Which Puppies Are The Calmest?

One of the biggest thrills of being a new puppy parent is bringing your puppy home for the first time. Full of energy and life, a puppy brings energy and excitement to any home, especially if children are present. Hyper, spirited, and a little nuts, a puppy is typically the life of the party…until they’re not.

The thing is, for new puppy parents experiencing a puppy for the first time, all the yapping, yipping, barking, and crazy energy can quickly become overwhelming. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t get a puppy, far from it. However, if you’re not the type of person that can handle the 24/7 nuttiness that most puppies bring, knowing which breeds are calmer is a good idea.

Many of my loyal readers regularly ask me about the energy levels of certain puppy breeds. They want to know what to expect before they adopt, which is an excellent idea no matter their home situation. The question I hear the most? That would have to be “which puppies are the calmest”?

In answer to that question, I will tell you that all puppies can be rambunctious, unruly, headstrong, and undisciplined. They are, after all, baby dogs. However, there are several breeds of dogs that, when they’re puppies, are calmer than their more crazy canine compadres. 

There are at least a dozen breeds that I know of who have puppies that are calm, cool, and collected, at least most of the time. English Bulldogs are so quiet you might think they’re sleeping, and Greyhounds are some of the calmest puppies you’ll ever encounter.

Knowing which puppies are the calmest, you might have a lot more questions about this particular subject. For example, which breed of large dogs are the most relaxed as puppies, and which are the most tranquil of the small dog breeds?  For the answer to those questions and several more good ones that can help you make the perfect puppy choice, read on!

Calmest Large Breed Dogs

Typically, larger dogs are the calmest size, although there are exceptions to the rule. Large dogs, of course, have more strength than smaller or medium dogs, which is a consideration you need to make when choosing which puppy to adopt. Five of the calmest large breed dogs include:

  1. Golden Retriever. Initially bred to bring back duck and other fowl shot by hunters, this breed is upbeat, friendly, and athletic. They’re also very calm as adults and are said to be the very best breed for families.
  2. Greyhound. Considered by some to be the fastest dog in the world, the Greyhound is also one of the calmest. They’re so quiet, in fact, that many puppy parents successfully keep Greyhounds in their apartment. 
  3. Saint Bernard. Saint Bernard’s are like living teddy bears with huge hearts to match their colossal size. However, they need to be well-socialized to understand the power they have in their massive frame and don’t accidentally hurt anyone.
  4. Irish Wolfhound. With “wolf” in their name, this breed may not sound calm, but it truly is. They’ve been helping humans for centuries and have been calm, cool, and collected the entire time.
  5. Bloodhound. Although they can be pretty territorial, a calm and loving presence is what you can expect from a Bloodhound.

Calmest Medium Breed Dogs

Medium-size dogs aren’t as much of a problem controlling as big dogs (mostly), but it’s still essential that you adopt one that fits your calm and quiet levels well. That way, you’ll be assured of low-stress home life with your puppy pal as they become adult dogs. The most relaxed medium breed dogs include:

  1. Airedale Terrier. Stubborn and stoic, this breed is very good with children and, if trained well, very good at sports.
  2. Standard Poodle. Great for puppy parents that suffer from allergies because they’re hypoallergenic, this breed is also very calm and makes an excellent family pet.
  3. Bull Terrier. Funny-looking face aside, Bull Terriers are playful, entertaining, and loving. They’re also relatively calm once they become adults.
  4. Portuguese Water Dog. Crazy for any body of water, this breed is easy to train, friendly and loving. Get them near water, though, and they tend to lose their minds.
  5. Bulldog. Calm and loyal, this iconic dog breed makes a faithful furry friend. However, they do have breathing problems and suffer in high humidity areas.

Calmest Small Breed Dogs

Here’s the thing about small dog breeds; they tend to be the wildest, craziest, and most difficult to keep calm. There are, as always, exceptions to the rule, but you’ll need to look a little closer if you want to find a small dog breed that’s also calm and quiet. Five of the calmest include:

  1. Pug. The comics of the dog world, Pugs, are a delight. They love to snuggle and make great lapdogs, calm and peaceful unless they’re playing.
  2. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. The inspiration for “Lady” from Walt Disney’s Lady and the Tramp, this breed is the epitome of charm, grace, and calm.
  3. Corgi. Mild-tempered, a Corgi is happiest when it has something to do since they’re working dogs at heart.
  4. Boston Terrier, With a wonderful, calm temperament, this b=reed loves sitting in peaceful bliss with its puppy parent.
  5. Shetland Sheepdog. A gorgeous dog breed, Shetland Sheepdogs need a lot of room to be happy, like a farm. When they get it, they can be calm, sweet, and loving dogs.

What are the Least Calm Dog Breeds?

There are some breeds of dogs that, no matter what you do, will always be energetic and rambunctious, sometimes to the point of becoming a stressor in their home. Most need constant attention and a lot of training to be good family pets. 

Keep in mind that, for some people, a high-energy puppy is perfect. It all depends on your situation, circumstances, and family, as well as where you live. For many of the following dog breeds, they will still grow into well-adjusted adults if you put in the time and effort. The least calm dog breeds include:

  • Australian Shepherd
  • Belgian Malinois
  • Boxer
  • Brittany Spaniel
  • Chihuahua
  • Dalmation
  • English Pointer
  • English springer spaniel
  • Irish Setter
  • Jack Russell Terrier
  • Staffordshire Bullterrier
  • Vizsla
  • Weimaraner
  • Yorkshire Terrier

Final Thoughts

Which puppies are the calmest? That depends on the breed, size, and several other factors. Most puppies will be rambunctious and crazy, though, at least until they mature. Greyhound and English Bulldog puppies are among the calmest, but several more breeds produce calm puppies.

Did today’s blog article about the calmest puppies answer all of your questions? I hope so but, if it didn’t, don’t fret; I’ve got a lot of other blogs on being a good puppy parent that you can read! All of them are filled with valuable, real-world information you can use to raise a healthy, happy adult dog.