Calm breeds. If you’re looking for a dog with a lower level of activity, there are a number of breeds right up your alley. In contrast to some of the previous breeds who lead a lifestyle of constant motion and exercise, these breeds are far more docile and calm. Often times, these dogs are great with children, as they’re usually patient and kind. Many large dogs, like St. Bernards, Great Danes and Mastiffs fall into this category. You might not expect a dog known for racing to be a calm breed, but Greyhounds are remarkably docile in temperament. Bulldogs and Basset Hounds are also calmer breeds.