Nearly 40 million Americans call apartments home. Many are dog lovers who might’ve held off on getting a dog because they think their living space can’t handle one.
However, you can absolutely get a dog while living in an apartment. You may just need to choose the right breed to make the experience as good as possible for yourself and the animal.
We’ve put together this list to help you do exactly that. Here are the 10 best dog breeds for apartment living.
The Affenpinscher is a small dog breed that’s feisty and full of character. They can be a bit difficult to housetrain, but once you’ve done that, they’ll get along with both the other dogs and cats in your home very well.
American Eskimo Dog
The American Eskimo Dog is another option for apartment dwellers. It’s an extremely intelligent breed that does well with children. Key things to remember with this breed are not keeping it alone for too long and giving it lots of brain activities to focus on throughout the day.
You should also know that this breed isn’t a good option if you have a cat, as its instincts may take over.
A Bichon Frise is a super playful dog that’s friendly and only grows to about 15 pounds. They’re small, easy to get along with, and perfect for someone who is living in a tiny apartment space.
French bulldogs have become much more popular in recent years. They’re also really great animals to have in apartments. They don’t bark much and only need a single brisk walk each day to stay in shape.
It might be surprising to see greyhounds on our list since they’re the fastest dog in the world. But Greyhounds are actually happy to lounge around for most of the day. So if you can get yours to the dog park for a good running and playing session once daily, they’ll be more than happy to hang out in your apartment for the rest of it.
If you’ve been looking up puppies for sale, then there’s no doubt you’ve run across one or two pugs. This breed can be a bit mischievous. But they also love hanging out on the couch and enjoying the food that you give them, which makes them a good fit for apartment life.
Just note that this breed is prone to obesity because of its propensity for lounging around. So you may need to force it to get out and exercise with you more than it would like to on its own.
A Bedlington Terrier is another great apartment animal that could be on your list of options. It’s got beautiful fleece fur and will stand out no matter where you take it. It’s also extremely low-shedding.
Just know that this breed may require longer walks than some of the other options on our list.
You may also want to look at the German Spitz breed if you’re seeking an apartment-friendly animal. These cuties have a fox-like expression and are always eager to please and willing to learn.
One potential downside to remember is that the German Spitz has a propensity for barking at strangers. That could be a headache for your neighbors to deal with, depending on the type of apartment that you live in and how well you’re able to train your animal.
The Maltese are another dog breed that’s a great fit for apartments. This animal typically only grows up to about 7 pounds, which means that it won’t take up much space in your apartment.
Some people think that they have long coats are prone to shedding. But that’s not actually true. Maltese dogs infrequently shed despite their appearance.
Finding a style that meshes with your preferences is part of choosing your dog breed. For example, a Boston Terrier could be your best bet if you like short-haired animals. This is a small breed with a short coat that’s got a big personality without having too much energy to keep in your apartment.
Shih Tzu is a breed that was originally created to live inside Chinese palaces. It’s no wonder, then, that this type of animal is typically pleased to stay inside of your apartment for most of the day.
It’s also worth mentioning that most Shih Tzus are extremely good with other animals and children. That makes them a good fit for homes with other animals and young people.
Finally, you can’t go wrong with the classic bulldog if you live in an apartment. This breed is notorious for lounging around the house and will be very happy to do so in your place.
One thing to note is that bulldogs can have difficulty breathing. That means places with warm climates may not be the best fit for them.