The best low energy dogs for working families

All dogs need training and regular exercise, but low energy dogs are a popular choice for people with unpredictable, busy lifestyles.

So here’s a handy guide to help you find the best low energy dog for your family.

All creatures great and small

Size matters to our canine companions. Large or small, breed heritage gives an insight to character, energy and how they like to express it. Surprisingly, small Terriers were bred to run for hours chasing rabbits down holes, whilst larger Boxer breeds were used to calmly control cattle.

Greyhounds – known for their racing stripes – still need exercise, but their docile nature means they would rather spend a night in front of the fire with you.

What you need to know about low energy dogs

Non-pedigree or mixed-breed dogs are often wonderful pets full of personality, but it’s important to research their upbringing and breeding history. Do you know the parents? What kind of owners did they have? Whether you’re bringing home a puppy or adopting a full-grown friend, speak to experts about your pet’s health and personal needs.

Choosing a low energy dog

Take a look at our list of happy and lazy dog breeds, all known to need the least amount of exercise. From Great Danes to Sheepdogs, Bulldogs to Pugs, which breed would you take home for a walk and cuddle on the sofa?

  • Basset Hound
  • Bichon Frise
  • Bull Mastiff
  • Bulldog
  • Chinese Crested
  • Chow Chow
  • Dachshund
  • English Bulldog
  • French bulldog
  • Great Dane
  • Greyhound
  • Irish Wolfhound
  • King Charles Spaniel
  • Old English Sheepdog
  • Pekingese
  • Pharaoh hound
  • Pomeranian
  • Pug
  • Shar Pei
  • Shih Tzu
  • Sussex Spaniel
  • Yorkshire Terrier

Before you start your search, check out our handy dog exercise calculator to see how many hours of walking they need a day. And if you’d like to keep an eye on their health and wellbeing, consider a fitness and location tracker like V-Pet by Vodafone.

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