Top 10 dogs that need little exercise - not just for lazy dog lovers

A playful companion
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Dogs that need little exercise

If you have a dog sometimes it is hard to control the huge energy need of the pet. They need daily exercise and play, or at least a walk with their owner to reduce these powers. But what happens, if no one takes the dog out for a walk regularly?

First of all, it is bad for the dog, as in that way the pet could easily become ill or can catch a disease because of the lack of exercise. On the other hand it is also bad for the owner as the dog can start to deduce the redundant energies on the furniture or in the yard by digging huge holes in the dirt. I bet that no one wants that.

Although there are dogs that do not require too much exercise and attention, some of them may have loads of energy anyway. Therefore it is necessary to buy them toys with which they can play all day if they want - alone - without causing any trouble.

Of course, the situation is slightly different when you are a proud owner of a puppy. Puppies are always harder to teach and they have more energy than older dogs. The amount of exercise needed will decrease considerably during the years, so you can be sure that the dog will become more patient and less energetic later.

To help other people I made a list of dogs that need very little daily exercise (like a short walk or some fetching), so they can be the perfect pet for those families, who are busy most of the time.

My two other aspect that helped me to choose between many dog breeds was the energy level of the dog (do not mix it up with exercise need!) and the proneness to health issues. So the first dog needs the least exercise, has the lowest energy level and is a very healthy pick.

I hope I can help with that list for those who really want to have a dog, but until this time they didn't know which breed is the ideal choice.

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Where to find your fellow companion?

If you have made the decision to buy a dog for the kid or for yourself, your next job is to find the place where you can get the dog of your (or the kid's) dreams.

I think you must start with free classified ads. There are loads of websites on the internet that have free classifieds on them. All you have to do is to enter the keywords of your search - for example the name of the breed of the dog or simply write 'dogs for sale' or 'puppies for sale'. If you get the wanted results, choose the ad that offers you the 'most' - the dog you were thinking of. Never mind, if you have not found the dog you need, there are many more free classifieds about dogs for sale, so take your time to choose.

It is possible that you have decided to buy a purebred puppy. The best place to look for purebred dogs is a purebred dog kennel. All you have to do is to enter the name of the breed and 'breeder' into a search engine, and choose from the results. Of course, there may be some ads between free classifieds that offer purebred dogs, you can choose one of them as well (but pay special attention: not to buy dogs from puppy mills!).

Finally, you can also think about shelters. There are many dogs there that need a new home - and if you are lucky, you can even find a purebred dog between them.

Now I'm sure that you are aware all of your options to find your perfect dog.

The Bichon Frise
The Bichon Frise | Source

10th place - Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise is a little dog that needs very little exercise, but has a high energy level.

Therefore this breed needs many toys with which they can play all day even if their master is not at home.

The Bichon Frise is prone to health issues, so frequent visits to the vet are needed.

This dog can live up to 16 years.

The Miniature Pinscher
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9th place - Miniature Pinscher

The Miniature Pinscher is the 'king of toy dogs' that needs very little exercise, but has a high energy level.

Therefore the breed needs many opportunities to play if left home alone.

The Miniature Pinscher is slightly prone to health issues, so a few visits to the vet are needed.

This dog can live up to 15 years.

The Maltese
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8th place - Maltese

The Maltese is a little dog with a very aristocratic outlook.

They need little exercise, but have a high level of energy, therefore they need many toys to play with.

The Maltese is slightly prone to health issues, so a few visits to the vet are needed.

This dog can live up to 15 years.

The Yorkshire Terrier
The Yorkshire Terrier | Source

7th place - Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier is a true toy dog, they are very little in size.

They need little exercise, but have a high level of energy, so it is better to buy them many toys with which they are able to play all day long.

The Yorkshire Terrier is slightly prone to health issues, so a few visits to the vet are needed.

This dog can live up to 15 years.

The King Charles Spaniel
The King Charles Spaniel | Source

6th place - King Charles Spaniel

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a small toy dog that can be often seen as a 'lap dog'.

This breed has little need for exercise and has a medium energy level, so they need only a few toys to play with if they want.

The King Charles Spaniel is prone to health issues, so frequent visits to the vet are needed.

This dog can live up to 12 years.

The German Pomeranian Spitz
The German Pomeranian Spitz | Source

5th place - German Pomeranian Spitz

The German Pomeranian Spitz (simply known as the Pomeranian) is a tiny dog that shows a resemblance to foxes.

They are toy dogs that have little need for exercise and have a medium level of energy, so they need some toys to keep them entertained, especially when the master is not at home.

The German Pomeranian Spitz is slightly prone to health issues, so a few visits to the vet are needed.

This dog can live up to 15 years.

The Chihuahua
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4th place - Chihuahua

The Chihuahua is a small, but very intelligent toy dog that needs little exercise and has a medium level of energy.

Therefore it is better to buy them a few toys to keep then entertained all day.

The Chihuahua is slightly prone to health issues, so a few visits to the vet are needed.

This dog can live up to 16 years.

The Bolognese
The Bolognese | Source

3rd place - Bolognese

The Bolognese is a toy dog with a compact and muscular body.

This breed needs very little exercise and has a medium energy level, so they need a few toys at home to keep them entertained.

The Bolognese is not prone to health issues, so it is a very healthy dog.

This dog can live up to 15 years.

The Pug
The Pug | Source

2nd place - Pug

The Pug is a small dog that has compact, square body and their kind face is covered by wrinkles.

This breed needs very little exercise and has a medium energy level, so a few toys will do their best to keep this dog entertained all day.

The Pug is not prone to health issues, so it is a very healthy dog.

This dog can live up to 15 years.

The Pekingese
The Pekingese | Source

1st place - Pekingese

The Pekingese has a small, muscular and well-balanced body close to the ground and a flat muzzle.

This breed needs very little exercise and has a low energy need, so the dog needs only one or two toys that will keep them entertained during the day.

The Pekingese is not prone to health issues, so it is a very healthy dog.

This dog can live up to 15 years.

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zsobig 2 years ago from United Kingdom Author

tehgyb, thank you for commenting :).

Well, the Samoyed breed might be a tricky one, as according to my knowledge, these dogs are very willful and hard-headed, so even if most dogs of this breed require loads of exercise, certain dogs' behaviour might just be the opposite :). Anyway, I guess you should be happy that they are only nibbling on your shoes and not on your furniture :).


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tehgyb 2 years ago from Easton, Pennsylvania

Love dogs! My Samoyed is a breed that is supposed to LOVE and NEED exercise... but that bum just lays around all day eats my shoes.

Upvoted!


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zsobig 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Mama Kim, thank you for your support and moreover: for your comment - it means a lot to me :).


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Mama Kim 8 4 years ago

I've had a bichon before that thing had a built in spring. It could jump up to my face from my feet. Oh and it could climb over 6 ft chain link fence like it was a ladder. Boy was he cute and your right, doesn't need too much exercise. Great hub ^_^ very useful and interesting. voted up and shared on pinterest.


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Lightshare 4 years ago

Beautiful ideas, pictures, section breaker designs -) thank you zsobig


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zsobig 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thanks a lot, I hope I was able to help, I did loads of research on the topic prior posting it.

Have fun with your dog if you get one! :)


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ignugent17 4 years ago

Very cute dogs. I am not sure if we will get another dog but this will come in handy. Thanks for the information. Voted up and more.

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