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What Dog Breeds Are the Best Apartment Dogs?

If you live in an apartment or want to and are looking at getting a dog, what is the best breed to get? Size isn’t the only thing that matters when it comes to apartment dogs. Just because they’re on the bigger side, doesn’t mean they won’t thrive in an apartment. Some large breeds love lounging around all day and some small breeds need a lot of playtime and space to run.

When picking the perfect apartment dog, you should also consider the pup’s energy and noise levels, how they react to other dogs, people and noises and your own lifestyle. Being in a noisier environment shouldn’t mean that your new dog is barking or reacting to every small sound. Working and high energy dogs are a definite no for apartments, this includes Kelpies, Border Collies, Huskies and Cattle Dogs. Dogs that love to protect and bark, like Jack Russells, Beagles and Chihuahuas are also not a great choice for apartment dwelling. Keep reading to see just some of the breeds that can make great apartment dogs. 

1. Greyhound & Italian Greyhound

Although known for their speed, Greyhounds are the ultimate apartment dogs. They love lounging all day and only need a short daily walk. They’re also quiet and low maintenance with their grooming needs and cleanup from shedding.

2. French Bulldog

This popular breed is great for apartments as they are not big barkers and only need a brisk daily walk. Frenchies love to play and thrive on human contact.

3. Pug

Pugs can be cheeky but are loving and also enjoy lounging. Just make sure to take them on daily walks and keep their diet in check as they can be prone to obesity. If you live in hotter climates, always keep water and cool, shaded areas available for them to sit in. 

4. Bulldog

Bulldogs may be on the bigger, chunkier side but they love being a couch potato. Brisk daily strolls will be enough exercise for them. Bulldogs are not big barkers, loyal and friendly towards everyone 

5. Toy/Miniature/Small Poodles & Oodles 

Poodles are smart and easy to train, especially house training. They need regular walks and do like to play but their friendly natures make them great for apartments. Poodles also do not shed so your floors will stay clean, they do need regular brushing and grooming.

6. Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu’s are usually very friendly, get along with other dogs and only need a short walk each day. They are great family dogs and love young children as well. 

7. Daschund

With their tiny legs, they don’t need much playtime to get tired in an apartment. Dachshunds are prone to separation anxiety, so make sure to train them young or be more of a homebody if you want this breed as your fur baby

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