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Low Energy Dogs to Share Your Sofa With

Posted: 08/25/2023 | BY: Jenna Bruce | Categories: Behavior , Dog , Pet care

All dogs require a certain amount of physical and mental stimulation and no dog breed enjoys getting zero attention or exercise. Having said that, there are certain low energy dogs that seem to prefer laying on the couch next to you instead of going on a strenuous hike. These doggos may be a good option for people who also prefer sitting on the sofa to hiking, or to older folks with limited mobility.

If you’re someone who would like the company of a chill, laid back dog, keep reading!

Are You Sure You Don’t Want a Cat?

Before we get into the specific low energy dogs, it’s important to take stock in what it is you are really after. If you lead a busy life and just don’t have time to take a dog on walks, or you’re simply someone who is low energy yourself, then a dog may not fit you and your family’s lifestyle.

If you plan on leaving the dog at home alone for long periods of time and/or you are simply not someone who wants to take a dog on any walks, then seriously consider if you wouldn’t be better suited with a cat. Cats, quite literally, sleep 20 or more hours a day and they never need to go potty outside. Many cats act like dogs and will be happy to curl up next to you on the sofa while you binge watch Netflix.

The reality is, it is sad how many dogs wind up in shelters each year – roughly 3 million according to the ASPCA – because people underestimate the realistic demands of dog parenting. If having a low energy dog is a must for you, think about whether your current schedule and lifestyle is a good match for having a dog.

Senior Dogs Need Love, Too!

When it comes to low energy dogs, you can’t beat a senior dog. Now, we’ve got to mention here that all dogs are individuals, and should be treated as such. There are some 10-year-old dogs that may have more energy than a 5-year-old dog.

Having said that, if you really want to stay away from high energy dogs, then getting a puppy is not the right call for you. Think about adopting an older dog who has already been potty trained and is more chill and relaxed than a hyper littler puppy. 

So many adult and senior dogs get overlooked in shelters because people want puppies. Perhaps you can give one of these dogs a loving home!

6 Low Energy Dog Breeds

The following dog breeds are known for being low energy. As a reminder, all dogs are individuals. Getting one of these dogs will not 100% guarantee that you will have a companion who is happy to just lounge on the sofa all day with you or who will be okay being home alone all day. Please keep that in mind.

Now with that said, let’s dive into the dog breeds that are known for not needing a crazy amount of physical activity to be perfectly happy:

Basset Hounds

Basset hounds are known for two things: Those long, floppy ears and being lazy. These dogs are very gentle and loving and incredibly laid back. Sure, they like to go on walks, but they don’t need 3 high-intensity walks each day. 


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Another breed known for being perfectly happy napping most of the day is the English Bulldog. If you like a big, meatloaf of a dog, this may be your perfect companion. Stocky and squat, bulldogs are laid back and friendly, though they have a stubborn streak as well. 


Another adorable dog with a squinched-up face, pugs are known for being lazy, lovable and a bit mischievous. While they are a very playful breed, you’re likely never to meet one who is anxious to run a marathon or go on a hike with you.

French Bulldog

French Bulldogs, also sometimes called “Frenchies,” have become a very popular dog breed in this country. And it’s easy to see why because you’d be hard pressed to find a more adorable dog. They also have an incredibly sweet disposition and goofy sense of humor. And, like all dogs, they need some exercise to stay healthy but not the kind of exercise required by some breeds to stay happy.

Shih Tzu

The Shih Tzu is a great family dog because they are wonderful with children of all ages. They are also very sociable dogs with high intelligence. They are playful and enjoy going on walks, but they won’t be at the door begging three or more times a day.


If you’re someone that likes a big, and we mean BIG dog that is a bit lazy, then the Mastiff is the one for you. These dogs love to cuddle on your bed or the sofa for hours. They are also very protective so make great guard dogs. And while they do need some exercise, they’ll be okay with a little walk around the neighborhood, then back up on the sofa they’ll go.

Even Low Energy Dogs Can Have Sudden Accidents and Illnesses

You may assume that only those dogs who like to go for strenuous hikes can become ill or injured. But the truth is, accidents and illnesses can happen to any dog. Before you adopt a dog, be sure that you are financially prepared to pay for their medical care.

Did you know that a trip to the emergency animal clinic can cost anywhere between $200 and $10,000? Don’t be caught off guard, enroll your pup as soon as you bring them home, so you’ll have coverage and peace of mind, no matter what happens.

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