Typically when we think of a dog, man’s best friend, we think of a high-energy dog that needs a ton of exercise. But for the dog owners out there who have lifestyles that can’t accommodate these active pups, there are still dogs out there that will meet your exact needs. Below are our 7 couch potato dog breeds that don’t require extreme amounts of physical activity and will enjoy lounging around the house just as much as you do:
Chinese Shar Pei
This compact, yet medium sized dog is adorned with a broad muzzle, small eyes and a scowling expression with loose skin all over the head, neck, and shoulders. They typically have a high set tail and a sandpaper coat and are strong, regal, and independent guardian dogs. While they are typically guardian dogs, they are also very serene at times.
The Chinese Shar Pei usually works best with one person and prefers to stay close and quiet by this person. This dog is content to be right by your side on the couch or laying down in front of the fireplace while you binge watch Netflix. Serene, yet watchful. Normally, a short walk each day will give this dog exactly what they need and then it’s back to resting on the couch.
Great danes are tall dogs standing as high as 32 inches at the shoulder. Known to tower over most dogs when they stand on their hind legs, they are powerful giants with a picture of elegance and balance. Although their coats come in many different colors and patterns, they are best known for their harlequin patchwork pattern. They are alert home guardians who are patient with kids and are known to people please and make friends easily.
The Great Dane is typically classified as the working dog, but really they enjoy sitting around and watching over their people. They are typically more of a nanny dog than a retriever and this is due to their rapid growth and huge size. Too much exercise could actually cause bone and joint problems for Great Danes, so this guardian dog would be a perfect choice for a couch potato breed.
This dog isn’t as large as the Mastiff, but it still stands high as 27 inches and weighs between 100 and 130 pounds. With a large head, dark eyes, v shaped ears, and a broad muzzle, this world class protector is the perfect family companion.
They are reliable dogs that are easy to train if done properly and early enough. The Bullmastiff was typically used for herding work, but herding meant standing around and tending watch. Making sure predators stayed at bay. So tons of exercising, wandering around and exploring is just not in this dog’s DNA. Because of their size, they typically will be lazy the entire day, probably taking up most of the space on the couch. They’re not just couch potatoes, but couch hogs. So if you’re looking for a breed with the same couch hogging hobbies as you, this will probably be the dog you’ve been looking for.