I'm a dog trainer and these are the best breeds if you don't want to do much walking | The Sun

WANT a pet pooch but don’t want to have to spend entire weekends going on long hikes?

Well there are some breeds that will be better suited to your lifestyle, according to dog trainer and founder of Dogs With Manners, Alice Manners.

Speaking to Fabulous, Alice has shared the dog breeds that are the best choices for those who don’t particularly want to, or can’t do, a lot of walking.

“When it comes to tiring out a dog, walking isn't the only solution”, says Alice, “mental stimulation is just as good, and just as important! 

“Try playing with your dog, letting it search for food around the house or doing some indoor training”, she suggests.

And for those who are searching for a dog that likes a lazy Sunday afternoon there are a number of breeds that will suit your lifestyle perfectly.


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Despite being a large breed, Mastiffs are a perfect choice for someone who doesn’t want to spend hours taking their dog for a walk, says Alice.

While they may be high-energy as a puppy, an adult Mastiff will usually have a more moderate energy level and require only a couple of hours of activity per day.

Basset Hounds 

This relaxed and easy-going breed is another great choice for those who’d rather not spend their free time hiking through woods.

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“Although be aware that they have a tendency to follow their nose so can be difficult to train”, adds Alice. 

So if you’re adopting an untrained Basset Hound it could be worth contacting a dog trainer for some advice.


Pomeranians are your typical small dog that thinks they’re a big dog, and will certainly serve as a warning call if someone happens to be approaching your home.

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They also tend to need minimal exercise, and don’t eat huge amounts of food. 

However, this breed is known for not getting along with everyone so be sure to bond with the pooch, and be wary when introducing them to new people.

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