Playful and energetic dogs are lots of fun, particularly for those with children and very active lifestyles. But some of us are quiet, maybe even introverted people, and having a peaceful and calm dog will be a good fit. So, here’s a list for the people who like a mellow dog. Nothing wrong with that.
In no particular order (well actually, in alphabetical order) here are the 30 calmest dogs:
1. Basset Hound
The Basset Hound is a medium-sized hunting dog that was originally bred in Belgium and France. The word ‘basse’ actually means ‘low’ in French. With its long and droopy features, the Basset Hound is one of the most recognizable and patient of the hounds. They are very loyal, friendly, and low-key dogs that will enjoy a couch potato lifestyle with you.
2. Bergamasco Sheepdog
The Bergamasco Sheepdog is known for its amazing coat of fur, which is not only eye-catching but low maintenance. They are large herding dogs that originally come from Italy, and their coats are comprised of three different kinds of hair that turn into a kind of dreadlock. The Bergamasco is a calm, protective, loyal, and loving dog that gets along with children and other dogs.
3. Bernese Mountain Dog
Bernese Mountain Dogs are large working dogs known for their gorgeous tri-color double coats. These beautiful dogs hail from Switzerland and are sweet-natured dogs known for their gentleness with children. Berners are affectionate, protective, strong, and calm dogs that make fantastic family pets.
Boerboels (pronounced: ‘boo-de bull’) are large working dogs originally from South Africa and are part of the original Mastiff group of dogs. These are powerful dogs that don’t necessarily get along well with other dogs and are highly protective of their families. Boerboels are not the best dogs for a first-time dog owner. However, they are intelligent, loving, and very calm dogs underneath their imposing appearance.
The Bolognese is a small dog that was a favorite amongst the nobility of Renaissance Italy. Bolos have lovely white coats that are soft and fluffy, and best of all, they are non-shedders and, therefore, hypoallergenic! They make great apartment dogs because they are small in size and thanks to their easygoing, loving, and devoted natures. However, bear in mind that they will suffer from separation anxiety if left alone for too long.
The English Bulldog was initially used in blood sports in England in the 1200s. Thankfully, this was brought to an end, and the adorable Bulldog was refined into the companion dog we see today. These stocky dogs with their pushed-in faces are one of the most recognizable breeds, but this also means overexertion should be avoided, particularly in the summer. The Bulldog is friendly, kind, courageous, and calm.
7. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a toy spaniel made popular by King Charles II in 17th century England. They have beautiful long, silky coats that do require some grooming and have gentle dispositions. They make great family dogs as they get along very well with children and other dogs and are affectionate, sweet-natured, and gentle dogs.
8. Chinese Shar-Pei
The Chinese Shar-pei is a medium-sized dog that is an ancient Chinese breed that goes back as far as 2,000 years to the Han Dynasty (202 BC to 220 AD). This dog is recognizable because of its very distinctive appearance consisting of a blue-black tongue and plenty of folds of skin covering its body and especially its head. The Shar-pei is intelligent, strong, and loyal, and while it is very mellow, it will protect its family with courage.
9. Clumber Spaniel
The Clumber Spaniel is a medium-sized dog but the largest of the flushing spaniels. They originated in the later part of the 18th century in Nottinghamshire, England, as hunting dogs and were named after the Duke of Newcastle’s estate, Clumber Park. These are stocky spaniels that tend to drool and shed a lot with white, thick coats with lemon or orange markings. The Clumber is quite active when outdoors but is calm and gentle at home and loves playing with children.
10. Dogue de Bordeaux
The Dogue de Bordeaux (pronounced: ‘dohg duh bore-DOE’) is the most ancient of the French breeds and is also called the Bordeaux Mastiff. These large dogs are stocky in build with a fawn-colored coat. The most famous DDB starred in the Tom Hanks movie Turner & Hooch in 1989. DDBs are loyal, brave, affectionate, and sweet dogs.
11. English Toy Spaniel
The English Toy Spaniel is best known as mascots of nobles and King Charles I and II in 17th century England. These tiny lapdogs might have been bred for royalty but are playful and curious dogs suited for the entire family. They are picky about who they choose to be friends with but are alert and energetic outdoors, and gentle and sedate at home.
12. French Bulldog
The French Bulldog was a mascot for the lace-makers of Nottingham, England, in the mid-19th century. A small dog with large bat-like ears, wrinkled brow, and pushed-in nose, the Frenchie is an adorable miniature version of the Bulldog. They make great apartment dogs due to their size and their eager to please, affectionate, and intelligent natures.
13. Great Dane
The Great Dane is not Danish. It hailed from Germany and were used for hunting wild boars. These dogs are slender but extra-large in size and are not for novice dog owners. Danes are sweet and easygoing dogs that are gentle with children but are fierce protectors of their family and home.
14. Great Pyrenees
The Great Pyrenees come from the Pyrenees Mountains in France and originally worked as herders and protectors of flocks. These large dogs are famous for their thick, white coats but come in several other colors (tan, gray, badger, and reddish-brown). Pyrs are intelligent, patient, and mellow dogs that will protect the house and family.
The Greyhound has its illustrious beginnings in ancient Egypt and has been in existence for around 5,000 years. They are large but very slender dogs that were bred to chase. Greyhounds have a noble character and love to chase anything outdoors but will be just as happy lazing around the house. Greyhounds are highly intelligent, independent, gentle, and sweet-natured dogs.
16. Irish Wolfhound
The Irish Wolfhound is an ancient breed that goes back to before the Roman Empire invaded the British Isles and was used for hunting wolves in Ireland in the 15th century. They are extra-large dogs and come in a wide variety of colors (white, red, black, brindle, and fawn) but are known for their wiry grey coats. The Irish Wolfhound is a friendly, kind, and gentle dog that is patient with children.
17. Japanese Chin
The Japanese Chin is an ancient breed that comes from Japan and was bred to be a royal lapdog. These tiny, toy dogs have long, silky fur, big round eyes, and a pushed-in nose and are considered one of the more “cat-like” dogs. The Chin is quiet, loving, and highly intelligent.
The Leonberger was developed in 19th century Germany, specifically as a European royal dog. They are large, powerful dogs that have a thick, medium-length coat that features a black mask. They shed—a lot. Leos are very gentle and love spending time with the entire family and are friendly, sweet-natured, and playful.
19. Neapolitan Mastiff
The Neapolitan Mastiff is another ancient breed that is believed to go back to 700 BC and worked within the Roman Empire. These large and powerful dogs have massive, wrinkled heads and are intimidating in person. However, the Mastiff’s temperament gives us a sweet, loyal, and calm dog that is gentle with its family.
The Newfoundland originated from Canada and was used as a working dog for fishermen thanks to their impressive water rescues. They are huge dogs with thick and heavy coats that are brown, gray, black and white and the famous solid black. The Newfie is known as a “nanny dog” because of their patience and gentleness with children. They are sweet, devoted, and intelligent dogs.
Another ancient breed, the Pekingese is a royal lapdog from China that kept company with emperors and nobles. These tiny dogs have thick, long coats that require lots of grooming. Pekes are loyal, loving, and confident dogs that get along with children but do not enjoy overly boisterous play.
The Pug is yet another ancient Chinese breed that goes back around 2,000 years and was bred for emperors and nobility. These dogs are adaptable as they are happy in almost any scenario. They are cheerful in apartments or houses, with a family or a single person, and with other pets or alone. Pugs are very loving, mischievous, and easygoing little dogs.
23. Saint Bernard
The Saint Bernard goes back hundreds of years and was bred to assist pilgrims journeying over the Swiss Alps on their way to Rome. They are famously known for rescuing people caught in avalanches but have never actually worn barrels of brandy around their necks. These large dogs are known for their gentleness with children and are curious, patient, and kind.
24. Scottish Deerhound
The Scottish Deerhound’s origins go so far back that it’s thought that they have been around since the 9th century in the Scottish Highlands. They have a similar appearance to the Irish Wolfhound, very large with a wiry coat that comes in a variety of colors (gray, brindle, black, and blue) but is known for its dark blue-gray. The Scottish Deerhound is sensitive, gentle, and quiet.
25. Shiba Inu
The compact and muscular Shiba Inu is an athletic breed with a sporting attitude, but at home, they’re highly independent dogs that don’t get terribly excitable. Sometimes, Shibas have a tendency to seem aloof. But these beautiful dogs are great for living in smaller quarters, and they’re happy with spending plenty of time alone. They may bark when a stranger is at the door, but a well-trained Shiba rarely sweats the small stuff in life.
26. Shih Tzu
The Shih Tzu is another of the ancient Chinese breeds meant for emperor laps. These small dogs come in a variety of colors and have long coats of fur that require daily brushing. The Shih Tzu does very well as an apartment dog, and they get along wonderfully with children. They are loving, playful, and calm dogs that don’t need a lot of exercise and love to spend time on your lap.
27. Sussex Spaniel
The short but long-bodied Sussex Spaniel was bred in 18th century England as a hunting dog. Their coat comes in a golden-liver color and is long, wavy, and feathery with the usual long spaniel ears. The Sussex is a very vocal dog and, therefore, won’t do well in an apartment. They are stubborn yet sensitive and are happy, friendly, and mellow dogs.
28. Tibetan Spaniel
The Tibetan Spaniel is a native breed from Tibet that spent time with Tibetan Buddhist monks working as watchdogs. They are small dogs with a silky coat in a wide variety of colors and a beautiful plumed tail. Tibbies are smart and eager to please dogs that will need a house with a fenced yard. They are happy when at home and are loving, playful, and confident dogs.
The Tornjak (pronounced: ‘tornyak’) is originally from the mountains of Croatia, Bosnia, and Herzegovina. They are large dogs with a long and thick coat that is white with black and occasionally has tan markings. The Tornjak is suspicious of strangers and aggressive towards any animal it perceives as a threat of its territory and its owners. They are friendly, devoted, intelligent, and calm dogs when with their family.
The Xoloitzcuintli (pronounced: show-low-eats-QUEENT-lee) is a 3,000-year-old breed that originated with the ancient Aztecs of Mexico. They were actually named after the dog-headed god Xolotl and were considered sacred dogs. The Xolo can be toy, miniature, and standard in size. It can also have a short, smooth coat or is hairless and therefore hypoallergenic. They are affectionate, devoted, and tranquil dogs when at home.
Keep in mind that while these dogs are all well known for their very calm and easygoing temperaments, there is always the possibility of behavioral issues if they were not trained and socialized as puppies. Some of these dogs are energetic and playful some of the time, and others are calm all of the time, but if you’re looking for a quiet and easygoing dog while relaxing at home, any one of these dogs will make an amazing mellow companion.
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- 1. Basset Hound
- 2. Bergamasco Sheepdog
- 3. Bernese Mountain Dog
- 4. Boerboel
- 5. Bolognese
- 6. Bulldog
- 7. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
- 8. Chinese Shar-Pei
- 9. Clumber Spaniel
- 10. Dogue de Bordeaux
- 11. English Toy Spaniel
- 12. French Bulldog
- 13. Great Dane
- 14. Great Pyrenees
- 15. Greyhound
- 16. Irish Wolfhound
- 17. Japanese Chin
- 18. Leonberger
- 19. Neapolitan Mastiff
- 20. Newfoundland
- 21. Pekingese
- 22. Pug
- 23. Saint Bernard
- 24. Scottish Deerhound
- 25. Shiba Inu
- 26. Shih Tzu
- 27. Sussex Spaniel
- 28. Tibetan Spaniel
- 29. Tornjak
- 30. Xoloitzcuintli