I am not into walking, running, trekking, hiking or tramping yet I have seven Labradors. I am however into standing, whilst repetitively throwing a stick into our pond. I barely have to move as my very accommodating dogs always bring the stick back. They put it right into my hand. It's great! Consequently I get to enjoy this wonderful breed of dog despite my tendency towards laziness. They in turn get plenty of exercise. If only I could teach them to throw the stick as well.
Of course it helps to have more than one dog, if you're a lazy dog lover. Two or more dogs will exercise themselves by just playing together and chasing each other around. The more the merrier. We have a large deer fenced paddock designated as the dogs' playground. It's littered with punctured balls, squeaky toys that no longer squeak, gumboots, old shoes and the remains of various chew bones. The paddock is shared by our two pet cows who are forced negotiate their way around this chaotic doggy fun park.
If one dog is all you can cope with, there are certain breeds that suit a more sedentary lifestyle. These breeds are not necessarily small either. Some of the giant breeds make the best couch potatoes, although you may need to invest in a much larger couch.
We used to own boarding kennels which gave me a good insight into the different breed traits. Obviously the terrier, working and herding breeds are better suited to the more energetic owner. These breeds thrive on activity and need to be kept busy or they can become destructive. I would include the Jack Russell, Fox Terrier, Border Collie, Australian Cattle Dog and German Shepherd Dog in this category, amongst others.
Some hounds such as the Beagle like to be on the go where as others like the Greyhound, and the Borzoi like nothing better than curling up with a good bone. Greyhounds in particular, although a racing dog, are particularly suited to a life of sloth. Many retired Greyhounds are looking for somewhere to permanently hang up their racing colors and rest their weary muscles.
Bulldogs are another breed not fussed on exercise. Their squashed faces alone mean it's twice as hard for them to breathe as most other breeds. Consequently, they make the ideal canine companion for the slouch. Some of the giant breeds are ideal companions for those who's idea of exercise is a stroll out to the letter box. Irish Wolfhounds will gladly stretch their huge bodies across your sofa or hearth. St Bernards are another lover of home comforts. Just make sure, when you're out buying the new super sized couch, to include a dozen large bibs in your shopping list. They tend to drool frequently. If you have an aversion to housework as well as being lazy, perhaps the Saint Bernard is not the dog for you after all. This would also rule out the New Foundland, another low energy breed with high energy slobber.
There are many smaller breeds to consider as well. You only have to read celebrity magazines to discover which breeds prefer to be carried about, rather than pound the pavement. Chihuahuas are a classic example of this recent phenomenon, the furry fashion accessory. Mind you, this may not suit the lazy dog owner either, considering you will have to carry them. Pugs are a great breed for the activity challenged . Like the Bulldog, their breathing is restricted so resting up is their favored pastime.
Another alternative is to adopt a geriatric dog, one that's past it's prime. Not only will you be providing a well deserved home in it's twilight years, but it will be well past the naughty puppy stage. The drawback is, you may only have that dog for a short time. In one dog's average life time, from puppy to pooped, you could end up having owned 14 old dogs.
It's fair to say, that most dogs adapt to their environment as long as they are appreciated, loved and cared for. It is however preferable for the dog and it's owners to be as closely matched as possible, both temperamentally and physically. That way, neither dog or owner is forced out of their comfort zone. It's similar with choosing a marriage partner. No point marrying an outdoors enthusiast, if your idea of fun is lying prostrate, popcorn at the ready, in front of the big screen.
If you still hanker for an energetic, high maintenance canine companion, there is always help on hand, at a price, to lessen the work load. You could hire a dog walker and dog groomer to take care of their physical needs. You could pay a dog dietitian to plan and prepare their meals. A housekeeper could take care of the drool and fur embedded furnishings. There are even people who will pick up the dog's poop for a wee fee. In fact, with all the dog services available today, you can still have a dog without ever getting out of bed. Then again, you could always buy a goldfish!