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Top 5 Dog Breeds for Apartment Living

This article is contributed by guest writer, Johny Kershwas (Content Researcher at DogBreeds911)

Top 5 Dog Breeds for Apartment Living

If you’re planning on adopting a new puppy, then you’ve come to the right place. We all know that dogs are the best, but that doesn’t mean that all dog breeds are right for you. Why? Because different breeds have different needs, especially when it comes to their living environments.

For example, if you live in an apartment, then you might want to narrow your search down to certain breeds that are suited for an indoor apartment-like atmosphere. A labrador or a golden retriever might feel suffocated in the confined areas of an apartment as there’s not much space to move around freely. But, tiny breeds such as Bichon Frise or poodles are perfect for apartment living.

Today, we look at the 5 best dog breeds for apartments. Here we go:

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Even though greyhounds are speedy creatures and look like they belong in the wild; they are surprisingly lazy loungers who love to be homebodies. This makes them perfect for apartments of all sizes.

Here are a few things that you must know about greyhounds:

  • As mentioned, greyhounds are true couch potatoes. Despite needing some level of activity, fetching things, and running around, they are perfectly content slacking off in one place and lounging around.
  • If you need a quiet breed that doesn’t bark much, greyhounds are perfect for you.
  • When it comes to house training them, it’s best to adopt a gentle approach to avoid mishaps. Also, keep the lessons short.
  • Even though greyhounds can weigh up to 40 kilos, they are super gentle, affectionate, and loving. But, beware! Greyhounds carry an instinct to chase things. So, always keep them on leash when in an unfenced area.
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Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise are sometimes considered the most “toy-like” dog breed. Their tiny stature makes them one of the best dog breeds for apartment living. And, the best part is that they love to get along with humans and animals alike.

However, Bichons do tend to carry high energy. You will need to take them for regular walks. They may also suffer from separation anxiety. Therefore, an ideal environment for this breed would be for at least one person to be at home at all times.

Here are some facts about this breed:

  • The coat of a Bichon is quite healthy. They barely shed, so it’s good for people who can’t invest in too much grooming or are allergic to dog hair. They do need regular brushing through to avoid matting. A monthly bath is enough to maintain their coat.
  • Bichons are not prone to unnecessary barking or yippiness. So, you don’t have to worry about disturbing the neighbors.
  • The dog breed is pretty kid-friendly. However, make sure not to leave them unsupervised when they play with children.
  • Because of their high energy levels, Bichons demand regular movement and exercise. So, get them outside, in the park, and play a little game of fetch. They are pretty quick to learn new tricks!
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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

One of the most majestic dog breeds, King Charles Spaniels are highly sweet and intelligent dogs who will lovingly wag their tail at you. Additionally, they love to be spoiled! Cavaliers are highly affectionate and they become attached to their owners very quickly.

If left unattended for a long time, they may become homesick. If you’re looking for a house guard, then this is not the breed for you. They’re just too friendly for the job.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels tend to weigh between 13-18 pounds, making them ideal for apartment dwelling. They enjoy chasing after things. While they would love to play with a house cat; do not have a bird in the house as he/she will hunt it down.

Here are some facts about the breed:

  • King Charles Spaniels require some level of grooming. You would have to brush their coat at least three times a week. Regular bathing is also necessary.
  • When it comes to their noise level, the Cavalier may bark or may just ignore whatever bark-inducing distraction that they encounter. It all depends on their mood!
  • This breed is highly kid-friendly, and would love to watch cartoons with your little kids.
  • Another good thing is that they don’t need intense exercise. But, do ensure regular medium-level activity. Also, do keep them on a leash, as they may run the risk of getting in front of a moving vehicle in overstimulating environments.
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Lhasa Apso

If you want an incredibly loyal companion, then the Lhasa Apso breed is for you. They are highly mischievous and agile dogs who love spending time with family members. However, they’re not exactly kid-friendly.

If you want to make them comfortable in the house and help them become a happy family member, be sure to consider the following:

● Regular training and socialization are necessary due to their high energy levels.
● Dental care. These dogs are particularly prone to gum and oral health issues
● They need regular grooming so do visit a pet groomer regularly.

They shed only moderately, so you don’t have to worry about too much dog hair lying around everywhere. On the downside, they tend to bark. A lot. So be sure to consider all of these factors before adopting a Lhasa Apso.

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If there was a modeling competition for dogs, Maltese are sure to win the crown every time. They are one of the prettiest dog breeds. Fearless and gentle, Maltese are extremely people-oriented and loyal. They thrive on human attention.

They may be tiny, but Maltese are quick learners. This witty dog breed makes for a perfect therapy and companion dog. They are, however, not good for people who remain mostly unavailable due to long working hours.

Additionally, it is not safe to leave them alone with small children and toddlers. If you work a part-time job or don’t have kids yet, then this is a good breed for you.

They don’t bark much and they shed only minimally, so that’s a plus. Their energy levels are also moderate, so medium-level activity would be best for this breed.

In Conclusion

Now that you know about the top 5 dog breeds for apartment living, which one do you think would be best for you? Whatever you decide, be sure to do enough thorough research before bringing home a new furry friend to ensure both you and your new companion happiness for years to come!


  • I think so much it really depends on the dog and the human. Mutts are often your best dog in a smaller breed. Terrier mixes can be a dream come true. Puddles mixed with anything make great friends. Pomeranian mixed with a near- non-barking breed makes a great pet.
    The human has to decide their dedicated to walk, brush, provide vet care- take for outings to parks- really be a great master. It’s a relationship that can be one of the best you’ll ever have. But dogs need attention and time. If you don’t have those 2 things- we’ll- get a stuffed animal- or a Willie Nelson Chia Pet.

  • Yes, I agree with you in all you say . I do think you overlooked the very sweet Shih Tzu and Shih Tzu mixes. I absolutely adore our low key Shih Tzu – Pekingese and Shih Tzu -Maltese rescued from tragic situations . Although the same age we adopted our male and female 3 years apart. They have been devoted to each other since they first met. They are calm and have lived in small apts and larger homes equally. They are true companions to humans and each other !

  • Amen. Dogs are your best friend and give unconditional love ♥️

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