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10 of the Laziest Dog Breeds

Lower energy dog breeds that don’t need tons of exercise

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Looking for a canine companion with low to moderate exercise needs? These 10 breeds fit the bill! We asked AKC Executive Secretary and dog breed expert Gina DiNardo for the 10 “laziest” dog breeds. She complied but was sure to specify that “these aren’t lazy dogs. They just don’t need as much exercise as other breeds. Dog breeds have differing activity levels. Just because a breed has a lower activity level than another doesn’t mean they’re lazy—it means they require less exercise to meet their needs. These breeds will thrive on a few walks a day or a quick run around the yard.”

10 lower energy dog breeds. Just don’t call them lazy.

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#1 Neapolitan Mastiff The massive Neapolitan Mastiff enjoys daily walks and play. The breed is peaceful, steady, and quiet.

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#2 Skye Terrier The Skye Terrier requires daily walks or play with its owners and is relatively calm and quiet when at home.

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#3 Dandie Dinmont Terrier While they require moderate exercise, Dandie Dinmont Terriers are less energetic than other terriers.

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#4 English Toy Spaniel English Toy Spaniels tend to have a low activity level, requiring daily walks. They are easygoing dogs at home.

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#5 Bulldog Bulldogs have a low energy level. They enjoy brisk walks but shouldn’t be exercised in hot weather.

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#6 Pekingese Pekes have a low activity level. Daily walks and play sessions will suffice. They should always be kept cool.


"These breeds will thrive on a few walks a day or a quick run around the yard."


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#7 Chow Chow Chow Chows require moderate exercise to keep them happy and fit.

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#8 French Bulldog Frenchies are not very active. A daily walk will meet their exercise needs.

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#9 Mastiff While they are big, powerful guardians, Mastiffs actually have a low to moderate activity level. Daily walks and play will do the trick.

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#10 Tibetan Spaniel Tibetan Spaniels enjoy a daily walk but are also just as happy lying around as they are running in a fenced-in yard.


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