20 Best Apartment Dog Breeds
I have recently had lots of older friends downsizing to condos and younger friends renting or buying their fist apartments.
They all seem to want a new “furbaby” and have been asking me which dog breed they should get.
We asked community members and experts we work with to help us share some insights.
Should I get a dog if I live downtown in an apartment?
Whether you are living in a condo or a castle, there’s a breed of dog that will match your space, personality, time, budget and lifestyle.You don’t need to live in a huge house with a yard in the suburbs to have a canine companion. However it is important to choose the right breed and be a responsible pet parent. You need to understand what dogs were bred for and their characteristics. Then you need to give them the mental and physical stimulation they require to set them up for success. Some breeds may surprise you.
Does Size Matter when it come to Condo Canines?
Obviously a smaller dog fits well in a smaller space. However, size is not always the best indicator of whether a dog will be the right match for you if you live in a condo or apartment. There are high energy small dogs and low energy big dogs. There are noisy dogs that might drive your neighbours crazy.
You probably want a friendly, easy going dog that is not guard and try to eat your neighbour or their dog in the elevator. Maybe you want one that does not drool and shed excessively if you do not have a garden.
Certain dogs, like border collies, were bred for herding and hunting and tend to need more activity, space and stimulation.
Not all small breeds are ideal for condo living. Some small breeds are very vocal, which will decrease their popularity with neighbours.
If given the right type and amount of exercise, some large breed dogs like Great Danes may be very docile. They can be excellent dogs for apartments, as long as you don’t mind sharing your small space with a gentle giant.
Below is a list of breeds that are considered good choices for apartment living. If a breed you favour isn’t listed there, it does not mean that it can not live in an apartment. This list simply covers breeds we considered best suited for apartment life based on their characteristics. Almost any dog can live in an apartment, as long as it gets enough of the right daily exercise and consistent training to keep stimulated.
The key to keeping your dog happy and out of trouble is to provide a constant schedule that includes exercise, training time and social time. No one likes the heartache of coming home to a ripped garbage bag or a chewed chair leg! Checking out different neighbourhoods and having a variety of experiences with your dog will ensure he or she gets the best of indoors and outside. All dog breeds need daily action. Small dogs are not like indoor cats and usually require more than a quick in and out for a bathroom break.
Top 20 List of Best Dogs for Apartments
Click on a dog from our list of best breed for apartment living below and learn more:
Choosing a breed
The number one thing to remember is to select a dog that matches your energy level, time and lifestyle.
Don’t just get a dog because you like the look of one particular breed. Remember, you can’t always judge a book by it’s cover.
Don’t forget to take our fun Dog Breeds Quiz to see who your best match might be for fun!
Use our helpful breed library for information and facts on the tiniest of toy dog breeds to the largest of gentle giant dog breeds. Talk to a local vet or trainer. Chatting to others with dogs may also help you choose or understand that breed and how well suited it might be to your home.
Be Responsible if you do get a dog
The key to keeping your dog happy and out of trouble is to provide a constant schedule that includes exercise, training time and social time. No one likes the heartache of coming home to a ripped garbage bag or a chewed chair leg! Checking out different neighbourhoods and having a variety of experiences with your dog will ensure he or she gets the best of indoors and outside.
Adopt a Rescue
Once you do your research and find a dog suited to your lifestyle, living arrangement and needs, why not adopt a rescue dog? Most dogs in shelters are there because of poor research done by the owner or circumstances beyond their control. Misinformed owners often end up frustrated and surrender a perfectly great dog. Help a dog in need who deserves a second chance. You both deserve to have the right match. Then try enrolling in some training classes. It will help both of you with the transition and will help you teach your dog the correct condo manners.
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