These low-key breeds are just the ticket for anyone who prefers life in the slow lane. What they have in common is an easygoing attitude and a casual approach to exercise, according to the World Atlas of Dog Breeds, 6th Edition. Like all dogs, they enjoy a good walk but are happy to keep the pace leisurely. The smaller of these breeds would make attractive companions for frail seniors or those with limited mobility, and most are comfortable living in apartments as well.
The Basset's sweet, gentle disposition makes him a great companion, and his short coat requires minimal grooming. Beware, however, that he will actively follow scent while outside or on walks.
The Bergamasco is a sociable, highly intelligent breed that possesses a deep desire to please its master. However, the breed thinks independently and often sees itself more as an equal partner than as a subordinate to the members of his family. Despite its unique appearance, its coat does not actually require much caretaking to maintain.
The Dogue de Bordeaux possesses an instinct for guarding, which he does with vigilance and courage, but without aggressiveness. He is an excellent companion -- affectionate and attached to his family -- with a patient, calm temperament. The short coat is easy to care for. This dog requires moderate daily exercise. Owners should be prepared to deal with drool!
While affectionate with his family and quiet and tolerant in general, if there is something to guard or protect, the Great Pyrenees can become quite territorial. Because they were bred to work independently and make decisions on their own, Pyrs may not be the star of the local obedience class. The breed should be exercised daily on a leash or in a fenced area.
Playful and intelligent, the Italian greyhound is generally easy to train and prefers to spend most of his time with his owner. They like attention and affection, and are a peaceful, gentle friend to adults and children, but they are an active breed that loves to run and play and requires daily walks.
Well-bred and socialized Mastini are steady and loyal to their own families but protective of them around strangers. Due to the breed's size, strength, and temperament, experts do not recommend a Neapolitan Mastiff for first-time dog owners or families with young children. They should receive some form of daily exercise, but careful that they don't overdo it in hot weather.
While he possesses a quiet and dignified personality in the home, the Scottish Deerhound may try to chase any furry animals that run past him. For that reason, the breed should be exercised on a leash or in a fenced area. Although he enjoys his family, his size may be intimidating to smaller children.
This proud, compact, sturdy little dog makes an ideal companion. Charming and inquisitive, he loves his family, but as a spirited terrier breed, he needs something to keep his active mind occupied. The breed may enjoy hunting on the farm, but can thrive anywhere if they are allowed to enjoy a brisk daily walk.