Dog experts have previously raised a few concerns about apartment dogs:
- Dogs cannot live in apartments because they need space;
- Dogs cannot live in apartments because it’s bad hygiene for humans.
Both of those statements are untrue.
Research has shown that there are plenty dogs that can live in apartments comfortably, receiving a sufficient amount of exercise and daily walking.
Another study has also found absolutely no correlation between dogs living in city apartments and problems with hygiene among humans.
With this out of the way, certain dog breeds can be a better fit for apartments.
Below we will a total of 21 best apartment dogs that you can look into adopting. But before that, there’s something you need to know about apartment dogs.
Does the size of the “apartment dog” matter?
No, the size of your future apartment dog does not matter. This is why.
Whether a dog is fit for an apartment or not depends not on his size. It all depends on his energy levels and exercise requirements.
This means that even if you have a small toy breed dog that looks to be a perfect fit for small apartments, that doesn’t necessarily mean your pet will fit well into your 100 sqft New York City studio.
Likewise, large dog breeds do not need a big house to feel comfortable. Certain giant breed dogs are known to be great apartment dogs, as you’ll see in the list below.
So what makes a dog suitable for living in an apartment?
Even though it so happened that most best apartment dogs on the list below are small breeds, the fact of whether the breed (or a mix of them) is suitable for an apartment depends on several factors other than the size of the animal.
Those factors are as follows:
1. How loud and vocal a dog is? That is, how often will you have to deal with your neighbors’ complaints and how long before they start calling different institutions to report you, possibly even the police.
2. What’s his energy expenditure? That is, how much bother will it be for you to find them running around the small place all the time, expending their energy through weird and unpredictable endeavors of their own.
3. What are his exercise requirements? That is, how often will you have to take them out not just for a walk, but actually spend time exercising them, giving them time and space to run around, play and allow them to live the full life they deserve.
Size doesn’t have any impact on your decision for choosing the best apartment dog. The only three things you need to take into consideration are the ones above.
It’s also important to note that getting a dog that fits the place will make dog training easier. You don’t need to use any electronic dog collars, pay for dog trainers or otherwise spend extra money on dogs.
With the help of a dedicated community of dog owners, we have come up with an ultimate list of best apartment dogs. This apartment appropriate dogs list is in no particular order, so neither dog is more suitable than the other in most cases.
21 Best Apartment Dogs
Why it’s suitable: Maltese is a breed that usually weights around 10 pounds, so they are small dogs.
These breeds don’t bark a lot at all, and love being close to their owners, which is exactly what you want in a dog for the apartment.
Because of their silk fur, they don’t shed too much, so the cleaning won’t be such a hassle when living together in a smaller space.
They love being indoors, which also works out for you even if you have a house — at least you don’t need to buy any additional equipment like dog houses, in ground fences and other things.
2. Boston Terrier
Why it’s suitable: Boston Terriers are never big either, usually weighting in at around 13-15 pounds, and they absolutely love their owners, which means you’ll see them all the time.
Being a very coach-able breed, Boston Terriers can learn all the necessary apartment etiquette on a whim and live you with in peace and harmony for a long time.
3. English Bulldog
Why it’s suitable: As you may well know, English Bulldogs are one of the laziest breeds we have around, but they’re also one of the most awesome.
They are bigger than the breeds mentioned above as their weight is around 50 pounds, but are actually most comfortable in smaller closed spaces. It’s a perfect apartment dog.
4. French Bulldog
Why it’s suitable: If Boston Terrier is too small, and English Bulldog is too big, then your best bet is the French Bulldog — a smaller version of their English brothers.
French Bulldogs are twice as small as English Bulldogs and normally weight about 20 pounds.
While not as lazy, they love to spend time just lying around in some comfortable space, doing nothing. They are a quiet breed and will not disturb your neighbors.
5. Great Dane
Why it’s suitable: Time to switch things up a little, and who’s more unexpected than the famous Great Dane.
Most people would normally think that such a huge dog is an absolute no-no for an apartment living, but turns out that Great Danes are actually one of the best apartment dogs.
They weight from 100 to 140 pounds (wow), which means you have to get a separate couch just for the dog and your dog gates won’t work on them, but this breed is very calm and quiet, and takes up less space than some smaller dogs.
They are also very easily trained and are extremely friendly, despite their threatening size.
Why it’s suitable: Now this is no surprise, as Pugs have been known for a long time to be the greatest friends of apartment dwellers, especially in big cities.
This breed is very friendly and will try to always stay with the owner; they don’t mind small, closed up spaces and while they’re not lazy, Pugs love to take naps very often, which then might turn into some snoring (but come on, who doesn’t love that?)
Why it’s suitable: Yet another surprise on the list is the 70 pound racing dogs. Surprisingly, Greyhounds prefer not to run around too much and are a very relaxed breed.
Due to them having short hair, they don’t make much of a mess and require very little grooming. If you get a retired Greyhound, he’s going to make a great couch potato buddy for you.
8. Yorkshire Terrier
Why it’s suitable: Did you think I was going to leave this one out of the best apartment dogs list? An obvious choice is of course a Yorkshire Terrier, a very well known small apartment dog.
Mostly popular among women (why?), Yorkies are a so called toy breed that weight around 7 pounds. While they do tend to bark a lot, this usually depends how lucky you get (some of them do bark more than the others).
Yorkies adapt quickly to new environments and are very friendly towards almost anybody – other pets, neighbors, kids. A definite choice for the many for living in smaller places.
9. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Why it’s suitable: Yet another small attention seekers, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very similar to the already mentioned Boston Terriers.
They weight about 15 pounds and are absolutely in love with their owners, constantly craving for attention, which is easy when you’re in a smaller apartment.
They adapt fast, are very quiet and kid-friendly. In fact, this could be one of the most perfect dogs for apartment living.
10. American Staffordshire Terrier
Why it’s suitable: The meaner looking but actually friendly American Staffordshire Terriers are good apartment dogs due to their strong bond with the owner.
The breed is actually a show version of the American Pit Bull Terrier, and they weight around 60 pounds. They do require an occasional exercise, but once that is out of the way, they turn into a perfect smaller space dog.
Although, you should keep in mind that it won’t be easy to negotiate with your landlord when it comes to this breed — they’re not particularly fond of these dogs.
Why it’s suitable: Yes, that’s true, Chihuahuas are known to be kind of pompous, but they aren’t like that all the time.
This is a pretty sweet breed that requires little maintenance, and due to their minimalist-like size, they are perfect for those tiny New York City apartments (that’s a cliche already).
One thing to remember though is that you need kind neighbors, as Chihuahuas can be quite loud occasionally.
12. Basset Hound
Why it’s suitable: The very charismatic Basset Hounds weight about 60 pounds and are perfect apartment dogs.
All they need is some attention from the owner and maybe a toy; the rest of the time they will amuse themselves or just take a nap.
They aren’t too messy, unfortunately, they do like to bark, but looks-wise do not require too much maintenance, either. Definitely an option.
Why it’s suitable: Always cute Dachshunds are great for families that live in apartments. They are a small breed that enjoys playing with just anybody and anything, including kids.
Dachshunds do great — but somewhat barky — in apartments and don’t require a lot of exercise, but you do need to keep an eye on their levels of activity, as they love to get fat pretty quickly.
So while you’re enjoying their company in your smaller apartment, make sure to take them out for some exercise on occasion and use only the best dog food, without overfeeding, to avoid obesity.
14. Shih Tzu
Why it’s suitable: Yet another obvious choice are the popular Shih Tzus. Definitely a great option as an apartment breed, as they are very friendly towards everybody around.
They don’t take up much space at all and don’t need a lot of exercise, so you’re good on that front; however, their looks need attention and extra maintenance, and that involves daily brushing of their luxurious hair.
Why it’s suitable: A small breed that are fairly inactive and love to just hang around, Pekingese are perfect for those living in smaller places.
They feel perfect indoors, don’t need much exercise whatsoever, but at the same time love going for a walk or staying outside if an opportunity presents itself.
16. Miniature Schnauzer
Why it’s suitable: One of the cutest dog breeds alive, Miniature Schnauzer are considered to be one of the best apartment dogs you can find.
They are small and adapt quickly to all kinds of new places. They get along okay with new faces, however, when it comes to kids, it’s advisable that they are introduced to each other when the Schnauzer is under 1 year old.
17. Parson Russell Terrier
Why it’s suitable: With the weight around 15 pounds, Parson Russell Terrier are small but quite active, and are still a good choice as a little apartment companion.
They are friendly towards most people, are moderately loud (they are sometimes too alert) and do require occasional exercise outdoors.
Having said that, don’t be discouraged by that, because these Terriers have absolutely no problem living in the closed up spaces.
18. Japanese Chin
Why it’s suitable: Japanese Chin, also known as Japanese Spaniel, is our Asian toy breed friend.
Weighting at about 7 pounds, they take up very little space and are extremely attached to their owners and owners’ family, but are very suspicious of strangers, so your neighbors might not feel welcomed by the dog.
Japanese Chins don’t need a huge amount of exercise, but they love to go for a walk often, so you must consider this need of theirs.
19. Brussels Griffon
Why it’s suitable: An unfairly less popular Brussels Griffon, also known as Griffon Bruxellois in its original name, is a toy breed from Belgium.
The small dog is another good option as a best apartment dog; and even though they do like being outdoors, they know how to keep themselves entertained for hours on end, which means they won’t bother you too much when you’re busy.
It’s a low maintenance breed, although you must take them out for longer walks almost daily, but just grab your dog backpack carrier and you’re all set for a nice walk (something you yourself might need, too).
20. Tibetan Spaniel
Why it’s suitable: Tibetan Spaniels, nicknamed as Tibbies, are small dogs that weight around 12 pounds.
They require a moderate amount of exercise, but at the same time they love to spend time curled up right next to you while you’re watching your favorite series in the evening.
These Spaniels are great apartment companions, and when you don’t have time to play with them, they know how to keep themselves busy playing with toys.
They bark on occasion but are not considered to be a loud dog, and are always alert, which means you’ll definitely know if someone sneaks into your apartment while you’re sleeping.
21. Miniature Poodle
Why it’s suitable: Last but definitely not least on the best apartment dogs list is of course the famous Miniature Poodle.
A very famous dog breed, Poodles are also considered to be a great apartment breed. They are smart and always stylish, and come in different varieties, from small to medium (compared to their bigger brothers, Standard Poodles).
They don’t need much exercise, love staying at home and bonding with their owner. The obvious requirement for this breed is of course keeping their curly hairs trimmed and taken care of.