Dogs With Low Energy Consumption (And High Energy Dogs Too)


Have you ever wondered why some dogs are natural Olympians while others are couch potatoes? Fido’s feisty (or lazy) behavior is frequently attributed to his breed type. While appearance and personality are important, you should also consider each breed’s energy level to ensure that his or her exercise requirements are met given your lifestyle and location. We’ll go over the different low-energy dog breeds as well as the high-energy dog breeds so you can figure out which one is right for you.

How Does Your Dog’s Energy Level Affect You?

First and foremost, why should the energy level of a dog matter to you? Because you’ll be the one caring for it, and if you’re a responsible dog owner, you’ll also be the one chasing it down to play with it. As a result, the calmest dog breeds make excellent pets for people who only have time for a short walk every now and then, and low-energy small dogs are ideal for those who live in smaller apartments. High-energy dog breeds, on the other hand, are ideal for large families or people who enjoy going for runs and want to bring a companion along.

Small Does Not Imply Low Energy

Low-energy dog breeds aren’t always small dogs, which may surprise you. Greyhounds, for example, are among the world’s most lazy dog breeds, despite their large size and reputation for racing ability. Low-energy small dogs do exist but don’t make the mistake of thinking that all small dogs are lazy or calm.

The Majority Of Low-Energy Dogs

You’re probably wondering which breeds fall into which categories now that we’ve explained why you might want to know a dog’s energy levels and set some expectations. We’ve compiled a list of the calmest dog breeds for your convenience.

  • Hound, Basset
  • Bulldog
  • Mastiff Bull
  • The King Charles Cavalier Spaniel
  • Chow Chow
  • Bulldog, French
  • Great Dane
  • Greyhound
  • The Wolfhound of Ireland
  • Pekingese
  • The Pharaoh’s Hound
  • Pug
  • Shih Tzu
  • Spaniel Sussex

The Best Apartment Dogs

The American Kennel Club’s two-and-a-half-minute video features some of the best apartment dogs in action (many of which happen to be low-energy dogs too).

Dog Breeds with the Most Energy

The highest energy dog breeds are on the other end of the spectrum. As you might expect, the majority of high-energy dog breeds have traditionally been working dogs with roots in an energetic activity or sport. However, just because they aren’t working for you doesn’t mean they aren’t getting enough exercise. If you have a high-energy dog, you’ll need to provide plenty of space for them to run around and keep them occupied with toys (luckily, we have got the best dog toys for you).

  • Terrier Airedale
  • Australian Shepherd
  • Border Collie
  • Dalmatian
  • Springer Spaniel, English
  • Pinscher miniature
  • Russell Terrier Parson Russell
  • Pointer
  • A Husky from Siberia
  • Bull Terrier Staffordshire
  • Vizsla
  • Weimaraner

Is Your Preferred Breed On The List?

If they didn’t appear in either the high or low energy dog lists, it’s safe to assume they belong in the medium energy dog category.

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