World’s 30 Slowest Dog Breeds (They’re Never In a Hurry!)

Saint Bernard slow and steady

10. Saint Bernard (15 mph)

Mentioned on our “Strongest Dogs” list, the Saint Bernard is a huge and incredibly powerful breed of dog.

Bred for rescuing in the Swiss Alps, speed was never a requirement for this breed.

Saint Bernards are incredibly friendly, though can be stoic if the situation requires it.

They are highly intelligent and very trainable, which makes them great family dogs. Take care with small children, however.

Due to their lazy, lap dog tendencies, and loveable personalities, Saint Bernards are known to throw their hefty weight around, making them a potential risk to babies or toddlers who may want to play.

Top Speed: 15 mph

Bernese Mountain Dog

9. Bernese Mountain Dog (15 mph)

Sometimes mistaken for the Saint Bernard, the Bernese Mountain is a working class breed that can be distinguished by its longer, silky coat.

These are smart dogs with good attitudes and affectionate temperaments, but they do have a stubborn streak, so training is necessary.

They make great family companions and love cold weather.

If you’re looking for a breed to take on your ski trips, this is a great choice.

Like other large, working breeds, the Bernese is a slow mover, but has great endurance.

Top Speed: 15 mph

Bull Mastiff dog

8. Bull Mastiff (15 mph)

The first of three Mastiff class dogs on this list, the Bull Mastiff’s slow speed reflects that of those to come.

Like the English Mastiff, these dogs were bred to be war companions.

Today, this makes them excellent guard dogs.

Loyal and watchful, these huge dogs are reserved with strangers, and should be trained from an early age to make sure proper socialization is achieved.

Despite their size and reputation, however, the Bull Mastiff is another lapdog who loves laying around.

This makes them good apartment dwellers despite their large size.

As long as you have a couch and comfy rug, the Bull Mastiff should have no troubles making themselves at home in your living room.

Top Speed 15 mph

Newfoundland is a slow dog breed

7. Newfoundland (15 mph)

Another breed also featured on our Strongest Dogs list, the Newfoundland is like the St. Bernard in many ways.

Their large, lumbering builds prevent them from moving fast, and though they are willing to exercise, they prefer to do so at their own speed.

Like other working class breeds, these dogs were bred on ships, and prefer the water to almost anything else.

If you’re looking for a day of exercise with this pup, take them to the lake instead of the park.

Their dense fur is naturally bred for cold waters, and their large paws propel them with ease.

This thick coat also means they are not suited to very hot climates, so prospective owners should take into account their location before choosing a Newfoundland to join their family.

Top Speed: 15 mph

Neapolitan Mastiff

6. Neapolitan Mastiff (15 mph)

Don’t be fooled by its size, or muscular frame. The Neapolitan Mastiff is another lumbering giant that prefers to stand around than give chase.

Growing up to 200 pounds, it may be no surprise that it’s hard to move fast.

The Neapolitan is a stoic breed, loyal and affectionate to owners, and a good watchdog.

However, training early and correctly is important, as left unattended, the Neapolitan can have issues with aggressive and single-mindedness.

Confident and experienced owners should have no problems, as this breed is smart and willing to learn is given proper incentives.

If you’re looking for a big dog that is happier to sit on your lap than go for a hike, the Neapolitan Mastiff is a great candidate.

Top Speed: 15 mph

A slow Chow Chow

5. Chow Chow (15 mph)

Known for their statement making fur and stubborn personality, the Chow Chow may be strong, but they’re not exactly speed-demons.

This stubborn breed is not born to run, even though it’s muscular frame may fool some initially.

Chow Chow’s are notoriously independent breeds, who need firm training and an experienced order.

If left to their own devices, these dogs can display aggression towards strangers or other animals.

To their owners, they are fiercely loyal and sometimes protective, and proactive training can prevent any negative traits from occurring later on down the line.

Top Speed: 15 mph

Chinese Shar Pei

4. Chinese Shar Pei (13 mph)

Perhaps the wrinkliest dog on this list, it may not be entirely surprising that the Shar Pei is not a particularly speedy breed.

These dogs are not favored for their speed, or agility. However, they are highly intelligent and very trainable.

Socialization is a must from a young age with this breed, as left to their own devices they have a tendency to be independent and strong willed.

Though all of that extra skin may give the Shar Pei a soft or squishy appearance, this dog is actually known for its coarse coat.

In fact, the breed’s name actually translates to “sand skin”, as a reference to their bristly, wiry coat.

Top Speed: > 13 mph

English Bulldog

3. English Bulldog (12 mph)

Despite their size and muscular frame, this large breed was not born to run.

They are easily overheated in their large frame, and too much exercise can actually be dangerous.

The English Bulldog is also poorly suited to water, and don’t swim well.

That being said, they are sweet, heavy couch potatoes who aren’t likely to reach a speed of above 12 mph, even at their large size.

All this sitting around means a healthy diet is crucial to the English Bulldog, as obesity in this canine is a real health concern.

A well overseen diet paired with a short daily walk should keep things in order, however.

Top Speed >12 mph

Australian Bulldogs are not fast

2. Australian Bulldog (12 mph)

Another of the Bulldog class, this breed has a lot in common with its English and American companions.

Laying low to the ground and packing on a pretty hefty mass, the Australian Bulldog is a fairly new breed.

These dogs are a result of breeders trying to breed out some of the more unhealthy traits typically associated with classical bulldogs, such as short muzzles and respiratory problems.

The result was a hardy, more healthy dog. Like other bulldogs, the Australian Bulldog is affectionate, loyal, and most of all, a couch potato.

Top Speed: 12 mph

Slowest large dog breed the English Mastiff

1. English Mastiff (12 mph)

Large and lumbering, the English Mastiff is one of the biggest breeds around, and one of the slowest for its size.

Bred as dogs of war, these are smart pups with a high intelligence. However, they prefer being lazy over long walks or runs.

Incredibly loving to their families and owners, they are often referred to as gentle giants.

That being said, like other Mastiff breeds, they require good training and socialization, as they tend to have sensitive and stubborn demeanors.

Offending an English Mastiff may mean an unwillingness to comply with commands, so be sensitive to this breeds feelings.

They respond well to praise and attention, and do truly want to please, despite their stubborn attitude.

These dogs have a long way to grow to reach their full size, and the puppy stage may seem longer in this dog than in others.

In order to prevent their large, developing joints from injury, vigorous exercise is not recommended until after they finish growing, around 18 to 24 months.

Thankfully, this couch potato breed would rather laze around than jog with you, anyways.

Top Speed: 12 mph

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Keeshond dog breed

7. Keeshond (15 mph)

A close relative to the Chow Chow, a dog mentioned on our Strongest Dogs, the Keeshond is a pretty slow mover, especially relative to their size.

Unlike the Chow Chow, the Keeshond has a far more personable and even temperament and is great for families and kids.

Bred to work originally on ships, this dog is strong, but not a quick mover, as the necessity for speed was never present in their history.

If you’re on the hunt for a smart, strong, and adorable dog who won’t outshine you on a run, the Keeshond may be perfect.

Just make sure you aren’t living anywhere too hot- this breed’s signature fluffy coat means it’s suited to colder weather.

Top Speed: 15 mph

Sussex Spaniel

6. Sussex Spaniel (14 mph)

Bred for hunting, this dog is most excited when it smells a bird, or game in the brush. However, it’s unlikely he’ll move very fast toward it.

Compared to other breeds of Spaniel, the Sussex has a big-boned frame which restricts quicker movement.

Stamina, on the other hand, is less of a problem.

The Sussex Spaniel is unlikely to flop down in the middle of a walk or day at the park.

A master at pacing itself, this breed is a sweet and patient family companion with a great attitude.

Top Speed: 14 mph

Clumber Spaniel

5. Clumber Spaniel (Slow!)

Another Spaniel on this list, the Clumber Spaniel is better suited to water than to land.

It’s stocky and heavy frame with short legs makes it a slow mover, but its coat and large paws makes it a great swimmer.

These dogs are hardy, and though slow, have great endurance. This actually makes them a good choice for long walks and hikes.

Like other Spaniel breeds, the Clumber is a sweet and intelligent dog that loves and needs people.

This makes the breed great for families, as it responds well to encouragement and affection, and wants to please, making it easier to train than other breeds on this list.

Clumber Spaniels become very attached to their families, so if possible, this is a dog to take with you on  trips, as they will certainly miss you when you’re gone.

Basset Bleu slow dog breed

4. Basset Bleu de Gascogne (12 mph)

Bred to hunt in packs, it may seem strange that this breed struggles to exceed speeds of 12 mph.

However, this trait was actually intentionally chosen by those who designed with breed.

It was found that hunters often struggled and became frustrated trying to chase after larger, faster hunting dogs.

Breeding these slow, but high endurance hounds was beneficial because it allowed hunters to keep up.

Today, you’ll find the Basset Bleu to be a great family dog with a laid back and calm demeanor.

Long ears and stout body give them a cute, unique appearance.

Like other Bassets, it’s important not to stress their spines, which could be damaging to their stout frames.

Top Speed: 12 mph

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

3. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (10 mph)

Unlike other, more highly energetic Spaniels, the Cavalier loves to be lazy.

This breed’s sweet, flatter face is one of its calling cards, and some think this breed may have Pug genes somewhere in its background.

Cavaliers enjoy slow walks, and lazing around the house.

They are sweet, and great with kids, but can be slow learners due to their stubborn nature.

Some find the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel to be a hard breed to train, so it’s important to start when these dogs are still puppies.

These dogs have a curious streak, and are prone to wander off after something that has peaked their interest, and tend to turn a deaf ear to calls from their owners.

Thankfully, it shouldn’t be too hard to catch up.

Top Speed: 10 mph

Corgi dog

2. Pembroke Welsh Corgi (10 mph)

Reaching high levels of social media appeal, this adorable dog may be cute, but is certainly not quick.

Their rotund, longer body is supported by short legs, limiting movement and making a big dent in top speeds to be reached.

Corgis max out up to 10 mph. That being said, they do love to run.

Unlike other breeds on this list, the Corgi is a born herder, and has high levels of energy that must be expended.

A Corgi that is denied exercise is likely to grow bored and cause disruption in the home, so visits to the dog park or long walks are key.

Top Speed: 10 mph

Basset Hound is the slowest mid sized dog

1. Basset Hound (5-10 mph)

Easily recognizable, and classically lazy, there’s more to these squat dogs than meets the eye.

Though they look small, they are incredibly dense, with more bone per pound than any other breed.

The Basset Hound can easily weigh up to 70 pounds, but may not look it.

Bred as scent hounds, they are among the most proficient of their class, only second to the Bloodhound, with their long trailing ears assisting in stirring up scents.

If they’re not sniffing, however, it may be near impossible to get them moving.

Basset Hounds love a good nap more than almost anyone, and they are notoriously lazy.

However, they are also incredibly good-natured and patient, and are a hit with small kids and families alike.

It’s important for this breed to be looked after carefully, though, as their unique build puts them at risk for a multitude of health conditions.

Top Speed: 5-10 mph

Super Slow Small Dogs

A slow Toy Poodle

13. Toy Poodle (10 mph)

Unlike it’s larger “Standard” companion, Toy Poodles aren’t going anywhere fast.

These small varieties can reach only 10 mph.

What they lack in speed, however, they make up for in brains. Like Standard Poodles, the Toy Poodle is a highly intelligent breed, especially for its size, and is a natural at learning.

This makes it a popular competition breed, as it loves taking on new challenges, and needs mental stimulation so as not to grow bored.

Top Speed: 10 mph

Brussels Griffon dog breed

12. Brussels Griffon (10 mph)

Smart and clever, the Brussels Griffon is recognized officially as a breed by some, and not by others.

This is another dog whose size limits its speed, however, the Brussels Griffon enjoys a good walk.

They are an easily trainable breed who is more social than other smaller dogs, and does just fine with kids and other animals.

In the early days of the breed, their clever wits made them skilled rat catchers.

Nowadays, they prefer to cozy up on your lap and a nice walk in the park.

Top Speed: 10 mph

Friendly but slow Pekingese dog

11. Pekingese (10 mph)

Like other “smushed” face breeds, the fact that this dog is a slow mover may actually be beneficial to their health.

Too much running can lead to easy exhaustion and overheating, so the Pekingese likes to keep well under 10 mph at most times.

Of the toy class, the Pekingese is a breed with a great and silly personality.

They were a favorite of Chinese Emperors, and were bred to move with a slow and dignified gate.

Like other small dogs, they are great apartment dwellers, and prefer short walks and long sits on their owners laps.

Grooming is important with this breed, as left uncared for, their long coat can well to the ground and become matted and unkempt.

Top Speed: 10 mph

English Toy Spaniel

10. English Toy Spaniel (10 mph)

Unlike other Spaniels on this list, the English Toy is far less suited to family environments, as their demeanor varies from others of the Spaniel class.

Independent and single minded, these vocal dogs are not fans of kids or other animals, and may bark on walks.

However, they are incredibly adorable, and with proper training, can be great companions for singles, or couples who live a more home-body lifestyle.

Top Speed: 10 mph

French Bulldog

9. French Bulldog (8 mph)

This breed has been growing in popularity for years. One look, and it’s not hard to determine why.

The French Bulldog is an adorable breed, with a flat face, big ears, and a wrinkly little body.

All these traits also are the perfect recipe for a slow canine companion.

The French Bulldog is not a runner, and for good reason. Their flat faces mean exercise is a challenge, and even walking in hot weather can be overwhelming their respiratory system.

Short, slow walks are great for the Frenchie, and necessary as they love to eat.

Obesity is a problem in the breed, but can be avoided with proper feeding and slow, steady exercise.

Many adore this breed for their goody personalities, as they are truly class clowns, and incredibly loving to their owners.

This cheerful disposition makes them good family pets, and well suited to apartments and homes alike.

Top Speed: 8 mph

Bichon Frise small dog

8. Bichon Frise (8 mph)

This small breed is one of the more affectionate of the Toy group. Loving their owners and other dogs, they’re excellent travel companions.

Just don’t plan any jogs.

The Bichon Frise is not only rather slow, but also not an endurance breed.

A mile or two is plenty of exercise for these dogs, and they’re better suited to a little fetch around the apartment than a full hike through the woods.

Grooming is a must with this breed, but they are otherwise low maintenance companions, happy to accompany you and your family through life.

Top Speed: 8 mph

A lovable but slow Pug

7. Pugs (8 mph)

These gentle little pups are favorite for families and individuals all over the world.

Their flat faces may be observed to be in a permanent state of worry, but Pugs are actually very easy going and easy to train.

Their short legs and flat faces make long periods of exercise difficult, so walks should be kept to moderate distances.

Many consider this breed to be the goofballs of the household, and what they lack in stamina, they certainly make up for in personality.

Pugs are naturally gentle and friendly, and fare great with both kids and other dogs, big and small.

Those looking to adopt a Pug should consider potential respiratory problems and eye issues, but with proper care, these dogs make easy companions who are willing to curl up with you and read a book, or head out for a walk in the park - as long as you don’t move too fast!

Top Speed: 8 mph

Dachshund ready to walk slowly

6. Daschund (8 mph)

If you’ve ever seen a Daschund, affectionately referred to in popular culture as the “Weiner Dog”, their place on this list should come as no surprise.

With a long, long body and tiny legs, the Dachshund isn’t going anywhere fast.

At least not faster than their little legs can take them.

Though silly looking, the Daschund is a sensitive breed who can’t take rough play, so homes with older children are generally a better fit, and stairs are a no go, as to eliminate strain on their frame.

Despite their size, this breed has a great nose, and will follow it wherever it takes them, albeit, slowly.

Top Speed: 8 mph

This Chihuahua is so slow they prefer to be carried

5. Chihuahua (8 mph)

One of the smallest breeds on this list, the Chihuahua actually doesn’t mind running- it’s just not very fast.

Limited by its size and tiny legs, this breed is confident and loves to accompany owners on walks and strolls through the park.

Chihuahuas bond intensely with their owners, and don’t like competition for affection.

They can be jealous, and rather loud if they feel challenged, and though small, it’s never fun to have a dog of any size acting aggressively.

This makes them good companions for singles, as they don’t do well with kids or other dogs in the house.

Chihuahuas should be trained from an early age in order to obey commands.

Due to their small size, they are often underestimated, but a Chihuahua with free reign can be more of a hassle than one may think!

Top Speed: 8 mph


4. Pomeranian (7 mph)

Like the Chihuahua, this dog’s speed is limited by its size. Weighing an average of 7 pound, there’s only so fast little legs can take you!

Despite their classic fluffy coat, Pomeranians actually don’t require extensive grooming, and they are quick learners.

They make excellent apartment dwellers or city dogs, and don’t need much exercise beyond a brief daily walk.

Pomeranians are a more vocal breed, and will bark at most anything, be it a passing dog or the mailman.

Training to prevent excess barking may be necessary.

Top Speed: 7 mph

Japanese Chin dog breed

3. Japanese Chin (7 mph)

If you’re looking for a toy sized dog without the classic “yap”, the Japanese Chin may be for you.

This breed is not nearly as vocal as other dogs of their size, however, this doesn’t mean they won’t bark at strangers or other dogs approaching the home.

They also do not require as much grooming as other small breeds on this list, as they do much of their grooming themselves, as you may expect from a cat.

Though far from athletic, the Japanese Chin is a good-natured companion, and does love to learn. It’s a great candidate for all kinds of tricks, just not for activities requiring speed or agility.

Classic lap dogs, the Japanese Chin are adored by their families, and make great companions for almost anyone.

Top Speed: 7 mph

a cute but slow Lhasa Apso

2. Lhasa Apso (7 mph)

Known for its long luxurious coat, the Lhasa is a breed that requires more brushing than exercise.

This breed’s small size makes it a great contender for apartment living, or for those who may not have a yard.

Brief walks are all this dog needs to stay happy. That, and personal space.

Like the Chihuahua, the Lhasa Apso can be a jealous breed that does not do especially well with kids or other pets in the house.

For this reason, it is popular with older couples and singles who may live a more sedentary and slow paced lifestyle.

Unlike some other breeds on this list, the Lhasa Apso may be small, but is sturdy and hardy, facing fewer health issues, and doing fairly well in most climates.

Top Speed: 7 mph

Slowest small dog breed Shih Tzu

1. Shih Tzu (6 mph)

The slowest dog of any size on this list is the Shih Tzu. Adorable and beloved by their owners, the Shih Tzu is going nowhere fast.

This dog’s little legs can carry it only about 6 mph, meaning a brisk jog is about as much as it would take to catch up with your pooch, even at top speeds.

Though they are not great partners for runs, they are loyal and loving companions to their owners, and love to warm your lap, as they did for ancient Chinese royalty.

What this breed lacks in speed they make up for in grooming requirements.

That silky signature coat requires maintenance, as well as their eyes, which can get goopy and are prone to infection if not looked after.

If you’re not big into running, but you’re looking for a great dog to keep you company, no matter the size of your home or yard, the Shih Tzu may be exactly the right breed for you.

Top Speed: 6 mph

Wrapping It pUp...

These slowest dog breeds prove that you don't always have to be speedy to be a great pet!

Your slow pup will force you take life in at a more comfortable pace so enjoy those walks without being in a rush.

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