15 Dog Breeds Ideal For Apartment Living

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Living in an apartment doesn’t mean you can’t have a dog. Some breeds are perfect for small spaces and don’t need a lot of outdoor exercise. If you are a dog lover looking for a suitable breed for apartment life, here are 15 options to consider.

French Bulldog: The Quiet Companion

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Blessed with distinctive charming appearances and easy-going personalities, French Bulldogs prefer cuddles over running around. These affectionate couch potatoes ensure every day feels like a lazy Sunday and crave constant human touch.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel: The Amiable Lap Dog

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Offering love from any lap-sized spot, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are affectionate and calm canines who adapt seamlessly to indoor life. Space isn’t an issue for these pups as long as their owners provide them with enough attention.

English Bulldog: The Laid-back Buddy

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English Bulldogs redefine relaxation as they master the art of lounging anywhere – a walk to the food bowl is usually their main workout. Since these dogs embrace minimal activity, they are ideally suited for cozy dwellings.

Boston Terrier: The American Gentleman

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Bringing a touch of class to apartments, Boston Terriers, with their sharp tuxedo markings, fit right into the small living rooms. While energetic and playful, their exercise needs are moderate and can be met with daily walks and indoor play.

Pug: The Comical Cuddlebug

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Unlike other breeds of dogs, pugs require relatively little outdoor time as they prefer short walks and play sessions. Due to their short-nosed structure, their low heat tolerance makes them better suited for enclosed living, particularly in air-conditioned apartments.

Chihuahua: The Tiny Watchdog


Chihuahuas pack a lot of spirit into a tiny frame and don’t need much room to move around or play. They are tender and loyal and always ready to offer vigilant watchdog services from the comfort of your lap.

Dachshund: The Curious Hound

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Turning small premises into big adventures, Dachshunds turn every apartment into their little kingdoms with their zest for life. Depending on the coat type – smooth, long-haired, or wire-haired, their grooming demands can range from minimal to moderate, which is manageable in an apartment setting.

Greyhound: The Couch Potato

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Despite their racing background, greyhounds are surprisingly calm and tender,  which makes them splendid buddies for apartment dwellers. Although they can sprint fast, they don’t require much workout. They are satisfied with a couple of short walks each day.

Shih Tzu: The Friendly Furball

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Looking like living, breathing plush toys, Shih Tzus make excellent roommates. Their favorite activities include following you around and playing fetch. Comparatively, these pups tend to be less yappy, a boon where noise can be an issue for neighbors.

Chinese Crested: The Unique Partner

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Their sensitivity to extreme temperatures makes the controlled home life of an apartment ideal for their comfort. Crested comes in two varieties: the “powderpuff”, with its silky coat or the hairless version. Both are hypoallergenic.

Yorkshire Terrier: The Tiny Adventurer


These little daredevils often find hiding spots only they would explore and are always up for a game of hide-and-seek. Yorkies, while energetic, have low exercise requirements compared to larger breeds and daily walks are sufficient to keep them healthy and content.

Maltese: The Gentle Lapdog

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As petite toy breeds, Maltese effortlessly fit into snug quarters, and their elegant, silky coats are surprisingly low-shedding. They are often considered suitable for people with allergies, which makes them a practical choice for an in-home lifestyle where pet hairs are a concern.

Bichon Frise: The Playful Buddy

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Bouncing around with a contagious cheerfulness, Bichon Frises adapts well to the confines of an apartment dwelling. They are intelligent and generally eager to please, and are easily trainable for good behavior and obedience within a small setting.

Havanese: The Cuban Delight

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Forever ready with a wag and a wiggle, Havanese dogs live for heartwarming human interactions. Even if space is minimal, meeting their moderate fitness needs with a dance around the drawing room is enough to turn them into your life-long friends.

German Spitz: The Lively Charmer

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German Spitzs are the perfect energetic companions, requiring just enough activity to thrive in cozy areas. With their alertness and stunning fluffy coats, these true apartment stars add security and style to your homes.


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