Want a puppy but live in an apartment? No worries! There are various dog breeds that fit well with living in apartments or small spaces. Contrary to popular belief, size doesn’t always matter when looking for apartment-friendly fur-babies. Small puppy breeds may prefer to lounge around in larger homes or have vocal personalities while bigger puppies may love being couch potatoes in an apartment.
Of course, when searching the right breed for your apartment, you should always consider the breed’s activity and noise level as well as the pet restrictions in your apartment complex. With that in mind, let’s take a look at 6 of the best dog breeds for apartment living.
1. Boston Terrier
Miniature sized and friendly, the Boston Terrier makes for a great companion to those who live in apartments. This breed rarely grows larger than a foot and a half. Boston terrier puppies can be energetic and adventurous so it’s important to regularly take them out for walks and exercise. If you keep them well-exercised, a Boston terrier will remain happy living in your apartment.
The Maltese has been a beloved furry companion for centuries. And in all honesty, what’s not to love? Because of their size, coat that sheds little to no hair, and affectionate nature, they make great furry friends to live with. Maltese puppies love their owners so much, they always want to spend time with them. This can easily cause them to suffer from separation anxiety. They can also become anxious if not exercised enough. Because of this, they are better fit with owners who are homebodies.
The Pug has a reputation for being a loyal and playful puppy breed. Their size, energy, and quiet nature also makes them great furry roommates! Like the Maltese, a Pug’s owners are their whole world and so, they do not enjoy spending time alone. You can help this issue by providing them with a companion. They do not bark or yap often, which may keep your neighbors happy.
Best known for its small size, the Chihuahua needs little exercise and are affectionate towards their owners, making them perfect for apartment living. Like good little guard dogs, they tend to be wary of strangers so it’s best to keep a close eye whenever you have guests over.
The Bulldog is an adorable dog breed that’s known for their laziness, which makes them the right fit for apartments. Bulldog puppies are playful and love to be around their owners. They do not require much exercise. In fact, with just a short walk around the neighborhood, this breed is completely satisfied. They would much rather laze around on their doggy beds and take a long snooze. Gentle and watchful, the Bulldog will definitely be happy in an apartment.
Out of all the hound dog breeds, the Dachshund is the smallest. They are adorable, energetic puppies that love to play and be around their families. The Dachshund’s small size and gentle nature makes them very much adaptable to living in an apartment or small space. Due to their small legs, they can be exercised indoors.
Always remember to do your research before choosing a breed. Puppies are a life commitment, one that needs your entire attention, time, and patience. With enough research, you will be on your way to finding that perfect puppy!
If you’re unsure of what your puppy’s energy level should be, check out our blog, Signs That Your Puppy Needs More Exercise.