What are the Best Apartment Dog Breeds?

The best apartment dog breeds

Is it true that only small dogs are suited for apartment living?  Do all small dogs make great apartment dogs?  Should you exclude large dog breeds for living in an apartment? 

The answer to these questions is no.  Some dogs have too much energy to do well in an apartment environment.  Many terriers are small and have a lot of energy.  But if they get proper exercise, they can be great apartment dogs.

But not all small dogs make good apartment dogs.  For example, a Jack Russell terrier has too much energy to be happy in an apartment.

Some large dog breeds can make great apartment dogs.  Believe it or not, a greyhound can be a good apartment dog.  The first few years of their lives were probably spent racing.  By the time their racing career is over, they are ready to settle down.  They adapt very well to apartment living.

I read an excellent article in Blogster.com.  The name of the article is “The 10 Best Apartment Dogs: Why Size Doesn’t Matter” by Kelly Pulley.

Here is a list of great apartment dogs as recommended in the article:

10 Great Dogs for Apartment Dwellers (Small to Large)

1. Yorkshire Terrier – at around 7 pounds, this extra-small wonder is a wonderful apartment dog not only because he takes up little space but also because he is not a barker. He is also friendly with people and other pets and very adaptable to new experiences.

2. Maltese – The slightly larger Maltese (around 9 pounds) has a silky coat with no undercoat  which sheds very little making cleaning in a small space easier. He is also a quiet dog who mostly wants to be where his owner is.

3. Boston Terrier – At 12 to 18 pounds, this breed is also very attached to his owner which means he doesn’t mind being indoors in a small space as long as his owner is attentive. He is also an easily trainable dog.

4. French Bulldog - A smallish dog (around20 pounds) with the traits of a larger dog. He is calm and quiet, often relaxing on the most comfortable seat in the place. His practical demeanor makes him suitable for any living space.

5. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel – One of the friendliest breeds, making it easy to deal with other tenants and their dogs. At 13 to 18 pounds, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is also calm and very adaptable.

6. English Bulldog - The larger cousin of the French Bulldog at 49 to 55 pounds, a stable dog who is comfortable in small spaces; indeed, most seem to prefer the couch to the dog park.

7. Basset Hound – This breed might seem less than apartment-friendly with his bulky stature (around 60 pounds), but like the Bulldog, he is a very calm dog who is easily kept busy with treat toys and lots of petting.

8. American Staffordshire Terrier – The show dog version of the American Pit Bull Terrier is more dog-friendly than his cousin. He is easily trained and forms a tight bond with his owner. As long as he gets adequate exercise, he is a content and quiet apartment dog. He weighs 55 to 65 pounds.

9. Greyhound – This racing dog (60 to 80 pounds) may seem an odd choice for small-space living, but retired Greyhounds are some of the biggest canine couch potatoes. They are very trainable and adaptable. They seem to appreciate a more sedentary lifestyle.

10. Great Dane – Huge dog = great apartment dog seems like an oxymoron, but the Great Dane (at a majestic 100 to 130 pounds) is such a natural loafer that, though your couch will likely be fully occupied, he’ll take up far less space than might be thought. Add to that his calm demeanor, friendliness, trainability, and quiet nature, and the Great Dane makes an excellent choice for small spaces.

The entire article can be read here.

There are a few surprises on the list.  What are the best apartment dog breeds?  How would you answer that?  Please give me any changes to the list above that you suggest in the comment section.  Thanks.

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