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10 Laziest Dog Breeds That are Perfect for Small Spaces 

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There are many advantages to living in a big city — like more diversity, excitement and access to fantastic restaurants, to name a few — however, many agree that their biggest sacrifice is space. If you’re looking for a canine companion, don’t let small-space living stand in your way! To help, we’ve narrowed down the 10 so-called “lazy” dog breeds who tend to thrive on couch cuddles and cozy interiors.

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Not only is this pup absolutely adorable, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are mild-mannered, affectionate, and love cozying up on your lap. The breed is known for being a comforter and wonderfully gentle companion.

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Lahasa Also

These longhaired beauties are happiest with a moderate amount of exercise, but enjoy a daily dose of cuddle time. The Lhasa also relishes playtime, so be sure to stock up on apartment-friendly toys.

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english bulldog in grass with leaves


Bulldogs love nothing more than a brief walk and a good nap on the sofa. These low-maintenance dogs adapt well to apartment life and love to show affection to all members of the family.

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Shih Tzu

This petite dog breed is believed to have been originally developed by Tibetan monks and given as a gift to members of royalty to adorn their laps. This regal breed generally only weighs up to 16 pounds, making them a great friend in small spaces.

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Saint Bernard

Originally bred as a Swiss Alpine rescue dog, today these family-friendly dogs enjoy all the comforts of home.  As long as you don’t mind the occasional bit of drool, the Saint Bernard is a great pick for first-time dog owners who spend lots of time at home.

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French Bulldog

These cuties are one of the best picks for owners who live in small apartments; they rarely bark, shed minimally and generally only need a short walk around the block. Be warned, however: they may snort or snore — but no more than your last roommate did.

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Underneath all that silky fur is another lap dog bred for centuries to be the beloved companions of the imperial family of China. Today, the Pekingese are adaptable dogs that love to laze around the house or sit in your lap for plenty of pets.

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Great Dane

Don’t be fooled by their enormous stature — these gentle giants have a calm demeanor and love to spend time with other humans and animals. Due to their size, they will need to get our and run a little bit, but after that you’ll likely see them couch bound.

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Between their goofy smiles and big personalities, it’s easy to fall in love with a pug. The breed’s motto is “Multum in Parvo,” meaning “ a lot of dog in a small space.”  However, despite their playfulness, these pups get by with a minimal amount of exercise.

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Italian Greyhound

These elegant canines can be the epitome of lapdogs and live happily in even the smallest of spaces. They still enjoy an outdoor run, but can spend up to 18 hours a day sleeping, and trained to associate night-time as bedtime to sync up with your sleep schedule.

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