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Kinda hard to say....what do you need them to be calm around? ie; Livestock, cats, lots of noise/activity, new places/people all the time, bunches of kids, gunfire, other dogs?....various breeds will react differently to all of those things.
 

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Then you're probably looking for something from the Companion Group...dogs that weren't bred to hunt, herd, guard, etc. Some of the dogs in that group are the Bichon, Maltese, Papillon, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel plus many more.
 

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Then you're probably looking for something from the Companion Group...dogs that weren't bred to hunt, herd, guard, etc. Some of the dogs in that group are the Bichon, Maltese, Papillon, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel plus many more.
No no no, papillons are not a calm breed, lol! *watches papillons spazzing around her feet*
 

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lol Laurelin, I've read some of your posts, and I was gonna ask Tooney "I thought papillons were pretty energetic?" Thanks for the answer :p
 

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lol Laurelin, I've read some of your posts, and I was gonna ask Tooney "I thought papillons were pretty energetic?" Thanks for the answer :p
To be fair, they are calm a lot of the times, but they're probably some of the most active dogs I've owned yet. The boys in particular are almost always going and wrestling each other.

Right now they're all crashed though. :p
 

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Like others, I think it depends on how you define calm. I'm no expert on breeds, so I could be wrong. I think Bulldogs seem calm because they have lower activity levels. Goldens are affectionate but are pretty active when young. Don't they have a longer than average age when they reach emotional maturity? I've heard that before. I think labs are similar in temperament to Goldens. They are loving, but can be pretty active and mouthy. Collies seem calmer than many breeds. My MIL had a Pitt Bull mix that was very calm but not very active. I think he had a lot of health problems though, and it was his lack of good health that prevented him from being active. There are many breeds that I haven't been around. My mom had an Aussie that started out as a very active puppy but was a calm adult.
 

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Adopt a senior dog. Older dogs are certainly calmer than younger dogs. And through adoption you get to choose a dog with the temperament you're looking for. If you adopt from a rescue group where all the dogs live in foster homes, they can tell you a lot about the dog's personality.

In the grand scheme of things I don't think breed has much to do with "calmness" compared to other factors (age, socialization, health, training, etc)
 

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Goldens are affectionate but are pretty active when young. Don't they have a longer than average age when they reach emotional maturity? I've heard that before. I think labs are similar in temperament to Goldens. They are loving, but can be pretty active and mouthy.
They get very calm when they are too old and decrepit to bounce around any more.
 

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Well i don't want to promote MY breed....but i have to say Leonbergers are extremely calm from day one,

They are a giant breed from the companionship group and even at 8 months my boy is like a rug in the house and bomb proof with humans, he knows when a person is old and frail or between how boys like to play and girls.

He really amazes everyone he meets, he loves other dogs and is full of energy when he plays with his friends. But when its home time he is calm on leash and a joy to live with.

BUT even though leonbergers are renown for this personality trait, i have always crate trained him, worked on leash manners and take him to obedience saturday and sunday.

I always factored in lots of training and socializing from the day i brought him home. ANd never let puppy cuteness get away with something i wouldnt want a 80 kilo adult to do.

He is and adolescent now and he doesnt like his commands but he is still an angel inside, its just off leash he is flexing his adolescent muscles at the moment.

But a leonberger is not a dog to adopt without total commitment, they bound so strongly with their families they suffer a broken heart when rehomed.

Here is a (not very good picture) of my boy Rox

Running with his Boxer buddy


Rox with my son


Jay
 

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A calm dog is one that's mature and very, very tired.

LOL WE HAVE A WINNER!!!!!

Honestly, even dogs breeds that have a reputation for being 'laid back' require alot of training and some maturity to get there. Pups are almost NEVER calm, and teenagers will test the heck out of you NO MATTER the breed.

Some of the most laid back dogs I've seen are...

English Mastiffs, Greyhounds, English bulldogs (though they have thier moments) and Pugs.
 

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I think one of the calmest, most laid back breeds is the Greyhound. They are couch potatoes in the house, even the pups are not really rambunctious like some big breeds. They love to get out and run but are usually really good on leash. I have had many that we raised and some off the track and they all seem pretty mellow.
 

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I may have the spelling wrong, but to me a St. Bernard, has to be the gentle giant of breeds. There is always an exception but they impress me to be very laid back even at young age compared to most other breeds.
 

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Then you're probably looking for something from the Companion Group...dogs that weren't bred to hunt, herd, guard, etc. Some of the dogs in that group are the Bichon, Maltese, Papillon, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel plus many more.
I have one maltese who is the energizer bunny's twin. She never stops - never in trouble, but always on the go and wants to play in the middle of the night - just wants to play all the time! She wears me out just watching her sometimes. Very loveable when she wants to be though.

My other dog, maltese poodle mix, but mostly maltese is the most laid back calm dog I've ever met. Not lazy just calm in spirit. If I'm stressed I can just look at her and she calms me down. lol
 
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