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The best dog breeds for lazy people

The best dog breeds for lazy people are dogs that don’t exist. Dogs require as much love, attention, training, care and grooming an owner can afford to give them. If a person is truly lazy, then owning a dog is not in their or the dog’s best interests. However, if by “lazy,” we mean “couch potato,” then there are a few small dog breeds that are naturally easy to maintain and exhibit low energy levels in an indoor environment that may fit the bill.


According to the web site, Go Pets America (www.gopetsamerica.com), there is a short list of dog breeds that are non-shedders, are small in size and have relatively low activity requirements indoors. Extensive outdoor exercise or long walks are not necessarily required as long as the dog receives adequate indoor exercise and maintains a healthy weight. Some toy breeds may have high energy levels, but can get the exercise they need running around in compact, indoor areas such as apartments or town homes. Some of these non-shedding, small, low activity dog breeds are:

1) Affenpinscher

2) Bichon Frise

3) Bolognese

4) Brussels Griffon

5) Chinese Crested

6) Coton de Tulear

7) Havanese

8) Shih Tzu

9) Toy Poodle

Keep in mind that any dog left to their own devices will become destructive. Providing plenty of chew toys and playthings to keep the dog busy throughout the day will curb his desire to take out his frustrations on your new couch.

Small dogs, especially toy and terrier breeds, are known to be yippers, expressing themselves loudly and continuously at the slightest provocation. Although the concept of training may conflict with a leisurely lifestyle, some early instruction in this area should keep the behavior to a minimum.

Crate confinement can be utilized to redirect energy and prevent damage to belongings when the dog is left by himself. A crate is simply an artificial den made of Fiberglas or wire that can located in any room. Choose a crate that allows the dog to easily enter, turn around and exit without difficulty. Once he learns that this is his special place, he will seek it out to nap or just relax. The crate can also be used as a “time out” location if the dog has misbehaved or needs to be kept isolated from small children or other animals for a short period.

Small, non-shedding, low-activity dog breeds make good pets for many people, regardless of their particular laziness factor. A clear benefit to those of the lazy persuasion may find that owning a dog will slowly draw them out of their couch potato existence and find that they enjoy the simple pleasures associated with dog ownership. Training, exercising and playing with their dog may become more rewarding as the relationship develops, which is what owning a dog is really all about.

Different Personalities Of Small Dog Breeds

Once you have decided that you are going to get a small dog, it is time to find out about the different personalities and characteristics of small breeds, so you get one that fits your home and lifestyle.

Brussels Griffon

These adorable little dogs found in two varieties, which are rough and smooth, usually weigh between eight and twelve pounds. They can be a little stubborn when it comes to housebreaking. The smooth Brussels griffon needs brushing once a week and the rough coated Brussels griffon about twice a week. These dogs are great for apartments or small homes as long as you provide them with exercise. In general, this little dog is happy, playful, friendly, but may be a little standoffish with strangers and is better with children that are older. Their average life expectancy is twelve years.

French Bulldogs

French bulldogs are perfect for smaller homes and apartments as long as they can play and romp a little and you do not force them to exercise. They are wonderful, loving, good-natured dogs that love being with the family. They should spend most of their time indoors, especially if it is warm out. The average lifespan of a French bulldog is twelve years.

Australian terriers

These small dogs are extremely energetic and do best in a home with a fenced backyard for lots of exercise. These terriers are great watchdogs that are brave and fearless. They shed very little so brushing them once a week is enough. Australian terriers love being part of the family.

Miniature schnauzer

Twelve to fourteen inches high, these wonderful dogs are salt and pepper, solid black or black and silver colored. They are happy in an apartment or large home in the country, as long as they are with their family. These great companions are intelligent, busy, friendly, and love to play. They require trimming every four to six weeks and brushing occasionally.

Italian greyhound

You need a home with a moderate amount of room to keep this active dog happy. A small dog, usually less than fifteen inches, they come in many different colors. With their very short hair, they appreciate a sweater when going outside in cooler weather. These dogs let you know when a stranger comes in, not aggressive. They are a long-lived breed with their average life span around fourteen years.

Pomeranians

Usually weighing in at a petite six pounds or less, these cute little dogs require a fair amount of grooming and brushing because of their longer hair. Well suited for smaller places, they love being a lap dog and getting lots of attention. Good with children they grew up with, they are playful and very loyal to their owners. Their average lifespan is fifteen years.

Toy Poodle

A toy poodle is perfect for smaller places but is happy wherever their owners are. Weekly brushing and grooming ever four to six weeks will keep them looking their best. Poodles were born to play and should have a supply of their own toys. Extremely intelligent, you can train them easily. Poodles do not like being alone so are a poor choice for anyway that travels or is away a lot. Their average life span is eleven years.