The calmest dog breeds you’ll want to bring home
When it comes to calm dog breeds, our list includes low maintenance dogs, lazy dog breeds, and the best apartment dogs. Of course, we didn’t forget about large dog breeds that, despite their size, love to plop down and sprawl out across your body like a lap dog. These calm dog breeds might enjoy a game of fetch with kids in the backyard or be more inclined to let someone else fetch something – like their yummy treat. Some dogs don’t shed much, while others may need regular brushing, but what they all have in common is a mellow attitude that suits families. We spoke with a veterinarian and two professional dog trainers/behaviourists for recommendations. It’s important to note that all dogs are individuals, and training and socialisation are essential for families and dogs to live happily ever after.
English cocker spaniel
You might not think that an English cocker spaniel that is bred to flush and retrieve game birds would be content being inside and curled up next to the family, but it is. That’s not to say it won’t be excited to go for an inquisitive walk or retrieve stuffed toy ducks in the yard, but this sporting breed has the “work hard, play hard” mantra nailed. “English cocker spaniels have a happy, wagging tail that rarely stops. They love to love,” says Colleen Demling-Riley, dog behaviourist. English cocker spaniels are a calm dog breed that’s eager to please and easy to train. When you’re snuggled up close and petting it, don’t be surprised if they nuzzle you or lick your face as a gentle reminder to keep going.
“Whippets adore their family, are kid tolerant, and rarely meet a person they don’t adore,” says Demling-Riley. “With proper exercise, Whippets love spending the day as couch potatoes. Whippets are born to run (they’re one of the fastest dog breeds, after all) so having an enclosed area where they can stretch their legs is ideal,” says Demling-Riley. They make for a good playmate for the kids because they can tire each other out. And they’re not known for being barkers, but they do have high prey drive so a family that has a cat, rabbit, or other small pet in the house should choose another breed, Demling-Riley says.