What’s the main thing that puts you off getting a dog? The molting? The smell? Maybe it’s all the walking? Well, if it is the latter, you’re in luck. There are some dog breeds out there that love to chill out on the sofa just as much as you do. While, yes, they will need a short walk at some point in the day to stay healthy, there’s nothing they’d rather be doing than settling down for a nice nap in front of the latest boxset. This may come as music to your ears.
1. French bulldog
There’s just something about French bulldogs that brings a smile to our faces. Few other breeds can match their upbeat demeanor. But because of their face shape, these pooches sometimes find it difficult to breathe. Short gentle walks will therefore be right up their street with lots of snoozing and relaxing in between, of course.
To say that beagles are affectionate animals would be a huge understatement. Yep, these cute pooches have a lot of love to give. They’ll stick to you like glue if you offer them the chance. And compared to some other dogs, they require relatively little exercise. Around 40 minutes a day should be plenty.
Maltese dogs are cute little things. As they tip the scales at no more than seven pounds, you won’t feel uncomfortable with one of these guys resting on your legs. They love to snuggle, so let them! As for the breed’s energy levels, a relaxed stroll over a small distance each day will keep them happy. Long hikes aren’t necessary.
4. Finnish Lapphund
Although the Finnish Lapphund has eyes that could pierce through solid steel, the breed is the furthest thing from intimidating. Yep, they’re real softies and love nothing more than spending time with their owners indoors. That means they’ll only need the occasional stroll outside, as opposed to frequent trips.
5. Pembroke Welsh corgi
When it comes to the Pembroke Welsh corgi, let’s just get this out of the way first — aww! What a cutie! Anyway, back to the matter at hand. This breed is nice and simple to look after at home, requiring only the slightest bit of grooming. Just a stroll each day will keep them fighting fit, while their intelligence helps with training.
6. English bulldog
The English bulldog is still considered to be an iconic dog breed today. That’s in part down to their unmistakable appearance. But it’s said that the animals are quite passive, too, and love nothing more than relaxing with their clan. Kids will adore them!
7. St. Bernard
St. Bernards are huge dogs that look like they could be a lot of hassle. Yet that’s not really the case. Thanks in part to their size, this breed is as relaxed as they come, chilling out around their family’s house. And they’ll be friends with your kids when approached. So yes, these canines are true “gentle giants.” Make sure your sofa is big enough!
From a distance, bullmastiffs may seem like pretty intimidating dogs. Don’t be fooled, though. These giants are actually very chilled-out animals that show plenty of love towards their families. And they’re said to be able to handle stressful situations with a surprising level of calm. A few short walks per day will be plenty for this breed. The rest of the time? That’s for chilling.
Given greyhounds’ association with racing, you might be wondering why they’re seen as ideal pets for the more chilled out among you. Well, it’s quite simple really. These dogs love lounging about the house after stretching their legs outside for a spell. And they’re not overly energetic, either, which means looking after them isn’t all that challenging.
Pugs are arguably the biggest goofballs in the canine kingdom. And that’s not a bad thing! These dogs love to play around with their owners, seeking their approval. Yet while they’ll put on acts if something doesn’t go their way, the animals don’t anger easily. They’re pretty serene in truth. And they like more sleep than a lot of other dogs — 14 hours a day on average