Choosing the right furry roommate for your apartment or condo can be tough, especially if you need to meet weight, breed, or even temperament restrictions. Even if your apartment is 100 percent dog friendly, there are six main qualities you should consider when choosing an apartment pup:
Will he bark a lot and disturb your neighbors?
Can he get enough exercise with no backyard?
Is his coat high maintenance?
Is he too large?
Will he be friendly toward other people and pets?
Will he be easy to train?
Some of these considerations may be more or less important to you depending on your priorities and lifestyle. A more active person may not mind exercising with a higher-energy pup, while others may prefer a full-time couch potato. Or maybe you don't mind a slightly stubborn dog because you love his funny personality. Use the rankings and descriptions to figure out which of these ten apartment-friendly breeds—organized alphabetically—is best for you and your living situation:
#1: Basset Hound
Maxing out at about 60 pounds, this easygoing low rider is the perfect family pet—he's great with children because he's good natured and not easily annoyed. He won't be shy around new people or pets either, giving him extra points for adaptability. Bassets don't have very many flaws, as long as you (and your neighbors) don't mind some barking every now and then. He can be stubborn but is generally quick to learn and eager to please. You can always count on this long-eared, stocky hound being calm, cool, and collected.
#2: Boston Terrier
This breed is perfect for a fairly active apartment dweller. Loving, devoted, and enthusiastic, your Boston Terrier will enjoy sitting on your lap, snuggling under the covers, and joining in on your excursions. While he will definitely need a daily walk to subdue his energy, a few trips around the block to stretch his legs are usually enough. Bostons are ideal apartment dwellers because of their size and coat: They rarely get larger than 25 pounds, and their short coat is easy to maintain with a simple brushing. They're also quick learners and easy to train.
Lively, comical, and kind, the Dachshund may be short in stature but not in personality, which is what Doxie lovers tend to value most about these stubborn little hounds. As loyal companions, they do want to please, and a positive, persistent approach to training will do wonders. Your Dachshund won't need long periods of exercise; when his daily walk is done, he'll be ready to nap. And if you choose the smooth-coated variety, you won't have to worry much about grooming or shedding, but the wire-haired and long-haired varieties will need some more attention. No matter which color combo or coat he has, this pint-sized cuddle buddy is guaranteed to make you laugh every day.
#4: French Bulldog
Playful, inquisitive, and affectionate, the French Bulldog is a happy-go-lucky companion and playmate. His bright expression conveys his fun-loving attitude—he gets along well with everyone, including other dogs. His small stature and low energy make Frenchies the perfect apartment dogs. This big-eared buddy loves to play and thrives on human contact. He also has a short, low-maintenance coat that comes in a variety of color combos. Just make sure you don't mind some snoring, and keep him cool—he's susceptible to overheating because of his short snout.
#5: Great Dane
The Great Dane doesn't seem fitting for this list, but he's such a natural couch potato that his size (100 to 130 pounds) shouldn't discourage you. That combined with his calm, quiet nature and unparalleled trainability make this friendly giant perfect for your apartment (if there are no weight restrictions, of course). His personality makes him more fit for apartment living than many smaller, more active breeds. Even though he is a large dog who sheds, his short coat is easy to care for. Just keep in mind that he will require more food than smaller breeds, and you'll need some extra-large waste bags.
The Greyhound is traditionally known for his speed and lithe build, but he makes an excellent apartment dog. These gentle souls are affectionate, playful, noble, and elegant. Even though he's one of the fastest animals in the world, he actually loves to lounge most of the time—he will be satisfied with a simple daily walk. He would especially love to go a safely enclosed area where he can indulge in some sprinting. Training a Greyhound to do much more than what comes naturally can be challenging, but they are instinctively compassionate and easy to manage. The Greyhound's short, smooth coat is also easy to manage with occasional brushing.
Calm, dignified, docile, and affectionate, the Mastiff's gentle temperament and low activity level make him another surprisingly remarkable apartment companion. Despite his intimidating appearance, the Mastiff is a good family pet who is great with children, if a little overly protective. (He is a natural watchdog, after all.) He rarely barks and is very easy to live with. He gets along fairly well with other dogs and pets if he is properly socialized, and his short, smooth coat needs only occasional brushing. The Mastiff is generally an easygoing dog but needs a strong, confident leader to guide him.
#8: Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Although most all herding breeds are too energetic for apartment living, the short-legged Corgi may be the exception. The Corgi is a willful, animated dog with a sense of humor. This highly intelligent, athletic pup is happiest when he has a job to do, but he can adapt to any living situation if he gets a moderate amount of physical and mental exercise. Easy to train and eager to please, this 25-pounder is great with other people, children, and dogs. Regular brushing and combing of his short, plush coat are all the stout Pembroke Welsh Corgi needs to look his best.
The Poodle is a sprightly, intuitive, good-natured dog who is always in tune with his family. The Toy and Miniature varieties can mostly expend their energy inside an apartment; the Standard variety is often calmer and lower energy, but daily walks are recommended for all sizes. The Poodle can be a bit shy around strangers, but he benefits from proper socialization, which brings out his exuberance and friendliness. Although he does not shed, his curly, dense coat requires regular brushing and professional grooming every so often. Intelligent and kindhearted, Poodles are eager to please and highly trainable, making them a fit friend for your apartment.
Because of their inactivity, quietness, and size, the Pug just might be the perfect dog for apartments and condos of all sizes, as long as you don't mind some snoring. He is an all-around even-tempered, affectionate, and jovial companion. Indoor playtime and small walks will meet his exercise needs—no backyard required. He is not a vocal dog, so keeping your neighbors happy won't be a problem. He's quick to befriend people of all ages and gets along well with other pets, especially if he's socialized at a young age. He's a natural gentleman but is an intelligent and curious fellow who appreciates direction.
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