While dogs might be the best pet to keep ever in the house, it can be trying if you somehow selected a dog breed that you cannot handle for whatever reasons.

Some dogs require heavy maintenance in terms of time spent on training as well as grooming them. There are other dogs that need lots of exercise to burnt off their excess energy.

On the other spectrum, there are dogs that require little grooming or even exercises.

These dogs are perfect for people who are laid back and just require a dog for a companion.

While some of these lazy dogs do require some training in order to put a check on their character and temperament, it is still worth it to do the training so that your house can have a structure for the dog. 

The Best Dog Breeds for Laid Back People

With that, let us look at some of the best dog breeds for laid back people. 

1. Labrador Retriever – Great for Laid Back People

yellow Labrador Retriever

When it comes to having a dog breed that will not take up much of your time, the one natural choice for a dog will be the Labrador Retriever.

For one, the Labrador Retriever is known to be docile and affectionate to humans. Since they are regarded as a highly intelligent dog breed, they do not require much training in order for them to understand you, making it perfect for laid back people.

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2. Shih Tzu

small Shih Tzu

If you have yet to hear about Shih Tzu, then you are missing out on a lot! The Shih Tzu breed is very well known to be the perfect couch partner for owners who simply do not have the time to bring dogs out for walks. Shih Tzu is lazy, or otherwise inactive.

They do not need regular exercises and hence you can simply leave them at home to let them laze around. This also implies that there isn’t much training that needs to be done on Shih Tzu too. 

Shih Tzu is also docile and does not require maintenance. When coupled with their small body size, it will mean that the dog requires lesser food! But there isn’t any harm buying some dog toys for your Shih Tzu to play around as they can pretty much entertain themselves. 

3. Poodle

white brown poodle

Poodles are also commonly chosen as pets for laid back people due to the low maintenance that is required from the dog. They are actually very good for laid back people as the dogs are affectionate in nature.

They can be playful, so you might need to purchase some dog toys for them to play with on their own!

4. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is another dog that is awesome for laid back people given that there isn’t much grooming needed for this dog. They are also generally quite unlike other small dog breeds, hence you wouldn’t need to worry about them barking nonstop.

They have an amazingly low level of energy and hence they do not need many exercises, making it perfect for laid back people. 

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5. English Bulldog

English Bulldog puppy

The English Bulldog does not require many exercises, and you really do not need to groom them often. Indeed, it is well known that the English Bulldog prefers to laze around the house than to exercise so that itself will save you quite a bit of time!

Since there is little need to groom them, you wouldn’t need to spend countless hours trying to clean up the house so that it is free from loose fur!

6. Pug

Pug with puppies

We all know that the Pug is extremely goofy and cute. They can have short bursts of energy, but they do not need to have much outdoor time as Pugs are sensitive to extreme temperatures.

There is little need to groom the dog due to its extremely short coat, so the laid-back people can simply laze around while being entertained by the silliness of the Pugs. 

7. Boston Terrier

Boston Terrier wild

The Boston Terrier is another small dog breed that requires very minimal effort in grooming. While they might need the occasional walks, they are practically inactive at home. All you need to do is to purchase some toys for them to play by themselves.

You might need to conduct some light training that can be completed at home such that the dog will be obedient and respond to your commands. 

8. Dachshund


The Dachshund is a low-maintenance dog that is extremely lovable and sociable. While you might need to conduct some training in order to keep them in check at home, there only needs a small amount of exercise time, hence making it a good choice for laid back people who don’t want to do much.

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Indeed, too much jumping and running can actually hurt the dog’s back. 

9. Chihuahua

Chihuahua in bed

Though the Chihuahua can be noisy, they are often regarded as a dog that does not require too much human interaction. They can be energetic, but only for a short while.

A slight problem does arise in the sense that Chihuahua loves to bark, hence you might need to conduct some light training in order to get them to behave. But once they start to respond to your training, you will get to enjoy their love!

10. Brussels Griffon

Brussels Griffon

The Brussels Griffon is another small dog that has tons of energy to burn. But you do not need to worry about that as they can pretty much self-entertain themselves, hence not requiring you to bring them out for regular walks.

They do require some basic training in order to nurture their character, but that itself should do fine even for laid back people.

11. Bull Mastiff

Bull Mastiff close up

This is one heck of a lazy dog that is large in size. The Bull Mastiff is well known to prefer lazing around in the house than to head out for walks. While they have the energy to burn, you can easily let their energy off by doing some short daily walks with them.

Once after the walk, the Bull Mastiff will probably be sleeping for the rest of the day, waking up just for their meals or to relieve themselves.

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Hi! I'm Anna and I´m a certified cynologist (KAU, ACW). Expert, blue cross volunteer, owner of Chinese crested kennel "Salvador Dali" and breedless friend called Fenya. "I can't imagine my life without dogs and I totally support the idea #AdoptDontShop".