Folks in the market for a calm dog breed need not look further than this comprehensive list. But first, let’s define “calm.” The American Kennel Club classifies a calm breed as one that doesn’t have big, distressed reactions to stimuli. Meaning things like thunder, strangers, weird scents and new furniture won’t send them into a frenzy or stress them out. Basically, these breeds know how to play it cool in almost any situation. Calm dog breeds make ideal companions for families with kids and senior citizens. They’re also ideal emotional support animals.
Keep in mind, any dog, no matter the breed, can deviate from its breed standard. Trauma as a puppy (and even later in life!) can also change a dog’s disposition. It’s also worth noting that dogs who are not purebred may exhibit some of their purebred ancestor’s traits. Fostering a dog before officially adopting is a great way to get to know an animal’s disposition and compatibility with your household.
Without further ado, here are 21 calm dog breeds!