Top 5 dog breeds perfect for apartment living

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Many people mistakenly believe that in order to have a pet dog, you need a large home with a backyard. The truth is, you don’t have to give up your dreams of coming home to a furry friend — you just need to know which breeds suit apartment living.



These pooches have been deliberately bred as companion dogs, and they have the friendly and loving temperament of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel crossed with the intelligence of a Poodle. They’re perfect for apartments as long as they receive daily exercise and attention from you. They have low-shedding/hypoallergenic coats which means you won’t have to worry about hair accumulating in your smaller living space.




Surprised? You would think this breed wouldn’t suit a small living space due to its size but that couldn’t be further from the truth. These guys are one of the laziest dog breeds, none more so than the ex-racing dogs. You can take your Greyhound for a walk and trust that after 10-20 minutes it’ll want to go home before you do. Once inside, they’ll curl up on the couch and go to sleep for the greater portion of the day and night. They have a short-haired coat and don’t bark often.



Boston Terrier

These good-natured dogs were created by cross-breeding bulldogs and English Terriers in the 1800s. Now, they are one of the more popular types for those living in apartments. This is mainly due to the fact that they are low-energy, friendly, small and don’t bark a lot — especially if you leave enough toys for them to play with while you’re out during the day. They’re easy to train and low-shedding.



Shi Tzu

Don’t buy into the myth that these adorable creatures are ‘yappy’ dogs. With the right training, this breed can be a great companion dog in an apartment. They’re petite, love being indoors and don’t require much exercise. In fact, following you around your home will probably be enough of a walk for them. 



Australian Bulldog

If you’re a fan of bigger dogs, these guys will be perfect for you. Despite their size (or perhaps because of it), Australian Bulldogs are super laid back. They’re naturally quiet, calm and low-energy. Like Greyhounds, their main priority is to nap, eat and be near you. They are also surprisingly affectionate and don’t need a lot of interaction with other dogs.


Are you more of a cat person? Check out our article on the 5 most adorable cats for your apartment.