Low on Space? These 10 Dog Breeds Are Perfectly Comfortable in Your Small Apartment
There are plenty of dog breeds that do well in small apartments: you just have to consider a few things when selecting your new BFF. So, while it's easy to feel like you're unable to raise a dog (aka start living your dream life) while living in a small apartment — what if they don't have enough space to play, annoy your neighbors, or make your space feel claustrophobic once they've moved in with all their toys — you can make raising the doggy of your dreams work in a small apartment. You just have to choose the right breed.
According to the American Kennel Club, small apartment dwellers have lots of options when it comes to choosing their new roomie, and it's not all about size. You should also consider a breed's activity level, how much noise they'll make, and other personality traits.
Read on for the top 10 dog breeds for small apartment living.
It may be surprising to some, but Greyhounds are known as 45 mph couch potatoes. All they need is a quick walk or the chance to run all out at the dog park for a bit, and they're down to lounge for the rest of the day — making your small apartment a fine place for them to hang. They're not big barkers either, as long as they have plenty of love.
Known as Africa's "barkless" dog, Basenjis make a perfectly quiet, highly intelligent roommate for your small apartment. Worry no more about thin walls or sensitive neighbors, because these cuties only let out the occasional chortle or yodel (And, who wouldn't enjoy that?). They're also small — rarely growing taller than 18 inches — and they don't shed!
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
While this breed may sound like they belong in a castle, all they really want to do is stay close and spend time cuddled in your lap. Their attachment to their owners makes a small living space ideal, so they can be near you at all times. Plus, their even-keeled temper and gentle nature makes them even more loveable.
The pug life often consists of sedentary activities like cuddling in your lap. Still very silly and playful, this breed is not lazy — pugs were bred to be companions, and that's what they do best. It's also what makes their small size and happy, low-maintenance personality ideal for apartment dwellers.
Though relatively large dogs, chows are known to be serene and adaptable, happily taking to small apartment living . . . especially since some of their favorite activities include napping and relaxing. They're also some of the cleanest dogs according to their owners (thought they do require quite a lot of grooming), and have very little doggy odor — a great quality to have in a small space, am I right?
Coton de Tulears
The bond between Cotons and their people is an extremely tight one, so this breed is about to become your new BFF. They're great for small living spaces due to their small size and their need to keep connected with their owners. They do need moderate exercise (otherwise they can become destructive), but as long as they have lots of attention and interesting toys, these witty, amusing doggos will be as happy as they make you.
Bred as barge dogs who acted as guards and companions on Dutch vessels, these boat-friendly pups adapt quite well to apartment living, too. They do need regular exercise, but once that's out of the way they'll be ready to join you on the couch for some TV. As long as you spend time with your Keeshond, they'll be happy as can be.
Weighing in at around 7 pounds, Yorkies are smart, adventurous, and make great apartment companions due to their endearingly small size. They do need lots of exercise, but with such small bodies, they can be easily exercised indoors — which is where they often feel most comfortable, anyway (especially if you live in a cold or damp area).
Adorable Frenchies have become extremely popular in the last few years, and it's easy to see why. They're charming, affectionate, and great for small living spaces due to their low activity needs and love for chillin'. They also love to make friends of the human variety, making them the instant popular kid in your busy apartment complex.