10. Shih Tzu
If you trace back the selective breeding that lead to the modern “Little Lion”, you would notice that they’re bred for one thing: friendship.
Another Chinese companion dog, the Pekingese has a striking resemblance to guardian lion statues. Royal and powerful families of China owned these lap dogs and at one point they were a symbol of Chinese wealth.
8. Neapolitan Mastiff
The Neapolitan Mastiff is a massive breed of dog that can reach up to 155 pounds. Most mastiffs have their roots as an ancient breed, and this particular one was developed in Italy.
7. Lhasa Apso
The name “Lhasa Apso” means long haired Lhasa dog. These dogs are native to Tibet, where they worked as sentinels for Tibetan Buddhist monks. The inner chambers were safe as long as the monastery’s best alarm was wandering the halls.
6. French Bulldog
The French Bulldog is the long time result of breeding English Bulldogs and Paris Ratters. This bulldog has very little exercise needs, preferring to chew on a toy in front of the TV to running across an open field. A bonus to this breed is their craving for human attention.
5. Chinese Crested
One look at this dog and you might be reminded of Sam from the World’s Ugliest Dog contest. While Sam is notorious for his appearance, it’s worth mentioning that these dogs are actually very beautiful, and most look nothing like infamous Sam.
4. English Bulldog
The French Bulldog credits its origins to the ever popular and lazy English Bulldog. The AKC lists the bulldog as the fourth most popular dog breed in the United States. Despite their grumpy appearance, bulldogs have sweet dispositions.
This might come as a shock to you, but greyhounds are lovingly referred to as 30 mile-per-hour couch potatoes. The general public associates greyhounds with speed, due primarily to the industry of dog racing and their aerodynamic physique. But this dog was bred for sprinting, not endurance. In fact, most greyhounds sleep for most of the day.
Newfoundlands are the gentle giants from – you’ll never believe this – Newfoundland. These big, hairy wonder dogs are patient and beloved family pets. They can be used as therapy or nanny dogs due to their devotion to their families, and if you start them young they’re easy to train.
1. Basset Hound
Who doesn’t want their own Hush Puppy mascot? With a short, easily maintained coat and laid-back attitude, this dog might be the golden child for lazy people. The Basset Houndcomes from France and began his legacy as a hunting dog. This companion has one of the best noses in the world, and his sense of smell is only bested by the bloodhound.