The 15 Best Dogs for Apartment Living
If you’re looking to adopt a furry friend and want to make sure they’re one of the best apartment dogs, check out the list below.
The best apartment dog for you
Before adopting a new dog it’s important to think about what breed will best fit into your lifestyle. Your living arrangements play a big part in that. If you live in an apartment you need to take into consideration how much space you have, the rules of your apartment, how noisy the area you live in is, and how much time you have to exercise your pup. You’re most likely not going to be able to open your back door and let your dog run around in the grass, and longer walks to open spaces will be required to keep your dog in good health. That being said, any breed of dog can live in an apartment as long as you give it the care and attention it deserves and needs to stay healthy; however, these dog breeds, provided by Nicole Ellis, Rover’s resident dog trainer on The Dog People Panel, are slightly better suited for high-rise living.
King Charles Cavaliers
The King Charles Cavalier is one of the best dogs for apartment living. They are very sweet dogs the acclimate well to inner situations and locations, says Ellis. They require some exercise but also love to snuggle up on the couch with you. If you want to get a new dog, but you’re on a budget, check out this list of the most (and least) expensive dog breeds.
Irish Wolfhounds are leggy and long, so Ellis recommends always watching where you step if you’re living in close quarters in case they’re sleeping near you. They’re also very sweet and calm dogs.
An Affenpinscher is one of the best apartment dogs because they are fun and playful without requiring too much exercise. “A nice game of indoor fetch or scent work will leave them tired while you are off for the day with work and errands,” says Ellis. Here’s how to pick the best dog breed for you.
When people think of Greyhounds, they think of these dogs racing and being super active. While they do run fast, they don’t require long exercise. They make the perfect exercise buddy for a morning run or workout in the park, says Ellis.
It’s probably not a surprise that pugs make some of the best apartment dogs. Their breed does really well in small places and they don’t need a ton of exercise. They love meeting new people and seeing new sights though, so they’ll have a great time exploring the city with you. These are the most popular dog breeds in every state.
The Havanese is one of the best dog breeds for apartments because they tend not to bark a lot so they won’t annoy your neighbors. They’re just as happy going out on adventures as they are lounging on the couch. One thing to keep in mind with the Havanese is that they require regular grooming.
Just like the Havanese, Shih-Tzus do require grooming, says Ellis. They’re a great breed that doesn’t require a lot of exercise and does well in a small home. If you’re worried about leaving your dog at home, try these tips to keep your pet happy while you’re at work.