Top 10 Best Dog Breeds For Apartments

Got a lotta love to give, but not much room to live? Don’t worry! There’s still a doggo out there for you. Take a peek at our top picks of dog breeds for apartments

We've come up with a list of our Top 10 best dog breeds for apartments.

Let’s face it: size does matter. That’s especially if you live in compact quarters. With the downsizing trend being the next big thing (pun unfortunately intended), it’s easy to see how new pawrents might be looking for a dog that will feel comfy in their small living space. After all, we all want what’s best for our four-legged friends, and you’ll agree that an energetic, large dog would have a ruff time in a home where they can’t roam about. It’s not fair to bring a big animal suited to a large home into a small space. That’s cruel. However, not all puppers have big dog needs. There are doggos out there who would be more than happy to live in a small space. It’s all about picking the right pup. That’s why we are here to provide you all with a  a list of dog breeds who are suited for apartments.

Whether you live in a cramped condo, an adequate apartment or just closeted quarters, there’s a dog that will fit into your living space. From miniature dog breeds to laid-back couch potatoes that will spend most of their day in bed,  plenty of canines wouldn’t mind if their new home wasn’t a pooch palace. A small home filled with love will suit them just fine.

We’ve come up with a list of our Top 10 best dog breeds for apartments, and we’re sure that one of these pooches will fit right into your life… and your living accommodations. But before we dive into our list, let’s cover some ways to keep your pet happy in this type of environment. Being an dog owner in an apartment building does come with it’s own challenges after all.

Knowing which breeds are best suited to living in an apartment is the first step in choosing a pooch that will live comfortably in your home. However, beyond that, there are some simple steps that you can take to ensure your companion will remain content and healthy for years to come, no matter how small your space. Here are a few tips to help get you started:

  • Even if your apartment is on the small size, try to set aside a little area that your dog can call his own. This could be his place to go to when he wants to relax, and it can easily be like a little haven for him. It doesn’t need to be an entire room. Just a little corner to call his own. Add a doggie bed, keep his food and water bowls nearby, and place a few toys in the area too. He’ll quickly claim the space as his own and love his private area as much as you love yours.
  • Your dog might be okay with spending time indoors, but he will really thrive if you give him plenty of time in the great outdoors. If you spend long hours at work during the day, consider enlisting the help of an experienced dog walker or a trusted friend or family member who can come by and take your dog out for a walk to keep him happy. Even a few minutes outside in the middle of a long and lonely day can make a huge difference in your doggie’s demeanor. This small choice can have a huge impact on your fur baby’s wellbeing.
  • If you live in an apartment that isn’t on the ground level, taking your dog out frequently to go to the bathroom throughout the day and night can be a bit of a challenge for both of you, especially as your dog gets older. So, if you can’t arrange to get an apartment on the first floor, see if you can get one with a balcony on which you can put some artificial grass potty pads that he can use. This can be particularly helpful for both of you when your pooch needs to go outside in the middle of the night. It’s not an ideal solution, but one that will help both of you out quite a bit in emergency bathroom scenarios.
  • Training your pooch is always important, but you’ll want to focus on teaching your dog that he doesn’t need to bark at everything he sees outside the window. Living in an apartment means you have neighbors all around you, and they won’t appreciate a noisy dog. This is a huge reason why certain breeds of dog aren’t suited to apartment life, but it’s also something that can be significantly helped with proper training.
  • Give your dog a variety of toys that can provide not only physical exercise, but also mental stimulation, even while he is alone in your apartment. This can help prevent destructive behaviors that would result from your pooch getting bored.
  • Consider setting a routine that you and your pet can follow every day. Dogs do well when they can follow a schedule, so walk your dog around the same time every day, and set up a consistent feeding schedule, too. That way, he will know when to expect to eat and exercise. This will calm your pup and keep him from acting out.
  • Keep your dog up-to-date on all of his necessary vaccinations, especially since he will be living in an apartment building, where he will encounter a lot of people and maybe a lot of other dogs too. And it’s also wise to use flea and tick preventatives to help keep these parasites off your dog and out of your apartment building. Basic stuff, but important to remember regardless of where you raise your pup.

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