Among the vast constellation of dog breeds that populate planet Earth, a few candidates are blessed with a calmer disposition. These pooches are more likely to linger on the coach than run around in circles looking for something to do, which makes them a good choice for coach potato owners or simply those who prefer calmer personalities. While these dogs may fit the bill, it’s important to consider though that even within a breed, you’ll occasionally stumble into individual variances that will show their own unique traits.
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What breeds make the calmest dogs? For the most part dogs who haven’t been selectively bred to hunt and work all day long, and thus, lacking that endurance and sprint that keeps them always on their toes. Many calm dogs have a history of being pampered by the royal courts or were just minimally used for small working tasks. While these companions won’t need the same levels of exercise as hyper dogs require, they’ll still benefit from a brisk, brief walk or a playful romp in the yard.
Originating in China, where they were appreciated by many royal families, pugs are real clowns at heart that enjoy the company of children. Their nice size and calm disposition makes them wonderful apartment dwellers. This is a dog you definitively don’t want to exercise too much. The pug’s brachycephalic features and compact breathing passageways make them easy to overheat and strenuous exercise may lead to trouble breathing.
You wouldn’t expect a dog with a history of being used to hold bulls for butchers, and then later, in the bloody sport of bull baiting to make it in the calm dog list. Yet, once bull baiting was outlawed, breeders selectively bred bulldogs to have a gentler, softer disposition. These mellow fellows are not particularly active, but they love to eat, so they’ll thrive on some low intensity exercise just to keep their weight in check.
Just because these fellows are on the larger side, doesn’t mean they have boundless energy to spare. Rather, bullmastiffs tend to be calm, low-key dogs that love the coach and can even do well in apartments. These dogs were bred for their guardian qualities, yet, their main job wasn’t to attack intruders, rather; their main job was to stand in front of them or hold them until help arrived.
How on earth can a racing dog make it to the list of the calmest dog breeds? Truth is, these dogs can surely sprint fast, but they are ultimately calm dogs who love to frelax and sleep. For a good reason many refer to them as the “forty-five mile per hour couch potatoes.” They’ll be happy with a 20-minute walk and can also live happily in an apartment.
This aristocratic French hound was bred for hunting small game, but when he’s not out in the field, he makes quite a laid-back fellow with a placid personality. This breed’s short legs made him quite slow-paced which was perfect for hunters on foot. Around the home, expect the basset hound to be calm and quite lazy. Being a hearty eater, low activity levels though may predispose him to gaining weight. Some nice strolls around the neighborhood will help keep him in good shape, but keep in mind that these fellows love to track.
The Newfie is a gentle giant with a very sweet temperament. Animal Planet depicts the breed as being calm, gentle, patient, easygoing and amiable. This breed’s original function was to be an all-purpose water dog often used for pulling fish nets and hauling carts. Nowadays, Newfies make wonderful companions and are often used for water rescue.
The Shih Tzu wasn’t bred for guarding, nor was he bred for hunting or digging tunnels under ground, rather; this breed was mainly bred to be a companion, calm, lap dog par excellence. Along with the Pekingese, the Chinese crested and the Japanese Chin, the Shih Tzu makes a reserved pet that is happy with a daily romp around the block. Just make sure you have some time to groom his luxurious coat.
As seen, there are several calm dog breeds that are just happy to linger around, however; there can be many more added to the list. Indeed, many times the more active dog breeds tend to calm down as they mature and grow older. Don’t be surprised if your local shelter may ultimately have the perfect, laid back companion for you.