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15 Calm Dog Breeds (with Pictures)
Dogs can be a lot of work, especially ones that have insanely high energy levels. Between exercising and playtime, some breeds take a lot of time and patience to handle. Thankfully, some breeds are less energetic than others. While these breeds may not be for everyone, some can be ideal pets in the right environment. If you’re looking for a calmer, less hyperactive dog breed, read on about these 15 calm dog breeds:
1. Irish Wolfhound
Irish Wolfhounds are one of the largest breeds of dogs, standing over 6 feet tall when on their hind legs. These intelligent dogs are calm and dignified, enjoying every moment spent with their favorite person. Their quiet, laidback demeanor is excellent for spacious homes looking for a couch potato kind of dog, but they do require daily jogging to keep them in prime condition.
Pekingese dogs were bred solely for companionship, so they’ll spend their energy on following their favorite person around like a shadow. These small dogs can have stubborn tendencies when it comes to things they don’t want to do, especially if it involves too much exercise. Aside from that, Pekingese are laid-back dogs that want to be with their favorite person as much as possible.
3. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are the larger version of King Charles Spaniels, a breed born and bred to be a companion and family dog. They crave attention daily and will get depressed without it, so it’s crucial that their owners can be home enough for them. Playful and sensitive, Cavaliers are intelligent dogs that can learn quickly as long as they’re not bullied around.
Greyhounds are the fastest dogs in the world, so it may be shocking to see them on a list of calm dogs! While these hounds will chase anything they see outdoors, they’re all about Netflix and couch-naps all day long. They’re sensitive dogs that need daily affection and exercise, but their calm demeanors make them excellent apartment dogs. However, once outside, they can take off in a split second.
5. Great Pyrenees
Great Pyrenees dogs are loyal and devoted to their families, often wary but polite with strangers. Though they may have some energy, these big dogs are usually calm and relaxed. They’re sensitive and affectionate, but their independent personalities can make training a challenge. Great Pyrenees dogs are excellent family dogs that want a calmer breed, but they need daily exercise to keep them in shape.
6. Clumber Spaniel
Clumber Spaniels are a lesser-known type of Spaniel, though they’re one of the calmest dog breeds. They’re happiest at home with their owners, relaxing and taking naps all day. Clumber Spaniels need a good deal of exercise to prevent obesity, but they don’t have high energy levels like other Spaniels. These affectionate dogs are especially sensitive, so a calmer household is the best environment.
Bullmastiffs are calm, even lazy, dogs that want nothing more than to sleep on the couch, floor, bed, and anywhere else they can fit. However, it is important to note that they are calm as adults and have a lot of energy when they’re puppies. Once past their energetic “teenage” years, Bullmastiffs will reserve their energy unless they need to protect their families. They still need daily walks to stay fit, however.
8. Great Dane
Great Danes are a classic Gentle Giant breed, known for being particularly great around children. Though they sometimes forget their size, Danes love nothing more than to be on the couch with their favorite people. These big dogs need a confident owner to keep them in check, but they’re otherwise relatively easygoing and affectionate. Still, they’re not great apartment dogs due to their size.
9. French Bulldog
10. Basset Hound
11. Bichon Frise
Maltese dogs are happy-go-lucky dogs that were bred for companionship, so they love to be around the family at all times. These dogs are the type that can have fun at family gatherings, but they’re also great for individuals that live in the city. Maltese dogs are highly intelligent and can learn a long list of tricks, so it’s important that their brains get exercise as well as their bodies.
13. Dogue de Bordeaux
Similar to Bullmastiffs, Dogue de Bordeauxs are calm as adults. As puppies and young adults, these Molossor-type dogs can be boisterous and destructive if left unattended for too long. Dogue de Bordeaux dogs can be overprotective if they’re not socialized around people, so it’s crucial that they’re taught boundaries. However, once they’re adults, they turn into 120-pound couch potatoes.
Pugs are a huge favorite in the dog world, a happy and sociable companion that can be great for city dwellers. They tend to get small, pug-sized bits of energy, but their tiny bodies tend to tire easily. Pugs are known for being quirky and clownish, but they are much smarter than their brachycephalic faces make them look. Pugs are super cuddly and enjoy being lapdogs, but they tend to be barkers.
15. Tibetan Mastiff
Wary of strangers and alert of their surroundings, Tibetan Mastiffs are dignified and composed. These huge dogs can be playful with their families, especially as puppies. Tibetan Mastiffs are a rare breed that can be extremely expensive and need an experienced dog owner, so they’re not a great fit for the average home. They’re affectionate and cuddly but also independent in nature.
There are quite a few dog breeds that can be calmer, quieter pets, especially breeds that carry themselves with some aristocracy. Calm, laid-back dogs still need space to roam, especially large and giant breeds like English Mastiffs and Irish Wolfhounds. Stubbornness and independence are often traits that calmer breeds have in common, so it’s important to consider these factors as well.
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Featured Image Credit: Mylene2401, Pixabay
Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts’ knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.