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The Best Dog breeds for Apartments

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The world is getting smaller, and so are our homes. Finding space for Fido, an activity that's supposed to be a joy, is becoming a hassle.

Thankfully, there are adorable versions of man's best friend for apartment dwelling pet lovers. We introduce you to the best canines for an(apartment) block.

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How to choose a dog for an apartment

Dog ownership is a massive responsibility, particularly for a person who has to share a tiny apartment space with one. If you feel ready for the commitment, you will want to take these steps.

  1. How does your landlord feel about pets?

Before even considering dog ownership, you need to think about whether your landlord or neighbours have strong aversions to pets.

If you rent an apartment or home, let your landlord know that you intend to keep a dog. Some may restrict aggressive breeds while others may have a no-dog policy. Yet others may require a deposit if you own a dog.

2, Consider the dog's size -smaller doesn't mean better

When considering an apartment dog, small sizes aren't always paramount. A golden retriever is as good in an apartment as a toy poodle - both are relatively even-tempered breeds.

3. Is its temperament even?

As illustrated by the example above, a dog's temperament affects its

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Suitability for apartment living more than its size would. Pick a dog

Which has an even character and is predictable - you will not want a dog that has bouts of aggression.

4. Choose the silent type.


Living in an apartment means proximity to and interaction with a community. Choose a calm dog which does not bark unless necessary. Bulldogs, Berners, and King Charles Spaniels bark less than other breeds.

6. Choose a friendly dog.

Again, you will run into the community often. Fearful neighbours will be less jumpy if your dog has a quiet yet cheerful disposition.

9. Consider a young adult dog.

Dog training is a challenge for every owner. Even adult dogs will need training when they move into a new environment, but they tend to learn the ropes faster than puppies, more so if they received training previously. Consider a young adult dog that can adapt to small living spaces.

10. Visit an animal shelter.

There are lovely dogs at shelters that need homes, so why not give them one? Consider adopting a dog from an animal shelter. These places serve another purpose as well- go to them for advice on how to select an apartment-friendly dog.

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Suitable Dog Breeds for Apartments

  1. Bulldogs

Sedentary. The word describes the Bulldog to a T or B. There is nothing it likes better than a long nap on the couch. Owing to its rather brusque name, people misperceive it as an aggressive fellow. It's one of the calmest, most friendly dogs to interact with, making it ideal for apartment living.

1.The Berner

The Bernese Mountain Dog, affectionately known as the Berner, is proof that big dogs and apartments can mix. This Swiss working-dog enjoys helping its owner haul a few groceries in a cart. It has a reputation for being loyal to one person in the family, and a quiet fellow. It is the ideal dog for a person living alone in an apartment.

3.The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The English Cavalier, bred initially to please royalty, is the quintessential lap dog. It is affectionate, easy-going, and ever-eager to please its owner. You'll find it enjoying an afternoon snooze instead of a romp.

4.French Bulldog

The French Bulldog is another ideal apartment companion. It's often seen and not heard, so you will not have complaints about barking. It's a rare breed and popular owing to its temperament, so prepare to wait if you want one.

5. Basenji

The Barkless Dog is the epitome of quietness-it yodels instead of barks. Your community will have little barking to worry about but do be aware that this sighthound can be stubborn. He has an endearing trait - you may find him standing on his hind legs to welcome you as you can come home to your apartment.

6. Borzoi

If you want a jogging companion, consider this breed. This sighthound, which comes from Central Asia and Russia, runs like Road Runner but is a quiet fellow. It looks handsome as well, with a curved, well-formed body and tail.

7. Bichon Frise

First used by Spanish sailors as barter, this proud member of the toy dog group hails from France and is the quintessential lap dog. Its 3 kg frame makes it the perfect companion for apartment dwellers, and its charming disposition doesn't hurt either.

8.The Yorkshire Terrier

Affectionately termed the "Yorkie," this furball is one of the littlest dogs of any breed. From whence does this energetic fellow hail?
Yorkshire, England, of course!

Its lack of size means that it will fit anywhere in an apartment. Playful and affectionate, this tiny fellow is such a pal that it does not like being alone-separation anxiety is a concern with this breed.

9.Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier

This Irish native, unlike many terriers, is relatively quiet. It has a soft-coat (surprise, surprise) which needs regular maintenance, but you will have no problems keeping it in an apartment otherwise.


This sighthound from the Middle East carries himself with dignity. It will not tarnish its noble nature with uncontrolled barking, so having it in the home is no issue. So quiet is he that you may find him a little too reserved at times. Nonetheless, he makes an ideal apartment companion.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Michelle Liew


Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on December 30, 2020:

Great article Michelle!

You are right that having a pet dog in an apartment is a great responsibility. One has to consider about many things , such as the available space, the neighbors etc. You have provided some very useful information and suggestions for the dog lovers.

Thank you for sharing and it's good to see publishing after a long time.

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