chow Chows can be independent and stubborn, which might come across as too cat-like for some dog owners. But if your apartment can handle there large size and endless shedding, they do make great couch cuddle buddies.

9. Tibetan Spaniel

Tibetan Spaniel

Weight: 9-15 lbs
Grooming: Medium
Why They’re Perfect: Although not lazy per se, these dogs are alert and curious but don’t require tons of activity. Naturally born lap dogs, these ancient breeds are happiest when in cool, indoor spaces or while napping at your feet. Plus, their small size means they can feel comfortable in just about any space.

10. Bullmastiff


Weight: 100-130 lbs
Grooming: Low
Why They’re Perfect: You’re probably thinking there’s no way a Bullmastiff is a good fit for an apartment. Contrary to popular belief, these enormous dogs are naturally quiet, calm, and yes, lazy. Bullmastiff’s don’t require too much activity indoors, all they need is a couch to curl up on and they’ll be happy. If your landlord will allow a 100+ pound dog, and your apartment can handle the massive shedding that goes along with this massive breed, they make great apartment companions.

Resources for Your Lazy Dog


Although these breeds are considered to be lazy, all dogs require daily walks. Fortunately, if you live in Tacoma, the Waterwalk at Point Ruston is the perfect place for getting your dog some much needed exercise. The Waterwalk is a mile-long trail system along Point Ruston’s shoreline which provides unobstructed views of Commencement Bay and Mount Rainier.


Daily exercise and walks go a long way to keeping your dog healthy, but sometimes they get sick or need a checkup. When it comes time to take them in, we’ve got you covered with a list of Yelp’s top 5 Veterinarians in Tacoma.

  1. Soundview Veterinary Hospital
  2. Columbia Veterinary Hospital
  3. Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital, PS
  4. Browns Point Veterinary Clinic
  5. North End Pet Hospital

Pet Stores

Being in an apartment most of the day gives your dog a lot of down time. While most of that time is spent napping, dogs do need some mental stimulation. Pet toys are the perfect solution, and fortunately Yelp has another list of the top 5 Pet Stores in Tacoma.

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