If you are a busy person but want a dog, a lazy canine companion is what you need. While every dog needs a bit of exercise, the dogs listed below enjoy sitting back and relaxing more than most.
You want to avoid a heavy-shedding pooch. The lazy dogs I’ve listed here are minimal shedders. That’s especially true if you keep up with appropriate grooming.
I can tell you from experience how important that is.
Let’s get started with my list of 13 lazy dogs that don’t shed.
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Many people are surprised that Havenese are low shedders. After all, this is a long-haired breed. But, they don’t shed much because of how long each hair lasts.
In other words, each hair has a much longer life cycle than we see in most other dog breeds. It’s only at the end of a hair life cycle that it falls out (and onto your furniture or floors).
With a Havenese, you get a long-haired breed without all the usual hassle. Just make sure you brush your dog once a week.
Another feature that makes the Havanese so low-maintenance is that it doesn’t need much time outside. Just give it walks every day and time to play.
2. French Bulldog
Do you live in a small space and want to get a canine companion? A French Bulldog might be a great choice. You should have a brush (as well as a stripping comb) for your French Bulldog.
Brushing this dog regularly will help cut down on its already minimal shedding. It will also keep its coat healthy and beautiful.
Give your French Bulldog the play time and exercise it needs and you’ll find he loves to laze around and relax.
3. Japanese Chin
I was surprised to learn that the Japanese Chin is a low-shedder. After all, this is a fluffy dog with a longer-than-average coat. But, it has remarkably low shedding for a dog with such an impressive coat.
As one of the lazy breeds, the Japanese Chin only needs about 20 minutes of exercise daily. After all, this dog was bred to be a lapdog.
Make sure you give your Japanese Chin the grooming it needs to keep this toy dog from shedding. The Japanese Chin comes in different color combinations, including black and white (with some tan coloring) and red and white.
4. Bichon Frise
While it’s a little more energetic than some of these other breeds at times, the Bichon Frise is a lazy dog overall. This breed is popular with people with allergies, as it’s a limited shedder as long as you brush and groom it regularly.
The Bichon Frise is known for its laidback, gentle temperament. It’s a great choice for a pup that will cuddle up on the sofa with you.
If you’re looking for a lazy dog with limited shedding that has a white coat, you can’t do better than the Bichon Frise. Some of these dogs will have pretty apricot or light beige shaded areas, but these will be limited.
5. English Bulldog
Short and stocky, the English Bulldog doesn’t do much shedding. This breed has short hair with a relatively fine texture. You might notice that a puppy of this breed will shed more frequently than an adult dog.
The English Bulldog is also reliably lazy. There’s no need to worry about setting aside lots of time for exercise. This breed has a brachycephalic face, so it will get out of breath if it tries to exercise too hard, especially in warm or hot weather.
English Bulldogs usually have calm, affectionate temperaments. They love being around their human companions, so you can count on lots of relaxed evenings with your English Bulldog.
6. Yorkshire Terrier
The hair of a Yorkshire Terrier’s coat can grow exceptionally long. This means it has a long growth cycle, which cuts down on shedding. You should give your Yorkshire Terrier a bath once a week if you plan on making him a show dog with long hair.
Like all the other breeds we talk about here, the Yorkshire Terrier needs daily walks, but only short ones.
What? The Greyhound is a lazy dog? Isn’t this breed the fastest canine runner? Yes, it is, but when it’s not running for short (and fast) spurts, the Greyhound is surprisingly lazy.
This breed sleeps a lot more than some others. In fact, a Greyhound might sleep as much as 20 hours every day. If you’re looking for a dog that loves to cuddle with you while he gets some shuteye, think about getting a Greyhound.
Greyhounds have a single-layered coat of short hair, making them much less likely to shed than other breeds.
As long as you brush your Greyhound every day, you shouldn’t see much shedding from this breed. You should brush it more often during fall and spring, as that’s when most of the shedding happens.
As long as you give your Dachshund the grooming it needs, you shouldn’t see much shedding from this famous “sausage-y” dog.
With a traditional short-haired Dachshund, as long as you give it regular brushing, you shouldn’t notice much shedding. One advantage of a long-haired Dachshund is that its hair has a longer growth cycle. It grows much longer, but it doesn’t shed as much.
For obvious reasons, the long-haired Dachshund needs more grooming. Both kinds of Dachshunds need to be brushed.
When it comes to laziness, the Dachshund won’t disappoint you. Sleep (and food) are this breed’s favorite things. They still need a moderate amount of exercise, but this breed won’t object to some quality time on the couch.
9. Miniature Pinscher
If you love the look of a Doberman Pinscher but don’t want a big dog, take a look at the Miniature Pinscher.
The Miniature Pinscher is an exceptionally low shedder. In fact, they hardly shed at all. This is a great dog for beginners in that it’s so easy to groom.
It’s a tiny dog, too. In fact, it’s considered a toy breed.
The Miniature Pinscher is a lazy dog overall, but it’s a little bit livelier than some of the others we’ve mentioned here. It can be a little bit stubborn, so keep that in mind.
10. Irish Wolfhound
When it comes to size, the Irish Wolfhound isn’t for the faint of heart. This is an enormous dog. But, it’s surprisingly lazy (once it’s had time to run outside).
The Irish Wolfhound is known for being sweet and gentle.
As such a large dog, this breed does need a lot of outdoor exercise. But once they’ve had their playtime, they’re ready for a lazy day around the house.
A perk of having an Irish Wolfhound is how easy it is to groom. This breed doesn’t shed. You should brush and comb its hair to keep its coat healthy.
The Maltese lacks an undercoat, so it sheds much less than many other breeds. Of course, you’ll need to brush them. This will stop any matting from forming.
One of the Maltese’s downsides is how much grooming they need. If you’re like most Maltese owners, you’ll probably bring your pooch to a professional groomer.
If you don’t have much time for exercising your dog, a Maltese might be a good choice for you. This dog doesn’t need much exercise and loves to sleep, but make sure you do give it some play time (and daily walks).
12. Tibetan Spaniel
The Tibetan Spaniel doesn’t shed for most of the year. You’ll find you need to brush it frequently in the spring, though. That’s when this breed sheds quite a bit.
This adorable breed has a flexible temperament and loves being around its human companions. They love to play and want to interact with you, but they also enjoy relaxing and sleeping. Ensure that you set aside space for playtime every day and you’ll have a sleepy and lazy Tibetan Spaniel.
13. Shih Tzu
Like several of the other breeds here, Shih Tzus have hair coats. Hair differs from fur in that it has a much longer growth cycle. And this longer growth cycle means it falls out less often.
People with allergies often choose to buy a Shih Tzu puppy.
As a tiny breed mainly known as a lap dog, the Shih Tzu tends to be lazy. Your Shih Tzu will need only minimal exercise – short daily walks and a bit of play with its humans. That’s one of the best things about the Shih Tzu: it combines equal parts playfulness with wanting to sleep on your lap.
Final Thoughts: 13 Lazy Dog Breeds that DON’T Shed
Now you know the 13 most popular lazy dog breeds that don’t shed. Are you thinking about purchasing a puppy? Do your research and find a reputable breeder.