You've come to the right place if you're searching for the ideal couch potato dog breed.
Before presenting the list we've made, you must be aware of an important thing.
While active dog breeds will play almost all day long, the following lazy and cute doggos, will simply enjoy spending the time chilling with you in bed.
If you like spending time at home, watching movies, reading, or simply laying on the sofa then, one of these lazy dogs is meant for you.
Which is the least active dog breed?
1. French Bulldog - Adores Sleeping & Cuddles
The little cute French Bulldog is a companion dog from the beginning. He was actually, created in England and crossed with local ratters (dogs used for hunting rats) in France.
This breed is a very popular pet, an amazing family dog, and excellent for apartments and first-time pets.
They need walks, as every dog - at least daily short walks, but in general they prefer to lay next to you, sleep, and cuddle. Because of their anatomy (brachycephalic breed), they need more sleep than other dog breeds.
French Bulldogs are affectionate dogs that need close contact with humans. The pups may suffer from anxiety if they're left for more than 2-3 hours alone.
They don't bark too often, being very patient with their owners and with other pets.
French Bulldogs are human-oriented dogs, easier to train, even though they can be stubborn and lazy.
French Bulldogs are prone to have certain health issues that fortunately owners can help avoid with proper care.
✢ Most common health condition problems French Bulldogs are dealing with:
- Heavy breathing (brachycephalic airway obstructive syndrome) - avoid hot temperatures
- Risk for obesity - do daily walks, avoid overfeeding and high-fat foods
- Wrinkles problems
- Hip dysplasia
👉 An effective way to keep French Bulldogs healthy is to exercise.
🫀 French Bulldog's lifespan is around 10-14 years.
Other things you should know about French Bulldogs:
✂️ Require very easy grooming
⛅️ Dislike both hot and cold weather
💓 Friendly with everyone
2. English Bulldog - Most Innocent and Gentle Dog Breed
Say hello to this chunky medium-sized dog breed, the English Bulldog, one of the most loving and affectionate dog breeds.
With a long-standing association with British culture, Bulldogs are considered a national icon by BBC. If English Bulldogs could have spoken, probably, the majority of us are imagining it talk with a British accent.
English Bulldogs are the sweetest, dependable companion friends that need only moderate exercise.
They must be protected from heat. In warmer climates and especially during summer months they need extra caution. How? Well, with a lot of shade and water, kept out of standing heat.
Good ventilation or air conditioning will help them stay safe. They are sweating through the pads on their feet - that's why they enjoy cool floors.
An English Bulldog's disposition is always kind, gentle and courageous, and never aggressive. Most of them have a friendly, patient nature, but sometimes they can be stubborn.
Bulldogs are popular for their excellent behavior as family pets because they tend to have a strong bond with children. So, they are so a good friend for children, but for other dogs, and pets, too.
Because of their breathing issue, English Bulldogs can easily become overheated. Many Bulldogs died because of hyperthermia.
✢ Common health issues that lead to the death of an English Bulldog are:
- Hip dysplasia
- Brachycephalic airway obstruction syndrome
- Cardiac problems
🫀 English Bulldog's life span is between 8–10 years.
Other things you should know about English Bulldogs:
✂️ Easy to groom
💦 Drooling pretty much
🍔 Can easily gain weight
🐕 Not too active, but playful
💓 Loving personality
3. Pug - The Perfect Couch Potato
With big dark eyes, deep wrinkles, a flat round face, and a curled tail this dog is a figure to remember. 🥰
Pugs are gentle and sociable companion dogs. Happy all the time, he will conquer you with his charm.
Although they are lazy buts, Pugs are playful but they may be stubborn sometimes. If you're training him well he can be friendly with other pets and children.
They're really perfect for apartment dwellers due to their size and also because they are inactive when indoors.
Pugs are generally very quiet dogs, they don't bark a lot. They are personality-wise, very intelligent, and loyal breeds.
Just like bulldogs, because of their flat shape of the face, they must be protected by hot weather, but by very cold weather, too. That's why Pugs are definitely house dogs and should not be kept outside.
Overheating can lead to death, so it should always be kept under control.
✢ Other health issues that Pugs have:
- Eye injuries (such as proptosis, and scratched corneas),
- Compact breathing passageways
- Breathing problems
🫀A pug's lifespan is around 12 – 15 years.
Other things you should know about Pugs:
✂️ Easy to groom
🥺 Shed a lot
🎶 Snore and snort loudly
🥩 Love food a lot - they can quickly become obese
💓 Need constant human companionship and affection
4. Basset Hound - Most peaceful pup that loves to sleep
The Basset Hound was initially bred for hunting small games such as bunnies. Now, some parts of the United States are still used for this purpose, but they are mainly lovable family companions.
This long-year doggie is very affectionate, adaptable, and calm. I may say that this dog is the most pleasantest-natured of all breeds. Why? They're simply peaceful with everyone: kids, strangers, and other pets.
The Basset Hound is a short-legged lap breed that loves to sleep. His superpower is to have short naps during the day. 😅 This dog is among those lazy dog breeds that can be left alone for some hours.
Even though is the perfect dog for apartments they still need, at least, moderate exercise.
Basset is a bit stubborn, but if you keep him active you can overcome many health issues and you can spend together many years of love and friendship.
Common health issues of Bassets are:
- Ear and eye problems - you must check his years once a week to overcome infections
- Gastric torsion
- Dermatological problems
🫀 Basset Hound's life span is around 10-12 years.
Other things you should know about Bassets:
📢 Howl loudly, but not too often
🍔 Prone to obesity
✂️ Easy to groom
👉 Low shedding
💓 love everyone
5. Chow Chow - Big Lazy Fluff
You can easily identify the charming Chow Chow, the fluffy ball with purple tongue.
Genetic testing has validated the long-held belief of researchers that the Chow Chow is one of the oldest dog breeds.
The breed was known by a number of names in China, including Canton dog, bear dog, wolf dog, and black-tongue dog (hei shi-tou).
Now, Chow Chows currently hold the 64th-most popular spot out of the 155 breeds and types that the AKC recognises.
Some people resemble the Chow Chow's personality to that of a cat: distant, guarded, self-reliant, elegant, clever, and tenacious.
They are usualy devoted amd affectionate to their owners and the members of the family, but tend to be aloof with strangers.
Proper early socialization to people and other pets and is essential.
**They can get along with children if they grow with them, but it is not indicated to let them alone, as they wouldn't stand being pulled or jerked.
Although they don't have a lot of energy, Chow Chows love to go on walks. They should exercise for 45 to 60 minutes each day, which can be divided up into shorter walks in the morning and longer, more engaging walks in the afternoon.
If you aren't vigilant about where you get them, the Chow Chow's health issues could become a problem. The Chow Chow may be prone to the following health conditions:
- Canine Hip and Elbow Dysplasia
- Gastric Torsion
- Patellar Luxation
- Renal Cortical Hypoplasia
- Elongated Soft Palate
🫀 Chow Chow's life span is around 9 – 15 years.
Other things about Chow Chow:
🧸 Although they may appear to be very cuddly, chow chows are typically quite independent and distant
🇨🇳 Chow Chow translates to "Puffy Lion Dog" in Chinese
🐕 Great guard dogs
✂️ Must be groomed and bathed on a regular basis
6. Saint Bernard - Big Dog with a Bigger Soul
This big friend, Saint Bernard, is known for saving injured people from the Alps. Today, he is recognized internationally as one of the giant dog breeds.
Saint Bernards are sweethearts. They are so gentle, kind, and intelligent that you'll fall in love immediately. They are also very intelligent dogs and excel in competitions.
These big dogs are pure blessings to families. They are affectionate with everyone they meet. Saint Bernard is a quiet indoor dog - he can live in small spaces, as long as he gets a good daily walk.
But you must know something - they drool and shed a lot, so you must clean up after them quite often. If you're going to accept them anyway, you'll have a wonderful drooly friend for life, because they are so devoted to their owners.
They are suited to live in the company of humans, not to be forgotten somewhere in the yard. Saint Bernards tend to be protective, but not aggressive. They will bark when needed.
This dog breed doesn't need much exercise and he must be protected from high temperatures, too. He enjoys cold weather and snow.
Unfortunately, these giant paws don't live longer because of their size and other diseases and disorders:
- Hip and elbow dysplasia
- Eye problems
- Hemophilia B
- Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV)
🫀 Saint Bernard's life span is around 8 – 10 years.
Other things you should know about Saint Bernards:
👉 Shed Much
💓 Affectionate with everyone
❄️ Tolerate and love cold temperatures
🎶 Rarely bark
7. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel - Best Cuddling Buddy
Another couch potato dog, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a combination of an athletic dog breed and a dog that loves to cuddle and take naps with its owner.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a small dog breed, no more than 13 inches high.
That active part of the charming Cavalier enjoys running and doing dog sports like flyball or agility. The other least active part of the Cavalier is the perfect companion apartment living, quiet and lazy.
With a gentle and regal attitude, this dog is irresistible, loving, and devoted to their families. Cavaliers are cheerful, smart, and best buddies when traveling.
Their easy-going personality makes them great friends with everyone, including other pets.
Other things you should know about Cavalier King Charles Spaniel:
🛋 Perfect for apartment living
🥲 Minimum tolerance to be alone
🐕 Highly trainable
💓 Friendly & affectionate with everyone
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These dog breeds are just a few mentioned. There are a lot less active dog breeds that are perfect cuddling buddies.
Try to choose with your heart the dog that you think it's the most alike to your personality and needs. That dog with good and bad will be your lifetime best friend.
On the next article! 'Till then, paws & love! 🐾