A lot of us think of our dogs as our most cherished companion that we bring with us to run errands, watch movies with cuddled on the couch, and take walks in the park with. But for centuries dogs have been used for working and can do such amazing things when they are assigned to a job. But what happens when there are just certain dog breeds that are notorious for absolutely hating to work?
Maybe you can relate to the feeling of hating to work and are thinking you may just be a certain breed of human that instinctually hates work. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could blame our lack of motivation and third snooze of our alarm to our “breed” like these dogs?
Our friends at The I Love Dogs Site have put together another great article featuring the 10 dog breeds that absolutely hate work. Although the following dogs have been known to prefer couch surfing to working, of course there are exceptions to every stereotype!
Akitas are smart dogs who will work on their own terms and have no problem deciding for themselves whether or not they want to follow your command. They have been known to look at you when you’re asking them to do something, consider whether or not they want to make the effort, and turn away from you acting like you aren’t even there.
2. Shiba Inu
They are similar to the Akita because they are very intelligent and have energy when they feel like it. They’ve been known to question whether you are seriously asking something of them or not and decide for themselves if what you’re asking is worth the reward in the end. No reward? They probably aren’t going to make the effort.
They were originally used as hunting dogs, but they have evolved into full-blown lap dogs. And they’re proud of it! Dachshunds have been known to be difficult to train, especially with potty training.
The Havanese is another proud lap dog but is a little easier to train than the Dachshund. The Havanese still aren’t interested in sticking around and working on a bunch of tricks, however. A few tricks is plenty before they settle back down onto their favorite spot on the couch.
5. St Bernard
The St Bernard undeniably looks lazy with the droopy, tired eyes, and the saggy skin. These loyal companions are perfectly content just relaxing at your feet or snuggling up in the living room with the family. They are happy just with the company of their loved ones and don’t have interest in working on much else in their life. If you’ve seen the “Beethoven” movies and how hard those St Bernards work you may disagree!
When I read the article, this one surprised me the most. Huskies have been known to pull sleds in the snow and be able to work for hours in extreme climate conditions. However, if you talk to many Husky parents they will tell you that getting their Husky to do what they ask can be quite a difficult task. Just think of the 100’s of viral videos of Huskies protesting with their hilarious howls and comical commentary that sometimes sounds almost human!
Now this is the one that I was waiting for! When I think of a lazy dog, our dog Jem is the first thing that comes to mind. She’s the sweetest little girl there is, but when she gets out of bed in the morning it’s only to eat her breakfast. Then she is right back on the couch or in the bedroom for round two of her beauty sleep. She will sleep all day unless we make her get out of bed to play outside and get some exercise! Beagles are also known for being “stubborn” and only able to focus on what is interesting to them rather than what you’re trying to tell them. If a Beagle catches a scent, it doesn’t matter what commands you use, he will be off on a chase! We got really lucky with Jem because she listens really well and never runs off after a scent when we’re outside. However, she is stubborn because she will only listen to her daddy’s commands and nobody else’s!
These dogs are known for being low energy and loving lap dogs. They can also be hard to teach and especially difficult to potty train.
9. Clumber Spaniel
If you want a dog that is going to be an enthusiastic running companion, this is not the breed for you. They have been known to be “independent” thinkers and hard to train.
10. English Bull Dog
This may not be surprising to you that the Bull Dog isn’t known for being a high-energy worker. But we can’t necessarily blame them… their wrinkly rolls and round bodies make it difficult for them to be anything other than cuddly couch dogs.
Do you have any lazy pictures of your dog? We’d love for you to share with us!