Some dog breeds are simply calmer than others. With the right kind of breed and training, you'll be able to welcome the perfect dog to your pace of life at home. Introducing 10 of the calmest dog breeds.

Like some children, some dog breeds are calmer than others. This doesn't mean to say that they won't be lively or energetic at all, but overall, they will be more docile, calmer, and require less time or intensity to expend their energy. And they could be just what you're looking for!

Learning about what dog breed will suit you

These days, it's relatively easy to bring yourself up to speed on the characteristics of various dog breeds. This is an important first step before adopting, and will help your new dog fit right into your life.

When it comes to the calmest dog breeds, it's just as important to consider their exercise and even how much space, or access to space, you have.

To help with your research, we've provided a list below of the top 10 calmest dog breeds!

The top 10 calmest dog breeds

1. Shih Tzu

Known for their long, somewhat shaggy hair, Shih Tzus are a small dog breed who adapt particularly well to different lifestyles, including apartment livingThe name Shih Tzu literally translates from Chinese as 'lion dog'. This small, cute breed is believed to have originated from Tibet and then further bred in China. Shih Tzus are incredibly loving and loyal, but sometimes clingy, preferring the constant company of their pet parent - especially curled up for cuddles!


2. Labrador Retriever

This breed is renowned for its kind nature and makes a great addition to many a household. Labrador Retrievers are affectionate, calm, and comfortable around both adults and children (a big plus for families). They are easy to train, especially from a young age. They will require a reasonable amount of exercise (walking is fine), but they can also be quite lazy to match their gentle character.

labrador retriever

3. Pug

Pugs are very friendly and well-suited to families. As a breed, pugs have a reputation for being sociable, lively, and very attached to their owners. They make wonderful companions and typically become calmer as they get older.


4. Newfoundland

Despite its large size, the Newfoundland distinguishes itself from other larger breeds by its calm and intelligent nature. These dogs are very caring and loyal, concerned with the welfare of those closest to them. Thanks to their sociable character, Newfoundlands are typically able to adapt easily to life with other pets and are especially wonderful with children.

terre neuve

5. Great Dane

Intelligent, protective and patient (especially with children), the impressively large Great Danes are a favourite to many. They have a wonderful calming effect on others thanks to their patient nature. Due to their large size, Great Danes will need to stretch their legs and run about on long walks, however don't require as much exercise as some might think.

dogue allemand

6. Golden Retriever

Similar to the Labrador Retriever, the Golden Retriever is a loving breed and incredibly gentle with children. They will appreciate playtime with their owner as well as TV or downtime together.

7. English Bulldog

A low-endurance breed, the English Bulldog is perfect for a sweet, loving home. They will still need and enjoy walks with their owner, but also a good amount of stimulation at home. They are loyal and loving, and typically make great guard dogs. They are also good with children.

8. Cavalier King Charles and Kings Charles Spaniel

This small and gracious breed often gets confused with the Kings Charles Spaniel, from which it originates and almost identical. The difference lies in the Cavalier's face, which has a more defined muzzle, unlike the flat-faced Kings Charles Spaniel. Both breeds boast an unrivalled gentleness around children. They love to play with their owners and will give you the affection you want from your best friend. This breed of dog can also adapt to any environment. Their indisputable kindness has made them a very popular breed.

cavalier king charles

9. Greyhound

Another large, well-loved dog known for its gentle character. Greyhounds have been likened to cats thanks to their independent and sometimes reserved nature. They enjoy quieter, calmer environments with the opportunity to stretch their legs properly a few times per week. Greyhounds typically become quite docile after the puppy years.


10. Shar-Pei

The Shar-pei is a very loyal and protective breed of dog who will show great respect to its owner, provided it is well trained. While typically calm and docile in the home, they also love regular short walks to exert their energy. They are well suited to inner-city and suburban living, although enjoy the countryside for the wildlife smells on offer.

shar pei

What calmer dog breeds do you like?

You need to have a Yummypets account in order to comment on this article.
Create your Yummypets account in less than a minute.