RANKED: The 42 laziest dog breeds in America

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One oddly affectionate nickname I have for my dog Oreo is “slug.”

No couch or bed is safe from Oreo, a pit bull mix and professional lounger who gladly snoozes on wood, concrete, dirt, hard plastic dog toys, and even piles of rocks.

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A Whistle GPS collar on Oreo.
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But are pit bulls really that lazy as far as dog breeds go? What about chunky bulldogs or droopy basset hounds or other lackadaisical pet canines?

To find out, Business Insider asked Whistle – a company that makes a GPS and activity-tracking dog collar – what the least active dog breeds are based on the data they see from the roughly 150,000 Americans who’ve used its products. (Like all data, this set has limitations – see our notes at the end.)

Here are the 42 least active breeds in the US, ranked by average minutes of activity a day.

And don’t miss our list of the 43 most active breeds, too.


#42: Anatolian Shepherd

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Active an average of 66.45 minutes a day.


#41: Beagle

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Active an average of 66.16 minutes a day.


#40: Pomeranian

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Active an average of 66.11 minutes a day.


#39: Standard Labradoodle

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Active an average of 65.59 minutes a day.


#38: Cockapoo

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Active an average of 64.72 minutes a day.


#37: Chihuahua

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Active an average of 64.37 minutes a day.


#36: Basenji

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Active an average of 64.33 minutes a day.


#35: Labrador Retriever

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Active an average of 64.24 minutes a day.


#34: Rhodesian Ridgeback

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Active an average of 63.83 minutes a day.


#33: Rottweiler

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Active an average of 63.41 minutes a day.


#32: Pug

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Active an average of 62.53 minutes a day.


#31: Siberian Husky

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Active an average of 62.43 minutes a day.


#30: Havanese

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Active an average of 61.84 minutes a day.


#29: Dachshund

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Active an average of 61.35 minutes a day.


#28: Great Pyrenees

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Active an average of 61.28 minutes a day.


#27: American Staffordshire Terrier

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Active an average of 60.56 minutes a day.


#26: Golden Retriever

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Active an average of 59.53 minutes a day.


#25: Cairn Terrier

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Active an average of 58.6 minutes a day.


#24: Alaskan Malamute

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Active an average of 58.19 minutes a day.


#23: French Bulldog

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Active an average of 58 minutes a day.


#22: Whippet

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Active an average of 57.21 minutes a day.


#21: American Foxhound

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Active an average of 56.98 minutes a day.


#20: Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

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Active an average of 56.72 minutes a day.


#19: Pembroke Welsh Corgi

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Active an average of 56.51 minutes a day.


#18: Greyhound

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Active an average of 56.42 minutes a day.


#17: Collie mix

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Active an average of 56.31 minutes a day.


#16: American Bulldog

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Active an average of 56.06 minutes a day.


#15: Shih Tzu

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Active an average of 55.67 minutes a day.


#14: Saint Bernard

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Active an average of 55.39 minutes a day.


#13: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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Active an average of 55.17 minutes a day.


#12: Shetland Sheepdog

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Active an average of 54.56 minutes a day.


#11: American Pit Bull Terrier

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Active an average of 54.11 minutes a day.


#10: Chinese Shar-Pei

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Active an average of 53.61 minutes a day.


#9: Shiba Inu

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Active an average of 52.44 minutes a day.


#8: West Highland White Terrier

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Active an average of 50.73 minutes a day.


#7: Cocker Spaniel

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Active an average of 50.46 minutes a day.


#6: Puggle

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Active an average of 47.49 minutes a day.


#5: Basset Hound

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Active an average of 47.47 minutes a day.


#4: Akita

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Active an average of 44.83 minutes a day.


#3: Newfoundland

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Active an average of 44.64 minutes a day.


#2: Bulldog mix

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Active an average of 44.31 minutes a day.


#1: Chow Chow

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Active an average of 43.36 minutes a day.

Note: Dogs under 10 pounds are not well represented on Whistle (the GPS collar is usually too big for them), and the data only includes dogs who were active for more than 14 days in a row (to improve data quality). Testing of a Whistle GPS collar loaned to us by the company also showed it does not record indoor activity, nor can it really distinguish between walking or running. And correlation isn’t necessarily causation: Owners who don’t get dogs outside very much may gravitate toward these breeds.


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SEE ALSO: The 43 most active dog breeds in America