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6 Calm Dog Breeds

(Monday, July 14, 2014)

These six breeds are known for their calm, easygoing natures. Click the breed names below to learn more about each one! Do you share your life with a breed that would fit on this list? Let us know and send a pic at communications@akc.org.

Bernese Mountain Dog
Due to their calm, confident temperaments, Bernese Mountain Dogs were ideal for pulling carts to market, driving dairy cattle, watching the farm and acting as companions to farmers. Today, their gentle, easygoing manner and the need to be close to their people makes them a good fit for families.

  Bernese Mountain Dog
     
Bulldog
The Bulldog is a little too heavy to be a lap dog, but would like to be! Bulldogs have loveable and gentle personalities and are great family pets due to their tendency to form strong bonds with children.
  Bulldog
     
Clumber Spaniel
The Clumber will work all day with its owner, but is not as speedy as other sporting dogs, and will trot along in his signature slow, rolling gait. He is calmer and more dignified than many other sporting breeds, but still fits in well with families and other animals. They enjoy daily walks, but not a great fit as a jogging partner. 
  Clumber Spaniel
     
Irish Wolfhound
Irish Wolfhounds may love to run when they’re outside, but when they’re at home, they can usually be found sprawled on the floor in a rug-like position. An old Irish proverb describes him perfectly: "Gentle when stroked, fierce when provoked." They are primarily a family companion now, but historically, they hunted with their masters, played with their children, and lay quietly by the fire as family friends. 
  Irish Wolfhound
     
Scottish Deerhound
The Scottish Deerhound possesses a quiet and dignified personality in the home, but should be kept on leash or fenced in outside due to his tendency to chase furry animals. The Deerhound resembles a larger, coated Greyhound, and is often seen in lure coursing events and the show ring. 
  Scottish Deerhound
     
Xoloitzcuintli
The “Xolo” is an ancient breed from Mexico that comes in three sizes - toy, miniature and standard, and two varieties - hairless and coated. Typical Xolo temperament is calm, tranquil, aloof and attentive. They make excellent companion dogs. The breed has a reputation as a healer, and its warm skin was often put to use in remote Mexican and Central American villages to ward off and cure ailments like rheumatism, asthma, toothache and insomnia.
  Xoloitzcuintli