Here is a list of dogs to help you enjoy your lazy lifestyle.
If you’re pretty much a laidback person who prefers a life of lounging around and snuggling up to a soft, warm bundle of sleeping fur, then you’re in for a rude awakening if you bring home a Jack Russell, German Sheppard or Dalmatian!
You’re better off with a breed that loves the couch as much as you do and is low-maintenance unlike a Shih-Tzu or Poodle.
Translated, this means a breed of dog that does not require regular trips to the groomers or you tearing around the neighbourhood in a desperate bid to burn up his endless supply of energy.
The Thumbelina of the dog world, the Chihuahua is the smallest breed weighing only 1-3 kg and standing proud at just nine inches. They generally get enough exercise simply running around your apartment and therefore make perfect indoor-only companions. If you’re really up to it, a short walk is plenty for him and since his fur is short, he barely requires grooming.
This darling with the long ears and sad eyes is large, short-legged and has a solid body. Originally bred for hunting rabbits and hare, he weighs a hefty 20-34 kg so to keep his weight in check, he’ll require only one walk a day. Then he’ll be more than happy to watch the world go by from the comfort of your sofa. Having a smooth, short and close coat means he’s easy to maintain.
This Winston Churchill lookalike has a gentle temperament. Small but robust and muscular, he weighs in at 18-23 kg and is quite content living in small homes. Affectionate and loyal, Bulldogs should only walk for short periods as too much exercise causes breathing difficulties due to their short muzzle. To keep him looking sharp and smart, simply clean in between the folds of his face.
Really? A racing dog? Yet these sleek, beautiful dogs are not high-energy. Often referred to as ‘forty-five mile per hour couch potatoes’, Greyhounds thrive in small spaces despite weighing 27-31 kg. Quiet, gentle creatures, Greyhounds are ideal apartment dwellers and require only low to moderate exercise. Since his coat is short and smooth with no undercoat, he’ll look dashing even with just a little grooming.
Once presented as gifts among Chinese royalty, Pugs made it big in Europe and later in movies – remember Frank of Men In Black? Weighing 8 kg, Pugs don’t require a garden to run around in. In fact they should not be exercised too much because of their compact breathing passageways. Like the Bulldog, if they overdo it, their breathing is laboured. In terms of grooming, a little cleaning between his wrinkles will spruce him up good for his next photo shoot!
Once a popular companion of Spanish royalty and nobility, the Bolognese is a good apartment dog. Playful but not very active, this sturdy 8 kg bundle of fun only requires occasional walks and moderate grooming to stay healthy and look handsome. Not known to shed much, a Bolognese is actually considered hypoallergenic.
Originally bred to be a guard dog, he’s super large but surprisingly low maintenance. Weighing up to 59 kg, he is calm, affectionate and loves attention. A natural couch potato, it does help to nudge him off the sofa every now and then for a walk, just so he can stretch his legs and stay fit. His short, smooth coat sheds little.
This cross between the Beagle and Pug is adorable, laid-back and always cheerful. Between 7-13 kg, Puggles don’t require wide, open spaces to run in. Content with just the occasional walk around the neighbourhood, a Puggle probably only requires some cleaning between his wrinkles to prevent infections.
For the truly lazy among you – no grooming… no shedding… no outdoor activities, the Chinese Crested fits the bill. Completely hairless, except for the tuft of hair on his head, tail and feet, he is the most hypoallergenic dog around. If you do take him out, be careful of sunburn – on his skin, not yours!