Low Energy Dog Breeds

These breeds of dogs are for you if you don’t like spending the majority of your time with your dog outdoors. Now, they do still require exercise (every dog does to stay healthy mentally and physically), but these guys won’t run you ragged or require you to be an Olympic athlete to keep up with them.

BOLOGNESE

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Bolognese are said to be descendants of Bichon Frise. Bolognese originate from southern Italy where they were a popular companion dog among the Spanish royalty and moved throughout Europe. The average Bolognese weighs between 8 to 14 pounds and is playful, but not overly active. Bolognese’s long-hair is prone to matting, but they don’t tend to shed much and are considered hypoallergenic. Bolognese are very intelligent and easily trainable. They are reserved around strangers, but get along well with children and other pets.

GREYHOUND

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Ignore the fact that Greyhounds are “designed” to race; they sprint fast but are not high-energy. Greyhounds can be traced back to ancient Egypt and Greece where they were used for herding and hunting. Despite the fact that they can reach a height of 2 1/2 feet and weigh 60 to 70 pounds, Greyhounds make better apartment dwellers than most small breed dogs. By nature, Greyhounds are quiet and gentle and very obedient. You may need to train them or supervise with smaller pets or young children, but they make excellent companions for school-age children and other dogs. They do well with strangers. They do like to run, but a 20 to 30 minute walk most days is sufficient exercise for them.

BULLMASTIFF

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These large guard dogs are a cross between an English Mastiff and an English Bulldog. They were bred to stand in front of an intruder, knock them down and hold them, not to attack. Bullmastiffs typically weigh 100 to 130 pounds and stand 21 to 27″. They are calm, low-key dogs that can do well in an apartment provided it’s large enough for them to move around in. They should live strictly indoors. Bullmastiffs are very loyal and they live for attention. They adore children, are very calm and will return your affection. You might actually have to convince your Bullmastiff to get off the couch; as in any large breed, obesity is always a concern. Don’t let him be a couch potato!

PUG

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These Chinese pets were once used as royal gifts or for bartering in the Orient. They quickly spread throughout Europe because they are very affectionate. If not overfed, Pugs shouldn’t weigh more than 18 pounds. Pugs are pretty low energy, but their wrinkles do require some cleaning to avoid infections and their pinched faces lead to breathing troubles — so no strenuous exercise! Pugs have  a tendency to be stubborn and can snore pretty badly.

BULLDOG

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Originally bred to fight, Bulldogs have since thrown down the gloves and have been bred with gentler personalities. Bulldogs are small and muscular, typically weighing between 40 and 50 pounds. Bulldogs are very loyal and affectionate and get along with everyone. They do require some cleaning attention for their wrinkles on their face. Without frequent casual walks (they can’t handle strenuous workouts), Bulldogs can grow obese.

CHIHUAHUA

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Chihuahuas are the smallest dogs in the world. They were named after the state of Chihuahua in Mexico where they were discovered in 1850. Chihuahuas are thought to have descended from the dogs of Chinese or Spanish explorers. Chihuahuas max out the scale at 2 to 6 pounds and reach a height of 9″. Chihuahuas are not meant for families or even couples; they bond to only one person only and are fiercely loyal to that one person. Personality-wise, they are very high-strung. Both the short- and long-haired varieties require little grooming and an occasional walk will suffice. (In fact, Chihuahuas may end up logging more miles in your purse than on the ground.)

YORKSHIRE TERRIER

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Surprisingly, the long-haired Yorkie does not need regular grooming. Regular brushing and a monthly trim is enough grooming to keep them looking sharp. (Once you learn how, you can easily trim a Yorkie at home yourself.) Yorkies require little space and don’t require much training or exercise. Yorkies max out at 7 pounds and 6 to 7″ in height. Yorkies are quite adventurous and brave. They are also very affectionate. It is imperative with Yorkies that you establish that you are the leader and the one in control. If you don’t, a Yorkie will change its temperament and become demanding, dependent, jealous and will snap at people. As long as you establish your gentle leadership, your Yorkie will be the sweetest, most adorable dog on the block.

BEAGLE

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Everybody loves a Beagle; it is the most popular dog breed in the U.S. Their short coats ensure very little shedding. Very loyal, great with kids and doesn’t require regular grooming — what more could you ask for? Beagles make wonderful trackers — once they pick up a scent, they must follow. Males are slightly bigger than females and weigh a bit more. They can handle life in an apartment as long as they receive plenty of time outdoors, but they do best in a house with a fenced-in yard. (Beagles can suffer from “selective” hearing where they might not respond to you if they’re following a scent.)

DACHSHUND

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These small dogs love people, but do not do well with children. They come in three different coat distinctions — short-, long- or wire-haired. None of the coat types require much grooming (they rarely shed), but regular brushing and bathing are essential. They don’t require much space and need minimal exercise. There are three varieties of Dachshund — the Standard 8 to 11″ in height that weigh over 11 pounds, the Miniature is 5 to 7″ and weigh less than 11 pounds and the Toy reaches up to 12″ and weigh 8 pounds.

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