The world’s cutest couch potatoes
Having a dog that requires lots of exercise can be a powerful motivator for your own exercise program, but not everyone is looking for a four-legged fitness coach. That’s where these adorably lazy-dog breeds come in, and you might be surprised to find they come in all shapes and sizes. Some, such as the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, were specifically bred to be lapdogs. Others, such as the Great Dane, have been bred to grow so large, they simply don’t have the physical structure to support lots of activity. Still others, including the Bulldog, have been bred with flat noses, which makes prolonged physical activity difficult.
Of course, if you’re looking for your own four-legged snuggle-buddy, you’ll want to bear in mind that not all dogs of a particular breed are exactly the same, and, of course, even the laziest breeds still require some exercise for their physical and mental health.
With that in mind, check out this list to find out which lazy-dog breed is the perfect one for you.
This dog breed was developed by Tibetan monks as a gift for members of Chinese royalty. Their purpose was to adorn the laps of said members of royalty. When not napping, Shih Tzus tend to spend their time seeking out cuddles, pets, scratches and tickles. So, just how little exercise does a Shih Tzu desire or need? According to veterinarian Jay Scott, , founder of the pug-centric website Pugsquest, this dog will probably be happy simply wandering around the house and going outside for the occasional bathroom break.
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Similar to the Shih Tzu, the Pekingese was bred as a lapdog for royalty. With its compact, stocky body and “adorably squashed face,” as Dr Scott puts it, the Pekingese is not well suited for high-energy activity – or much activity at all, for that matter. Instead, the Pekingese tends to spend the greater part of its day napping, and requires no more than 20 minutes of physical activity each day (and that includes a walk to relieve itself).