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Most Lazy Dog Breeds

So, you’re looking for the couch potatoes of the canine world. You’re in luck because cats are not the only ones that like to lay around like queens in the house (while some cats can jump and dance in the house more than dogs), there are some dog breeds as well that may like to play fetch with you all the time. 

It’s true that we domesticated dogs to protect, herd and work with us, all of which need a lot of energy. But didn’t we also use to hunt in the forest, work in farms all day and work around with weapons? Look at us now – sitting on our couches with a laptop in one hand and phone in another to order a large double chocolate-chip ice cream! 

You’ll find some dogs living the same lifestyle. More like the Garfields of the canine world – minimum exertion and maximum comfort. And the two of you can sit around all day and watch your favorite shows on Netflix and chill (not that kind of chill, but yeah).

What is the Best Dog Breed for a Lazy Person? 

They say acknowledgement of a problem is half the solution. And you’ve already come to terms with the fact that you’re lazy. We see nothing wrong with it though (nor does Bill Gates as he (probably) once said that lazy people often come up with the most creative solutions). And right now, we are about to give you a solution by finding you a dog breed that won’t judge you for lounging around all day. Here you go – (1)

English Bulldog

English Bulldog

For them, it’s more like nature wanted them to be lazy. They are brachycephalic dogs (whose muzzle looks like it has been flattened or squashed inwards). This limits their exercise and heat tolerance because of their short breaths. This naturally makes them more suited for naps, cuddles and indoor play (with the A/C on of course). 

Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu

Perks of coming from the Chinese Royalty does include not having to work. While they were bred to look like little lions, they definitely do not have the energy or the prey drive of one. A short walk during the day would be enough for their mental and physical stimulation for the day. 



These dogs were primarily bred to be companions and nothing else. And that’s a job they do perfectly. They will be game for anything low-key – binge-watching, indoor games, etc. They might have sudden bursts of energy in the middle but will be back in your lap very soon. 

Other dog breeds that you can consider for giving you company while chilling are – 

  • Greyhounds

  • Basset Hound

  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

  • Pekingese 

  • Toy Poodle, etc.

Basically, you can look at all toy and non-sporting breeds. 

What is the Calmest Dog to Own?

Most of the dog breeds mentioned above will be eligible to participate in the ‘Calmest Dog Breed’. Not all though. Some may like to stay indoors and lounge but can be quite vocal about their needs and feelings. Here are some really good options to consider for a calm dog – (3)

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Health Problems

Bred to be a lap dog, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is not known for being very vocal or energetic. Probably a reason why Queen Victoria loved them. Victoria's biographer Elizabeth Longford called ‘Dash’, the CKCS, "the Queen's closest childhood companion". (2)

Bernese Mountain Dog

Bernese Mountain Dog Health Problems

An outlier here as this breed comes from a working group. But Bernese Mountain Dogs are one of the nicest dogs out there. They are gentle, easy-going and tolerant. They love being around humans and wouldn’t mind small children poking them. They would require at least 30 minutes of daily exercise though. 

Other breeds, that you can consider here are – 

  • Newfoundland 

  • Irish Wolfhound

  • Greyhound

  • English Bulldogs

  • Basset Hound

What is the Best Low Energy Dog? 

If you’re looking for lazy dog breeds, we’ve given you a great list above. But it’s not like they have low energies. It’s just that they would prefer sitting with you and giving you advice on whom to swipe right on Tinder (spoiler alert – they would probably swipe left on everyone as they are smart enough to know that your attention will be divided if it matches!). 

Let us categorize the list according to size this time for you – 

  • Small-sized low-energy dog breeds

  • French Bulldog

  • Shih Tzu

  • Cocker Spaniel

  • Medium-sized low-energy dog breeds

  • Whippet

  • Bulldog

  • Chow Chow

  • Large-sized low-energy dog breeds

  • Great Dane

  • Saint Bernard

  • Newfoundland 

What is the Least Stressful Dog?

We guess what you’re looking for here is a calm, non-needy, non-hyper and low-maintenance dog breed. Here’s a great list of dog breeds for you to consider – 


Standard Greyhound

Low exercise needs, low grooming needs, low interaction needs – what else can you ask for? 


A black and brown dachshund puppy stands outdoors with one paw raised.

Short legs = short walks and small playtimes. They can even be left alone for a couple of hours with some toys and puzzles. 

Basset Hound

Basset Hound

These dogs take easy-going to the next level. They’ll be up for a walk or a long lounge session without any complaints. On top of that, little grooming requirements and exercise needs. 

Other options that you can consider are – 

  • Bullmastiff

  • Pug

  • Whippet

More About Spot Pet Insurance

You may think that lazy dogs may spend most of the time indoors and hence wouldn’t get sick at all. Well, you’re right and wrong. The chances of your dog getting injured may be low here but there are other medical conditions that your dog may be prone to. They may end up eating something from the kitchen that they are not supposed to and get an infection or allergies. They may be prone to obesity. And several other illnesses. 

Spot accident and illness plans can be used with any licensed vet in Canada or the U.S. Whether you are home, or traveling to the U.S., veterinary services your pet receives for the diagnosis, treatment, or management of covered conditions can be eligible for reimbursement. Spot’s accident and illness plans can help cover a variety of conditions including broken bones, lacerations, aggression, kidney disease, diabetes, and more. With the addition of Wellness Riders for an extra cost, you can also receive reimbursements for wellness exams, certain vaccinations, dental cleanings, and more. 

Learn more about dog insurance or get a free quote!


  1. Leeson, J. (2024, April 18). 20 lazy dogs that are expert nappers. Reader’s Digest.

  2. Wikipedia contributors. (2024, January 18). Dash (spaniel). Wikipedia.

  3. Hughes, K., & Hughes, K. (2023, February 24). 8 Calm dog breeds for peace and quiet. Great Pet Care.

  4. Src. (2023, May 25). Top 10 low maintenance dog breeds. PitPat.

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