(Closed) Non-high energy dog breeds?

posted 11 years ago in Pets
Post # 92
168 posts
Blushing bee

@meginstl: How old is your Goldendoodle?  You are so lucky! My goldengoodle (second generation) is 9 months old and is such a high energy dog.  He can not get enough playtime, walks, and excitement.  He’s also bossy & stubborn, but I love him!  Just have to block off rooms so he doesn’t tear the couch & steal socks!


Post # 93
2208 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would recommend a medium sized dog over a smaller dog because their bladder are usually smaller and would not be able to hold themselves for 9 hours. I have a shar pei mix and she’s  not really high energy. She’s pretty mellow.

Oh, would you ever consider doggie daycare maybe once or twice a week?  My dog had some separation anxiety and so I did that for about a month until we got her crate trained.  About a year later, we let her room the apartment.

Post # 94
124 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@Hillzie:Madigan will be two in April. We have been incredibly lucky with her in her puppy classes their was another doodle who was insane. We have spent some time with her sisters and they are all really well tempered, calm, smart dogs. She was a rescue from a breeder so we aren’t completely sure of her father but from the looks of her she does seem to have a higher percentage of poodle. She has a slightly longer snout than other doodles I have seen and also the curls are a bit tighter. She has never been too destructive but was higher energy as a puppy. The thing that I strongly suggest is to keep your little guy busy. When Madi got bored she got into trouble. Because she is a smart dog she needs challenges which is why all the advanced training has been great for her. You should consider looking into the Canine Good Citizen training, it is really great for their active minds!


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@monicag20:Isn’t it so funny? There are some mornings she really doesn’t want to get out of bed, she just glares at me and finally will get up and take her own sweet time stretching. When she finally is done she slowly makes her way to the back door. The truth is some mornings I feel the same way and just want to crawl back into my bed too!

Post # 95
362 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

We just adopted our second dog (from http://www.lostdogrescue.org/ which holds adoptions in NoVa and Rockville), and found a good fit for us by emailing about ten different foster homes to ask about the dog. Our first dog is a 9 year old, 40 lb. nutcase (best guess is some kind of Spaniel/Afghan mix) who needs to run for miles a day in order to be relatively sane. We didn’t think we could handle two like that, so we were looking for a lazy bum of a dog to keep him company, and man did we find one 🙂

Dog #2 is a 60 lb, 4 year old Plott Hound mix who, if left to her own devices, will spend the entire (work)day in bed (though she LOVES her morning and evening walks). We don’t worry about leaving the dogs for long periods since we have a good-sized fenced in yard and a dog door they both know how to use, but while Dog #1 wants to spend the day outside chasing things and barking at passerbys, we’ve occasionally come home after 9 or 10 hours to find that Dog #2 has seriously not gotten out of the bed in the guest room. (I’m not sure how we lucked out, but both dogs seem to have bladders of steel- like I said, there’s a dog door so they CAN go out whenever they want, but if it’s really gross outside, they’ve been known to hold it FOREVER).

I’ve known other hound dogs who are similar in energy level indoors, but definitely suggest adopting a dog that has a known history, or has been in foster care, so you can have a good idea going in as to how what kinds, and how much, exercise and maintenance they require.

Also, while you may find a dog that’s ok being alone for a whole workday, I would still plan on making some special provisions for the first week or two when you and the dog are getting to know each other. Dog #2 is fine now, but for the first week we had her, either DH came home in the middle of the day or I worked from home part of the day to check on her and let her out and make sure she was ok.

Post # 96
885 posts
Busy bee

Another vote here for a shih-tzu.  As PP mentioned, they are easy dogs, not yappy, love to lounge around, but have a ton of personality.  Thankfully, they are also very allergy-friendy.  My husband is desperately allergic to dog and cat fur and he is just fine with our doggie, Harper.  She even sleeps with us and her hair doesn’t bother him. 


Post # 97
386 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

My pug is fairly low energy but he can be nuts and run in circles around the coffee table 🙂  Works well in our 700 sq ft apartment though. They are NEEDY and clingy. 

Post # 98
50 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I adopted with Homeward Trails which serves the NoVa, DC and Maryland area.  They assign you an adoption coordinator who will work with you to match you to a dog they currently have in foster care. 

Also, I second the suggestion for a more mature dog for lower energy output and probably just needs a housetraining/crate training refresher instead of starting from scratch.

As for your original post…my dog is super lazy.  He hates walks.  I have to carry him away from the house and then he’ll walk back home (which looks ridiculous).  Otherwise he’s content to do his business and go right back inside.  He’s part rat terrier and part lhasa apso.  Niether breed is noted for being low energy.  So definitely meet the dog in person because there are lazy terriers and hyper basset hounds.

Post # 99
33 posts
  • Wedding: September 2011

How about rescuing a retired Greyhound? Despite popular belief they are very, very lazy dogs! (except when let out for a run, or when a squirrel has the misfortune of being close by) They are already used to being crated (unfortunately) and there is such a need to help save these great dogs from the track. They are retired at 3 or 4 years of age, so its not like your getting a senior dog AND they usually have the greatest disposition! I have whippets (which look like small greyhounds) and are also pretty chilled dogs but can be a little more energetic then a greyhound. Of course it depends on the personality of the dog. For our wedding favor we are making a donation to greyhound rescue! It is really sad what these dogs must go through!



Post # 100
52 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I have a 3(ish?) year old american Bulldog….and he is beyond lazy…like he can’t go for long walks without being super tired!!! its just not him!

Post # 101
686 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@kperry3: that is too funny! One of my family members has a standard schnauzer  who is hyper as heck and barks constantly and then a giant schnauzer who is lazy and loving… they balance each other well 😉

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