For people who are looking to add a dog to the family, but feel constrained as a result of apartment living and don’t know where to start, stress no more. We at CertaPet set out to help those in the market for a pup by narrowing down a list of dog breeds that fit seamlessly in with the apartment lifestyle. Apartment dwellers have lots breeds to choose from when selecting a dog. The size of your living space isn’t the only consideration: some larger dogs are low energy, content to lounge on the sofa. And some small dogs with high energy are happy with indoor playtime or a brisk walk. Think of your neighbors, too. You’ll want a dog that doesn’t bark incessantly and is polite when meeting other people, in the elevator, on the stairs or in the lobby. All this makes it very important to do research before choosing dogs for apartments
Dogs For Apartments- What to think about?
- Size: Don’t get caught up on size. There are big dogs who are lazy and make perfect dogs for apartments and there are small dogs who bark constantly which gets on neighbors nerves in apartments or condos.
- Bark: Since housing a dog whose bark is worse than its bite is rude to neighbors living in the close quarters of apartment living, dogs that bark rarely or occasionally (while not being notoriously loud) were preferred.
- Temperament: In an apartment setting where your dog will come into contact with numerous strangers—and sometimes even other dogs—you want your dog to foster good will. Breeds that become shy or agitated around strangers won’t help nurture a good relationship with your neighbors. As a result, we focused on dogs that generally have a friendly disposition toward new people.
- Exercise: Finally, dogs that require less exercise when compared to other breeds were preferred, because it can be tough to get a dog enough exercise without a personal yard to take advantage of.
Dogs For Apartments- CertaPet’s Top 10
10. English Bulldog
This medium-sized dog doesn’t like to move around much, so an English Bulldog makes a wonderful dog for an apartment (as long as you don’t mind a little extra drool and snoring!). If this breed could talk, he would tell you he’d much rather hang on the couch than at the dog park. And if you don’t like to move about much, good news – the English Bulldog is just as lazy as you
9. Shih Tzu
This regal-looking companion is small in size and maintenance. She doesn’t need much room to move around in. As long as she’s pampered, she’ll be happy. Shih Tzus aren’t a high energy dog, so you won’t need to make many daily trips outdoors for walks. If you don’t mind grooming all that hair, this may be the perfect apartment dog for you
Recognizable for their squished faces, Pugs are playful and loyal pets. They need to be close to their owners as much as possible and do not do well alone. Pugs are not generally “yappy” dogs, which means that no special training is needed to keep your neighbors happy. Due to their inactivity, quietness, and size, Pugs make great dogs for apartments of any size.
7. Great danes
Time to switch things up a little, and who’s more unexpected than the famous Great Dane. Most people would normally think that such a huge dog is an absolute no-no for an apartment living, but turns out that Great Danes are actually one of the best apartment dogs. They weight from 100 to 140 pounds, which means you have to get a separate couch just for the dog and your dog gates won’t work on them, but this breed is very calm and quiet, and takes up less space than some smaller dogs. They are also very easily trained and are extremely friendly, despite their threatening size.
6. Basset Hounds
The very charismatic Basset Hounds weight about 60 pounds and are perfect apartment dogs. All they need is some attention from the owner and maybe a toy; the rest of the time they will amuse themselves or just take a nap. They aren’t too messy, unfortunately, they do like to bark, but looks-wise do not require too much maintenance, either. Definitely an option.
5.Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a friendlier or easier going dog than this breed. You’ll find that the Cavalier will make nice with other tenants and dogs in your complex. Plus, weighing in at 13 to 18 pounds, this dog won’t take up much space. Calm and adaptable, this breed will make a wonderful addition to your apartment abode.
If a breed can fit into your purse, it can fit into your apartment! Tipping the scales at 2 to 6 pounds, the Chihuahua won’t take up much room. You will have to watch out for excessive barking, but this bad habit can be trained down to an acceptable level for apartment living. Affectionate, intelligent and a fast learner, this little princess will be happy with all the attention you lavish on her, not how much room she has to run around in.
3. Yorkshire Terrier
Cute, cuddly and compact – all three make for a great apartment dog. Weighing in at just 6 to 7 pounds, the Yorkie doesn’t take up much space. On top of that, this breed is fairly quiet. They can adapt quickly to new people, situations and pets, so feel free to invite people over. And as long as you give her enough attention, they’ll be happy to curl up on your lap all day.
2. Chow Chow
This dog, best known for its unique blue/black tongue, will spend more time on your couch than your unemployed roommate. Notoriously lazy and sensitive to heat, the Chow Chow prefers lying around in the cool indoors than running around and playing. However, their aloof nature means they might come across as too cat-like for some dog owners. But if your apartment can handle this dog’s 70 pound stature, the Chow Chow will make the perfect cuddle buddy.
Always cute Dachshunds are great for families that live in apartments. They are a small breed that enjoys playing with just anybody and anything, including kids. Dachshunds do great — but somewhat barky — in apartments and don’t require a lot of exercise, but you do need to keep an eye on their levels of activity, as they love to get fat pretty quickly. So while you’re enjoying their company in your smaller apartment, make sure to take them out for some exercise on occasion and use only the best dog food, without overfeeding, to avoid obesity.
Dogs For Apartments- Final Thoughts
As we mentioned earlier, the size of your living space isn’t the only consideration when deciding what dog to get for an apartment. Think of your neighbors, too. You’ll want a dog that doesn’t bark incessantly and is polite when meeting other people, in the elevator, on the stairs or in the lobby. While you’re at it, you’ll also want to pet proof your apartment. All this makes it very important to do research before choosing dogs for apartments. We hope this list helps you in finding your new furry friend with the limited housing space you have. If you’re thinking about getting an emotional support dog, start by taking CertaPet’s short simple 5 minute survey to see if you’re a good candidate. If you are considered a good candidate, we can connect you with a licensed mental health professional who will determine if an emotional support animal is best for you.