We often associate dogs with activity. And to be honest, mostly physical activity. Dogs need walks. They need time outdoors. They are the pets that we associate with the American Dream of a big house with a picket white fence and plenty of yard space plus a pool. So when it comes to getting a pet, plenty of people will make the choice between dog and cat depending on how much we wish to get up at the crack of dawn to go for a walk or not. But fortunately, dogs are so much more complex than that. There are all different breeds, each with their unique personalities and needs that will fit different people’s lifestyles. So, if you’re looking for a semi-lazy breed that will be happy to sleep in by your side, just look below at the eight dog breeds that will let you sleep in.
1. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
While all dogs need daily exercise in order to stay healthy, some breeds are less energetic and are happy to loaf around the house all day with you. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is one of them.
According to Vetstreet, these dogs love to go outside into the great outdoors much like their bigger spaniel relatives, but they’re also very happy to just hop into your lap for a long, relaxing nap.
Considered one of the largest of the toy breeds, the Cavalier King Charles spaniel is easygoing, playful, and loves to spend time with their owners, making them great companions for that Sunday morning sleep in.
2. Miniature Pinscher
When you hear the words “low-energy dog breeds,” you might not immediately think of the miniature pinscher, yet these dogs are not as demanding for physical activity as people might think. And as Dogtime.com stated, they make excellent watchdogs.
All they really need is a few minutes of playtime and soon they’ll be curled up beside you on the couch.
Loving, playful, and always down to cuddle, pugs make an excellent lapdog, according to Dogtime.com, as they are happy enough to spend most of the day indoors. This breed is prone to breathing problems, nor can they tolerate high heat and humidity, so these dogs require a minimal amount of physical activity each day anyways.
As it turns out, not all large dogs require tons of exercise. The bullmastiff is one of these since this gentle giant is calm, quiet, and low on energy as stated by Hill’s.
As long as these dogs get a few minutes every day of walking or playing, they’ll be fine staying indoors and hang out on the couch.
5. Chow Chow
The chow chow isn’t exactly the cuddly type since Dogtime classifies them as aloof and independent and may not love getting hugs. However, they’re very loyal to their owners, plus they’re pretty happy to be left alone to their own devices in case you need to take a few minutes to yourself on the couch.
6. Bernese Mountain Dog
If you think that the Bernese mountain dog wouldn’t be able to sit still all day inside a house, then you might be surprised. While this big dog was bred to be a working dog, they’re actually more of a couch potato than anything else. They need some daily exercise but after that, they’re happy to hang out at home as states Dogtime.
7. Saint Bernard
Kind, intelligent, and good-natured, the Saint Bernard is a gentle giant who is happy to be a cuddle buddy. Given its giant size, you’ll be surprised to learn that the Saint Bernard is actually more of an indoor dog who likes to chill. Plus they’re very fluffy and large, meaning they make great pillows.
Bulldogs are kind, affectionate, and very calm, according to the American Kennel Club. And since this breed is prone to respiratory and joint problems, long hours of exercise isn’t recommended. Because of this, they make excellent lapdogs and indoor companions for that afternoon nap we all love to have.