Lazy Dog Breeds That Are Expert Nappers

Shih Tzu

This Chinese dog breed was developed by Tibetan monks as a gift for members of Chinese royalty.


Similar to the Shih Tzu, the Pekingese was bred as a lap dog for royalty. With its compact, stocky body and “adorably squashed face,” as Dr. Scott puts it

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Another chill dog bred for sitting on royal laps, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has no issue spending the bulk of its time just lying around and being adored by its people, says Dr. Perez-Camargo


When talking about lazy dog breeds, it’s worth mentioning the Chihuahua, which is most content just “hanging around” with its people

Basset Hound

Like the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, the Basset Hound was bred with royal hunting in mind (in this case, French royals).


Another hunting dog that’s known for its almost shocking levels of laziness is the Greyhound.

Chinese Crested

Like the Greyhound, the tiny, wiry, and exceptionally alert Chinese Crested is also surprisingly lazy, notwithstanding its athletic appearance.

English Bulldog

“Bulldogs are known for two things—their cute wrinkles and snoring,” says Texas-based veterinarian Sara Ochoa, DVM, who consults for DogLab.

Great Dane

The Great Dane is one of the largest dog breeds in the world. It’s also classed as a “working dog,” which implies it likes to get stuff done.

Chow Chow

“For pet parents looking to snuggle with real-life teddy bears, look no further than the Chow Chow,” advises Dr. Perez-Camargo.


This giant dog breed was bred for herding work, but don’t be fooled: The Bullmastiff’s specific job was not walking around “herding” its flock.

Japanese Chin

The Japanese Chin regards both long and brisk walks with equal disdain, Dr. Scott tells Reader’s Digest.

Saint Bernard

When you picture a Saint Bernard, do you picture a large, burly dog standing in the snow?

Great Pyrenees

Another livestock guardian, the Great Pyrenees (also known as Great Pyrenees Mountain Dog) was bred to guard, but not so much to take action after sounding the alert.


The Newfoundland is another giant dog that “isn’t super active,” as Dr. Brooks puts it.