The calmest dog breed in the world

Look, dogs are dogs. They're almost certainly going to get excited about one thing or another at some point, and if your dog is calm and collected 24/7, it might be best to check its pulse. That being said, there are certain dog breeds that are significantly less hyper than others. The American Kennel Club has compiled a handy laundry list of dog breeds that are remarkably calm, and while a further glance reveals that even they have certain properties that might be considered less than chill, this list seems like a good starting point in today's quest to find — drum roll — the calmest dog breed in the world. Let's go!

The search for the calmest dog breed begins

You might be tempted to think that the Basset Hound, the droopy low-rider of the canine world, seems like a sure-fire selection for the "calmest dog" award. Indeed, the breed makes the AKC list, but it does have an independent, difficult-to-train streak that may counteract the calmness. The same applies for the tiny Pekingese, which is quite calm, but also requires you to "earn its respect," which seems like the exact opposite of chill. An assortment of spaniels also make the AKC list, but their calmness factor is somewhat undermined by the fact that they tend to "thrive" on exercise, hunting and/or training.

Meanwhile, the long-coated Bergamasco Sheepdog and the muscular Boerboel are calm enough, but in a "terrifyingly large man standing quietly in the corner" kind of way: The former can be wary around strangers, and the latter specifically isn't recommended for inexperienced owners. Meanwhile, a Saint Bernard's considerable mass is only matched by its genuine kindness and gentleness ... at least, until you read to the part where it says that the breed might just knock people over with their sheer size. And so, our search continues. 

The Irish Wolfhound is as chill as they come

If we go one size bigger from the Saint Bernard, we finally come across a dog breed that both makes the list and seems genuinely and completely calm. The gigantic Irish Wolfhound may have been the worst nightmare of the 15th Century wolf population in its namesake country, but the breed's modern incarnation is an incredibly calm, emphatic and intelligent animal. Though the Irish Wolfhound is a muscular giant that can stand up to three feet at the shoulder and weigh around 180 pounds, AKC describes the breed as incredibly patient with children, and their dignified demeanor, calm temperament and "serene" nature makes them excellent companions. They're even wonderful therapy dogs. Oh, and as an added bonus, their owners are incredibly unlikely to be attacked by wolves.