If you’re looking to have a dog, living in a small space shouldn’t be a deal breaker. There are certain breeds of dogs that are perfect for apartments and condominiums. You agree to stay indoors, laze around on the couch, and generally be on the quiet side. Some might even say they’re lazy, but the reality is that it’s cool and cozy guys who’d rather go to sleep than hike.
In general, it is important to choose the right breed of dog for your lifestyle, otherwise it can cause problems. A large and active dog who spends too much time alone in an apartment, chewing, barking, digging, and using your carpet as a toilet. Save yourself a headache and heartache by getting yourself on the road to success with one of these breeds that are high on the American Kennel Club’s small-space list.
1. French bulldogs
French Bulldogs are very adaptable, smart, and very playful. It only takes a short walk to keep fit and do business. This makes them a great choice for someone without access to a back yard. You will quickly become your best buddy if you toss a ball around the apartment and then sit on the couch while you do your job or watch a movie.
Yes, bulldogs of all shapes and sizes are great apartment dogs. The classic version is a medium-sized dog, but they move slowly and are good for indoor living. However, you have to deal with high temperatures. So make sure your home has air conditioning on when it’s hot outside.
3. Yorkshire Terrier
Yorkshire Terriers are eight inches tall and no taller than seven pounds. They are really little buddies that don’t take up a lot of space. In addition, their hypoallergenic fur makes them great dogs for apartment living. One possible disadvantage is their tendency to be voting dogs – good training is warranted!
The dachshund in the shape of a cute hot dog is not exactly known for its sportiness. They just aren’t built for things like distance running, swimming, or jumping. However, this means that they can live well in small spaces where movement is limited.
5. Miniature Schnauzer
Miniature Schnauzers are great indoor dogs because of their size. The smallest of the three breeds of schnauzers, they share the same great traits – low dandruff, easy demeanor, and extremely intelligent. They are great guard dogs that will keep you and your home safe.
6. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
This is an attentive but even-tempered buddy who is very flexible about living conditions. Depending on their people’s lifestyle, Cavs can adapt to a high-energy routine or one that requires a lot of downtime. Regardless of the pace of your daily life, you can always rest assured that Cavs will be loyal companions.
7. Shih Tzus
The royal ancestry of this breed is part of what makes them ideal apartment dwellers. Although originally bred to live in Chinese palaces, Shih Tzus don’t need much space to move around. They much prefer to laze around with their people, with lots of cuddles. Shih Tzus are also very patient and loving with children.
8. Boston Terrier
Because of their compact size – no more than 25 pounds – Boston Terriers are great apartment dogs and do well in urban areas. They have limits of energy and love to walk or take a lap in the dog park. They move with a wiggle at their crotch and their curly tail makes them the pig of the dog world. Boston is friendly, curious, and people-oriented.
Pomerania are puffballs with personality. With their hilarious bravery and confident demeanor, they are unaware of their short stature. However, it is this small size that makes them a great apartment dog. Poms are high energy but don’t take up a lot of space to get everything out of. They are great for indoor games or short walks, which makes them ideal for city or suburban living.
This chic-haired breed thrives in social settings, making them the connoisseurs of the canine world. It’s part of what makes them good for living in apartments where common spaces like elevators and lobbies are hard to ignore. They are happy almost anywhere and with almost everyone, young or old, as long as attention is showered on them.
Jessica Bee is a writer for Peacocks A website that connects modern pet parents with the best advice and services.