Best Dog Breeds for Apartment Living
If you would love to get a dog, but have been put off in the past because you live in an apartment, you can think again. While it is easy to think that dogs are not suited at all to apartment living, there are some breeds out there that make fantastic apartment friendly dogs. We investigate which breeds are suitable and will be happy living somewhere without a regular access point to a garden or possibly not the largest of living areas.
Top Ten Best Apartment Dogs
Here are our choices for the best apartment dogs that are available as purebreds. Obviously there is also the choice of getting a mongrel or a rescue, but here we have stuck to pedigrees that we think make the perfect apartment friendly dogs. It’s an important decision to make and not one to make lightly either – both you and your dog’s happiness will be at stake if you choose a breed that isn’t suitable for apartment living.
King Charles Spaniel
These handsome little chappies are the best apartment dogs as they have a wonderful temperament whilst not needing a large amount of space to stay happy. They are natural people pleasers who bond quickly with their owners whilst they are also excellent with children.
Importantly, they do not shed too much – considering how shaggy their fur is – though they are by no means a hypoallergenic dog and will definitely need regular grooms. However, their easy going nature will make this a fun task for both owner and dog as opposed to an onerous chore. They’re a bright dog with fairly low exercise needs so if you will struggle to take out your dog every day, then this could be the breed for you.
This tiny little dog’s size obviously makes it an ideal candidate for anyone looking into apartment friendly dogs. They are possibly one of the smallest dogs that you can buy and also one of the healthiest. We love them because Chihuahuas are incredibly bright dog breeds which makes them a total breeze to train.
Additionally, one of the main reasons they make it into our top 10 list of best apartment dogs is due to the fact that they don’t need very much daily exercise. This is fantastic news as it means they will not go stir crazy indoors, especially if you don’t have the biggest amount of square footage in your apartment.
Chinese Crested Dog
This funny looking dog with its instantly recognizable furry ears is amongst some of our favorite apartment friendly dogs. As a breed, they are small in size so are perfect for people who do not want a huge dog in their homes. Plus, it is in their kind nature to please people and do anything for their owners. This makes them pretty easy to train as well as being very sociable.
If you have a family, they are pretty good with children and tend to build very strong bonds with every member of their ‘pack’. As long as they have some input from a family member every day, they have very few other needs and do not need a daily walk. They are also very low maintenance in terms of grooming and make fantastic pets for homes with highly allergic people. Chinese Crested dogs are hypoallergenic.
This funny looking dog with its squat, flat face has seen a massive resurgence in popularity recently and for good reason too. They are a great dog to have in an apartment so are good pets for city dwellers. They have a mischievous nature that makes them great fun to be around and brilliant company.
They are a small breed that have minimal needs when it comes to grooming and they do not shed too much either. That being said, thanks to their eager to please nature, they are easy to wash and brush when required. Their exercise needs are moderate – if you can’t give them a daily walk, they won’t suffer too much. However, they do love a runaround and will need to be played with regularly to stay happy and healthy.
Pugs are another breed that has seen a rise in its popularity in recent years. Their quirky looks helped them achieve something of a cult status, but they remain a popular breed thanks to its many positive characteristics. For starters, they make the perfect apartment friendly dogs as they do not need daily exercise so for those that live in a city and find a daily walk difficult, this could be the breed for you.
Additionally, they do not need very frequent or regular grooming sessions to remain looking healthy, but they do shed a great deal – particularly in the months of Autumn and Spring. It should be noted that pugs are prone to suffer from a few hereditary health problems due to a small gene pool and inbreeding. In particular, they have issues with their breathing as well as a number of eye disorders.
Their temperament is so happy and playful however that most pug owners do not mind one little bit!
Coton de Tulear
These wonderfully shaggy dogs are supremely popular for those living in apartment blocks as they are highly adaptable canines that do not get stressed spending a great deal of time indoors or in a small space. While they do require a moderate level of exercise, not being able to go out every single day for a long walk will not trouble them at all.
They are also one of the best apartment dogs as they do not shed which is great news when you live in a small space. However, they do have to have their coats groomed regularly to maintain a good level of health. They are also highly sociable creatures that love to be around humans and are fantastic with children.
It may surprise you to see the Greyhound listed as one of the best apartment dogs that can be chosen. This is due to the fact that they are not only a large breed but also known for their speed and agility. However, they are in fact a fine choice of large dog breeds for apartments as they, in reality, need very little exercise and are well behaved even if they do not get a daily walk.
Additionally, when living in a small space that can look dirty easily, it makes life easier when you have a dog that doesn’t shed too much. A Greyhound, with its short coat, is such a dog and also requires very little grooming to help looking and smelling great. They have some of the nicest temperaments you will find in a dog and are incredibly loyal to their owners. They are great around children and some of the most devoted dogs you will ever meet.
The Boston Terrier with its large, upright ears are a small breed that are popular as apartment friendly dogs thanks to its temperament and physical stature. In terms of personality, they are fun-loving and eager to please whilst also being incredibly loyal to their owners. Sadly, this can result in separation anxiety so if you are out of the house for long periods of time on a regular basis, this may not be the breed for you.
However, they have very low maintenance needs thanks to a coat that sheds very little as well as needing very little grooming. They are often bought by people looking for their first pet thanks to this long list of positive physical and personality traits, plus they have quite low exercise needs too.
The Bichon Frise is a small breed of dog that is loved for its bubbly and vivacious personality. Once used in stately homes of Kings, Queens and Aristocats as entertainment, the Bichon Frise now makes one of the best apartment dogs thanks to being hypoallergenic with a coat that does not malt much. Plus, they are adoring of their owner and devoted once they have bonded with a family.
They do not bark much which is great news for apartment dwellers, (and their neighbors) and don’t require a long daily walk. While they can get a little cooped on occasion from time to time, as long as you play with them, then they do not need a frequent long romp outside.
This is another small to medium sized apartment dog that can make a fantastic pet for a family, couple or individual who is looking for some canine companionship. They are a very loving breed who are very happy to curl up and sleep next to their owner. However, of all the breeds on our best apartment dogs list, this is perhaps the one that is in need of the most exercise.
However, they are highly intelligent and therefore a breeze to train. They are a very healthy breed in the main who are usually fantastic around children. However, they do shed a fair amount once or twice a year and their beautiful coat does need regular grooming to stay looking clean and healthy.
A Note on Large Dog Breeds for Apartments
While we have not listed many large dog breeds for apartments on our list, if you have your heart set on having a big dog in your apartment do not despair. It is possible to have a dog in a small home, but you do have to ensure that all its needs are met. This includes regular walks and being played with as well as being given regular access to outdoors to use the bathroom – if you can’t offer a dog this, then you will need to find a breed with slightly less intensive needs.
Medium Sized Apartment Dogs
We have not mentioned too many medium-sized apartment dogs on our list of apartment-friendly dogs either – again this is not to say that they won’t thrive in an apartment setting. You could have a lifestyle that suits a medium sized dog very well, but it is just natural that smaller dogs are easier to keep happy in smaller spaces like apartments, condos, and flats.
Plus, some of the dogs listed above can grow to be of a medium-sized breed if on the larger end of the scale or are males which naturally tend to be bigger. However, the question should still remain the same when you are investigating which breed to buy – do you have the time to have a dog and nurture it?
Apartment Friendly Dogs – The Bottom Line
It is definitely possible to have a dog even if you live in an apartment, it just requires a little more research than it might do if you have a lot of space to spare. Without a doubt, the above ten breeds are the best apartment dogs that you can get but do not be despondent if you have your heart set on other large dog breeds for apartments that you think are small or if you have other medium sized apartment dogs in mind.
All dogs, regardless of their breed, need an owner who is loving and caring that can feed them and play with them as often as possible. A large amount of space is not needed for this – so if you want a dog and live in an apartment, all you really need is your landlord’s buy-in!