Dogs come in varying colors, sizes, and energy levels. While some dog lovers are charmed by white and black dog breeds, others love small white dog breeds, and yet others are fascinated by more colorful dogs—calico puppies. Some love teacup dog breeds, others love to cuddle with big tall dog breeds. Similarly, when it comes to dogs’ energy levels, many outgoing dog parents want high-energy dogs to accompany them on morning walks and weekend hikes. Yet others, especially those with busy lifestyles, find lazy dog breeds meeting their preferences.

Why Some People Love Lazy Dog Breeds?

We love all dogs. But we love those the most who match our lifestyle. If you have a busy schedule—work a traditional 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday job—you probably won’t have much time to walk your dog around the block or play the fetch game with him. When you get back home, you are just tired and want to have a nice dinner, lay on your couch, and go to bed. So, you want a dog who will also love to lay on the couch with you and not disturb you when you are passed out on your bed.

Besides, some people, especially senior citizens or those who have to stay in their beds day and night for some reasons, cannot dedicate a bigger portion of their time to catering their dog. They need the company of a loyal friend, and that is what dogs are for—specially lazy dogs.

Lazy Dog Breeds

Finding a perfect lazy dog breed can be a daunting task, but fret not. To save you from all the hassle of research and studying different dog breeds, we have compiled a list of the top 10 lazy dog breeds that may match your preferences and go well with your busy lifestyle.

1. Chow Chow

Lazy dog breeds

Breed Overview

Height: 17 to 20 inches

Weight: 45 to 70 pounds

Lifespan: 8 to 12 years

Coat color: Rough or smooth coats of black, blue, cinnamon, red, or cream

Temperament: Easygoing, vigilant, and independent

Suitable for: Apartment-dwellers, working dog lovers, laidback dog parents

Chow Chow tops the list of laid-back dog breeds. These furry fellas are sensitive to heat, so hanging out and playing doesn’t seem like fun to them. Instead, they enjoy their time lying in bed and watching TV. You can join them if you want to! But do you should not take them as a cuddly, snuggly dog breed.

Chow Chow is a large dog breed weighing around 45 to 70 pounds. Overall a healthy dog breed, Chow Chow has an average lifespan of 8 to 12 years. They make a great choice for a guard dog as they are vigilant and can be active when required. They are large, but it does not mean that they are a no-no for apartment-dwellers.

In fact, Chow Chow makes a great apartment dog, as they are a bit quiet and do not have many needs for daily exercise. Their owners often describe them as “felines of the canine world.” This is not only because of their fastidious nature—they love to keep themselves clean and tidy all the time—but also their loving and affectionate nature without being socially needy. One of the many great perks of having a Chow Chow is that they do not have the typical dog smell.

2. Pug

Lazy dog breeds

Breed Overview

Height: 10 to 13 inches

Weight: 14 to 18 pounds

Lifespan: 13 to 15 years

Coat color: Black, fawn, apricot, and silver fawn

Temperament: Highly sociable, friendly, and adaptable

Suitable for: Families with children, families often having guests over

Well, pugs are not embarrassed by the fact that they are extremely lazy dogs. Just feed them and take them out to litter, and that’s it. They won’t bother you for the whole day. Instead, they will happily snuggle on the couch or in their comfy dog bed all day long. They are always calm and want nothing else from you—except, maybe, some cuddles!

Little pugs are placed into the American Kennel Club’s category of Toy dogs, weighing around 14 to 18 pounds. The average lifespan of a pug is around 13 to 15 years. These are small dogs, but they have a massive appetite, which given their lazy nature, makes them prone to growing obese. Therefore, Pug owners are advised to keep a check on their furry buddies’ caloric intake.

Pugs are highly sociable and friendly dogs and easily get along with not only children and other pets in the house but also strangers.

3. English Bulldog

Lazy dog breeds

Breed Overview

Height: 14 to 15 inches

Weight: 40 to 50 pounds

Lifespan: 8 to 10 years

Coat color: Variety of colors including white, red, fawn, fawn and white, fallow, and red brindle

Temperament: Extremely family and kid-friendly, sweet, gentle, and protective

Suitable for: Families with children, lazy dog owners

These dogs have the problem of getting overheated while playing. Guess what do they do to avoid overheating? Nothing! Yeah, really nothing at all! They will just eat, sleep, eliminate, eat, sleep… and this loop continues forever.

The perfect summer afternoons for lazy bulldogs include an air-conditioned room, a cozy couch, and the company of their favorite human buddy—you!

English Bulldogs have an average lifespan of 8 to 10 years. Their male members tend to be bigger in size as compared to their female counterparts. A male bulldog would weigh around 50 pounds, a female English bulldog would weigh around 40 pounds.

They may look intimidating, but they have very sweet and mellow personalities. That said, English bulldog owners have the responsibility of socializing and training their dogs at an early stage. Otherwise, they may develop several behavioral issues and might be a bit standoffish to strangers.

4. Basset Hounds

Lazy dog breeds

Breed Overview

Height: up to 15 inches

Weight: 40 to 65 pounds

Lifespan: 12 to 13 years

Coat color: Black and white, black tan and white, black-brown and white, black and brown, blue and white, white and red, white, black and red, and many other combinations

Temperament: Highly affectionate, friendly, loyal, and willful

Suitable for: Families with children, multi-dog households

These buddies are so sleepy, so sleepy that even you’d feel sleepy after seeing their always full-of-sleep eyes. By far, Basset hounds are considered to be the laziest and calm dog breed.

They do run wild but only in their dreams. In real life, they get tired and sweaty, something they don’t like at all. Instead, they find getting to sleep an avenue enough for releasing all the pent-up energy.

Basset hounds have an average lifespan of 12 to 13 years. Their average weight is around 40 to 65pounds. But scaling above 65 pounds is not uncommon in this lazy dog breed as they are prone to overeating. Their owners are advised to keep an eye on their caloric intake and give them some exercise over the weekend, if not daily.

5. Chinese Crested

Lazy dog breeds

Breed Overview

Height: 11 to 13 inches

Weight:8 to 12 pounds

Lifespan: 13 to 18 years

Coat color: Black, blue, cream, chocolate, apricot, black, white and tan, slate, palomino, pink and chocolate, pink and slate

Temperament: Highly adaptable, friendly, and affectionate

Suitable for: Apartment-dwellers, people with allergies, families with children and other pets

Though they don’t have extra balls of fur, they have very sensitive skin. If exposed to the sun, they could get sunburns. Also, their energy levels are really low, which means they get tired after minutes of playing and would like to kick back and relax the whole day after a litter walk around the block.

They come in two varieties; hairless and a coated variety. The hairless Chinese Crested dogs would have a hairless body with tufts of hair on their head, tail, and ankles. On the other hand, the coated variety has a soft, silky coat on their whole body and is called the powder puff Chinese Crested.  

Chinese Crested have an average lifespan of 13 to 18 years. They are lively toy dog breed standing 11 to 13 inches tall and weighing only 8 to 12 pounds. They make a perfect choice for dog lovers who have allergies and work the traditional 9 am to 5 pm jobs.

6. Bullmastiff

Lazy dog breeds

Breed Overview

Height: 24 to 27 inches

Weight:100 to 130 pounds

Lifespan: 7 to 9 years

Coat color: Red, red fawn, red fawn brindle, fawn, fawn brindle

Temperament: Gentle, friendly, loyal

Suitable for: Outgoing parents, families with children

First, look at them, and you’d possibly think that they must be very energetic and athletic. They sure are powerful dogs, but they consider themselves as little babies when it comes to resting and taking naps.

Bullmastiff cats are not actually a lazy cat breed, but they sleep too much—where an adult Bullmastiff may sleep up to 12 to 16 hours a day, Bullmastiff puppies can sleep up to 16 to 20 hours a day.

So, if you wish only the presence of a dog buddy around you, Bullmastiff is one of the most easygoing dog breeds for you to adopt.

7. Maltese

Lazy dog breeds

Breed Overview

Height: 7 to 9 inches

Weight:under 7 pounds

Lifespan: 12 to 15 years

Coat color: White is the only standard color

Temperament: Highly affectionate, gentle, and playful

Suitable for: Multi-pet household, families with seniors and children

Toy breed, furry, cute, hypoallergenic, and lazy. If you are looking for these qualities while identifying a dog for you, then Maltese is at your service. And…they are really cute!

They are friends of everyone—good with children, cats, and dogs, as well as strangers. However, note that their lustrous coat needs to be brushed almost every day. More so, they have fast-growing nails, which need to be trimmed regularly.

8. St. Bernard

Lazy dog breeds

Breed Overview

Height:26 to 30 inches

Weight:120 to 180 pounds

Lifespan: 8 to 10 years

Coat color: White and red, white and orange, white and brown, white and brindle, white and brown, white and orange, white and mahogany, white and red, white and rust

Temperament: Gentle, friendly, and playful

Suitable for: Multi-pet households, families with children

How would you feel if you had been through a hectic day? Extremely tired, lazy, and unable to get up?

Well, this is how your St. Bernard is feeling day and night. They are just too tired to even get up. They are considered one of the calmest dog breeds.

Their large size could be intimidating, but they are actually very friendly dogs. However, it all depends on their early socialization and training. In the absence of socialization and training, a St. Bernard puppy will grow up into an aggressive adult.

9. Miniature Pinscher

Lazy dog breeds

Breed Overview

Height:10 to 12.5 inches

Weight: 8 to 10 pounds

Lifespan: 12 to 16 years

Coat color: Red, stag red,black and rust, black and tan, chocolate and tan, chocolate and rust

Temperament: Friendly, playful, and aggressive at times

Suitable for: Families, families with dogs

Your cute little Min Pin!

At some point in your life, you might have come across a baby whom you could never get to laugh at. No matter what you try, that baby will just stare at you with a straight face—as if they are devoid of laughs! Well, in the dog world, such babies are the Min Pins. They are such lazy dogs that sometimes even their favorite treat won’t get them up!

Despite their minute size, Miniature Pinscher makes a great watchdog. They are loyal and protective of their loving parents; if they feel their owners are under any kind of threat, they will come to the rescue.  For their fearless nature, they are often called as “King of Toys.” They can also be extra territorial, so they must be socialized at an early age. Weighing around 8 to 10 pounds, Min Pins make great lap dogs since they love to snuggle and cuddle with their favorite humans.

10. Tibetan Spaniel

Lazy dog breeds

Breed Overview

Height:Around 10 inches

Weight:9 to 15 pounds

Lifespan: 12 to 15 years

Coat color: Red, gold, sable, silver sable, cream, white, black, black, and tan

Temperament: Gentle, playful, and affectionate

Suitable for: Multi-pet households

These guys do have high energy levels, but their energy doesn’t last long. Just some short jumps and they’d be done for the day. Overall, they are considered lazy hypoallergenic dogs. They like to snuggle, cuddle, patting, and sit by your feet. What else can you wish for?

Above are the qualifiers of the ten lazy dog breeds. You must remember that though these dogs don’t like to be active, you have to make them exercise daily. Else they would sit there and get obese, which is not good for their health at all.

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