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Five Big Dogs That Don’t Need Much Exercise

Lazy Dane Making the commitment to become a dog owner often comes with several strings attached that many new owners might not consider. In addition to all of the feeding and the medical care, you are also volunteering your services as an exercise companion to the dog that you are thinking about getting. Regardless of breed, all dogs need at least some exercise to remain happy and healthy. Often, the amount of exercise needed corresponds to the size of the dog. A  small Chihuahua, for instance, may even get exhausted just walking across the length of your house, but what do you do if you want a big dog but just aren’t up for the multi-mile hikes or marathon fetch-sessions that some bigger breeds require? Luckily, there are some big dog breeds whose energy level doesn’t match their size. Get one of these couch potatoes, and you’ll have a pal who enjoys relaxing as much as you do.

  1. Greyhound – Yes, the first member of this list is also probably the most surprising. Just because Greyhounds are able to sprint at incredibly high speeds doesn’t mean that they are high-energy dogs. Most Greyhounds, in fact, are much more content to lie around the house. They don’t require much space, and are actually great apartment dogs. You should aim to take your Greyhound on walks for about 20 minutes a day. This is comparable to many smaller breeds and a much lower level than, for instance, a herding dog.
  2. Basset Hound – While definitely a “big dog” in terms of length, Basset Hounds have very short legs, which contribute to their signature look. Due to the little legs carrying around so much weight, they will often get tired pretty easily. These dogs will usually enjoy one moderate walk per day, though there may be days when they would much rather just lie around and sleep. If you notice your Basset Hound seeming rambunctious, it is much more likely because he just wants the companionship associated with playing with a person or another dog rather than because he actually has that much extra energy.
  3. Great Dane – The true giant of the dog world, Great Danes do not require as much exercise as their large, lean frames might lead you to believe. While not exactly couch potatoes either, this breed is usually content with one half-hour walk a day. What you might not realize is that because of their size, Great Danes don’t really get to move at much more than a lumber when walking alongside you, so if you can jog with your dog, it will give him more aerobic exercise. Another alternative is to walk your Great Dane to the dog park and let him romp around for a while. After that much exercise, he will certainly be content for the day.
  4. Bullmastiff – Another gentle giant, Bullmastiffs were actually bred to use their size and weight to stand in the way of intruders rather than to attack them. They are very calm and don’t need much exercise at all. Even daily walks aren’t really necessary. Just be sure to keep an eye on your dog’s weight. If he is looking a little too rotund, you should start adding in more walks, though they can be very leisurely walks.
  5. Saint Bernard – While Saint Bernards might look like they would need a lot of space to exercise, looks can always be deceiving. At home, the Saint Bernard is actually quite lazy. This breed does prefer to have a decently-sized yard where they can have some space to roam, but they will usually do so at a leisurely pace. They should get one moderate walk per day, but you can also use your dog to your advantage while he is out and about. Saint Bernards love feeling like they have a purpose, so having your dog carry a backpack or pull one of your kids around in a cart on his walk will actually be enjoyable for all parties involved.

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