Top 21 Laziest Dog Breeds

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Sometimes you just want to cuddle with a dog that loves chilling on the couch as much as you do. If you would like a lazy dog that doesn’t really like exercising or doing much of anything really, you should check out these guys.

1. MI-KI

Whether it’s deserved or not, this toy dog breed has a reputation of being incredibly lazy and inactive. It may sound strange to describe a tiny dog as lazy because we usually associate small dogs with a nervous, jittery disposition, but being small doesn’t take away your right to sit around on a bed or a couch ass day, doing absolutely nothing. And that’s exactly how Mi-Kis spend most of their time.

Mi-Ki is a toy dog breed that shares a lot of characteristics with the Maltese and the Japanese Chin. In fact, some believe it was created by combining these two breeds. They make great companions and because of their small size they are perfect for small living arrangements, like apartments. However, this is not the only reason why Mi-Ki dogs are great for apartments – there’s also their general laziness and lack of interest in jumping around, running and playing all day long. These dogs are perfectly happy with some activity and a lot of sleeping and lounging around.

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2. NEAPOLITAN MASTIFF

You’d think that a dog of this size would require a lot of physical activity, but, strangely, Neapolitan Mastiffs don’t really need to run and jump all that much. And it’s a good thing, too, since they generally prefer their downtime on the rug or in their favorite chair.

This large, old dog breed originally from Naples, Italy, is fearless, devoted and intelligent. They are great for families, as long as they are properly socialized and accustomed to children, and they are terrific protectors. But they are not the best choice for extremely active, outdoorsy people who love taking their dog hiking, jogging and swimming with them. The Neo would simply prefer to stay home and take a nap or two while you finish taking care of all that exercise. They are perfect companions for quiet evenings at home, preferably in front of the TV set.

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3. JAPANESE CHIN

These tiny lap dogs are adorable for some and freaky for others, because of their weird bulgy eyes and prominent lower jaw, but there’s no denying they are probably among the best, most devoted and most elegant lap dogs around. They are also among the laziest.

The Japanese Chin was an extremely important breed for Japanese nobility, hence the name. The actual origin might have been from China, but because of their prominent presence on Japanese courts they are widely believed to have originated from Japan.

Whatever the true history of this breed, it’s safe to assume that they have always been incredibly lazy, which is why they make such great lap dogs. There’s nothing a Japanese Chin loves better than snoozing in their owner’s lap while being brushed or petted. Sure, they love stretching their legs and chasing a ball every now and then but they’ll definitely be back in your lap in a matter of minutes.

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4. CHINESE CRESTED

Another dog breed often perceived as “weird” because of their unique combination of a beautiful long coat and perfectly hairless skin that prefers napping to playing. The Chinese Crested dog is actually quite alert and lively, but that doesn’t mean these dogs enjoy being active all day long, like some other dog breeds. They really enjoy their downtime and they can sleep in very long stretches.

The Chinese Crested enjoys spending time outside and is quick to learn tricks. Some of these dogs are even quite successful at agility competitions too. They are not lazy in the strict meaning of the word, but they definitely love lounging around more than many other breeds. This makes the Chinese Crested a perfect dog for people who are not too crazy about spending long hours outside while their pooch gets his exercise for the day.

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5. BULLMASTIFF

You know the kind of dogs that look really intimidating and dangerous and then turn out to be either major sweeties or big couch potatoes? We see a lot of them in movies, where they bring comedic relief and become best buddies with the main character. Well, the Bullmastiff is definitely that kind of a dog.

The Bullmastiff was originally bred as a guard dog and a protector, but over the course of time this breed has become one of the favorite family dog breeds. Despite their great size and intimidating appearance, Bullmastiffs are very cuddly and affectionate.

With some obedience training and early socialization, they make extremely devoted and loving companions for families with children. And while they do require some exercise, they are not too demanding in that area, so they’ll be perfectly happy if left alone for half a day to sleep on a couch or watch television with you in the evening.

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6. BERNESE MOUNTAIN DOG

The owners of Bernese Mountain Dogs will probably beg to differ, but this dog breed is considered by many experts to be one of the laziest in the canine world. These large Alpine dogs love the outdoors, and it makes sense too, since they were originally bred as farm dogs in cold mountain environments.

However, they do not possess a great stamina and tend to tire out quickly and easily, after which they require a good, long nap. They also don’t mind going a couple of days without a proper jogging session. Bernese Mountain Dogs are one of the four breeds of Sennenhunds or Swiss cattle dogs. They are very good-natured, docile and friendly, even to strangers. They are among the best possible dog breeds for families, even with very small children. The do love hiking and spending time outside, but they adore sleeping in a warm, cozy place near their owners.

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7. GREAT DANE

The Great Dane actually has a face that instantly lets you know he’s the lazy type. Well, “lazy” may be a big exaggerated but these giant, elegant dogs really don’t care too much for running and jumping around. And can you blame them? They’re so big, they’re bound to knock something down just by getting up.

Contrary to what you might believe, Great Danes actually don’t require much exercise. Three good walks a day do the trick for these elegant dogs of German origin. In fact, too much exercise can even be dangerous for them, especially while they’re still growing.

They are quite content to spend the better portion of the day sleeping or moving from one chair to another. Provided you give them chairs big enough to fit their enormous bodies, of course. Don’t forget, the Great Dane is one of the tallest dog breeds in the world!

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8. FRENCH BULLDOG

When it comes to Frenchies, to say they’re lazy doesn’t qualify as slander or exaggeration – the American Kennel Club, which is as official as it can get when it comes to dog breeds, says that French Bulldogs are among the most inactive breeds around. Their favorite activities include sleeping, napping and snoozing, as well as warming their owner’s lap.

Of course, French Bulldogs don’t just sit or lay around all day doing nothing. They do get up for a nice walk or even a run in the park, but they’re not too crazy about it and they don’t require a lot of it. They are ideal for small homes and apartments, as long as there is a nice, comfy cot or bed for them and some toys to play around with. And owners who are prepared to spend a lot of time with them, since Frenchies are very affectionate and attached to their family.

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9. SHIH-TZU

Like so many other small dogs, a Shih-Tzu will enjoy playtime and walks in the park, but will tire out very quickly and easily. Don’t be surprised if your Shih-Tzu demands you carry him on your way back from a walk!

The Shih-Tzu, also known as Chinese Lion Dog or Chrysanthemum Dog, is noted for his long, luscious coat that requires proper grooming and care. These dogs are short and compact, with large, sometimes bulging eyes. Despite their small size and their preference for snoozing, they are actually quite yappy and even a bit nervous.

They may be too lazy to walk or play for hours, but they’re definitely not too lazy to bark and go nuts to the sound of the doorbell. They are very affectionate and outgoing and don’t require a lot of space. They are ideal for owners living in small homes who don’t have a lot of time for long dog walks and exercise.

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10. BULLDOG

Bulldogs are one of the breeds that first come to mind when talking about lazy dogs. Their whole appearance and demeanor practically spell “lazy.” The reason for Bulldog’s lack of interest in exercise and physical activity, or for outdoors in general, probably lays in their short, stubby legs and, even more so, in their short snout, which is known to cause difficulties breathing.

Owners are usually advised not to push their Bulldogs too hard when it comes to exercise, as it can actually be counterproductive and even dangerous. Bulldogs, of course, do require regular exercise and need to be taken out for walks, just like any other dog. However, they won’t insist on it and they’ll probably turn around and head home at one point, once they decide they had enough. At home, they love playing around but they get tired easily and spend the rest of the day sleeping or resting.

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11. BOSTON TERRIER

Boston Terriers have become increasingly popular over the last decade or so, especially in America. Could their easy-going attitude and lack of interest in exercise be a reason for this? Boston Terriers are not inactive in the strict sense of the word. They love playing, especially with a ball, and they can go at it for a while too. But they are not a breed that requires too much exercise, or even too much walking.

Like other dog breeds with brachycephalic constitution (meaning they have a short skull with the face that looks like it was pressed in), Boston Terriers are prone to overheating and they tend to have some difficulties breathing. Because of this, owners have to be careful not to overstimulate them and not to push them too hard and too far during walks and exercise, especially in the summer. Other than that, Boston Terriers are pretty low-maintenance and they make great family pets.

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12. POMERANIAN

Like most lap dogs, Pomeranians require only a little bit of exercise every day. The rest of the time they’ll be more than content to sit on your lap, in your bed or their favorite chair, snoozing or simply watching everyone else go about with their day.

The thing about Pomeranians is that they were not always this small. A Spitz type of breed, they were aggressively bred down to become as small as possible, in order to make more desirable lap dogs. Because of this, they tend to suffer from certain congenital health issues, and they are not very good at exercise and physical activity. They tire out soon and they prefer their leisure time with their owners, preferably in their lap. However, don’t confuse being inactive with being lethargic and sluggish – Pomeranians are very alert and they are actually very good and potentially aggressive guard dogs.

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13. PUG

Another breed we don’t commonly associate with being lazy because they’re so cute when they walk hurriedly down the street, wagging their weird curly tails, Pugs are actually often characterized as lazy simply because, despite their eagerness, they are simply incapable of being very active.

Like Boston terriers, Pugs have short brachycephalic skulls and flat faces and that prevents them from running and jumping around the backyard for long periods of time. Their noses are short and deformed which makes it difficult for them to breathe properly, so they tire out quickly. They are also prone to overheating.

This adorable wrinkly dog has a remarkable personality, very eager to please and extremely affectionate, especially towards children. Despite his strong will and even stubbornness at times, a Pug is never aggressive. He will follow his owner around everywhere he goes, but he’ll prefer if it’s indoors and if there’s not much walking involved.

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14. BICHON FRISE

The name of this breed translated from French means, roughly, “curly lap dog.” That’s pretty much all the basic information about Bichon Frise right there. They sure are curly, and they are classic lap dogs. What does that mean, exactly? It means that Bichon Frise is the happiest when he’s curled on his master’s lap, literally. He’ll be happy on the couch or by your feet, but if you take him in your lap and pet him until he falls asleep, he’ll be in heaven. This is one incredibly snuggly dog.

Bichon Frise is not a totally inactive dog. On the contrary, he does have his moments of joyful play and running around the house, but they don’t last long. These adorable little dogs get tired quite easily and don’t require much exercise – one good walk per day is pretty much all they need in that department.

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15. CHOW CHOW

The so-called “Lion Dog” has traditionally been associated with Chinese nobility, especially during the Tang Empire. There’s a legend that says that first teddy bears ever were modelled by a Chow Chow owned by Queen Victoria. Whether this is true or not, these lovely little dogs are just as cuddly as teddy bears, and they do look a bit like them.

Most Chow Chow owners will confirm that this is not the world’s most active breed. Because of their thick fur and other physical characteristics, Chow Chows are sensitive to heat and prefer staying in cool indoor environments. Similarly, they are not too crazy about exercise. This doesn’t mean they don’t require any. They need to be taken out for daily walks and they expect you to play with them. It’s just that it usually doesn’t last long and the dog is always happy to go back inside and take a nice long nap.

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16. PEKINGESE

Some people rather maliciously compare Pekingese dogs to floor sweepers. If we wanted to be even more malicious, we’d say – not very efficient floor sweepers. Because with Pekingese there’s really not that much moving around.

These dogs simply love laying around the house, idly watching everyone else go about with their business. They’ll get up every now and then to stretch, drink some water and maybe catch a ball for a minute or two, tops. Then, it’s back to the comfy pillow for another well-deserved nap. This ancient breed of toy dogs originated from China (duh!), where they were basically adored and were surrounded by many legends.

Today, they are popular lap dogs, especially among owners living in small homes and apartments, which makes sense since they don’t need too much exercise and hence not too much room. However, “not much exercise” is by no means the same as “no exercise.” New owners are usually warned that these dogs absolutely need to have at least one and preferably three good walks per day in order to stay healthy.

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17. BOLOGNESE

The Bolognese, also known as Bichon Bolognese, the Bolo and the Bottolo, is a companion dog of the toy dog group, originally from, you guessed it, Italy. Like the rest of the dogs of the Bichon family, they can get a bit lazy, but experts say they’re the laziest of all Bichons.

The Bolognese are actually quite playful, but they can’t play all day long, that’s for sure. It takes a few minutes for them to get it out of their system and after that it’s back to your lap or the bed or the couch or whatever other cozy place they claim as their own. Brief exercise, such as a quick walk in the park, tires them out and they’re ready for their precious nap. The Bolognese are ideal for apartments and small houses and also for people who don’t have much time to spend in playtime and exercise with their dog.

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18. CHIHUAHUA

These great little dogs seem jittery and active, but the truth is they get tired easily and tend to spend a lot of their time sleeping or lounging around. Chihuahuas are the world’s tiniest dogs, and it’s no wonder their little legs can’t stand too much walking or jogging. Fortunately, their petite size allows them to be carried around easily, should they become tired before their walk is over.

These extraordinary dogs of Mexican origin make great apartment pets. Because of their size, even the tiniest apartment is big enough for them to cruise around and explore. However, this does not mean they shouldn’t be walked. Like any other dog breed, Chihuahuas need to be taken out to do their business and see what’s up at least two times a day. That way they’ll get some much needed exercise and build a healthy appetite before their next nap.

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19. SHAR-PEI

These remarkable wrinkly dogs are probably most famous for their weird deep-blue tongue. What they should also be famous for, however, is their incredible laziness. Shar-Pei is a dog that truly loves to sleep. They prefer their owners bed or favorite chair, but they won’t mind sleeping on a floor mat either. Really, anywhere is fine, as long as they are allowed to snooze as long as they like. When they’re not sleeping, they enjoy lying around near their owners.

However, those interested in owning a Shar-Pei should know that, despite their passion for sleeping, these dogs are also very passionate about their owners and their home, which they perceive as their own and tend to get extremely protective, even aggressive. They require proper socialization and obedience training, otherwise they can be a handful.

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20. CAVALIER KING CHARLES SPANIEL

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is currently one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States. That comes as no surprise to those who already own these adorable toy dogs, because they are known for their happy, bright and loving disposition and good house manners. They are ideal for apartments too, because they are not only small but also quite lazy.

This breed should not live in an outdoor setting. They love being at home with their owners, always close to them, especially during downtime like reading or watching television. They spend a lot of time at home sleeping, but they’re also quite playful and they do require a fair amount of exercise. Two or three decent walks per day usually do the trick for the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Because they enjoy cuddling up in your lap, they are particularly suitable for the elderly.

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21. GREYHOUND

This one probably goes against everything you ever thought of Greyhounds. We know that hounds are great at running, even as competitive racers, and they are very athletic and agile, so how can they be lazy? The thing is, their endurance is strangely low and they get tired easily and quickly. A Greyhound will break the canine world record in running but as soon as the race is done he’ll go searching for a comfy place to take a nice, long nap.

When they are not outside running and playing, Greyhounds spend most of their time with all fours in the air, snoozing away. Greyhounds prefer their peace and quiet and they can live in an apartment as long as it’s not too hectic and loud. Because of this, they are ideal pets for elderly people and couples without little children. As for the temperament, Greyhounds are generally laid-back and rarely aggressive.

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