OK, so there haven’t been any scientific tests to determine the slowest dog breeds, but all of the dogs on this list are known for being more than a little sluggish. These 10 slow-moving dogs suit would-be pet owners who don’t have the time to take their pets on very long walks.
Bulldogs are plump, with round bellies, which slows them down considerably. Although they can’t muster long walks, bulldogs are fiercely independent and loyal. Known for their wrinkled faces and pushed-in noses, bulldogs often get a bad wrap, but they shouldn’t be judged on appearance alone. These dogs are friendly, patient, and always reliable.
2. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Cavaliers aren’t the fastest dogs in the world, but they have plenty of stamina, making them a great choice for people who love long walks in the park as much as they do. One of the most popular dog breeds in the United States, cavaliers are playful, loving, smart, and learn quickly. These dogs make the perfect addition to any family home.
Did you know… the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is named after King Charles II?
It’s no surprise that chihuahuas are on this list of the 10 slowest dogs. They have small bodies and even smaller legs, which means they move very slow. What chihuahuas lack in speed, however, they make up for in personality. These dogs are outspoken, independent, and devoted. It’s not true that chihuahuas don’t get along with other pets – chihuahuas just appreciate their space!
4. Sussex Spaniels
Sussex spaniels have a long, low body and are relatively small in size, which tends to make them slow. However, they have a unique look and lots of personality, making them a good choice for all kinds of people.
Did you know… the Sussex spaniel dog breed originates from the county of Sussex in England?
5. Basset Hounds
Basset hounds are so small because they have such short legs. Although they were bred for hunting hare, these dogs don’t run at great speeds, making them one of the slowest breeds in the world. However, basset hounds do excel when it comes to smell. These dogs probably have the strongest ground-scent of any dog apart from the bloodhound. Basset hounds sweep the ground with their powerful noses.
6. Shih Tzu
Shih Tzus can only travel for a few miles an hour and don’t have much energy. Instead, they love to laze in the sun or lie on the living room floor. Although Shih Tzus can be high maintenance – they need to be groomed a lot! – they make great companions and always look great.
Did you know… Shih Tzu means “little lion?”
Another one of the slowest dog breeds, Pugs are small, plump, and have small legs. This means they don’t need much exercise, which makes them a suitable choice for busy professionals. Like bulldogs, pugs have a bad reputation because of their unconventional appearance, but these dogs are calm and great with kids.
8. St. Bernards
St. Bernards are one of the most intelligent dog breeds in the world, but they are definitely not the fastest.
Did you know… that St. Bernards originate from the Great St. Bernard Hospice in the Western Alps between Switzerland and Italy?
9. Chow Chow
Chow chow dogs are known for their sleek, beautiful coat, but they can be stubborn, which makes them one of the slowest dog breeds. This type of dog is very protective of its family, however.
Dachshunds are notoriously slow because of their short, stubby legs -caused by the overproduction of a protein that limits growth during fetal development.
Did you know that.. dachshunds were bred to hunt tunneling animals like badgers?