16 Best Dog Breeds for Apartments
Just because you don’t have a spacious, fenced backyard doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the companionship of a dog. Many apartment dwellers find that not only is a dog manageable, living with a canine friend makes apartment life much more enjoyable.
The key to harmonious living is making sure you get a dog that is suited to living in a smaller space, especially if you aren’t planning to run 5 miles a day or take your dog hiking every weekend. Though some dogs definitely need plenty of exercise and space to run, others are quite content in an apartment so long as they get their regular walks and have a cozy place to nap. The following breeds are some of the best dogs for apartments.
The unique Basenji is a kid- and dog-friendly breed that will fit right into a small living space due to her compact size. She may make some vocal sounds, but Basenjis do not bark like other dog breeds. This breed can be a crafty escape artist from a fenced backyard, which actually makes apartments or condos the preferred living situation.
Bichon Frises are happy, affectionate dogs that are content with a short walk and spending time with their people. Though their coats need regular brushing, they shed very little, which will help keep your apartment looking clean.
The Boston terrier is a compact breed that will get along with all of your neighbors, two- and four-legged alike. They are low-shedding, so grooming requirements are minimal, but they do need a moderate walk or play session every day.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
This friendly dog breed gets along well with other people and dogs, meaning he won’t have an issue passing your neighbors and their dogs in the hallway. They don’t need lots of exercise but would be happy to be your hiking buddy on easier trails!
The size and energy level of a Chihuahua makes him a good breed for apartments, however, this breed can be a barker so it’s important to tackle training for that bad habit early. A Chihuahua will be equally happy to walk the neighborhood with you or cuddle up on your lap.
This small, exotic-looking breed is a companionate dog that bonds closely with his family. No yard? No problem, because his exercise needs are minimal, and he’s happy to curiously follow you around the apartment or play with some stimulating toys.
Due to their short legs, the Dachshund is content with just a short walk. This lively breed enjoys playing and spending time with his family, but he can be hard-headed and does best with strong leadership.
This sturdy breed typically weighs around 50 pounds, but don’t let his size deter you. The affectionate bulldog is easygoing, and a short walk will suffice to keep him happy. In fact, too vigorous of exercise can sometimes be too much for this heat-sensitive breed.
Though they get bursts of energy, the Frenchie doesn’t require long exercise sessions to tire him out. Being friendly with children and other pets makes him a great choice for apartment life. Bonus: French bulldogs have a short coat that is easy to groom and sheds only moderately.
The lovable Havanese is another small dog that hardly sheds, however her luxurious coat requires regular grooming. She is an affectionate breed that doesn’t like to be left alone for long periods of time, so consider hiring a dog walker or doggy daycare.
It may come as a surprise, but Greyhounds are excellent roommates for small-space living. Yes, they are fast when they want to be, but they also love to be lazy and cuddle up. This gentle and loving breed is low-maintenance when it comes to grooming, and can be satisfied with a daily walk.
What makes the Maltese great for apartments is that he’s small in stature and was bred to be a companion dog, meaning he’s most content when snuggling up on your lap! His exercise needs are low, and he sheds very little, but his silky coat does need regular brushing and grooming.
You’ll be quite entertained by the busy antics of a Miniature Pinscher. This breed is energetic and bouncy, but a short walk every day is enough to keep a Min Pin content. They are affectionate with their family and easy to groom, but it’s important to puppy-proof your home to prevent him from getting into trouble or even trying to escape.
A Pug will make you laugh and befriend all of your neighbors. Pugs fit perfectly with apartment living due to their small size and low exercise requirements. However, they can quickly put on weight, so it’s important to manage their diet and keep the treats to a minimum.
The Shih Tzu is a sweet and friendly little lap dog that gets along with people of all ages. She doesn’t shed, so no worries about an apartment covered in dog hair, but she does need regular brushing and haircuts. Shih Tzus are content to cuddle on the couch after just a brief walk each day.
With their short legs, what you might consider a short walk is actually great exercise for your little Yorkie! This breed takes up very little space, and has a low-shedding coat, making the Yorkie a clean roommate. However, it’s important to train them from a young age not to bark so as not to disturb your neighbors.
What breeds are not good for apartments?
Though each individual dog is different, the following dog breeds tend to need more space and/or a much more active lifestyle to keep them happy and out of trouble.
- Border Collies
- German Shepherds
- Labrador Retrievers
- Hounds, such as Bloodhounds, Beagles and Coonhounds
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