Are you the type of owner who has too much “on your plate”, and is often too busy to spend enough time to exercise and spend a lot of time with your dog? Well, this article is for you, and here are some low energy dog breeds. You should already have an idea of what breed would you like, because different breeds have different exercise needs. For example, small breeds might only need a few walks back and forth, and some larger breeds require many minutes or hours of daily walks. But there are also a few small breeds with fast metabolism and stronger muscles, which actually require more exercise than some of the larger breeds with weaker muscles and slower metabolism. In this article, we will talk about several known breeds that do not require much maintenance or exercise.
Low Energy Dog Breeds
- Pug – the pug is one of the “toy” breeds, according to American Kennel Club (AKC). The pug is a medium-sized canine, and a pet you would want to have if you want to save on grooming tools, effort, and exercise routine. These lap dogs normally measure to about 11 inches or less, weighing no more than 18 pounds. They are also popular among children and a good house companion for cuddling, and are known for being very affectionate and quiet pets.
- Pekingese – because they have low muscle mass, this small breed also do not require much exercise like the others. Although unlike the Pug, they require a lot of grooming effort and maintenance because they are long-haired dogs. And also because of their usual white coat, bathing them should me more often, compared to dogs with a darker shade of coat. This breed can grow up to 9 inches in height and weigh about 12 pounds. Just like the Pug, they are also compatible with children and youngsters, because of their energetic and playful nature.
- Bulldog– because of their very short muzzles, heavy exercise or exercise in hot weather is dangerous! Fortunately (probably because of the short muzzle also) they are not a very active breed. But be sure to give them some exercise since they also have a tendency for obesity. Otherwise they have low grooming requirements, and are generally low maintenance.
- Toy Poodle – this is another miniature breed that requires very little exercise attention. Not to be confused with the teacup poodle (which is smaller in size), they, however, need a lot of grooming attention, like the Pekingese. After all, when we hear the word “poodle”, the usual idea that comes to our mind is the fluffy coat, which can be really hard to maintain if you are short of time or money. Toy Poodles have a curled fluffy coat which needs a lot of maintaining. They are also a “toy” breed, according to AKC, and only grow up to 10 inches in height and 7 pounds in weight.
- Miniature Pinscher – also known as the Min-Pin, this medium-sized breed can only grow to about 12 inches in height and weigh about 9 – 13 pounds. They are high-spirited and very energetic, yet they do not have a high muscle mass compared to other dogs, hence they do not require too much exercise and physical activity. Their temperament is even, and they are also good for kids as pets. Another plus factor about them is that they are short-coated dogs. This means that they do not have to be groomed with too much effort, much like the Pug.
Even if you have the lowest energy, laziest breed ever, you should try to take your “low energy” dog for a daily walk. The importance of doing this is described in an article on the DogBreedInfo.com website:
It is very important that you Take your dog for a daily walk where the dog is made to heel beside or behind the person holding the lead, as instinct tells a dog the leader leads the way, and that leader needs to be the human. This is a must for any dog in order to keep their minds balanced.
There are many low energy dog breeds, including the Japanese Chin, Bolognese, Bullmastiff, Greyhound, and several others. For a fairly comprehensive list, see the above-mentioned article.
Do you already have one of the low energy dog breeds? Is it TOO low energy? Share what it’s like below.