Whether you’re a novice dog owner or a true dog expert, you want to make sure that you choose a dog who will adapt well to your lifestyle. Some dog breeds love tons of exercise, while others naturally become couch potatoes. Similarly, some dog breeds like having time to themselves, while others prefer your constant companionship. But if you really want a dog who will be happy and calm in most situations, you might want to choose one of the most easygoing dog breeds.
Read on to discover which dog breeds have the most easygoing, calm, and laid-back personalities.
1. Bernese mountain dog
The AKC characterizes the Bernese mountain dog as one of the most calm dog breeds you can own. These dogs have “calm, confident temperaments” that make them successful working dogs. But today, as the AKC reports, “their gentle, easygoing manner and the need to be close to their people makes them a good fit for families.”
The group explains that these intelligent dogs love playing sports. And while they have no problem getting along with the entire family, they often choose one lucky human to whom they’ll become a little more attached. Plus, their calm and good-natured personalities ensure that the entire family will love them.
Animal Planet puts the bulldog on its list of the most laid-back dog breeds — and for good reason. This breed is a little big to qualify as a traditional lapdog. But don’t tell him that! According to the AKC, bulldogs have lovable and gentle personalities. They show great affection and devotion for their owners. And they make great family pets because they’re patient and easygoing enough to form strong bonds with children.
The AKC also notes that the bulldog numbers among the most popular breeds “due to their lovable and gentle dispositions and adorable wrinkles.” These dogs won’t beg you to go on a walk. But they do benefit from regular exercise and active play.
Animal Planet also counts the bullmastiff as one of the most laid-back and easygoing dog breeds. This breed hails from England, where these solid dogs originally served as both guardians and companions. While the bullmastiff looks intimidating, Animal Planet promises, “this dog is a lover, not a biter.”
Similarly, the AKC characterizes the Bullmastiff as affectionate, brave, and loyal. These dogs don’t need a ton of exercise. So they’re happy living either in a house or in an apartment. But the AKC refers to basic obedience training as “a must for all Bullmastiffs.” The group goes on to add, “The key to a successful relationship with an adult Bullmastiff is control and leadership.”
Animal Planet also puts the Chihuahua on the list of the most laid-back dog breeds. The network reports that these dogs are high energy, but easy to groom. They also “make constant companions for the person willing to train them.” But it’s worth noting that not everybody would agree with Animal Planet that the Chihuahua qualifies as an easygoing dog — at least in part because Chihuahuas’ personalities can vary widely.
The AKC characterizes Chihuahuas as ” alert dogs with terrier-like qualities.” They can get along with families, so long as the children learn to be gentle and patient. And while these dogs are very intelligent, the AKC warns that you should put yours through obedience training “to ensure he becomes a well-behaved companion.”
5. Chinese crested dog
Next on the list? The Chinese crested dog, which Animal Planet characterizes as a laid-back breed. These dogs remain small in size, and have a medium energy level. In fact, they use a lot of their energy trying to please and entertain their humans.
As the AKC explains, “They are funny little dogs that like to please their owners, and upon finding something that amuses you, are likely to do it again to get your attention.” Some people compare them to cats because of the breed’s propensity for sitting in high places. Regardless, this dog is loyal and entertaining, and enjoys quiet time as much as playful episodes.
6. Clumber spaniel
Another of our favorite easygoing dog breeds is the Clumber spaniel. As the AKC reports, the Clumber is “calmer and more dignified” than many other sporting dog breeds. This dog gets along easily with children and with other animals. According to Animal Planet, “These somewhat rare dogs are big both in body and in personality.”
The AKC reports that these dogs have mellow, amiable, and amusing personalities. The group notes that these dogs enjoy many different activities, including tracking, agility, and obedience. They also love daily walks. But you shouldn’t expect this dog to run long distances with you, or to go jogging with you everyday.
7. French bulldog
Animal Planet also places the French bulldog on the list of the most laid-back and easygoing dog breeds. We probably aren’t the first to tell you that these small dogs make entertaining companions. And not only because of their wrinkly faces, bat-like ears, and playful expressions.
The AKC reports that these affectionate dogs are a great fit for everyone from single pet owners to families with young children. They don’t need a lot of exercise or grooming. (But they do require a little bit of patience during training!) The French bulldog epitomizes the easygoing dog, with a desire to please and entertain their humans.
8. Glen of Imaal terrier
Next on Animal Planet’s list of the most laid-back breeds is the Glen of Imaal terrier. This scruffy little dog has a lot of personality. But his easygoing temperament makes him an ideal choice as a family pet or a companion.
The AKC characterizes this breed as “less excitable than most terriers, but still bold and spirited.” Similarly, the group refers to these dogs as somewhat active, but notes that they “by no means” qualify as “a frantic dog.” The Glen of Imaal does like intense play, digging, and exploring, so he can find plenty of ways to keep himself occupied.
9. Irish wolfhound
The AKC also puts the Irish wolfhound on the list of the calmest dog breeds. These dogs love to run around outside. But when they’re at home, they’re calm and easygoing. The organization notes, “They are primarily a family companion now, but historically, they hunted with their masters, played with their children, and lay quietly by the fire as family friends.”
These dogs have calm, dignified, and “kindly” personalities, according to the AKC. While they qualify as “somewhat active,” the AKC also refers to Irish wolfhounds as mellow and docile. Similarly, the organization reports that Irish wolfhounds are “too serene to be fierce guard dogs, but just the sight of an Irish Wolfhound is enough to deter intruders.”
10. Japanese chin
Animal Planet characterizes the Japanese chin as one of the most laid-back dogs. According to Animal Planet, “They’re a very dignified breed with two major exceptions. Those short snouts mean they make a distinctive ‘snizzle’ sound, which sounds something like a backwards sneeze. And there’s nothing dignified about the ‘Chin spin,’ when this playful pup stands on back legs and twirls.”
The AKC adds that the Japanese chin has proven itself a sensitive and intelligent breed. They charm and love the members of their family. And when strangers stop by, they act “nobly reserved.” These dogs can learn new things quickly, and often don’t make a lot of noise around the house.
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