Anyone can imagine a Chihuahua living happily in an apartment, but a Great Dane? It’s true!
With such a multitude of dog breeds in the world, it can be difficult to know which are best suited to a particular lifestyle. Some dogs need plenty of room to run and others only need a pillow and a long nap to be content. Because of their small size and unique challenges, apartments require a dog to possess certain personality traits in order to live there happily. In addition to being somewhat compact and comfortable with spending much of their time inside, a good apartment dog must also be calm, quiet, and self-sufficient. If you’re searching for your next canine companion then read our list of the five best apartment dogs.
The English Bulldog
Thanks to their medium build and penchant for long naps on the couch, the English Bulldog is the ideal apartment dog. Friendly, intelligent, and willing to please, English Bulldogs are happy to get out for a short daily walk and spend the rest of their time scoping out the kitchen for good snacks.
The Shih Tzu
Every bit as regal as they are beautiful, the Shih Tzu is a breed that requires little upkeep and is happy in small quarters. Since they aren’t particularly high energy, Shih Tzu’s require only moderate exercise, which makes them perfect apartment pets.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Friendly, easy-going, beautiful, and athletic, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a small dog that is equally happy napping in a patch of sun on the floor or chasing a ball at the dog park. A great breed for those who live in apartments but like to be active in their spare time, this breed is a game little companion that is bred to be polite, sweet, and attentive.
The Great Dane
The Great Dane may seem like a surprising apartment pet, but they actually do quite well in small living spaces. Although large in size, they are low-energy and don’t require a great deal of exercise. Additionally, this breed is calm, friendly, quiet, and polite and will have no problem happily napping on the sofa while you’re away at work.
Weighing in at only 2-6 lbs., the Chihuahua is the ideal size for apartment living. Although they can be barkers, Chihuahuas are generally well behaved and eager to please when they get enough attention and mental stimulation. Keep their minds busy with plenty of new tricks and a job, such as agility or obedience, and these little dogs will be perfect apartment companions.
Living in an apartment with a dog can be challenging, but it is made much easier by these apartment-ready dog breeds. Low-energy, calm, self-contained, and people-focused, these breeds are the ideal match for anyone who needs to live in small quarters but doesn’t want to sacrifice the pleasure of a canine companion.
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