These Adorable Dog Breeds Are Perfect For Couch Potato Owners

Some people hesitate to adopt a dog because they think they require a lot of exercise. But not every dog breed is hyperactive. Some dogs are willing to lie with you on the couch, and others enjoy napping as much as any couch potato.

Although all dogs require exercise, some are content with short walks and playing around the house. Whether you want a hound or a lap dog, there’s a lazy breed out there for you. Even some supposedly “active” dogs, like Saint Bernards and Greyhounds, can be lazy companions. Here are the best dog breeds for lazy pet lovers everywhere.

English Bulldogs Aren’t As Fierce As They Look

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Although English Bulldogs may look threatening, they’re the complete opposite. They’re loyal, easygoing dogs who adore bonding with their family. While they’re hyperactive as puppies, they become lazier as they mature. English Bulldogs often snooze next to their owners, although they can drool and snore!

With their short hair, English Bulldogs are easy to care for, with their only requirement being regular grooming. Their low energy levels make them great household and apartment pets. These kind dogs are also very tolerant; if kids bother them, they’ll move away and return to their nap.

Beagles Are Indoor Hounds

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Beagles are the most easy-going hound breed. They love to provide their owners with companionship by sticking by their side. On the other hand, they often follow their nose which can lead them into trouble. Nonetheless, they’re a fantastic family dog who likes to join their owners indoors.

As a hound, Beagles need a lot of space and exercise. They’re happiest in homes with backyards, but they’ll enjoy apartments if they receive plenty of walks. In general, Beagles will be wherever the family is. If you prefer to stay indoors and relax, they’ll join you.

Saint Bernard, The “Gentle Giant”

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Despite their large size, Saint Bernards will enjoy hanging out with few activities. This breed takes a while to mature, which allows them to keep their “puppy” attitude for longer. But don’t be fooled–they’re gentle giants who are patient, slow-moving, and friendly.

A Saint Bernard will eagerly please its owners and enjoy a family. They’re intelligent, and you should train them early on so they don’t walk you instead. Since they’re big dogs, Saint Bernards shouldn’t be cooped up in an apartment and still require daily walks.

Chihuahuas Have An Attitude

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The tiniest breed in the world combines laziness, sass, and is very owner-oriented. Chihuahuas are owner-oriented housemates with a big personality. They tend to grow attached to a single owner and cling to them. Be careful not to overindulge them, because they’ll quickly become over-demanding.

Chihuahuas are smart and respond to training, although they can act stubborn and moody. They’re easy to care for with weekly grooming and a 20 to 30-minute walk every day. Other than that, you’ll have an entertaining pup running the house with you.

Once A Police Dog, Now An Easygoing Bullmastiff

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Bullmastiffs are a mix between a Mastiff and a Bulldog. They were originally bred in the 1800s as military and police dogs, but now, they’re popular family dogs. Although they may look ferocious, they’re docile and crave attention. Bullmastiffs need strong human leadership to train and guide them.

Despite their size, Bullmastiffs aren’t high-energy dogs. They usually settle down after two years, although they still need short walks and plenty of outdoor space. A family dogs, Bullmastiffs love spending time at your feet, on the couch, or in your lap.

Havanese, The Perfect Playful Lapdog

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The Havanese is a small, fluffy lapdog that makes a great couch potato pet. Despite being a toy breed, Havaneses are not loud. They prefer to stick near their owners since they can develop separation anxiety. If you want an easygoing dog who still loves to play, Havaneses are the pup for you.

Havaneses require daily grooming, but they don’t shed often. They’re easy to train and quickly adapt to the family household. That said, you need to keep them entertained with plenty of toys. Otherwise, they’ll busy themselves by destroying your things.

The Definition Of “House Dog” Is Brussels Griffon

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Brussels Griffins are the epitome of a house dog. These tiny, furry pups are called “Velcro dogs” because they stick by their owners’ side. They like to be held, and they also hold your attention as much as they can. However, they do have a bossy streak and end up “running the house” after a while.

Brussels Griffins still need regular exercise. If you don’t own a yard, take them on a walk once or twice a week. While indoors, Brussels Griffins tend to act like busybodies. Their maintenance varies based on the length of their fur.

Greyhounds Are Not As Hyper As They Appear

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Although Greyhounds have a reputation as high-energy animals, in reality, their favorite past-time is sleeping. Greyhound owners often say that their exercise comes in bursts–they’ll sprint like a cheetah before lounging around lazily for most of the day.

Greyhounds still need regular exercise to prevent them from growing bored. As a curious dog, they can easily chase squirrels and other dogs, so keep them on a leash or in a fenced yard. Other than that, Greyhounds make docile friends. Although they’re shy, they’ll become your best buddy after you give them a treat and pets.

Pick Up A Pug!

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Pugs are the ultimate indoor dog. These tiny pups are the happiest when they sleep on your lap. At the same time, they love to run around your home and clown around. They crave attention, so if you’re staying home for a Netflix marathon, a pug will excitedly sit by your side.

Although pugs are often labeled as lazy, they still require around 40 minutes of exercise a day. Pugs are prone to obesity, so make sure you’re giving them enough playtime and walks. You’ll know when they’re sleeping from their loud snoring.

Cockapoos, The Cuddliest Companions

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Cockapoos are a mixed breed combining a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle. As a tiny dog, Cockapoos are happy to remain at home, although they’re hard to ignore. These dogs will run from a cuddle session with one person to a game with another person.

Cockapoos are so affectionate that you’ll never feel alone. Although they adjust to small spaces, they still need daily walks to fulfill their zest for life. They’re hypoallergenic, require little maintenance, and will nap all over you when given a chance.

Basset Hounds Look Lazy, Because They Are

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With their short legs and droopy faces, Basset Hounds look sleepy all the time. Around the house, they’re relaxed and lazy dogs. When they head out for a walk, they follow their owners slowly. Most importantly, Basset Hounds want to become friends with everyone.

These sociable dogs thrive in larger families or with multiple pets. By nature, they’re calm and emotionally sensitive. Basset Hounds require some weekly grooming, but they need little exercise. Make sure their appetites don’t make them gain too much weight though!

Chill But Independent: The Tibetan Spaniel

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Tibetan Spaniels are both cuddly and independent. If you want an easygoing dog that also runs around in their own environment, consider a Tibetan Spaniel. Although their bodies need moderate exercise, their minds need plenty of action. These intelligent breeds require toys and regular playtime to prevent boredom.

Tibetan Spaniels benefit from regular walks, as well as daily grooming. When they’re not snuggling next to you, they’ll climb to a high perch so they can watch everything. But don’t let their independence fool you; they still need plenty of attention when you’re home.

Big, Fluffy Bernese Mountain Dogs

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As large as Bernese Mountain Dogs are, they’re surprisingly low-energy. They maintain a gentle, cuddly personality while still acting playful. Although Bernese Mountain Dogs are low-key, they don’t enjoy being cooped up indoors. They need plenty of space to run around outside.

After they let out their energy, Bernese Mountain Dogs will come in and gladly lounge on the couch with you. They are eager to please and eager to train, so it’s hard not to fall in love with this dog. Because they shed a lot, Bernese Mountain Dogs are best left for experienced dog owners.

Japanese Chins Act More Like Cats Than Dogs

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Japanese Chins are called “a cat in a dog suit.” They’re energetic house dogs who like to climb often and clean themselves. As low-energy dogs, they prefer to hang around the family. They will never forget someone who has wronged them, and they’ll always remember those who care for them.

Japanese Chin owners describe their dogs as “funny.” They often pursue their own toys and playtime while their owners laugh along. Although they’re active dogs, Japanese Chins only need a short 30-minute walk every day. Otherwise, they need weekly cleaning and regular bathing.

The Brave, Active Pomeranian

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Tiny and charming, Pomeranians have a big heart. Sometimes, they’ll cuddle next to their owners and watch TV with them, and other times, they’ll run around your home happily. Pomeranians are brave dogs that will remain on high alert and challenge bigger dogs if need be.

Although Pomeranians require a moderate amount of exercise, they thrive in small homes and apartments. They also need regular grooming and training to know when to stop barking. These dogs combine loyalty and independence, and as a pet, they’ll join you and leave you alone whenever you want.

Pekingese Are Dog Royalty

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In eighth-century China, Pekingese were treated like royalty. It seems they haven’t forgotten that luxury. These lap dogs are loving to their owners while maintaining a self-important air. They’re independent, intelligent, and will stop at nothing to protect their owners. At the same time, they enjoy lounging around the house.

Pekingese require daily to weekly grooming and enough energy to work off that extra steam. Although they’re wary of strangers, they will get along with anyone who’s patient with them. In general, though, Pekingese thrive with a single owner.

Chow Chows Aren’t Cuddly, But They’re Loyal

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Chow Chows might look like they’re scowling, but they’re incredibly loyal dogs. They can adapt to anywhere from a mansion to an apartment, as long as they’re roaming freely with their owners. If you’re looking for a cuddle buddy, Chow Chows may not be for you. But they’re steadfast companions for life.

Chow Chows tend to act aloof around people they don’t know. They take a while to bond, but once they do, they’re attached to their owner’s hip. Chow Chows also don’t need much exercise; either a couple of 15-minute walks or a 30-minute walk will do.

Shih Tzus, The “Little Lions,” Are Actually Lazy

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Although Shih Tzus have gained the nickname “little lions,” they’re anything but vicious. Shih Tzus are comfortable, mellow dogs that will adapt to any sized home. They prefer to stay indoors, sitting on your lap, messing with toys, and following owners around. They commonly gain injuries from their clumsiness.

Shi Tzus enjoy a bit of outdoor play, but for the most part, they’re docile house dogs. Recently, owners have taken their Shit Tzus off their laps and trained them for agility competitions. But you don’t need that competition to receive a Shih Tzu’s undying love.

A Sporty Toy Dog: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a toy dog with a sporty side. As the largest toy breed, Cavaliers love to explore and chase things. When they’re not roaming, they often lounge next to their owners, begging for attention. If you want a mellow dog with a more active side, consider a Cavalier.

Cavaliers are the perfect fit for an apartment or condo. A small yard will fulfill their exercise needs, but without one, you can take them on brief walks. Make sure they’re secured by a fence or leash since they have no street smarts and can easily wander off.

The Bat-Eared French Bulldog

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Like their English cousins, French Bulldogs are low-energy and fun-loving. They love nothing more than lying near your feet all day and following you from room to room. Once they’re comfortable, French Bulldogs display a mischievous side, and owners need to remain patient.

French Bulldogs enjoy a cool home with a couple of 15-minute walks. As quiet watchdogs, they get along well with other housemates and guests. Due to their stubborn streak, they can be hard to house train. If you adopt a French Bulldog, train them early on.