St. Bernard in the Swiss Alps

St. Bernard in the Swiss Alps (Photo by EmmepiPhoto on Shutterstock)

Finding the right dog breed that fits your lifestyle is important. Not only for you but for the dog you’re bringing into your life. For instance, if you’re an avid hiker and explorer, you might want a dog who has a high-energy temperament and is always up for an adventure. Or if you reside in a smaller living quarter, you might want to get a fun-sized pup to match that space. On the other hand, if you have a more laid-back lifestyle and prefer quiet evenings at home, a low-energy breed might be a better fit, which is why today we will be covering some of the calmest dog breeds in the world. These calm breeds are known for their gentle nature and ability to relax and unwind with their owners while keeping an easygoing temperament. If you value tranquility and a peaceful atmosphere, these calm dog breeds might be the perfect addition to your lifestyle.

While these pups are predisposed to having calmer demeanors, that doesn’t mean they won’t get anxious like other dogs in stressful situations. Loud, distressing noises are a common stressor for pets. For dog owners, many have unfortunately seen their companion frightened and even run away during a thunderstorm or fireworks display. Now, a new study finds big, crashing noises aren’t the only sounds that can stress out a pup—the everyday beeps and rings in your home can, too. Researchers from the University of California-Davis have discovered that many common items in the typical household can also trigger anxiety in dogs. Study authors found that common noises coming from a vacuum, a smoke detector, or even a microwave can trigger a dog’s anxiety. Specifically, high-frequency, intermittent noises are more likely to cause stress for a dog than a low-frequency, continuous noise. It’s unfortunate that these everyday items can cause your pup distress, but the one thing you can do is be mindful and aware of these sounds to help keep your calm canine well, calm. 

Being aware of beeps and sudden sounds isn’t the only thing you should be prepared for when bringing a new dog home, though. A new survey finds the first year of dog ownership will see six pairs of chewed shoes, five emergency visits to the vet, and six mad dashes to freedom out the front door. Respondents’ dogs went through 27 toys, destroyed four pieces of furniture, and slipped out of their leash six times within the first year. Of course, far more people agreed (64 percent to be exact) that despite all that, they don’t know where they’d be without their dog’s love and support. In fact, nearly seven in 10 respondents believe their dog knows them better than they know themselves. The average respondent also agrees that their dog has helped them heal three broken hearts. So, while that first year, and yes, some of the terrible twos, may be rough with a new puppy in the house, the payoff is well worth it when you have your best friend to dry your tears and build you up on a daily basis. 

So, you think you’re ready to be a dog owner? Luckily, we at StudyFinds have researched across multiple expert sources to bring you today’s best of the best list: the calmest dog breeds for your laid-back lifestyle. Don’t agree with our list? No worries! We would love to hear from you and your recommendations in the comments down below! Now, onto that list, shall we?

The List: Calmest Dog Breeds, According to Experts

1. French Bulldog

Come on, you’ve seen a Frenchie riding around in a stroller at least once, right? That’s because these little pups are docile and don’t love to be overly exercised. “Although they’re known for having energy as young pups, after turning two or three, you’ll see that your Frenchie has become a calm, even-keeled dog. In fact, once they’re adults, Frenchies are often considered to be one of the calmest dog breeds around,” says The Pioneer Woman.

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French Bulldog (Photo by Alexandru Sofronie on Unsplash)

This breed just happens to be “the American Kennel Club’s second most popular dog breed in the U.S. Considered to be easygoing best friends for seniors, children and apartment dwellers, they’re goofy, smart, devoted, and crave attention from their humans. Oh, and those ears,” writes Daily Paws.

“These adorable little pups are full of personality but are far from athletic. Thanks to their short, stocky stature, a shortened snout that makes heavy breathing hard, and their history as purely pet dogs, French bulldogs simply aren’t interested in long hikes or runs,” adds K9 of Mine.

2. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Cavalier King Charles seems to top many of our lists. Cuddly, small, and calm, this regal breed may be the right choice for you. “Dating back to Renaissance times, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is known for their prestigious nobility and gentle demeanor. Bred through generations of royals like King Charles I and his son Charles II, their sweet expressions and round eyes make them hard to resist. Their faces may even help Cavaliers communicate more effectively with their owners,” describes AKC.

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (Photo by Izabelly Marques on Unsplash)

“The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is known for its sweet and loving temperament. The cavalier is very playful, affectionate, and calm in the house. Even though this toy-sized spaniel doesn’t need huge amounts of exercise, they should get at least two walks a day,” explains The Spruce Pets.

“If there’s one thing your family will agree on, it’s the irresistibly cute face and sweet demeanor of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Just one look into those big, dreamy eyes, and you’re cooked. They fit right in with active families or homebodies. If they had a doggy profile, it would read, ‘I’m happy when you’re happy and content with whatever the family wants to do. We can curl up and watch TV, or I’ll be your silent co-worker while you’re on Zoom. Or if you prefer, I’m ready to rock and roll with the best of them and chase some balls in the yard,'” notes Reader’s Digest.

3. Basset Hound

I mean, who could ever pass up the droopy puppy-dog eyes of a Basset Hound? Plus, their docile nature makes them a great choice for a more laid-back lifestyle. “Yes, their ears do hang low, and you can probably tie them in a bow because the Basset hound is often just that tolerant. They can be stubborn and therefore tricky to train, but they also love to cuddle up on the couch and lounge all day,” comments Good Housekeeping.

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Basset Hound (Photo by Lauren McConachie on Unsplash)

“Short and stubby and with ears for days, basset hounds tend to be quite low-energy dogs. Their short legs make it easy to wear them out with a few short walks, and their history as scenthounds means they readily explore the world with their noses rather than by eating up miles of trail,” reports K9 of Mine.

“Originating in Europe, these short-legged dogs have proven to be very independent yet loyal to their owners. Their independence might make them difficult to train, but with a few basic commands, this lovable pup will remain by your side. They tend to prefer a nap on the couch rather than a long walk in the park,” remarks ParadePets.

4. Irish Wolfhound

Yes, big dogs can be calm, too. Especially the Irish Wolfhound. “This gentle giant spends their time lounging around like kings. Intelligent, highly trainable, and sensitive to their people’s needs, these intuitive pups make great companions,” says Good Housekeeping.

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Irish Wolfhound (Photo by Natalia Gusakova on Unsplash)

“While a huge, leggy dog might not seem like an obvious choice for a calm household, Irish Wolfhounds are actually content to lounge at your feet most of the time. Wolfhounds tend to be affable with other canines, low-shedding dogs (thanks to their wiry coats), and happy to sprint around the yard or park for a little while rather than hitting the trails every day,” adds K9 of Mine.

“The gigantic Irish Wolfhound is a historically recognized breed. In the 15th century, they protected the Irish countryside from being overrun by wolves. They’re incredibly intelligent and sensitive to their owner’s emotions, making them fantastic therapy dogs,” notes ParadePets.

5. Saint Bernard

Though some may be skeptical of their size, the Saint Bernard is actually one of the most tranquil dog breeds out there, so much so that they have been honored with many different complimentary monikers. “Fitting nicknames for the St. Bernard include Gentle Giant, Patient Pup, and Cuddly Canine,” describes PureWow.

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Saint Bernard (Photo by JJ Shev on Unsplash)

“Next on our list is the Saint Bernard, who originated in the Swiss Alps. They have moderate daily exercise needs, measure up to 30″, weigh up to 180 lbs., and come in two different coats: short and long! But regardless of their coat length, they’re heavy shedders who blow their coat twice per year. Saint Bernards truly are gentle giants, as they are patient and great with kids,” comments Puppy in Training.

“In the ancient days, Saint Bernards helped hospice monks locate lost travelers in the snow-covered Alps. Although large in stature, they are relatively docile and calm-mannered. With proper training and lots of love, these gentle giants make a great laid-back family dog,” concludes ParadePets.

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Janelle is a freelance writer from New York. Her writing focuses on parenting, tech, business, interior design, education, and telling people’s inspiring stories. Janelle has written for Mustela and Newton Baby and has bylines in Pregnant Chicken, Syracuse Woman Magazine, the Baldwinsville Messenger, and Family Times Magazine. She holds a master’s degree in literacy from the State University of New York at Oswego.

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  1. Gwen Leiner says:

    I love you

  2. Louise KIMBLE says:

    I feel you Totally missed on the Old English Sheepdog for this List