All dogs love indoor and outdoor playtime, but some prefer lounging in their homes with their owners than playing all day outside. If you like watching TV and sitting on the couch, here are a few low-energy dog breeds that will be able to match your energy (or lack of)!
Low-Energy Dog Breeds You Can Be Lazy With
Before getting a dog, it’s important to assess your ability to care for them, as well as the resources you have to take care of an animal. You may be thinking that since a dog is low-energy, it won’t need much attention from you. However, just because a breed is low-energy, it doesn’t mean you should neglect them.
This list will show you that each dog is unique and has its own needs that a loving owner must provide!
Newfoundlands are very sweet and responsive “working dogs” and are generally known as “nanny dogs” for children. The breed’s intelligence makes them easy to train, but neat owners may find its excessive drooling slightly problematic.
Basset Hounds are very heavy-boned, easygoing, and stubborn dogs. They are friendly and patient with children, but if you prefer a quiet home, the tendency of this breed to bark loudly may put you off from choosing it as a companion.
This “gentle giant” loves staying at home with its family and makes a wonderful, gentle companion for children despite its size. However, Saint Bernards can suffer from heat exhaustion and need extra care to ensure they are comfortable indoors.
The Great Dane is known for having a “gentle soul” that connects well with humans and other dogs. If you have enough space to house this giant breed, you’ll be sure to find a loyal and protective companion in the Great Dane.
Greyhounds are intelligent and quiet dogs that prefer sleeping most of the day despite their athletic abilities. This breed may occasionally want to chase prey as a sighthound but is otherwise a friendly “couch potato” dog.
This big, cuddly dog is perfect for owners looking for a loyal and constant guardian. The Neapolitan Mastiff can pose a challenge for apartment dwellers, but they’re otherwise mellow dogs that don’t need much exercise.
The Bullmastiff is known as a “silent watchdog” that makes for a good protective companion. This breed is particularly confident and reliable, especially when it’s well-trained. They have easy-to-care-for short coats but are droolers just like other big dogs.
Dogue de Bordeaux
These sweet, sensitive, and powerful guardians are known for their massive heads — the biggest among canines — and their devotion to family. The Dogue de Bordeaux can be stubborn if not trained early, but otherwise a perfect addition to a family.
English Toy Spaniel
Originally bred as a companion for kings, an English Toy Spaniel is a bright and cheerful lapdog that thrives in a playful environment. However, these dogs can also be willful and stubborn and may need extra training. Nevertheless, they prefer to cuddle with their owners at home and require little exercise.
The Maltese are known for their glamorous head-to-toe white coat and enthusiastic demeanor. This breed is perfect as a therapy dog or a competitor in dog sports. Due to the breed’s intelligence, novice pet owners will find little difficulty in training a Maltese.
Dog owners love to play with French Bulldogs because of their charming tendency to snort and snore. However, even with its sweet nature, this breed may challenge owners who already have other pets in the house, as the French Bulldog is known for demanding much attention for itself alone.
This breed is perfect for owners looking to take a snooze on the couch after a long walk outdoors. The Scottish Deerhound is highly affectionate to its owners but needs plenty of room to move around due to its size and occasional bursts of energy.
The Great Pyrenees is an independent, devoted, polar bear look-alike breed famous for its beautiful white double coat. This breed enjoys a peaceful routine at home and could be stubborn without consistent training, so expect some resistance when trying to train them.
This breed is a stand-out for its long, shaggy coat but is more low-maintenance, cheerful, and healthier than people assume. Don’t let its coat fool you! The Bergamasco Sheepdog requires little grooming and needs to be bathed only about twice a year.
Dog owners are fond of Leonberger’s lion-like golden-brown coat and protective nature. Leonbergers are generally quiet but stubborn dogs and need lots of socialization with other people to settle into their environment.
The English Bulldog is a wonderful family pet and watchdog for its sweet and protective nature. This breed typically thrives in temperate climates and can easily survive on only moderate exercise and ample space at home.
This merry and even-tempered housedog sports a sad face that contrasts its cheerful personality. The Sussex Spaniel enjoys relaxing but bounds into action when catching the scent of birds. If you’re looking for quiet home life, though, you may want to look for a less talkative breed than a Sussex Spaniel.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel loves to chase birds and greatly appreciates belly rubs and cuddles from its owners. This breed is athletic, warm, and attached to its family. Cavaliers are soft and so must be trained using a gentle approach. As with similar breeds, these dogs cannot thrive in an environment where they are ignored or left alone in the house for too long.
The Pug’s most prominent features have boosted its popularity among dog owners. Their round head, deep facial wrinkles, and big eyes make them irresistible to owners looking for a warm and funny companion. These dogs also do not bark or dig excessively. Although laid-back and affectionate, owners must take special care to ensure that pugs do not develop obesity and live in extremely hot environments.
Shih Tzu means “little lion” in Mandarin, but this breed is more gentle than fierce and a lover more than a hunter. Most owners find the Shih Tzu endearing as it tends to follow its human from room to room, craving attention and cuddles as a lapdog. They’re also well-suited to living in apartments and with children but are difficult to housebreak without consistency and firmness in training.
The stylish and charming Japanese Chin has an aristocratic history as a lapdog. It is described as generally quiet and graceful companions. Their size and craving for human contact mean they cannot be kennel dogs, as they prefer to stay indoors with their owners. The breed learns quickly but may need a different routine as it quickly becomes disinterested in repetitive training.
Once used to hunt down wolves, deer, and bears, the Irish Wolfhound has become an adaptable family companion who is gentle and friendly with children. As one of the tallest dogs in the world, the Irish Wolfhound needs a lot of space to move around in. Even though it has enough energy for long walks, it still prefers to be a “couch potato” dog.
The elegant and exotic Afghan Hound can sometimes be stand-offish but mostly quiet and even amusing when in the right mood. This may be a difficult breed to start with for novice owners as Afghan Hounds can be both loving and aloof and may develop feral tendencies if not socialized enough at an early age. Grooming would also be high-maintenance because of its long, luxurious coat.
This adorable furball loves to be around family but can also be quite crafty when it wants to have its way with you. Nevertheless, the Bolognese is perfect for owners looking for a sweet and sensitive dog that can easily fit in an apartment space.
Bernese Mountain Dog
The alert and eager-to-please nature of a Bernese Mountain Dog makes it a perfect watchdog. Owners looking to own one can expect this breed to excel in physical work and training. With their beautiful long coat, it may be necessary to brush their fur more often than other breeds.
The Chow Chow may not be the best option for owners looking for “cuddle buddies.” This breed generally has an aloof nature even with its owners but would have a downright suspicious approach towards strangers. Nevertheless, a Chow Chow can be fiercely loyal once it trusts its owner.
The Pekingese’s background as a royal dog may manifest itself in the breed’s general aloofness. However, they make for alert watchdogs and drive away intruders with a much bigger bark than their size. Although they get along well with other pets, Pekingese dogs require thorough socialization with other dogs to accept other people.
The Skye Terrier is known to be extremely loyal, devoted, and loving to the people they trust but stand-offish and suspicious towards strangers. These dogs are not typically timid and would express independence in the face of new people and training efforts.
The Tibetan Mastiff may come off intimidating for its huge size, but it’s sweet and loving towards its family. However, this breed’s tendency to mistake children’s yelling and crying for aggression may result in a stressful and dangerous environment for a household.
This large, loyal guard dog is prized for its devotion and care for its trusted family. However, Anatolian Shepherds may not be the best fit for novice owners as they need more professional and consistent training than other dogs. Even if they’re friendly with children, they may still accidentally knock kids over if not trained properly.
Black Russian Terrier
The beautiful Black Russian Terriers are popularly known as the “black pearls of Russia.” These are highly intelligent and confident guard and competition dogs with gentle personalities at home.
Black Russian Terriers were trained to work with the military and police. Though there may be some stubbornness during training, the breed will still be more obedient and clever than other breeds.
Brussels Griffons were originally bred to hunt rats, resulting in a lively and intelligent personality. Now, these house dogs are known for their sense of humor and affectionate nature. Even though they make good apartment dogs, this breed is not for everyone.
We all have a preference for the company we keep, whether it be human or pet, and our preferences will depend on our personalities and capabilities. When considering the type of dog you want to keep you company, remember to get one that can match the energy and demeanor.
Not all dogs will start off trusting you right away, and not all dogs will crave plenty of attention from you, but all dogs deserve the care and attention they want and need. Whatever choice you make, be sure to devote yourself to your companion as they would do the same for you.