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The Laziest Dog Breeds: Perfect Pets for Couch Potatoes

Everyone chooses a pet that suits their lifestyle. Are long walks, intense workouts, and exciting hikes not about you? Do you like to lie on the sofa under a warm plaid and enjoy wonderful lazy evenings? Then the dogs that need much physical activity are definitely not for you! Choose a pet that will join you in a calm leisure rest with pleasure. We have compiled the TOP-10 laziest dog breeds!

Pug

Pug

This is a true laziness champion. The dogs of this breed do not need active walks or intensive physical exercises. 15-30 minutes outdoors 2 times a day is enough for them to stay happy and healthy. The rest of the time they are glad to lay on the sofa and have a long rest.

These are perfect companions either for couch potatoes or for busy people that haven’t much time for spending together with pets.

The only disadvantage of this breed that should be mentioned is a predisposition to health problems. Pugs are prone to obesity, allergies, respiratory and cardiovascular problems. Therefore, the owners should stick to some rules of the pets’ health protection:

  • Make sure that it is not stuffy at home, otherwise, it will be difficult for a dog to breathe.
  • Do not allow a large amount of dust in the air and do not use aggressive household chemicals to avoid allergy.
  • Choose a special dietary food to prevent obesity.
  • Walk in the shade on hot sunny days to avoid sunstroke and cardiovascular problems.

In general, pugs are cute and funny dogs that will give you their love, affection, and a lot of positive emotions!

Chihuahua

Chihuahua

Chihuahua does not require long walks. If you wish, you can even train a dog of this breed to a pet potty and don’t walk it at all.

Except taking the leading place by laziness this is a record holder by diminutiveness as well. This is one of the smallest dog breeds in the world. Its standard weight is 1,5-3 kg (3,3-6,6 lbs) and the average height is 5-8 inches. Even some cats are bigger than these tiny doggies!

Therefore, the representatives of this breed are perfect for lazy and busy people. They will relax calmly on a pillow when you are not up to games.

However, these dogs are very attached to their owners and cannot stand loneliness. So it is better to take a pet with you wherever you go. Fortunately, due to the miniature size, it is very easy. 

Dachshund

Dachshund

Initially, it was bred for hunting burrowing animals, but now the dachshund is a wonderful companion that gets along well with all people including children, and with other pets. Even though this breed has a hunting instinct, it is quite calm and does not need high physical exertion.

Moreover, high physical activity is even contraindicated for these dogs.

Due to the structure of the body, dachshunds have a predisposition to spinal injuries. So you need to limit physical activity: do not allow a pet to run quickly or go up and down the long stairs.

However, the representatives of this breed are very reckless, cheerful, affectionate, and require a lot of attention from their owners.

French Bulldog

French Bulldog

These are small decorative dogs with a very peculiar appearance. The owners of French Bulldogs are lucky to enjoy the intelligence and complaisant character of their pets. Also, the representatives of this breed are quite playful, although at first glance they seem to be clumsy.

But it’s better to prefer passive rest as excessive physical exertion is contraindicated for these dogs because of a weak respiratory system. For the same reason, French Bulldogs need to be protected from stuffiness, heat, and direct sunlight.

Despite the intolerance to high physical activity, a pet of this breed will give you many pleasant and fun minutes. These dogs easily make contact with people. They are friendly and not aggressive. And thanks to their high level of intelligence, they are good at mastering commands and quickly grasp the rules of the games that the owners offer them.

Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu

These are very affectionate and malleable pets. Their cute muzzles with curious eyes will not leave anyone indifferent. Shih Tzu gets along well with children and does not come into conflict even with cats.

The dogs of this breed can withstand long walks. Intensive exercises are not contraindicated for them. But they don’t suffer from a lack of physical activity if the walks are short as well. So, these pets are perfect for helping not very active owners to while away lonely evenings.

Basset Hound

Basset Hound

These are thoughtful dogs. Unnecessary extra activity is not typical for them. Because of massiveness in combination with short stature and short legs, it is difficult for dogs of this breed to run and take long walks. Therefore, they prefer to chill on the sofa and take peaceful naps during most of the day.

Keep in mind that the representatives of this breed still need to spend some time outside. But they are more interested in exploring new smells, not in active games and training. Therefore, it is recommended to visit new places together with the dog from time to time. But this will not be tiring for you as the representatives of this breed prefer leisurely thoughtful walks to play games and running fast.

Newfoundland

Newfoundland

The representatives of this breed can make both good travel companions and perfect lazy homebodies’ friends.

These are massive working dogs bred for saving people from drowning. Being pets, they behave quietly, do not bother their owners with barking or insisting on games. Short leisure walks in the parks are enough for these dogs.

However, it is better to keep a pet of this breed in a country house as the impressive size requires a lot of space. Small apartments may be too cramped for these giants. 

Chow-chow

Chow-chow

These are calm sleep lovers. A typical representative of this breed enjoys spending long hours on a sofa or in the shade of trees near a country house. Due to their high weight and phlegmatic character, these dogs don’t like long walks and active games. It’s enough 20-30 minutes 2 times a day for them to walk. The rest of the day, they prefer lying and contemplating the world around them or sleeping.

The only peculiarity that should be mentioned is that the dogs of this breed are prone to obesity. That’s why an owner needs to monitor the diet of a pet thoroughly. Also, thick and long fur requires care. It needs to be brushed every day and washed with a special dog shampoo every time it gets dirty.

Bullmastiff

Bullmastiff

These giant dogs don’t like to waste energy. They become fast and active only in moments of danger or being emotionally excited, for example, having met an old friend. Due to their formidable appearance and the ability to protect the owner or his property when it’s needed, they make good guard dogs.

However, despite the fearsome appearance, the representatives of this breed are very kind, loving, and affectionate. They show a good attitude to children and get along well with other pets.

St. Bernard

St. Bernard

A typical representative of this breed is a charming giant with a peaceful character. St. Bernards are rather hardy as they were bred as rescue dogs. But they do not like being too active without a good reason for this. It is rather difficult for them to run fast because of a massive body.

These are perfect family dogs. They are very friendly and patient. It’s possible to leave a baby with a pet of this breed and don’t worry at all. The dog itself will never offend a child, and will not allow others to do it. Moreover, it can protect a baby from danger.

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