In theory, you could live with any dog in an apartment. However, while that is theoretically true, ask anyone who has tried to share a one-bedroom apartment with a Great Dane or a Rottweiler whether it’s a good idea, and chances are they’ll say no. Space is certainly a factor, but there are other factors, like noise, personality traits and other factors to consider. Here are the best dogs for apartment living, along with the reasons why:
Basenjis are an African breed, that don’t actually bark. They do have a weird yodeling sound that they make on occasion, but generally, they’re pretty quiet. That’s great for apartment living, where neighbors might not appreciate yapping! Take note, however, that as a hunting dogs, Basenjis can have lots of energy, so you’ll need to plan for frequent walkies!
Bulldogs are medium sized, but they’re gentle, renowned for their laid back and lazy approach to live, and not major barkers. Just ensure that the apartment you choose has air conditioning for the summer, because Bulldogs tend to overheat very quickly thanks to their very short nasal passages and face shape.
Rounding out the B’s on this list is the Bishon Frise, a powder puff ball of energy that’s small enough to be suitable for apartments (albeit it with regular walks and lots of playing) and they tend to shed less frequently than other long coated breeds, making them perfect to share confined spaces with.
Chihuahuas are the ultimate apartment dog, because of their size. They’re super easy to share even the smallest space with, and they tend not to need tons of exercise. Be warned, however, that Chihuahuas tend not to get along with new people or dogs very well, and proper socialization is critical early on to ensure that they don’t develop fear aggression.
If you’re looking for a dog that’s hypoallergenic, you won’t get much closer than the mostly hairless Chinese Crested. Since they also tend to be super lazy, and happy to lie in bed for hours on end, they’re perfect for people who live in apartments and have lower mobility.
With their small size and love of tunneling under the covers, Dachshunds make great apartment dogs – as long as you bear in mind that they tend to be rather noisy and may need some training to keep the noise levels down!
Greyhounds (the small, Italian variety) are also great apartment dogs. They tend to be fairly calm and quiet, although you will probably notice that these little dogs tend to shiver all the time! They will need daily walks to stay happy in a smaller space though.
If you want a small dog with a big dog personality to share your apartment with you, then the pug is a great choice. They’re friendly, funny and great companions, and they’ll be equally happy lounging on the couch with you as they are out on walks.
Most of the toy and miniature breeds make good apartment dogs. Medium sized breeds, especially if they are older, can also live in apartments, but it’s really not fair to keep large, high energy dogs cooped up. That having been said, if you spend a lot of time outdoors with them on a daily basis, most breeds can adapt to apartment living over time.