The 12 Dog Breeds Perfect for Apartment Living

Dog lovers come from all different parts of the country: some
have acres of land, some have large backyards, and some have
apartments. Living in a multi-unit building does not preclude you
from getting a pup. If you have a loving home, a dog is right for
you. All dogs require some form of exercise, but there are many
dog breeds perfect for apartment living.

You can get a dog even if you don’t have a yard. These are
some of our favorites for apartment life.

12 Best Dog Breeds for Apartment Dwellers

1. Bichon Frise

These white fluff balls are wonderful companions for life
without a big backyard. The small pups
usually grow to be no more than 18 pounds.  Bichons aren’t known
to be big barking dogs and they don’t shed much. They do need
exercise, but, hey, that could be a fantastic motivator to get you
both out of the house.

2. Beagle

Beagles are a great fit for a smaller space. They don’t grow
to be too big (typically under 20 pounds). These happy-go-lucky
pups love to be around people, so they fit in well at home. Beagles
aren’t known to be massive shedders and need infrequent

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3. Boston Terrier

These sweet pups are another good fit for apartment-life. Boston
Terriers have fantastic manners, are compact, and always look
like they’re wearing a Tuxedo. Need we say more? Joking aside,
this breed of Terrier is known to be quiet and
. Less barking to bother the neighbors.

4. Bulldog

These voluminous pups are known to be sweet and gentle. The
Bulldog body type doesn’t lend itself to intense exercise. In
fact, Bulldogs have a distinctive waddle that doesn’t allow them
to move as fluidly as other types of dogs. They are  a good fit
for an apartment-lifestyle because of their low endurance.

5. Cavalier King Charles

You may recognize this silky breed from Charlotte York’s
apartment on Sex and The City. These pretty pups love to snuggle
and at no more than 18 pounds, they won’t take up a lot of space.
With their sweet, gentle features, it’s hard not to fall in love
with these beauties.

6. Chihuahua

Another small breed fit for living in apartments is the charming
Chihuahua. They don’t require much exercise and are especially
fond of their humans. They make great companions around your home.
Chihuahuas are so small you can build them a tiny obstacle course
in your home to practice agility.

7. Dachshund

Meet the dog of many names. These playful pups are sometimes
known as a doxin or doxie, and sometimes a wiener dog. Whatever
you call your hound, call them a good fit for apartment-dwelling.
Their super short legs mean they don’t need tremendous amounts of
exercise. No wonder they’re one of the
most popular breeds
in the US.

8. Greyhound

Don’t be mistaken by their long legs and reputation as one of
the fastest dogs
. These pups are calm and gentle. They fit in well in a
smaller space because while they do need exercise, a daily walk or
trip to the dog park meets their needs. Greyhounds are well-known
for their love of lounging, so they can hang around with you during
a Netflix binge.

9. Havanese

The only dog breed known to be from Cuba (Havana. Get it?), the
Havanese is an ideal candidate for an apartment. They are sociable
and are even nicknamed “Velcro Dogs” because of their
preference to be close to their human as often as possible.
Havaneses are known to be quite adaptable, happy to live where
their human is – city or suburb, townhouse, or condo.

10. Japanese Chin

This silky beauty is sometimes called the most “feline
breed. The toy-sized dogs are known for their royal lineage. They
are friendly, small in stature, and content to dwell in an
apartment because they don’t require rigorous exercise.

10. Mastiff

You may think there’s no place for this giant breed in a
smaller living space. Think again. Mastiffs are gentle, docile, and
require a moderate
activity level
. Of course, this pooch will need exercise like
any other dog, but they are quite content to laze around on their
dog bed for much of the day.

11. Pug

Like the Havanese, Pugs are quite adaptable to any environment.
This makes an attractive pal for apartment life. These adorable,
squished-face companions are loyal, loving, and don’t take up
much space in an apartment. Word to the wise: pugs snore.

12. Miniature or Toy

If you decide to get a Poodle for your apartment, make sure you
select a Toy or Miniature breed. Standard Poodles can grow up to 70
pounds. These sassy, intelligent dogs are known for their pleasant
disposition. They get along well with other animals and humans. And
they have a reputation for being easy to train.

All Dogs Need Exercise

No matter what breed you select, remember that your pup needs
daily walks and fresh air. Even if they are less athletic or
motivated for runs, all dogs need to use their muscles. Also, when
they are outside, your pup uses their nose to sniff out the

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