Any and every breed of dog needs to be walked at least once a day. A dog that’s cooped up for too long becomes bored and destructive, not to mention unhealthy. That said, some dog owners simply don’t have the time in their day to embark on multiple, lengthy walks. If that sounds like you, here’s a list of some of the lower maintenance dogs who would prefer an afternoon on the couch to a run through the park.
It might sound counterintuitive, but greyhounds are one of the laziest dog breeds around. True, greyhounds were bred to race, but only in short bursts. A greyhound can turn on the speed for a few minutes but is then essentially spent and would prefer to lounge around for the rest of the day. For that reason, a single, daily walk is usually enough. After that, you’ll find that the dog is much happier curled up with you in front of the television.
2 French bulldogs
French bulldogs are popular for their short but stocky appearance and comical personalities. As is the case with all short snouted dogs they can have problems with their breathing and shouldn’t be exercised too much. A short walk is invariably enough. This applies to pugs too. Any short snouted dog should have regular check-ups at a Green Valley veterinary practice to make sure that its breathing is as it should be. French Bulldogs are certainly cute (and certainly lazy) but they can succumb to health issues.
3 King Charles Cavalier Spaniel
Once the favorite breed of English King Charles I, these spaniels are more accustomed to lazing around palaces than rolling in the mud. Their doe eyes and softly textured fur makes them an extremely popular breed and they don’t need much exercise at all. Spaniels are notorious lap dogs and love to cuddle, especially on cold winter nights. They can be prone to issues with their knees, and skull size can be a problem too. Always buy from a respectable breeder and research the dog’s family line.
4 Basset Hound
The Basset Hound is one dog that definitely should be judged on appearance. Its drooping ears and eyes are a sure giveaway of this animal’s laid back approach to life. Basset Hounds are so laid back in fact, that you’ll sometimes have to drag them out of the house to get them to exercise. It’s important to make the effort, though, because these dogs are prone to obesity brought on by lack of walks. They’re charming and affectionate dogs (when they’re awake) and fantastic additions to a more sedate household.
Broholmers are massive dogs, but they have small, lapdog personalities. The Broholmer is blissfully unaware of how big and how heavy it is, so the dog will snuggle on top of you at the first possible opportunity. Somewhat unusually for a dog of this size, Broholmers don’t need or require much exercise. They would much rather cuddle up on the sofa than go out, and they’re brilliant with kids.