Small apartment dog breeds
Today, let’s talk about the best apartment dogs. First off, many dog owners will tell you that dogs and apartment living don’t go together. But you know what? They’re wrong! You don’t need a huge yard in suburbia for your dog to be happy. If you live in an apartment and you want a dog, there’s a wide variety of breeds that will do just fine in that environment. If you haven’t already acquired a dog, check out our list of breeds (or mix of breeds; we LOVE mutts) below that make the best apartment dogs.
Why Size Doesn’t Always Matter When it Comes to Choosing the Best Apartment Dogs
Just because a dog is small doesn’t mean he’s suited for apartment life. Some small breeds of dog are far too vocal to meet the requirements of being a good neighbor in an apartment building. Others are too antsy and have too much energy to be cooped up, even if their smaller size makes the space seem bigger. For example, though it is the smallest of dog breeds, the Chihuahua can make a bad choice for apartment living because of the breed’s tendency to bark, as well as its energetic, nervous demeanor. However, many Terriers, though they are high energy, tend to be decent apartment dogs as long as they get enough exercise.
Some large breeds also make excellent dogs for small spaces offered in apartments. For example, the Greyhound is often thought to need room to run because he was bred to do just that. But many rescued Greyhounds are retired racers and are much more inclined to lie around with that sexy, languid look than to chase bunnies on sticks. And, again, as long as exercise requirements are met, many large dogs can live comfortably in an apartment or a small house.
10 Best Apartment Dogs (Small to Large)
At around 7 pounds, this extra-small wonder is a wonderful apartment dog not only because he takes up little space but also because he is not a barker. He is also friendly with people and other pets and very adaptable to new experiences.
The slightly larger Maltese (around 9 pounds) has a silky coat with no undercoat that sheds very little, making cleaning in a small space easier. He is also a quiet dog who mostly wants to be where his owner is, making him great among apartment dogs.
At 12 to 18 pounds, this breed is also very attached to his owner, which means he doesn’t mind being indoors in a small space as long as his owner is attentive. He is also an easily trainable dog.
A smallish dog (around 20 pounds) with the traits of a larger dog. He is calm and quiet, often relaxing on the most comfortable seat in the place. His practical demeanor makes him suitable for any living space, including an apartment.
This is one of the friendliest breeds, making it easy to deal with other tenants and their dogs. At 13 to 18 pounds, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is also calm and very adaptable.
This is the larger cousin of the French Bulldog who weighs 49 to 55 pounds, a stable dog who is comfortable in small spaces. Indeed, most seem to prefer the couch to the dog park.
This breed might seem less than apartment-friendly with his bulky stature (around 60 pounds), but like the Bulldog, he is a very calm dog who is easily kept busy with treat toys and lots of petting.
The show dog version of the American Pit Bull Terrier is more dog-friendly than his cousin. He is easily trained and forms a tight bond with his owner. As long as he gets adequate exercise, he is a content and quiet apartment dog. He weighs 55 to 65 pounds.