Top 10 Lazy Dog Breeds

Kate Barrington
by Kate Barrington
Would you rather be curled up on the couch than at the dog park? Then these lazy dog breeds are just your speed.

Hey, not all pet parents have the energy to keep up with the forever-fetching antics of an active canine. There are plenty of dogs that like to chill out, take it easy and enjoy the world from the comfort of a couch. Of course, all dogs some form of daily exercise, but if you want a furry pal to loaf with, check out our list of Top 10 Lazy Dog Breeds. (Warning: spending time with any of these breeds will cause drowsiness, sudden nap attacks and the urge to curl into a ball on a pillow, blanket or most flat surfaces.)

Bulldog: The Bulldog is known for its gentle disposition and for being an all-around easy-going breed. Bulldogs are medium-sized with a strong build so they may not exactly qualify as a lapdog, but they will be happy to nap on the couch with you. Besides, it’s hard being this adorable, as it tends to take a lot of energy to keep up the cute. (Photo credit: Jagodka/Bigstock)

Bullmastiff: The Bullmastiff may be a large breed, but it just means that he’ll take up more room on the bed. As a low-energy breed without significant exercise needs, you can still get outside and spend quality time together with an activity such as agility training – once he’s finished with training, he’s got an excuse for a much-needed break. (Photo credit: Inna Astakhova/Bigstock)

Pug: This small breed of dog is highly adaptable – they will be just as happy in a small apartment as they are in a house with a large yard. Pugs are playful and social by nature and they make excellent companion pets, but will be just as happy binge watching all of the GoT episodes with you. (Photo credit: Zvonkomir/iStockphotos)

Chihuahua: Though you might be tempted to think that Chihuahuas are a high-maintenance breed, they actually don’t require much exercise. However, you’ll need to make up for lack of activity with plenty of attention (he’ll take it in the form of belly rubs). Many believe that this dog actually invented the siesta… and we believe it. (Photo credit: graphicphoto/Bigstock)

French Bulldog: An excellent companion known for its friendly and personable nature, the French Bulldog likes to sit back and watch the world go by. These dogs can be fairly active but they don’t tend to be rowdy – with proper exercise they are happy to spend their time sleeping on your lap or lazing around the house. C’est la belle vie! (Photo credit: kadmy/Bigstock)

Pekingese: Bred to be good company and comfortable on your lap, Pekingese dogs were a favorite of Chinese imperial nobility, which explains why this royal breed expects you to do everything for them! But all kidding aside, they are devoted and loyal to their owners and don’t need a great deal of exercise. If you’re lazy, you may not enjoy all the grooming involved – the Pekingese’s long coat requires regular brushing. (Photo credit: Ruslan Merzliakov/Bigstock)

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel: Just try to stop the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel from cuddling up for a snooze on your lap! This small breed is highly adaptable, happy to live in an urban apartment or a house in the country. These dogs are friendly and are also flexible in terms of their need for exercise – the perfect couch surfing buddy. (Photo credit: JTempleton/Bigstock)

Chow Chow: This ancient Chinese breed sports a thick double coat and a love of taking it easy. Although this dog was originally developed as a working breed, the Chow Chow is now primarily kept as companion pets and show dogs. And they’ve adapted accordingly. These dogs not only have a cat-like personality, but they have a similar activity level – they’re happy to spend the day sleeping in the sun. (Photo credit: danor/Bigstock)

Skye Terrier: Many dogs will modify their lifestyle to suit yours – and one of those breeds is the Skye Terrier. For as active as these dogs can be, they are flexible in terms of their needs for exercise. They can be just as happy running around outside as taking a nap in their favorite chair. (Photo credit: Life on White/Bigstock)

Shih Tzu: Bred to be a companion pet and lap dog, Shih Tzus are upbeat and playful by nature, but they don’t need a lot of exercise as long as you give them enough attention. After a long day of doing nothing, a Shih Tzu will need to take a much-need nap, snooze or shuteye in order to function at maximum laziness. (Photo credit: Nagel Photography/Shutterstock)

Kate Barrington
Kate Barrington

Kate Barrington is the loving owner of two cats (Bagel and Munchkin) and a noisy herd of guinea pigs. Having grown up with golden retrievers, Kate has a great deal of experience with dogs but labels herself a lover of all pets. Having received a Bachelor's degree in English, Kate has combined her love for pets and her passion for writing to create her own freelance writing business, specializing in the pet niche.

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