10 Calmest Dog Breeds

Know you could give a pooch a fantastic, loving home but worry you may not be able to exercise them for hours?! Never fear! We have you covered, some of the largest dog breeds are also the laziest so if size isn't an issue perhaps one of these breeds may be the perfect companion for you. If, however, you're heart is set on a pint-sized pup then check out our list of the calmest small dog breeds here (Insert hyperlink to other article here).

Greyhound dog

1. Greyhound

Stats

These regal beauties are known for their speed, reaching over 40mph, but did you know greyhounds love little more than a cozy snooze on the couch by a roaring fire. Gentle and relaxed, greyhounds have a high prey drive so do best in homes with calm or older children and no small pets unless trained against chasing. Weighing between 26-40kg (57-88lbs) and living for an average of 10-14 years, greyhounds are oversized lap-dogs.

Pros

+ Adaptable
+ Quiet
+ Minimal exercise
+ Relaxed and loyal to their owners

Cons

- Prone to separation anxiety if left alone too much
- High prey drive so needs training if living with small animals
- Stand-offish with strangers
- Stubborn and can be difficult to housetrain

Bernese Mountain Dog

2. Bernese Mountain Dog

Stats

Originating from the Swiss mountains in the 18th century, these dogs were bred as guard dogs and cattle drovers and even for pulling carts. As a large breed, they are slow to mature and exercise should be restricted during growth up to 18 months old. With an average lifespan of 7-9 years and weighing between 36-50kg (79-110lbs), the Berner breed is unfortunately prone to some developmental diseases such as hip or elbow dysplasia.

Pros

+ Adores human company and good with children
+ Loyal and affectionate
+ Good watch dog
+ Easily trained

Cons

- Slow to mature
- Needs regular brushing and is a heavy shedding breed
- Prefers temperate or cool climates
- Needs stimulation to prevent destructive boredom behaviors

Irish Wolfhound dog

3. Irish Wolfhound

Stats

This beautiful and ancient Irish breed dates back to Roman times and is the largest of all sighthounds. Originally bred to hunt wolves and elk, these dogs are actually incredibly gentle and loving. While wolfhounds are patient with children, their weight of 54-64kg (120-140lbs) does make them prone to accidents with smaller children. Sadly, these gentle giants have a short lifespan of just 6-10 years.

Pros

+ Loyal and affectionate
+ Good with children and gentle
+ Intelligent and easily trained
+ Very friendly and outgoing

Cons

- Can be rowdy as pups
- Can show signs of separation anxiety if left alone too much
- Large size so needs space
- Strong prey drive so best with older children

English Bulldog

4. English Bulldog

Stats

Large headed with a thickset body, the modern English bulldog was developed to be docile in the 1800s. Originally used for bull-baiting, the modern bulldog remains protective and brave yet are not aggressive on the whole. Living 8-12 years on average, these gentle dogs adore children and tend to keep everyone entertained with their antics. Short legged but thick bodied, the English bulldog should weigh between 18-25kg (39-55lbs).

Pros

+ Quiet
+ Good with children and other pets
+ Brave and a good guard dog
+ Friendly and affectionate

Cons

- Prone to drooling a lot
- Prone to respiratory problems and obesity
- Can be possessive of toys and food
- Slow to mature

Clumber Spaniel dog

5. Clumber Spaniel

Stats

Bred in 18th century France and England as a hunting breed, these quiet and slow dogs were excellent retrievers. Clumbers are the largest of all spaniels weighing in at 25-39kg (55-86lbs) and have an average lifespan of 10-12 years. Intelligent and gentle, these dogs adore human company and aim to please. While they can be suspicious of strangers, clumbers are poor watchdogs and are very laid-back.

Pros

+ Affectionate and very friendly
+ Great with children and other pets
+ Easily trained
+ Loves to play games

Cons

- Prone to obesity
- Sheds and some are prone to drooling a lot
- Prone to separation anxiety when left alone too long and can be destructive as a result
- Likes to chew and carry everything possible

Basset Hound dog

6. Basset Hound

Stats

A scent hound bred for rabbit hunting in France, these dogs have short legs and an incredible sense of smell. Basset hounds will be intensely focused on following any scent they pick up and will hustle their 22-30kg (50-65lb) muscular body on tiny legs faster than you might think. Living 10-12 years, these generally healthy dogs dream of living the lap-dog life.

Pros

+ Affectionate and loves human company
+ Great with children and other pets
+ Adaptable
+ Needs minimal exercise

Cons

- Prone to drooling and obesity
- Can be a heavy shedding breed
- Can be very vocal
- Needs socialization and training to prevent bad behaviors

Great Dane dog

7. Great Dane

Stats

Patient and charming, these gentle giants are devoted to their family and are good with children; care should be taken with younger children as accidents may happen due to their size, weighing in at 45-91kg (100-200lbs). The Great Dane was originally bred as a hunting and guarding dog, a cross between the Irish Wolfhound and German Mastiff, these are a brave watchdog. Slow to mature with only moderate exercise requirements, strenuous exercise should be restricted during the growth phase of up to 2 years of age. Sadly, due to their large size this breed have a short lifespan of 7-9 years on average.

Pros

+ Playful and great with children
+ Fearless and a good watchdog
+ Laid-back and love human company
+ Low shedding breed

Cons

- Very large so need space
- Can be aggressive if not socialized properly
- Prone to drooling
- May show separation anxiety if left alone too long

Schnauzer dog

8. Schnauzer

Stats

There are three schnauzer breeds (miniature, standard and giant) with the giant schnauzer being used as a police dog in Germany since the first world war. Low shedding, these dogs may be good for people with sensitivities though they do need regular grooming to maintain their coat. Alert and loyal, the schnauzer breeds are extremely loyal but require strong leadership and training to minimize bad behaviors. Generally healthy with life spans of 10-14 years these breeds can weigh between 4-48kg (2-22kg). The giant schnauzer tends to require more exercise than their smaller counterparts.

Pros

+ Brave guard dog
+ Easily trained
+ Loyal and devoted to owners
+ Low shedding breed

Cons

- Can be very vocal
- Needs mental stimulation fo avoid destructive boredom behaviors such as digging
- Doesn't respond well to harsh reprimands
- High prey drive for small animals

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog

9. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Stats

Cavaliers were developed to have longer muzzles than their King Charles Spaniel parent breed in the early 1900s. Generally active, these sweet and affectionate pups love to play, particularly with children. Very sociable, cavaliers are poor watchdogs though they may bark in alarm to sounds. These dogs form strong bonds with their owners and enjoy spending their evenings curled up on the couch sharing their love. Weighing an average of 5-8kgs (13-18lbs), cavaliers live between 9-15 years, however they are prone to many health problems which may shorten their lives.

Pros

+ Easily trained
+ Affectionate with everyone
+ Good with children and very gentle
+ Adaptable

Cons

- Prone to health problems
- Can show signs of separation anxiety if left alone too long
- Needs regular grooming
- Strong prey drive toward cats and small animals

Sussex Spaniel dog

10. Sussex Spaniel

Stats

Originally from Sussex in England, this game hunting breed was developed in the 1800s and were bred for their glossy liver colored coat. When their strong nose scents prey, these pooches will bay like a hound which is unusual for members of the spaniel family. These spaniels need daily exercise but will love to snuggle in with you in the evenings. With an average lifespan of 11-14 years, these pups weigh between 15-20kg (35-45lbs).

Pros

+ Good watchdog
+ Good with children and other pets
+ Easily trained
+ Adaptable

Cons

- Prone to obesity
- Can be very vocal
- Some are prone to drooling
- Can show signs of separation anxiety if left alone too long

and a sneaky extra...

 Shelter brown dog

11. Shelter pups

Stats

There are thousands of dogs in shelters with unknown parentage and just need their forever home. Not always cute puppies, some of these are older pets who would love someone to give all their love to for the rest of their days. Due to their unknown history, some of these dogs may need a little extra TLC to help them settle in to civilian life.

Pros

+ Unique appearance due to mixed breed parentage
+ Full of personality
+ Loyal and trusting once a bond is built
+ Affectionate and love to cuddle

Cons

- May require extra training and socialization
- Unknown history if older and may require experienced care

While the breeds listed here are generally calm, every dog is an individual with their own personality and quirks and training plays a large role in behavior. You should always discuss any concerns with your veterinarian and check out our other articles for tips and tricks to help your pup remain calm and relaxed. You could also try some calming treats as training aids that also help settle your pooch, such as these wonderful calming treats by KarmaPets.