Do you want a dog but don't want to put in very much effort? Are you craving canine companionship but don't want the hassle of walking, feeding, poop-scooping, vet visits, and grooming?
The bad news is that there is no such thing as a maintenance-free dog. All dogs require some time and attention unless you pay someone else to do it all. And if you're not the one caring for your dog, what's the point of having a dog in the first place? If you are really too busy or lazy to take care of a dog, you might be better off with a cat. Or, better yet, just get a pet rock.
01 of 09
The Dachshund is a lovable and affectionate dog breed that makes a great couch buddy. The Miniature Dachshund typically weighs about 11 pounds or less and makes a perfect lap dog. If you prefer a medium-sized dog, the Standard Dachshund ranges from 16-32 pounds. Be aware that long-haired Dachshunds require a bit more grooming than the short haired or wire-haired variety. All can make excellent companions.
Dachshunds have a stubborn side, so they need a good basic foundation of training to give them structure. They are often healthy in general, though some may be prone to skin issues, spinal problems, and dental disease. Dachshunds only need a moderate amount of exercise. In fact, with their short little legs and long bodies, too much running and jumping can actually exacerbate any inherited spinal issues.
02 of 09
You might wonder how a racing dog would be good for a lazy owner. Contrary to what many believe, Greyhounds are actually not high-energy dogs. Most Greyhounds are couch potatoes that enjoy loafing around with their owners. They do enjoy daily walks and the occasional chance to run, but they don't need a large amount of exercise.
In general, Greyhounds tend to be easy to handle and very responsive to training. At a typical weight range of 60 to 80 pounds, the Greyhound is great for those who want a larger dog (but not a giant dog). Most Greyhounds have overall good health. If you appreciate the personality and looks of a Greyhound but would prefer a smaller dog, consider a Whippet.
03 of 09
The gleeful Frenchie makes the perfect loafing companion! French Bulldogs are among the most cheerful of all dog breeds. They are compact, muscular, and weigh 19 to 28 pounds. Although they have a good deal of energy, they tend to lack endurance. Therefore, moderate daily exercise is usually just right for this breed.
04 of 09
Leaning towards a tiny dog? Weighing in at just two to six pounds, the itty bitty Chihuahua can be your pocket-sized lap dog. Although this these dogs do get bursts of energy, they generally do not need a lot of exercise. Most Chihuahuas are also relatively healthy. Grooming needs are minimal, but long-haired Chihuahuas will need a bit more brushing to avoid tangles.
One thing to watch out for is the common Chihuahua attitude. Choose a dog with a mild-mannered temperament and provide excellent basic training. Avoid carrying these dogs everywhere and babying them too much. Set boundaries for your Chihuahua before he develops a Napoleon complex and tries to boss everyone around.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
Want a dog that will look like a puppy forever? The Cavalier is a mild-mannered, gentle, affectionate, and adaptable dog. This is a small to medium dog that is often happiest when snuggled up beside a human or another dog.
Cavaliers generally weigh about 11 to 18 pounds and are easy to handle and train. They are typically healthy pets, though some may inherit or develop heart issues. The Cavalier has some grooming needs, such as regular hair brushing, and ear cleaning, and possibly the occasional trip to a groomer.
06 of 09
Considering a small to medium dog for your new easygoing companion? Westies make excellent pets and are very easy to care for. Westies are usually about 13 to 20 pounds in size and moderately energetic.
The Westie requires some grooming but does not need to be trimmed the way many of the other "little white dogs" do. Many people choose to hand-strip the coat of this breed (pluck the dead hairs) while others just brush regularly to keep the coat healthy. Most Westies are easy to train and relatively healthy.
07 of 09
Small, cute, and goofy, the Brussels Griffon is a delightful dog to know. Though they can be a bit energetic, they do not need a lot of exercise. Basic training is important to offset their feisty sides and provide structure. At six to 12 pounds, the Brussels is another small breed that has no more than moderate grooming needs. The wiry coat of these dogs may require some brushing, but extensive grooming is not necessary. In addition, the breed is fairly healthy and well-mannered.
08 of 09
Got your heart set on a giant couch potato dog? These immense dogs can weigh anywhere from 120 to 220 pounds! The breed tends to have a fairly low energy level and not much endurance. Younger Mastiffs tend to be a bit goofy and playful, but usually very docile. As they age, they become lazier and more aloof, but still affectionate towards their families.
There is one potential downside to the Mastiff. Like most giant dog breeds, the Mastiff tends to have a shorter lifespan than the average dog. Most are considered seniors by age six and not many will live past the age of 11 to 12 years. However, aside from the orthopedic problems that affect some mastiffs, these dogs tend to be fairly healthy.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09
If you want a really large dog that's not quite as giant and lazy as the Mastiff, then the Bullmastiff might be right for you. Weighing 100 pounds to 130 pounds, this is still a quite large dog. Health is similar to the Mastiff (or better) and the lifespan might be a bit longer. The breed has a little bit more energy than the Mastiff but still not much endurance. Daily walks should be enough to keep your Bullmastiff happy and healthy. The rest of the time, this dog will be all about the couch!