7 Dog Breeds Least Suited for Labor

We love working dogs and hope everyone takes a little time on the upcoming Labor Day holiday to celebrate those hard-working canines — but there are some dogs that just weren't meant to work.

These pups just weren't bred for doing much more than lazing in your lap. Now we aren't saying they are lazy, but can you imagine a French Bulldog doing the job of a German Shepherd?

Dogs Least Suited for Labor

French Bulldog in Dress


Some pets are just meant to be pampered. All dogs need a little exercise, but the following pooches would probably prefer a doggy spa to breaking a sweat.


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This medium-size Nordic breed from the Netherlands has moderate exercise needs, but he will be satisfied with a short walk on leash or playtime in a yard and easily adapts to his owner’s activity level. And good news for apartment owners, the Keeshond is well suited to living in small spaces.

Bulldog rolling over

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This gentle breed is great for a couch-potato owner. Bulldogs need some exercise, but are very sensitive to the heat, so indoor living will make this stout dog very happy.

French Bulldog

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French Bulldog

The ever-charming French Bulldog isn't suited for ample exercise. He likes a short walk, but prefers cooler weather due to sensitivity to heat.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The cheerful King Charles is happy lounging on the couch, or running around with the kids. He's loving and adaptable, and content to be your favorite lapdog.

Bichon Frise Dogs Running

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Bichon Frise

The adorable white puffball may run around the house in a frenzy, but the Bichon Frise will quickly tire and your lap better be ready. He's just the right pooch for snuggling or nestling by your side.

Two Pekingese Dogs

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This furry canine prefers jumping on and off the sofa to more strenuous activities. According to Vetstreet exercise is good for him, though, so resist the impulse to carry him everywhere.

Two Shih Tzu's lying around


Shih Tzu

Work is not an option for the Shih Tzu. This small pooch prefers to spend their time in your lap. A short walk daily is great, but she will be just as happy racing through your house.

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