Top 10 Best Dog Breeds For Apartments

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9. Shih Tzu

If you don’t mind grooming all that hair, the Shih Tzu may be the perfect apartment dog for you.

These pooches are cute as a button and they need just about as much space as one too! All joking aside, Shi Tzus are ideal apartment dogs both because of their small size and low exercise needs. This regal-looking companion will spend most of her time in your lap (or a throne, if you provide one), and won’t need a lot of open space to run around. Essentially, as long as she’s pampered and loved, she’ll be happy! Low maintenance in terms of exercise and activity, but high maintenance in terms of love and affection. It’s a reasonable trade off. The only potential problem could be that most Shih Tzus tend to be a bit loud; but with a little patience and positive reinforcement training, this furry blabber will learn to keep her woofs to herself.

While she doesn’t need much room to move around in, this furry little royal will need her daily strolls. Thankfully, Shih Tzus are not high energy dogs, so you won’t need to make many trips outdoors for walks. They’ll make do with one walk a day, but two 20 minute walks are the ideal combo: this will fulfill all of their exercise needs for the day. If you don’t mind grooming all that silky hair, this may be the perfect apartment dog for you. Your apartment will become her palace and your lap will be her throne.

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