Before you start your search for the perfect dog, you have to remember that every pup is an individual. Their personality and behavior will be shaped by their genetics, past experiences, and current situation. It’s impossible to predict what a dog will be like once you bring them home. But at the same time, certain dog breeds are bred for specific characteristics. If you’re looking for a calm dog to fit in with your family, these breeds are a good place to start.
1. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
A favorite among past nobility, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is known to be a noble and gentle dog breed. Their small stature and even temperament make them great companions for people who enjoy a laid-back lifestyle. They don’t get frazzled easily, and Cavaliers often do well around children and in public settings. With their large eyes and comforting nature, these sweet dogs also make great therapy animals.
2. Irish Wolfhound
Standing almost three feet tall at the shoulder, the Irish Wolfhound is one of the biggest dog breeds you could bring home. But don’t let their size intimidate you. When properly trained, these big dogs have a generally relaxed personality. They’re strong and fast, but they’re also naturally agreeable. They’re perfectly content to go with the flow and typically adapt well to a family’s lifestyle.
3. English Bulldog
Short, stocky, and oh so wrinkly, English Bulldogs have been a family favorite for generations. This calm dog breed is from the non-sporting group, and they’re happiest when they’re curled up in someone’s lap. They’ll need regular exercise to keep them healthy, but Bulldogs aren’t the type of dog to have a temper tantrum if they have to skip a daily walk. A Bulldog’s short snout makes them more of an inside dog, and they typically have a soft spot for children.
4. French Bulldog
Another member of the Bulldog family, the French Bulldog is currently the fourth most popular dog breed in the country. Part of that popularity is undoubtedly due to their adorably large bat ears and wiggly butts. But besides their innate cuteness, French Bulldogs are great for families looking for a calm dog breed. They’re alert and playful, but they also have easygoing attitudes.
5. Great Dane
If you love big dogs but also need a breed that likes to relax, the Great Dane could be your ideal family member. You’ll have to get used to people staring every time you take your giant dog for a walk, but a well-trained Dane is a joy to be around. Great Danes have friendly and laid-back personalities. They won’t hesitate to defend their loved ones in an emergency, but in general, they enjoy meeting people and other dogs. Training a dog of this size will come with its challenges, however. Always do your research before making a commitment.
Greyhounds are big, and boy are they fast, but they’re also gentle and fairly lazy. They love to stretch their legs and show off their insane speed, but besides those bursts of energy, adult Greyhounds are prime examples of a calm dog breed. Somewhat independent, Greyhounds often fit in well with busy families. They learn to behave appropriately around kids and are generally accepting of strangers. You’ll have to keep your Greyhound on a leash or behind a fence to prevent their prey drive from taking over, but these smart dogs are ideal companions.
7. Basset Hound
It’s hard to resist a Basset Hound’s floppy ears, stumpy legs, and wagging tail. No more than 14 inches tall at the shoulder, the Basset Hound is a low rider with an independent and mellow personality. They can be playful as puppies, but they’re mostly known for their focus and charm. An adult Basset needs regular exercise to stay trim, but they’re also content to sit on the couch.
Whether you have a house full of kids or want to train your new dog to accompany you in public, all of these calm dog breeds have great potential. You’ll need to invest in training no matter what kind of dog you choose, but research can help you make the right decision for your family.
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