25 Calm Dog Breeds That Like to Chill
There is a lot to consider when deciding which puppy is best for you. Are you looking for a jogging partner or pooch who can play until sunset? How about a gentle, carefree dog who loves an afternoon nap?
People looking for a relaxed, calm pup to add to their family – look no further. If you’re wondering what “calm” means in a dog, we’ve made it easy for you to understand by creating a list of 25 calm dog breeds. From big, small, fluffy and unkempt, there is a relaxed option for every dog lover.
Yes, it is incredibly true that all dogs need affection and exercise. But there are some breeds that are much more comfortable curled up on the couch with you than frolic in the yard. This list of 25 calm dog breeds is designed to help you find the perfect pooch to snuggle up to at the end of a long, busy day.
Calm breeds of dogs
1. Saint Bernard
In ancient times, Saint Bernard dogs helped hospice monks find lost travelers in the snow-capped Alps. Although they are tall, they are relatively docile and calm. With the right training and lots of love, these gentle giants make great, relaxed family dogs.
2. Basset Hound
Hailing from Europe, these short-legged dogs have proven to be very independent yet loyal to their owners. Their independence can make them difficult to train, but with a few basic commands, this lovable pup will be by your side. They prefer a nap on the couch rather than a long walk in the park.
3. Irish Wolfhound
The giant Irish Wolfhound is a historically recognized breed. In the 15th century they protected the Irish countryside from wolves. They are incredibly intelligent and sensitive to their owners’ emotions, which makes them fantastic therapy dogs.
While Boerboels are not recommended for newer dog owners, they have been known to be great with children. Its origins go back to the European settlers of South Africa in the 17th century. Known as the “farmer dog”, Boerboels protected their homestead and are therefore known for their loyalty.
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5. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
It’s easy to see that these lap dogs love a good cuddle! Her large, soulful eyes seem to beg for pets, and her friendly nature makes her a fantastic companion for any family. While they love a fetch game like any other dog, the more likely you will find the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel curled up next to their owner.
6. French bulldog
Calm and cuddly, French Bulldogs are known to be the perfect companions for seniors, children, and apartment dwellers. They’re straightforward, small, and have some pretty cute ears. After all, they are the American Kennel Club’s second most popular dog breed in the United States
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7. Great Dane
Lean and lazy are two words that best describe this huge breed. They get along well with other dogs and pets and don’t require a lot of exercise. However, make sure they have plenty of room to stretch their long legs (you probably won’t find a kennel big enough to really stretch).
While their grooming can be extensive, bergamascos are generally an easy-care breed. They prefer a walk to jogging and spend a lot of time with their family. These little dogs aren’t overly aggressive, so don’t expect a guard dog.
9. Clumber Spaniel
Just one look at that giant fur ball will keep you cuddling all day. Known for greeting even intruders with wagging their tails and licking them, the Clumber Spaniel is a non-aggressive couch potato. Give them good brushing and minimal exercise and you are sure to have a happy pup.
Pugs could very well be one of the silliest breeds of dogs. They are playful, good-natured, and all around silly. While their need to please often makes them stubborn, they are fairly calm and balanced.
The Bolognese is a rarer breed in the United States and is more relaxed and calm than its Bichon Frize relatives. They need daily exercise, but they also spend most of the afternoons napping in the sun. They are also considered to be less gaunt than other small dogs.
12. Shih Tzu
Although Shih Tzus are known to be pathetic, they are a very calm and loyal breed. Whether you’re running errands or working from home, they prefer to be glued to your side. Shih Tzus are gentle with adults and children, but watch out for the youngins who might mistake them for a teddy bear.
13. Japanese Chin
These tiny pups are max at 7 pounds and could very well be the smallest quiet dog breeds. You are sensitive, sweet, and ready to please. Be sure that they are also known as “Velcro” dogs as they are rarely comfortable when separated from their owner.
14. Sussex Spaniel
The Sussex is probably the quietest member of the spaniel family. They do not particularly value their living space as long as there is plenty of love and a place to sleep. Like most dogs, they require daily exercise (but only in the form of a short walk or a lap in the garden).
Don’t let that built-in frown fool you – Bulldogs are generally happy and contented in most environments. You can’t handle hot weather or extended playtime like a short walk does. While bulldogs love their sleep, their brachycephalic head makes them prone to snore or gasp.
Greyhounds are known as “the world’s fastest couch potato” for a reason, so naturally we had to include them on this list of quiet dog breeds. You are the best of both worlds; they love to chase anything small that moves, but they also enjoy curling up next to their human. Although greyhounds are known for their shy and sensitive natures, they are still very loyal and eager to please.
17. Golden Retriever
The easy temper of a Golden Retriever makes them such good service and therapy dogs. They can be particularly playful in the garden and super cozy on the couch. Because they’re eager to please, this calm breed lends itself well to training and makes a great pet for first time owners.
Despite their short legs, corgis are great pets who love to chill and play indoors. They prefer to spend time with their people, be it lounging outdoors or watching TV on the couch.
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If you’re not familiar with the Leonberger, think of a Newfoundland dog – but much, much bigger. Your size might fool you, but this 170-pound fluffer is one of the largest calm dog breeds out there. Everything about the Leonberger is oversized, including the love and affection that they show their owners.
Smaller than the Leonberger with just as much love and affection. Newfoundlanders or Newfies love to spend hours relaxing at your feet. Although they still need exercise, they make great house dogs and prefer to stay indoors when it’s hot outside.
21. Irish setter
Turning around for tummy tucks, loving their owners, and showing off their shiny copper fur is what Irish Setters do best – which is why they are one of the best calm dog breeds to adopt.
22. Great Pyrenees
Another giant ball of fluff, the Great Pyrenees, as independent as they come. In the dog park you will find her alone in the sun. You’re a devoted family guardian with a zen-like nature. Not to mention, your luscious coat makes the kids argue over whose bed they sleep in.
23. Border Terrier
Here is an exception to the usual Hyper Terrier group rule. Border Terriers are not as stubborn as some of their relatives, and they are known to give a lot of love. They’re on the smaller side too, making wonderful lap dogs.
They love their families, get on well with children, and rarely meet a stranger. Whippets are born runners, but with enough exercise they like to spend the rest of the day lazing around.
The Pekingese is of Chinese descent and is one of the smaller calm dog breeds. They are certified lap dogs with long, luscious coats. Be prepared to take this pooch with you on your errands as it is rarely found without its owner.
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