10 Lazy Dog Breeds Perfect For Inactive People

10 Lazy Dog Breeds Perfect For Inactive People

Author WDF Staff | Last updated: Jun 17 2023


When thinking about dogs, most of us imagine a dog running and playing fetch with their owners. That might be fun, but some breeds are naturally lazy.

Lazy dogs prefer having a nap rather than taking a lap. If you are an active owner who wants to get a companion that could accompany you on your many adventures, then picking one of these breeds would be a bad idea. Check out these awesome nap professionals.

10. Newfoundland

newfoundland puppy

Newfoundlands are known for their gentle behavior, and they even have the nickname “nanny dogs.” During Victorian England, these dogs were often looking after the kids. These days, these behemoths still make great family dogs that love to take your couch and sleep. When they do fall asleep, which is often, it is nearly impossible to move them since they can reach 150 pounds.

If you love big fluffy dogs, you will love to learn more about Newfoundland. Check their whole profile here.

9. Italian Greyhound

italian greyhound tucked in

Italian Greyhounds are small, lazy dogs. They are skinny and don’t have coats that can keep them warm. You must be careful if you are an Italian Greyhound owner and live in a colder climate. Get them a jumper or a doggy coat that can keep them warm. If you do that, they will want to stay inside, curl up, and nap.

Italian Greyhounds are pretty cool dogs. Check out the full profile of the Italian Greyhound.

8. Great Dane

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Great Danes have a hunting heritage and were initially bred for hunting large game like wild boar and elk in the German green woods. When the need and popularity of hunting fell, the Great Dane was carefully bred into the breed’s modern-day version. Along the way, they forgot that they were huge and got the idea that they are lazy lapdogs. Some of these dogs love climbing on their owner’s lap.

Did you know that these dogs are nicknamed “Apollo” of the dog world? You can read more about Great Danes here.

7. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

cavalier king charles sleeping

The Cavalier is a part of the spaniel family of dogs, all with sporting and hunting backgrounds. If all spaniel family members are sporty, the Cavalier would be a distant cousin entirely missed by the typical family genes. They think that hunting is a brutal sport and would much rather stay at home than get dirty in the field. They have become quite good companions that will follow their owners like shadows.

Cavaliers are trendy small dogs; check out the most popular spaniel breeds.

6. Neapolitan Mastiff

neapolitan mastiff puppy

Neapolitan Mastiff is a notoriously lazy dog. Their favorite activity is finding the comfiest position they can sleep in. They love being close to their owners and are loyal to the bone. Don’t let the Mastino’s sluggishness fool you; they are ready to spring into action in seconds if they need to protect their family. The only thing is - they would prefer they didn’t have to do so much physical activity.

Neapolitan is an impressive lazy breed, and you can check out their full breed profile here.

5. Havanese

havanese laying

Havanese is another small companion dog that loves nothing more than sleeping. They are from Cuba, where the warm climate dominates, and there is nothing nicer than taking a nap in the shade of a palm tree. Havanese kept that state of mind even today and will gladly trade palm tree shade for any peaceful place close to their owners. They are great family dogs that will pick one favorite person which is usually taking care of them the most.

You can read more about the Havanese here.

4. Pekingese


The Pekingese have a royal origin, and when have you ever seen someone from the royal family run? They are pretty happy with any living conditions as long as they have a place in their owner’s lap and a place where they can nap. Their thick coats make soft bedding, so that might be why they love being lazy and sleeping the whole day. Pekingese make great family companions, and they love a peaceful lifestyle.

Want to know more about the Pekingese? Check their full profile here.

3. Saint Bernard

saint bernard laying

Saint Bernard is living proof that just because a dog is big doesn’t mean they are active. These dogs are excellent as search and rescue dogs in the high Swiss mountains, but if they could choose, they would only rescue their bed from being lonely. Saint Bernards are great lazy family dogs that get along great with all family members, especially kids.

If you love big, lazy dogs, check out the full Saint Bernard breed profile.

2. Basset Hound

basset hound walking

Basset Hounds are adorable dogs that love living the adventurous life of traveling between their beds and their bowls. Their favorite activity is eating and sometimes following an interesting scent. These dogs are pretty short, which makes them happy because they can lay down quickly. This is an ideal lazy dog companion for anyone who prefers a slower pace of life. The Basset will be your perfect dog if you love lazy dog breeds.

Check out the full breed profile of the Basset Hound here.

1. Bulldog

english bulldog puppy

Bulldogs of old might have been active, powerful dogs capable of bull-baiting, but modern English Bulldogs hate exercising. They are far more comfortable having a nice soft spot where they can nap and just relax. These dogs have short snouts, so overexercising them would be a bad idea, especially in warm weather. If Bulldogs could talk, their favorite phrase would be, “Do we have to do that now?”

You can check the English Bulldog’s full profile here.

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