Top 18 Apartment Dogs

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Top 18 Apartment Dogs

Apartment Dogs

It might be true that dogs used to live in the wild, but in today’s world there are too many people living in apartments to not let a man’s best friend join them in their homes as apartment dogs. It is very important to understand that there are no true apartment dogs. All dogs would love to have as much space as possible in their lives. That being said, how big a dog is or how much space to they need to feel comfortable is not really what determines whether a dog is an apartment dog or not. It really depends on how much work you are willing to put into training your dog to feel at home in their crates while you are gone, to play with their favorite toys in the kitchen or to walk around and entertain themselves in our humble abode without creating chaos.

The list below consists of the best apartment dogs, while still keeping in mind that every single dog out there has the potential to live comfortably in an apartment depending on how much time and patience their human friend has to train them to feel at home in such a setting.

Apartment Dog Considerations

One thing that every single person who is looking for apartment dogs must understand is that having a dog that is labeled as one of the best apartment dogs does not mean that they do not need as much exercise as dogs that live in farms. Small dogs, such as Pugs and Boston Terriers, need a ton of exercise (of course in accordance with their size!) to remain healthy and calm. Newfoundlands can be great apartment dogs if someone is willing to take them on hour long runs every single day and hike with them over the weekends.

There are a lot of dogs that end up in shelters every single month because their owner did not do enough research when they brought the dog into their lives. Please make sure to look through the different dog breeds to see if you will be able to meet all their needs comfortably. Sometimes, people think that only small dogs are apartment dogs. This is completely wrong. If you have a big back yard and leave the dogs out all the time instead of choosing to take them out on a run or a hike, they will still be bored and destructive in the massive yard space. That is your fault and not the dog’s since you made the mistake of not understanding their needs properly. Apartment dogs or not, dogs are better off being with someone who will spend lots of time training them, exercising them and making them feel loved while living in a smaller home rather than with a person who has a large back yard and a mansion but has no time to take care of their pooches.

As apartment dwellers consider the best apartment dogs for themselves, it is important to think of the breeds and how compatible they are with your lifestyle. A lot of times, medium sized breeds might need more activity in their lives than a larger breed and there are times when a small breed will need more activity in their lives than a medium sized breed! A case in point is that of the Boston Terrier. Boston Terriers are high-energy dogs that love to play around and like being close to their humans. They can be great apartment dogs as long as someone is willing to take them to the park after work to get all that excess energy out!

It is important to let puppies and adult dogs get used the new apartment space that they are adopted into or brought into before they can be great apartment dogs. Make sure that you do this slowly by still visiting big parks, houses of friends and such so that they know that your apartment is their home and not a small cell.

It is helpful for apartment dogs so enjoy their living situation if they know that they will be living with their owners who are present at most times. Try to be around your dogs as much as possible so that they do not feel alienated as apartment dogs. It is always better to give your dog some treats to keep them busy and go away for small periods of time rather than for large periods of time.

Another important thing to remember is that in order for apartment dogs to be comfortable, their owners need to create space for them. Please try to create as much extra “off the floor” storage as possible in order to let the apartment dogs enjoy whatever space you’re renting!

All that being said, here is a list of what we consider to be the best apartment dogs!

18. Shih Tzu

Apartment Dogs Shih Tzu

Shih Tzus are considered great apartment dogs because they are wonderful companions and house pets. They are lively, alert, friendly, and trusting towards all people they know. They do not require much exercise but their long, luxurious coat does require daily brushing and maintenance.

17. Greyhound

Apartment Dogs Grey Hound

This might be a shocker, but the sixty to eighty pound racing dogs known as the Greyhounds are great apartment dogs because they love being couch potatoes! They are extremely trainable and can adapt easily to new environments if their owners socialize them well! They also seem to like the calm and quite lifestyle.

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  1. Frankie and Ernie on

    It would be wonderful if every dog had acres and acres to freely and safely roam and romp over.

  2. It’s very impawtant to remember your neighbors when deciding on an apartment dog. Dogs that are big BARKERS aren’t the best choice! It’s a grreat idea to go through a rescue group that fosters dogs in a home (rather than shelter) environment, because they’ll have a good idea of each dog’s individual quirks that can affect your choice!

    • EXACTLY!

      That’s why small dogs are actually one of the WORST choices for an apartment – small dogs almost always bark more, are harder to toilet train and can’t hold their bladder as long as medium or large dogs (of course there are exceptions but as a general rule these are true).

      In my neighbourhood it’s the small dogs that yap all day long (once one of them starts they all get going). The large dogs rarely ever let out a sound while they’re in their own homes (you wouldn’t know they are there but for seeing them be walked every day).

      Don’t let high energy levels dissuade you either. Most dogs (even high energy breeds) will not exercise themselves on their own anyway. They tend to just sit around in large yards doing nothing until you get home so having a large yard and not actively engaging in play or training with your dog is useless – the dog is far better off in a tiny apartment with an owner that will take it out regularly for exercise and will play with and train the dog. Many owners with large yards think they can get away without doing this and pay the price when the dog digs up the garden, tears up the furniture or barks all day.

      I have a border collie in a tiny 45 square meter city flat. I take him out 6 times a day (about 3 hours in total walking time) and play fetch on the communal roof terrace for 30 mins before I go to work each morning (it’s a fairly long terrace). In the evening he gets training sessions of about 10 – 15 mins and more play sessions. At the weekends I take him hiking in the countryside with me, or to the beach. He is happy with this and has never messed in the house, chewed anything up nor barked or howled while I’m gone.

      People keep telling me I am mad to keep a border collie in a tiny flat in the city but he’s been the best companion I could have wished for, especially since he’s so intelligent he learned the boundaries I set for him almost instantly (e.g. no getting on the furniture except for when it is covered by his blanket, no jumping up on guests, no barking in the house etc.) I certainly could not have taught a toy breed or a terrier such things without weeks or months of training (my dog learnt everything within a few days of adoption).

      I would say if you want a good apartment dog go to a rescue and rescue one with the characteristics you are searching for (quiet, calm, gentle, obedient etc.) it’s far better to get a dog with a known character than a puppy who may turn out to be a nightmare when it gets older!

  3. What a great post and soooo true!!! Would have thought particularly of Boston Terriers but yep, they would probably be good too. Just like ya say, depends on what you bring to the table!

  4. We smaller dogs generally do better in apartments, but Momz sez she’s had really big dogs in apartments and as long as she made time to take them out for walks and runs everyone did just fine

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