What Are Some Lazy Dog Breeds?

High-energy dogs that want to run and play all day are adorable and fun to be around–until they’re not. It can take a lot of work to keep them happy. If you’d prefer a cuddly companion that doesn’t demand a high-energy lifestyle, here are some lazy dog breeds to consider.

Lazy Dog Breeds

  • Bulldog
  • Saint Bernard
  • Basset Hound
  • Pekingese
  • Chow Chow
  • Pug
  • Tibetan Mastiff
  • Great Daine



Bulldogs like to take it easy. They struggle to breathe if they do anything too strenuous because of the way their nose is shaped. They don’t mind, though; they can have a perfectly happy life just lying around the house all day.

Saint Bernard

st bernard dog

What do Saint Bernards like to do best? Sleep. If you want to have a big teddy bear of a pet to snuggle with, a Saint Bernard will suit your needs perfectly.

Basset Hound

basset hound

Basset Hounds are peaceful dogs to be around. They have a calm and mild temperament, and their short, stubby bodies don’t require a lot of exercise.


pekingese dog

Little dogs sometimes have the reputation of being frisky and yappy. Not the Pekingese. Their dignified manner and calm and quiet personality belie their little size. They generally prefer to lie around the house while surveying their kingdom.

Chow Chow

chow chow dog

Chow Chows, with their stocky bodies and short legs, are just not built to do things some other dogs can. Because their straight back legs make it more difficult to move around, they are happy to just lie around.



Another stocky dog with short legs is the Pug. Like the bulldog, they can’t do anything too strenuous or they will have breathing problems because of the way their nose is shaped.

Tibetan Mastiff

tibetan mastiff

The Tibetan Mastiff is a working and guarding breed but is not naturally very agile. This serious and dignified breed is notoriously lazy.

Great Dane

great dane

Great Danes are gentle giants who love to cuddle and snuggle and please their owners. They are very social, so as long as they’re with their people, they are mellow and easy to be around.

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