Relaxed Dog Breeds

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Some breeds are active or lazy by nature, depending on their breeding. Dog breed expert Caroline Coile

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Terriers are naturally active because they had to be quick to find and kill rats and other vermin.

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Since their job was to hang out with the flock until trouble arose, livestock guardians are laid back. The term 'lazy ol' hound dog' applies to many hounds who prefer to sleep unless hunting."

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We asked four dog behavior experts—a veterinarian and professional dog trainers—about the calmest dog breeds. 

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No matter the breed, all dogs are unique, and training and socialization are necessary for families and dogs to get along.

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English cocker spaniels, which are bred to flush and retrieve game birds, are happy indoors and curled up with the family.

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