The 7 Best Couch Potato Dogs

The 7 Best Couch Potato Dogs

Man’s best friend can be a lot of work – playing fetch, going for walks, and everything else looking after a dog entails. But, if you are in it for the snuggles on the couch, there are some breeds for you!

Here are the laziest dog breeds:

1. Bulldogs

Bulldogs love to nap. They are a family-friendly breed that will curl up on the couch and snooze away with you. But, even couch potatoes need to get out and go for the occasional walk or playdate.

Cute Bulldog puppy

Despite having a sordid history, English bulldogs are kind, gentle, and curious. Many of the “bull” breeds such as Bull Terrier and Pitbull are the same way. As long as they come from a reputable breeder and are properly socialized, they make great family pets.

The couch factor – 8/10 – He still needs exercise but he is happy to wait until you are ready!

2. Saint Bernard

Do you remember the dog in Peter Pan? How about the movies Beethoven and Daddy Daycare? All had Saint Bernard dogs in them. Saint Bernards are gentle giants who love to cuddle!

Saint Bernard

The St. Bernard is calm, patient, and loving. If you want to snuggle him on the couch, he is more than willing. But know that he will take up most of the sofa! A king-size bed may be more appropriate for this snuggle buddy.

The couch factor – 6/10 – A big snuggle bug but big is the key word. He needs to run!

3. Basset Hound

The Basset Hound is a skilled hunter, but he is also happy to snuggle on the couch with his human. Basset hounds can adapt to new situations. They are relaxed and affectionate, making them great with kids.

They love to be on the couch and snuggle up but ensure you still give them enough exercise or they will become overweight and suffer health issues. Try to keep your Basset Hound somewhat active and snuggle up in their downtime at night. Plus, it will help you get exercise if you are a couch potato too!

Basset Hound

Basset Hounds are actually quite large but have short legs. He thinks he is a lap dog and will try his best to get up on your lap whenever possible. Basset hounds are calm and can seem rather lazy, but because they have a hearty appetite, they still need nice long walks on occasion.

The couch factor – 9/10 – This guy will snuggle all day long. But make sure he exercises too. It’s best for his health.

4. Pekingese

If you want a dog who thinks he is royalty, this may be the breed for you. Initially, these little lap dogs lived in Chinese palaces, but now they are happy without even having a yard. If you live in a smaller space, this dog is a perfect size. This royal dog is happy without a castle.


The breed is best for families without young children. These dogs are small and could be injured during rough play. They are great companions who tend to know who their owner is. Though they will get along with anyone in the family, they are particularly close to the one who shows him the most love.

This dog is happy to sit in your lap and be a part of whatever you are doing. Pekingese dogs are definitely couch potatoes.

The couch factor – 10/10 – This little guy can run around the house for exercise!

5. Bernese Mountain Dog

Bernese Mountain Dogs are working dogs, but they are also happy to snuggle up and be lazy. They have a bit of a laid back attitude and can be a low-key animal.

They are big balls of fur that love to be inside and snuggle as much as they like being outdoors. Even if you are a snuggle bug, you need to be an experienced pet owner to take on a Bernese Mountain Dog. It is a large dog and needs to be appropriately socialized.

Bernese Mountain Dog

Bernese Mountain Dogs are smart and easy to train. You need to give them time to analyze your commands, so they understand what you want, and then they will do your bidding. It is a great dog to snuggle if you have space and time to allow him to get his needed exercise as well.

The couch factor – 6/10 – A big snuggler too, but he is big! He needs to run. After a good run, settle down on the couch for snuggles.

6. Chow Chow

Though the Chow Chow may appear to have a perpetual scowl on his face, he is an amiable lap dog. They are devoted to their families but may be a little aloof when it comes to welcoming strangers into the house. A well-bred and trained chow is not an aggressive dog.

Chow Chow

The Chow Chow is loyal to his owner, so he may pick and choose who he snuggles on the couch. He is delighted to be a couch potato with family members and just hang out. Because he is a smaller dog, he does not need as much exercise as some of the larger breed couch potatoes.

The couch factor – 7/10 – He likes to snuggle on the couch but he is picky. He only wants to snuggle his owner. He will let other sit by him though.

7. Pug

The Pug can be a bit of a couch potato too. That being said, Pugs have a sense of humor and can be a bit of a show-off. The Pug was bred as a lap dog, so if you are looking for a couch companion, this may be a perfect choice.

A Pug is playful and affectionate and more than happy to sit with you. He is a toy breed, so he does not need a lot of space to be content. You do need to have time to spend with your Pug as he will get sad and lonely if he is left alone. He enjoys companionship and wants to be by your side.

Pug dog breed

Just make sure you do not love your Pug by giving him too many treats. He can get greedy when it comes to food, which is not suitable for a lazy breed. You do not want him to gain too much weight and become an obese couch potato.

The couch factor – 10/10 – The ultimate couch potato. He loves to be with his family and is happy to sit with you!

Why Get a Couch Potato?

Many people want a pet but feel they do not have the time or energy to take proper care of a dog. If you get a couch potato, make sure it is a breed that will suit your lifestyle.

Pay attention to how much exercise your chosen breed will need and what the grooming regimen entails. Smaller breeds may need fewer walks but more companionship.

Larger couch potatoes will still need exercise as well as their downtime. Make sure you do your research about the breed and choose wisely!

With a score of 10/10, the Pug is the overall couch champion! If you want a black belt in couching – the Pug will not disappoint.