Dog breeds - there are so many of them! It can be tough for a lot of people to choose the right breed, but it's important to find one that suits your lifestyle. Some people prefer more relaxed, mellow breeds which don't require four hours of exercise and constant stimulation. If that's you, don't worry, there are some dog breeds out there who are content with a low-key lifestyle. One decent walk a day and they're happy to unwind for the rest of the day.
Although it must be noted that certain breeds have specific characteristics, there are always exceptions to the rule. But going for the right breed will certainly increase your chances of getting a dog that fits well with your life.
Here are our top picks of mellow breeds.
Pros: Very patient with kids
Cons: Host of health problems
A favourite for mascots worldwide, this little pup is everyone's friend. Bulldogs instantly love anyone they meet and tolerate kids well.
Bulldogs love to laze around inside keeping you company, but still need a short daily walk to avoid obesity. Unfortunately, Bulldogs are prone to a range of health problems and can cost a lot of money. And they can be quite hard to train too, as they are fairly stubborn and like to do their own thing.
Pros: Great with kids and other pets
Cons: Separation anxiety causing destructiveness
Despite their occasionally glum look, Basset Hounds are one of the most sociable and loving dog breeds. Often, they're nicknamed the clown dog because their single mindedness leads to some funny situations! They are an ideal family pet and love playing with kids and other dogs. Though don't leave them home alone too long; they can get serious separation anxiety and howl and chew on your best shoes.
A solidly fenced backyard is recommended for these curious dogs, as their natural tracking skills often find them wandering off (possibly into traffic). They love long walks in the park to explore all those interesting scents, but cannot be trusted to come back if taken off the leash. Once home, they're pretty chilled out and certainly won't turn down snuggles on the sofa.
If you want a peaceful family lap dog, then look no further than the Basset Hound!
Pros: Doesn't demand constant attention
Cons: Needs twice daily exercise and some good running
The Saint Bernard was originally bred to find and save lost and injured travellers in the mountains and bring them to the Saint Bernard Hospice in Switzerland. Their working history makes their temperament caring, protective and family orientated.
Bernard's see themselves as a part of the family and love being in the house with you. However, if you really like clean floors and pristine couches, then maybe reconsider another breed. Bernard's will drool and shed everywhere, but still love you all the same. And they're rather relaxed in nature, despite large their size.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Pros: Ultimate companion dog
Cons: Serious separation anxiety
Tossing up between a fun, active dog and a soft, cuddly dog? Here's your two in one combo! Cavaliers need a good daily walk or two and enjoy a solid run, but provide a lap to snuggle on, and they'll love you forever. They enjoy playing with kids and socialising with other dogs.
Cavaliers also get serious separation anxiety. Leave them at home alone, and they could cause some damage. Make sure they have an animal or human to keep them company.
These sociable dogs are ideal for active seniors, first time dog owners, and stay at home parents.
Pros: Loyal, friendly and low maintenance
Cons: Will chase small prey
Ever heard greyhound's being described as 'the world's fastest couch potatoes'? Well, this is a pretty accurate representation of the breed. Because they're known for being extremely fast sprinters, many people think they need loads of exercise, which isn't necessarily true. One good run and sprint around and they're done for the day, ready to go home and snooze. On the whole most greyhounds are fairly chilled and love a good nap.
Pros: Calm and quiet as adults; great guard dogs
Cons: Territorial and suspicious of strangers
The Bullmastiff, AKA the boss, is a bit of a stubborn dog that's quite territorial and suspicious of strangers. This strong-willed nature comes from their history as protectors of estates from poachers. Yet, there are other lovable sides to these dogs. Indoors, Bullmastiff's are calm and quiet, and they love some good family time. They are fiercely loyal to their family and are great around kids, although common sense must be used. If they fear someone they're guarding is in danger, they will react to protect them.
These dogs are great companions for kids to grow up with and can protect the family home while everyone is at work.