The Best Dog Breeds for the Couch Potato and Lazy Person

Are you a couch potato who needs some canine companionship? Here are the best dog breeds for lazy people.

Okay, you might be a bit lazy, even a couch potato of sorts. But, you’d still like a dog to keep you company while you watch your favorite action television. You’re just not ready for a dog that wants to play ball or frisbee every five minutes. What are the best dog breeds for lazy people?

All dogs are doing to need some sort of stimulation and daily exercise .At least one walk a day is needed to preserve a dog’s health and sanity. If you can’t manage that, you might be better off adopting a cat. Fortunately, if you can handle that one walk a day, there are several dog breeds that will be quite happy lounging around the house with you. Here are the best dog breeds for the lazy person:

The Dachshund

Although the Dachshund dog breed is generally quite lively, they don’t require a great deal of exercise. A short walk a day should suit them very well. In fact, they tend to tire easily and have a tendency to develop back and orthopedic problems that limits their ability to exercise. They’re a perfect companion for lying beside you on the couch as you doze.

The French Bulldog

This is another dog breed that will be quite happy with a short walk each morning. Although they can be playful, especially with children, they aren’t going to become restless if forced to lie around indoors. Because of their facial structure, they have a tendency to develop breathing problems which can make exercise in hot weather dangerous for them.

The Greyhound

This one may surprise you as these dogs have been used in dog races for years. They’re trained more for short sprints rather than protracted periods of exercise and are quite content with only a brief walk each day. They tend to be very calm and low key which is ideal for the couch potato human.

The Chihuahua

The Chihuahua is a dog breed that can get most of their exercise inside the home if you provide them with stimulating toys. If you have enough energy to throw a toy around a bit while you watch television, you’ll make a Chihuahua very happy. Of course, a short daily walk would be ideal even for this indoor breed.

The Maltese

The Maltese is another dog that gets the majority of its exercise playing indoors. A basket of toys and a little attention is enough to keep most Maltese dogs happy. They do enjoy outdoor play, especially with children. If you have a fenced in yard, this can be a real bonus.

Although this is not a complete list of dogs that are ideal for the lazy person, it’s a sampling of dog breeds that don’t require much exercise. As a generalization, most of the toy dog breeds are satisfied getting their exercise indoors playing with toys which certainly makes life easy for the human who shuns activity. It’s nice to know you can be a couch potato and still have canine companionship.

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  1. Diane

    On September 17, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Great Danes are couch potatoes too as are most Mastiffs if you want a large breed. Many of the very large breeds contrary to the more popular opinion do not require huge amounts of exercise and mostly just lay around the house. My Dane was the most laid back dog I ever owned. Doxies are not for the lazy as they are hard to potty train and keep potty trained, I\’ve owned three of them and they were more work than my Dane in some ways. With the very large breeds such as the ones above, Saint Bernard and Newfoundland you will have a laid back dog most of the time that does not benefit from loads of exercise due to the strain it puts on their joints. The draw back with the huge dogs is that their longevity is not nearly as much as the small wee dogs like Maltese. One of my Doxies lived to be nineteen years old. My Dane lived seven years so there is that to consider.

    I\’m posting this because I am not nearly as much a fan of little dogs as I am large breeds and many people don\’t know that MOST large breeds are lazy couch potatoes!

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