What Are Low-Energy Dog Breeds?

What Are Low-Energy Dog Breeds?

Author WDF Staff


Some of us prefer having a low-energy dog, and that is completely OK. Some owners love going on adventures, hiking, beach days, or jogging, and getting an energetic breed is necessary. If you are the type that falls into this category, we suggest checking out the list of most active dog breeds.

These days, life can be pretty fast, and some of us prefer spending our free time in the comfort of our own home. It would be a shame if we couldn’t enjoy the amazing dog company because of our lifestyle. Luckily, there are plenty of low-energy dog breeds that will prefer this lifestyle over the one that involves too much physical activity.

Here is a list of seven low-energy dog breeds you can chill at home with.

7. Bulldog

Bulldog, or English Bulldog, is a dog breed that prefers laying more than running. They are known for their stubbornness and their adorable faces. The best thing about them is that they love staying at home and having a cozy nap. This is a breed that will rather climb on a couch than on a hill. If you love low-energy dogs, Bulldog will be an ideal companion.


If you are interested in learning more about them, check out the full Bulldog breed profile.

6. Shih Tzu

The Shih Tzu is an adorable little companion breed whose favorite activity is sleeping in their owner’s lap. They love nothing more than having a lazy afternoon that caters to their low-energy characters. Shih Tzus might have been ancient Tibetan temple watchdogs, but today, they are mostly companions that love having a cozy bed to sleep in. These adorable dogs need plenty of grooming to keep them looking their best, so make sure you have enough time and skills for their grooming.

shih tzu laying

Want to know more about these small dogs? Check out the full Shih Tzu breed profile

5. Irish Wolfhound

The Irish Wolfhound is a giant, majestic dog breed that was originally used for hunting wild boar and deer. As hunting got less popular and humans stopped relying on it as their main food source, these dogs took on a new role. They are mostly low-energy companions that require plenty of room to just move, and it would be best if you had a yard where these dogs can roam around for a bit.

irish wolfhound

If you love giant dog breeds, you will love the Irish Wolfhound. Check their full profile here.

4. Greyhound

Greyhound is another large, low-energy dog breed that is not too keen on running if they don’t have to. They might be the fastest dog breed, but that doesn’t mean they love doing it. Their long limbs and thin, muscular bodies allow them to run at an incredible speed, but they prefer staying at home in a cozy bed. Greyhound, like the Irish Wolfhound, is a large breed, so you should account for that before you get one.


Want to know more about Greyhounds? Check out the full Greyhound breed profile.

3. Pekingese

The Pekingese is a small, low-energy companion breed that thrives on indoor, family life. These small, lovable dogs enjoy taking long naps in the comfort of their homes. If you love the laidback lifestyle, but you still want a dog, the easy-to-handle Pekingese will be an ideal partner. This is not a breed that will object to lazy afternoons on the sofa; in fact, they might even beg you for it. They are lapdogs for over 2.000 years, and it is not a role they plan on changing any time soon.


Check out the full Pekingese breed profile.

2. Whippet

The Whippet is a thin, small dog breed that came to life from breeding the smallest and weakest Greyhounds. It is no wonder they share many characteristics. Two of those characteristics are speed and low-energy. The smaller version of the Greyhound makes an ideal indoor pet that won’t require too much daily exercise. They will love staying inside; just make sure they are warm because their thin coats don’t isolate them very well.


You can read more about the Whippet here.

1. Mastiff

The Mastiff is a giant, low-energy dog breed that loves hanging around a warm fireplace where they can take a careless nap. These dogs can make pretty good guard dogs, but they would much rather have a meal and lay next to their owners on a sofa. If you can provide them with plenty of room and enough food (they can eat 2 pounds of dog food a day), they will be delighted and docile giant family companions.

three english mastiffs

If you are interested in learning more, check out this article - Top 10: Lazy Dog Breeds.

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