GuppyBear asked in PetsDogs · 9 years ago

What's a friendly, large, yet low energy dog breed?

Not looking to acquire a dog for at least a year, but am just doing some research on the idea...


Also friendly/indifferent to cats?

Update 2:

Can range from large to "HOLY CRAP that's a big dog" large.

Update 3:

Well, I do live in an apartment. :-/ I guess a big dog is not really something I can do just yet. I saw this HUGE fluffy Mastiff-looking dog at PetSmart the other day and the owner let me hug it and I fell in love and the dog was so sweet. :'(

17 Answers

  • 9 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    Forget about Golden Retrievers and Labs; they are anything but "low-energy"!

    Greyhounds are large (although some females can be 60 lb or less) and are low energy couch potatoes. They may or may not be indifferent to cats, but it depends on the individual dog. Greyhounds can be aloof (which means neither friendly nor hostile) with people, even ones they know well.

    If you want friendly, large, and probably cat-safe a Great Dane is a good option. Other "Working Group" dogs probably aren't low-energy enough.

    But I think you're in the market for a hound! A greyhound, deerhound, or borzoi would be ideal.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Irish Wolfhound is a really large dog but are friendly and don't need tons of exercise.Here's some info:Irish wolfhounds are sweet-tempered,patient,kind and thoughtful and very smart.Excellent and can be trusted with children. Willing and eager to please, they are unconditionally loyal to their owner and family. They tend to greet everyone as a friend, so do not count on them being a watch dog, but may be a deterrent simply due to his size. This giant breed can be clumsy and are slow to mature in both body and mind, taking about two years before they are full grown. However, they grow rapidly and high-quality food is essential. While it is important to take a growing pup for daily walks for their mental well being, hard exercise should not be forced and may be too taxing for this dog's body when it is young. Teach it not to pull on its leash before it gets too strong. The Irish WHeight: 28-35 inches (71-90 cm.)

    Weight: 90-150 pounds (40-69 kg.)

    The Irish Wolfhound can reach up to 7 feet tall when standing on his hind legs.

    Health Problems

    Prone to cardiomyopathy, bone cancer, bloat, PRA, Von Willebrands, and hip dysplasia.

    Living Conditions

    The Irish Wolfhound is not recommended for apartment life. They are relatively inactive indoors and will do best with at least a large yard. This is a giant breed that needs some space. They may not fit well in a small compact car.

    They need to be part of the family and would be very unhappy in a kennel. Being sighthounds, they will chase and so need a secure, fenced area for exercise.


    These giant dogs need lots of space to run, but do not need any more exercise than smaller breeds. They need a daily walk where the dog is made to heel beside or behind the human holding the lead. Never in front. Like many other giant breeds it is important to remember that too much forced, vigorous exercise is not good for a young dog's growth and development, so watch your puppy for any signs, but they still instinctually need a daily walk.

    Life Expectancy

    About 6-8 years

    olfhound is relatively easy to train. He responds well to firm, but gentle, consistent, leadership. This approach with plenty of canine understanding will go a long way because this dog quickly grasps what you intend. Make sure the young dog is given as much self-confidence as possible and that you are always consistent with it, so that it grows into an equable, confident dog. This calm dog gets along well with other dogs. This is also true with other animals.

    Source(s): Dog breed info center
  • 9 years ago

    Basset hound (while short in height can weigh up to 50-60 lbs). Sweet & very low energy.

    Clumber spaniels, not easy to find but again, very laid-back (developed as an older gentleman's hunting companion). (Very few Sporting breds are inactive.) The Flat-Coat is any BUT inactive!!

    Field Spaniel, Sussex spaniel

    Greyhounds are very laid back indoors, but will chase things outside, esp if taken off-leash.

    Giant breeds tend to live much shorter lives and are expensiveto buy and to feed & many have serious health problems like: hip dysplasia, bloat, cancer, etc.

    St. Bernards, Newfoundlands, Bull Mastiffs, Danes, Scottish Deerhounds, Irish wolfhounds, Mastiffs,

    Dogue de Bordeaux, Neopolitan Mastiff, etc.

    Source(s): 25 years of dog ownership
  • Kath
    Lv 4
    9 years ago

    Mastiffs are large. There are different types of them too; English Mastiff, Bullmastiff, Neapolitan Mastiff, Boerboel, Tibetan Mastiff etc.

    Most of them aren't very high energy. Especially Neapolitan and English mastiffs.

    They are loyal and loving with their family and friends, but they are protective so don't expect them to love strangers.

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  • 9 years ago

    How large are you looking for?

    English Bulldog, Basset Hound, Greyhound, Newfoundland, English Mastiff, Saint Bernard, or Great Dane to name a few.

  • Ayana
    Lv 6
    9 years ago

    Bernese mountain dog, Clumber Spaniel and Flat-Coated Retriever according to

    From my experience, any dog can get along with cats if raised around them from being a puppy.

  • 4 years ago

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    The thing about proper dog training is that the more you know, the more you can use towards training your dog. If you have gotten a new dog or puppy, you should work on training them right away. If they are going to be indoor dogs, you can start crate training them . This prevents bathroom accidents or your items being chewed on. Start off with the right sized crate, so that they have enough room in the crate to move around a bit.

    If you are trying to crate train your dog or puppy you must understand that you can not expect them to be able to hold their bladders for extremely long periods. You must provide times for them to go to the bathroom. They don’t want to go in their special place. So it is up to you to take care of them. If they have a accident don’t get mad at them, it wasn’t their fault it was yours.

    When teaching your dog discipline, regardless of what training method you use, you should always apply it with speed and consistency. Not correcting your dog for bad behavior every single time, sends him mixed signals that may only make the problem worse. Likewise, not correcting your dog immediately, may make it hard for him to understand why you are punishing him.

  • 9 years ago

    most large ones are low energy

    all have to be trained to be friendly and indifferent to cats

    pick a breed and research all you can about it

    talk to trainers, vets and groomers

    google breed club list of breeders and research ones that test their dogs

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    English Mastiff and Greyhounds

    Source(s): Work at a Vet clinic
  • 9 years ago

    Golden Retrievers Labradors

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