All dogs need daily exercise. Many dogs are fitness junkies, but let’s face it, not all of us can keep up with them. Some of us want our dog to be lazy with us on the sofa. Wondering which of the dog breeds would suit your couch potato tendencies?
Consider these beautiful dogs who are the laziest and would just adore lounging around with you. Remember that not all individual dogs are the same, but their breed can definitely tell you the common characteristics you can expect.
Dogs Bred For Royal Families Are Some Of The Laziest Dog Breeds
Many dog breeds were bred to look ornamental sitting on the royal members’ laps. Basically, they were bred for napping, cuddling, and looking pretty.
Bred by Tibetan monks, Shih Tzus were given as gifts to the Chinese royal family. They are so lazy that wandering around the house and bathroom breaks are enough exercise for them. The perfect couch potato that will make you feel like royalty!
Bred to be cherished companions of the imperial family of China, Pekingese dogs only require 20 minutes of exercise a day. A Pekingese will definitely make you feel like the King or Queen of the sofa!
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Favored by the British Royal family, The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel won’t attest to lazing around being loved by people. The breed was named after King Charles II. The most famous dog being Dash, Queen Victoria’s four-legged companion who stood by her side as she became queen.
Some Dog Breeds Suite The Laziest Lifestyle
The Chihuahua is not lazy. However, they are so tiny that they spend a lot of energy moving short distances because of their small steps.
So after what seems a little bit of exercise to us, the Chihuahua will be glad to take a long nap with you on the couch! Even though they are not truly lazy, they would definitely suit a less active lifestyle.
Greyhounds can run the fastest out of all dog breeds. They love sleeping just as much as speed. This is why they adopted the nickname ‘60km couch potatoes’. They’ll sleep for 20 hours a day! This being the reason that they are well suited to apartment living.
If you are looking for a dog to motivate you into doing some exercise, the Japanese Chin is the least qualified for that! Other than some playtime in the garden, they will detest exercising. Instead, lazing like a cat on the couch is their happy place.
Having cat-like tendencies, they will probably like to lay on the back of your sofa. As though they are not cat-like enough, they also enjoy their alone time. Being one of the breeds that can be left alone for some time, they make a great companion for the working person.
Dog Breeds That Need Moderate Exercise
Basset hounds are known to be lazy because of their short legs. However, They do require exercise for up to one hour a day. They also love their food and are prone to obesity.
A Bulldog is the King of snoring. They spend about 90% of their time doing just that. Having a stocky build, moving around is hard work.
On top of that their flat nose causes breathing difficulties and this makes them sluggish. Like the basset hound, these dogs are prone to obesity and they still require up to an hour of exercise a day.
Being a small breed, a Chinese Crested only requires about 30 minutes of exercise per day. They also do enjoy a run around in the garden. Other than that, they love being lazy!
Great Danes are one of the largest dog breeds. It is because of their size that too much exercise puts strain on their joints. Puppies require more exercise than adult Great Danes. Loving to sleep, Great Danes spend 16-18 hours a day napping! They need about 30-60 minutes of exercise a day.
If you have a place for swimming, the Newfoundland dog would be very happy to spend time in it. Other than needing 30 to 60 minutes of exercise per day (preferably swimming), the Newfoundland dog tends to become the ultimate couch potato.
Similar to the Great Dane, too much exercise can result in joint pain. Also, they are very hairy which makes it difficult for them to regulate their body temperature.
Looking just like a teddy, the Chow Chow will definitely make a good couch cuddle buddy. They require about an hour of exercise a day. Known for their chilled natures, the Chow Chow makes the perfect companion for an afternoon nap!
Even though this massive dog breed was bred for herding work, their job did not actually involve a lot of activity. Instead, their job was to stand and guard the livestock against predators. So really, they are born lazing around all day.
They are the happiest lounging next to their people. Keep in mind that they are big droolers! So if you don’t mind slobber, they are the perfect couch potato companion.
The Great Pyrenees
Also, a dog bred as a livestock guardian, the Great Pyrenees only need about 20 – 30 minutes of exercise a day. They prefer cooler climates. Loving to laze around, you’ll find that adults don’t like to move around much at all.
They are even considered a suitable breed for apartment living. Keep in mind that puppies will have greater energy demands.
Bred as Swiss mountain rescue dogs, Saint Bernard dogs require an hour of exercise a day plus playtime. Other than that, the only thing they are motivated to do is a nap.
These 4 Fun Exercises Will Keep Your Dog (And You) Fit
Dogs are great companions. They comfort you when you need it most and they are always there with a tail wag when you come through the door every day. And, they want us to do lots of fun exercises with them.