There’s a dog out there for everyone, that’s for sure. As well as coming in a range of shapes and sizes, dogs also have various temperaments which will help them interact with all sorts of people. This is one of the things that make them so great, you can barely find this sort of variety and versatility when it comes to other creatures. Most people feel that dogs are generally bundles of energy who play endlessly, but the fact of the matter is that there is a handful of them that are better at slowing down than you could ever imagine. In that vein, here is a peek at some of the best low energy dog breeds for less active humans.
The general aesthetic of a Bulldog makes it perfect for gangster roles in the movies but the truth of the matter is that they are affectionate, family-friendly, docile and as laid back as can be. In fact, they may be a little too laid back for their own good. They are considered to be one of the calmest breeds out there and get this, they are not so big on exercise. A short walk here and there is all they are really down for, but when it comes to hikes or jogs, they do not do quite as well.
Obviously, they do love to play; all dogs find some sort of way to amuse themselves and bulldogs are no different. On the other hand, they can be a bit suspicious of strange dogs, but it’s never too serious.
They fit the laid back, low energy, snoozing description to the core. You will often catch them indulging in a good old nap and it is easy to get sucked in once they start. Some light exercises here and there should be incorporated into their routine. All in all, they are a lovable and delightful breed that is well suited for less active humans.
These next gentle giants are generally associated with great Alpine rescues, but they can be as laid back as possible when given a little leeway. Though the Saint Bernard are bred for rescue, these dogs are generally friendly. Another plus is the fact that they love attention but are not quite demanding of it. Just think of them as giant, adorable babies, who do not mind looking after others.
Presently, a lot of them have become stay at home dogs and best believe that no complaints have been filed (by both humans and Saint Bernards). The Swiss Alps may have been cool, but these dogs are just fine being at home with the kids. As a result of their patient and calm outlook, they are great with kids and are even tagged as nanny dogs. Be on the lookout though, these lovable mutts can be incredibly stubborn in some certain cases.
Thank heavens that their stubbornness is coupled with slowness in terms of speed. Also, they rarely show their aggressive side; in fact, they will only get riled up when it is in defense of a family member.
From the get-go, Basset Hounds are known for being laid back, relaxed and generally mild-natured. They are great in a family setting and even better for less active humans who are on the lookout for a canine companion. These dogs do not need that much exercise to thrive, but exercise should definitely be part of their overall routine. They require mild exercise on a daily basis, including activities such as walking or simply playing.
These dogs are such a delight and easily get along with everyone, be it kids, adults or even other animals. It is important to note that this particular breed is better off when they are in the company of other dogs. This is solely because they are pack dogs. If you have a big canine family, then a Basset hound will fit right in. Nevertheless, it is equally important to note that they can be quite stubborn, they are hounds after all. So, when training or giving them instructions of any sort, engaging the use of treats and other food rewards is a great way to motivate them. In a nutshell, Bassett’s are calm yet alert, so if you are also on the lookout for a watchdog, they fit the description.
The Chow Chow is one of the most ancient dog breeds out there and is of oriental origins. Their countenance is often likened to that of a cat as a result of their independence, intelligence, stubbornness, and general aloofness. Nevertheless, they can be quite snappy and defensive when the situation presents itself. What balances that out is the fact that they tend to keep a low profile and do not require that much exercise to thrive.
All in all, you can expect this pup to play and engage with people they are familiar with but are wary of strangers; some may even say they are snobbish. Nevertheless, these dogs tend to mind their own business and will ignore stranger until they overstep. They will, however, remain civil if they are introduced to these strangers by their owners.
More importantly, the Chow Chow dogs do require adequate training from a very young age’ needless to say, if left to their own devices their bad habits may abound. Also, they have a tendency towards aggression, but needs to be curved quite early so that they can become the aloof, yet lovable mutt they are known to be.
Here is another gentle giant with loads of personality to amuse and even entertain a less active owner. The Tibetan Mastiff are often referred to as giant guardians and they hail from the Himalayas. They can actually live in both ends of the spectrum if given the chance. On one hand, these dogs can be laid back and enjoy being homebodies, but on the other, their more active side rears its head when they are given an opportunity to get out a bit more.
As delightful as they are, the Tibetan Mastiff dogs are quite a handful; they are stubborn and want things their way more often than never. Their intelligence equips them with a strong sense of self and as a result of this, you will often finding them wanting to be treated as equals rather than pets.
As much as this dog wants to please his owner, this strong sense of self often gets in the way. As a result, they need to be frequently reminded about tasks that lie ahead.
Despite this hiccup, this dog breed does take whatever task given quite seriously seeing as they love the family fiercely. As for strangers, they do not care so much for; in fact, they treat them with an air of aloofness. In terms of socialization; this dog needs a whole lot of it, immerse him or her as early as can be and watch them become well-rounded dogs.
Great Danes were ultimately made for companionship, they love to be where people are. So, whether it is a family or a single pet owner, these lovable mutts fit right in. Unlike some of the other large breed dogs out there, these ones find it extremely easy to make friends and they have a large reserve of patience to their credit. It cannot be stressed how much they enjoy the company of others; they like it so much that strangers are ‘no stranger’ to their affections. Nevertheless, if they perceive that their owners need protection, then it becomes a whole different ball game. Their overprotective side then comes out to play.
All in all, these dogs are well mannered and as sweet as can be. You will often find some of them trying desperately to get onto the lap of their owners; they simply crave that close human contact. However, as easy as it is to get along with them, early socialization will make them a lot more rounded and even more lovable. Be sure to expose them to different people, animals, experiences… the whole shebang.
From Chinese palaces to homes all over the world, the Pekingese dog breed tends to create its own happiness. These charming dogs will make do with any space they find themselves in, be it an apartment or a nice house with a yard. This little dog is filled with so much personality and is a testament to the fact that big things often come in little packages. They may be little, but their bravery knows no bounds, this may be a bit detrimental at times. Nevertheless, the Pekingese’s regal background has given them a sense of confidence and a sprinkle of stubbornness that leads them to give respect only when it is due. This is a loyal and protective dog, so do not take their barks lightly as they will mainly do this when strangers approach.
This good-natured dog needs to be trained just like any other mutt, a firm hand and consistency usually does the trick. Be sure to involve all manner of positive reinforcement in the process, as this self-aware dog likes to be coaxed into getting things done. Additionally, one of the best ways to keep them busy is to simply make them believe that it was their idea all along. All in all, this is an affectionate and loving dog that will no doubt make a great companion for a less active owner.
Bernese Mountain Dog
One of the first things you will notice about the Bernese Mountain dogs are their size,;being quite large distinguishes them from other dogs. Nevertheless, they are an intelligent, alert and affectionate breed. They like to be part of a family and their enthusiasm soars through the roof when they are included in all the fun. However, their size in no way matches their intellect as they tend to get big really fast, but attain mental maturity a lot further down the line. In order to get them started really quick, it is best to take the task of socializing them by the horns.
These dogs tend to be quite protective of their owners, but despite what one may expect (judging by their size), they are in no way aggressive. When it comes to the way they interact with strangers, they can be a tad bit shy and that is another reason why their social education comes in handy especially when done at a young age. In a nutshell, these dogs are quite good at maintaining a low profile, they do not need to exert a whole lot of energy and enjoy being indoors as much as they like being outdoors.
The Havanese dog loves to spend time with their owners, there is no doubt about it. They are a smart and social dog breed with a constant hop in their step. Although they are energetic, as a result of their small stature and their personality they do not need a whole lot of physical activity to thrive. What they do need is a whole lot of human companionship if left without this they tend to get anxious. So, you often find them following the owners from room to room like a shadow. this breed of dogs is witty, affectionate and goofy. They tend to try their best to entertain when given the chance.
This intelligent breed would make a great companion for less active humans, this is mainly because they throw themselves into the lives of their owners and are readily there to keep them company when the need arises (even when the need does not arise, they are there).
This next dog breed undoubtedly makes a great companion, The Newfoundland dogs are known for their sweet disposition and for literally looking like a big, huggable stuffed teddy bear. This breed tends to thrive when in the midst of a large family, they love children, they love adults and are well-behaved in the presence of other canines.
Like other animals who thrive on interaction as a whole, these dogs should not be left alone for extended periods of time. They should also not be sent outside to stay on their own, giving their size and other factors a whole lot of damage could be done when they are left unattended. Despite this, they should also be given adequate room to enjoy themselves. As gentle as they may be, they cannot be held completely responsible for the trail of destruction that follows them as a result of their size. The most effective form of exercise for these lovable creatures is a day in the pool seeing as they are natural swimmers.