Apartment Dog Breeds: A Less Active Dog for the Couch Potato

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If you’re a couch potato, then there are indeed certain less active dog breeds that will fit your temperament. Of course, you’ll want to stay away from active dogs like terriers or beagles. Focus, instead, on finding dogs that enjoy relaxing, require a lower amount of exercise and possess an amiable personality.

#1 Bull Dogs

If you don’t mind sharing the couch, then a bull dog is the dog for you. These stubborn animals won’t forfeit their rightful position on the couch, so let that be a warning. Although they are vicious-looking, the dogs are affectionate and loving and will accommodate your need to be lazy. They require little space and minimal grooming and can get by on little exercise.

#2 Japanese Chin

The Japanese chin is a dog that actually originated in China and was brought over to Japan. This spaniel-type dog is a small dog that is also considered a good lap dog, and that doesn’t mean it enjoys swimming laps. It likes no better than spending time on your lap; therefore, it’s an excellent apartment dog as well as couch potato dog. The dog also catches on quick to commands, so you don’t have to spend a lot of time training it. Although you will put out a little effort in grooming the dog, it still is a nice couch companion as it doesn’t exude any doggy smell.

#3 The Pug

The pug dog is an ideal dog for any couch potato as it doesn’t require a lot of space or exercise. Like the bull dog, this dog will insist that you make space on the couch for him too. Because of its anatomical make-up, a pug often has trouble breathing when he overexerts himself. Therefore, the breed is well-suited to apartment living as well as to being a couch potato’s pet. However, be forewarned—because its breathing passages are constricted, the dog has a tendency to snore.

#4 The Dachshund

The dachshund is another dog that is a good pick for a couch potato. Because of its shorter-than-short legs, this little dog can only handle so much exercise. However, the small canine has a major attitude when it comes to guarding your property. Therefore, it’s not likely that you’ll always feel totally relaxed, especially if the dog feels any threats from outside the confines of your apartment. Nevertheless, if you don’t mind the “watchdog” aspect of this breed’s personality, you should get along companionably. The dog requires little grooming and won’t mind spending time with you or cuddling up in a small corner of the sofa.

Other dogs who are good couch potato dogs, yet may be too big for apartments, include great danes and grayhounds. Even though grayhounds are racing dogs, they have gentle temperaments and, when they retire from the track, can happily adjust to being lazy. Most dogs do enjoy taking it a bit more easy as they age; therefore, you may also want to consider adopting a dog that is older from the Humane Society or the pound. Choose a low-maintenance dog that doesn’t require a great deal of training and you’ll no doubt find a good couch potato too.

One Response to “Apartment Dog Breeds: A Less Active Dog for the Couch Potato”

  1. August 04, 2010 at 3:34 pm, Noadi said:

    Ummm… have you ever, ever, spent time with a dachshund? They were bred as hunting dogs, to go after burrowing animals like BADGERS. They are not couch potato dogs at all, they may have short little legs but that doesn’t keep them from being very energetic dogs.


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