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5 Great Dog Breeds for Apartment Life

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If you think apartment life disqualifies you from dog ownership, think again. Tight living quarters and limited lawn space might make certain aspects of pet parenthood a little difficult, but there are many dog breeds that are very suitable for apartment life. With a little bit of research, you’ll find that there are many imp-paws-sibly perfect pups who would fit well within your home.

Contrary to popular belief, size isn’t the only factor to consider when selecting a dog to bring into your apartment- in fact, you may be surprised to see a couple of larger breeds included in our list. Important considerations to make when considering whether a certain breed would fit in well with apartment living are their activity level, exercise needs, and (for the sake of your neighbors) how vocal they are.

We’ve put together a list of 5 dog breeds that are suitable for apartment life.

5 Great Dog Breeds for Apartment Life

1. Bulldogs

Light coated french bull dog with dark face and red collar, smiling at the camera

Bulldogs (English and Frenchies, especially) make great pets for apartment-dwellers. Generally speaking, they have lower energy levels and are happy to couch-surf most of the day away. They tend to be calm and quiet and will only bark if given a reason. 20-40 minutes of daily exercise will keep your BFF healthy and happy, making them the perfect companion for anyone who isn’t looking for a gym-rat workout buddy.

2. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Mix the sweetness and gentleness of a toy breed dog with the grace and athleticism of a sporting dog, and you’ve got the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Cavaliers are adaptable to many paces of life and fit well into most environments- apartments included. They do require a bit more exercise than a bulldog, but their peaceful and assured disposition makes them an ideal apartment roommate.

3. Great Dane

Black and white great dane, laying on floor looking out the window

You may be surprised to see this gentle giant on our list, but as mentioned before, size isn’t the only factor to take into consideration when selecting a dog for your apartment. While they may tower over many of your belongings, their gentle temperament makes them excellent apartment dogs. Although adult Danes need 30-60 minutes of exercise daily, they are happy to lay on the couch or your bed while you’re away.

4. Pug

Fawn pug with a black mask laying on a beige couch

A popular breed all-around, the sweet Pug fits well into apartment life for most people. Their laid-back, quiet nature makes them great neighbors for other building occupants, however, they would rather be with their owners than alone; a consideration you may need to make if you work outside of the home.

5. Biewer Terrier

Biewer terrier, light coat with dark back and face

The Biewer Terrier might be small in stature but they more than make up for it with their big personalities. Despite their lighthearted, humorous disposition, they tend to be quiet and calm when indoors. They’re happy to burn energy indoors, playing on their own or with you.

There are many dog breeds that thrive in apartments. If you’re willing to make the appropriate accommodations for your pup, the size of your home isn’t much of an issue.

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