Not being an active person doesn’t mean you can’t own a dog. Not all dogs need to go out for hours of walks and runs. Some dogs, like their humans, are couch potatoes. In a litter of puppies, there will always be one with lower energy than the others, something important to keep in mind when you’re picking out your new best friend. You can get a head start by picking a breed that’s been bred to hang out at home. Here are the top 5 dog breeds for couch potato people.
The Lhasa was bred to guard Tibetan monasteries. They’re funny, independent, and will definitely let you know if someone is at the door. While they enjoy a trip to the park, they have no problem hanging out at home all weekend watching Netflix with you. They’re not overly clingy and aren’t prone to separation anxiety, so they’ll continue to lounge if you need to leave for work Monday morning.
Shih Tzus are the Chinese cousins of Lhasa Apsos. People often confuse the two breeds since they look so similar. Shih Tzus are a bit smaller, with shorter noses, but are equally couch potato-y. If you’re looking for a lounging-dog that looks like a puppy, but doesn’t act like one, the Shih Tzu could be the right breed for you.
Some big dogs need a lot of exercise, like Rottweilers or Dobermans. But Irish Wolfhounds are loungers. These giant, gray, hairy beasts are super gentle. You’ll probably have to buy a dogey couch. Other lazy giants are more high maintenance (drooling, skin issues, and shedding), than Irish Wolfhounds. You can definitely maximize couch time together.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is probably one of the cutest dogs out there. With their big brown eyes, soft white and brown fur, and feathery feet and tail, it’s impossible not to fall in love with these dogs. Good luck figuring out which puppy you want because you’ll want to take them all home! These dogs like to play, but are perfectly happy chasing a toy around the house and then cuddling on the couch.
Pekingese dogs were bred as companions to the emperors of China. They can be high maintenance with their long coats and smushed faces, but they are sweet dogs that will waddle around the house. They definitely can’t take long runs outside. Often, just a quick trip to the sidewalk and back is all they need.
No matter what breed of dog you end up with, remember that you are adopting or buying a best friend and a 10-18 year commitment (depending on the breed).