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The Best Dogs for Small Apartments

March 7, 2013 | Apartment Lifestyle, Pet Friendly Advice

Dogs for small apartments can bring a lot of life to your pet-friendly apartment, but some dog breeds may bring a little more life than you would like.  It’s important that your dog and your rental are a good match.

One of the basic concerns is size. A larger animal takes up more space and needs more space to play. Another key issue is temperament. A dog that wants a lot of exercise might go stir crazy in a tiny flat. Barking doesn’t go over too well with neighbors, so quieter breeds are better too. Another concern is shedding and general cleanliness.

While each individual dog has its own needs, there are a few breeds that are fairly safe bets for small apartment living with a dog.

Smaller Dogs

If you’re looking at small dogs, consider getting a Bichon Frise or a Yorkshire Terrier. These tiny guys aren’t big barkers and they tend to get along well with other animals and people. Chihuahuas, while tiny, aren’t frequently excellent bets. They can be skittish and bark a lot.

Clean Dogs

If cleanliness is one of your chief concerns, a Maltese has no undercoat, which means less shedding. This breed is loyal and loves to stick near his or her owner. You might also want to consider a poodle or one of the poodle mixes, like a Cockapoo. They won’t shed, but they will need to visit the barber.

Medium Sized Dogs

For medium-sized breeds, our favorites include the Boston Terrier and the French Bulldog. These types of dogs are known for being reasonably calm as long as they get enough attention.  While you may think a larger animal may not click with apartment living, sometimes that’s not the case. English Bulldogs and Basset Hounds, for example, are both easily amused and fairly happy with a sunny spot on the couch. At around 50 to 60 pounds, these breeds are definitely getting up there in bulk.

Big Dawg

If you’re bucking the trends and want a big dog, believe it or not, both Greyhounds and Great Danes work well as apartment dogs. While they look like they’ll need endless exercise, they don’t. A Great Dane is a slacker and a Greyhound can be happy with just a short daily romp around the park—assuming you’ve got somewhere comfortable for him or her to sack out the rest of the time.

What kind of dog do you have in your apartment? Let us know in the comments!

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