20 Low Energy Dog Breeds

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So… you want a dog.

However, you are not sure if the dog you want is really the dog you need. Will your dog fit your personality and your activity level? Is it a low energy dog breed, or one higher strung?

It’s always a good idea to investigate factors such as these before you get a dog, so that whatever dog you bring home slides seamlessly into your lifestyle.

This means that if you are a relative couch potato, a rambunctious dog may not be the greatest option. Obviously, this doesn’t mean that whichever dog you choose won’t still need exercise and playtime each day, but it does mean that when you choose a low energy dog breed, their needs should be much less than their hyperactive counterparts.

Another consideration to keep in mind is who the dog is for (if not for yourself). If you happen to be getting a dog for someone who is elderly, you probably won’t want to get them a puppy or a hyper breed. You’ll want to steer them towards older, trained dogs with low energy levels, or pups of docile dog breeds that are naturally not very high maintenance.

Most dogs that are considered “lazy dog breeds” behave that way not because they truly are lazy, but because they are just built differently. They need less energy for their bodies to function optimally. In fact, overdoing it with exercise can be detrimental at times to these types of dogs, and wear them out.

Keep in mind any dog that you bring home will require a certain amount of “work.” While some dogs admittedly may be a little less work than other dogs, it doesn’t mean you can just bring a dog home and then forget about him.

If you do not intend to spend time with your dog, take care of your dog, ensure that he gets regular play and exercise (even if he is a low exercise dog breed), ensure he is properly groomed, and keep his health in tiptop shape, then you probably shouldn’t be getting a dog to begin with.

Think of it like having a child, except with four legs and fur. While there are still massive differences in that analogy, nevertheless having a dog is in many ways like having a child.

Make sure that you use wisdom in choosing the dog you decide to bring home, make sure he or she fits your lifestyle, and don’t assume that you can just make your lifestyle fit the dog. Too many dogs wind up abandoned and consigned to shelters for that very reason.

Here are 20 low energy dog breeds to choose from:

Great Dane

Don’t be misled, though these beasts are big, they aren’t particularly active. Great Danes love to cuddle, hog the couch, and spend the day lazing around and pretending they are lap dogs.

So, while they do require some room to move around in, their exercise needs are fairly minimal by comparison. However, that doesn’t mean they are opposed to a healthy romp outdoors. So, if you want to go for a nice jog, they shouldn’t have too much trouble keeping up.

20 low energy dog breeds/great dane


Despite being known for their speed, Greyhounds are in fact quite gentle and laid-back. They too, love a nice long cuddle on the couch, and do not require huge amounts of exercise to keep them happy and healthy. They definitely fall under the “docile dog breeds” category.


Saint Bernard

The ultimate “gentle giant,” Saint Bernards are patient and great with kids. They can however, be stubborn. However, although they may be stubborn, at least they are slow! Just be forewarned, they are droolers. And the more active they are, the more they tend to drool.

saint bernard


This large, low exercise dog breed is quiet and makes for an excellent guard dog. And just like Saint Bernards, Bullmastiffs can be stubborn, which does nothing to detract from their laziness.


Dogue de Bordeaux

This dog makes an excellent guard dog. Dogue de Bordeauxs tend to be extremely protective of their family, and though they are large, they are still relatively laid-back and do not require as much exercise as other breeds.

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This breed is from a group of herd dogs that used to help farmers keep track of their goats and livestock. They are considered gentle and playful, though not particularly aggressive dogs.

They get along great with other animals, and while they do sometimes enjoy a nice long walk, your future jogging partner, they are not!


English Bulldog

These dogs are considered one of the most mellow of dog breeds. English Bulldogs hate hot weather and long walks, but aren’t opposed to short walks or a quick romp outside.

They usually play very well with others, though they can occasionally be wary of strange dogs. Overall, Bulldogs are one of the low exercise dog breeds that make great pets.

english bulldog

Bassett Hound

Long, floppy ears aren’t the only part of these dogs that like to flop. Bassett Hounds are one docile dog breed that requires minimal exercise, as well as minimal grooming, and they make easy-going pets.

This is especially true for families with children. Just be careful, as their long backs can make them injury prone. It’s important to be gentle with them.

basset hound

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

This dog is a smaller breed than some of the other lazy dog breeds. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are considered playful, but sweet and gentle as well.

They like walks every bit as much as cuddles on the couch, so they make great couch potato buds. They also tend to play well with others, whether that’s other pets or other people.