What are the Best Breeds of Dogs for People Who Live in Apartments?

Diana Bocco

If you are looking to get a dog, the best way to find the perfect companion is to do your research long before you choose him. Besides considering your taste and preferences in dogs, you also need to consider your living quarters. Some dogs do well in apartments, while others need large spaces for both comfort and healthy development.

Despite their larger size, Boxers do well in apartments.
Despite their larger size, Boxers do well in apartments.

Dogs that do well in apartments are usually low-energy, such as Basset Hounds, Bulldogs, Bichon Frise, Lhasa Apso, Afghan Hound, and American Eskimos. Toy dogs are also great choices for apartments, since they can satisfy their exercise needs by simply running around the rooms. Large size dogs such as Boxers, Rottweilers, Doberman, Chow Chow, and Great Dane can also do well in apartments, if there is room for them, since their large size means they get tired easily and need only regular walks to use up their excess energy.

Dogs prone to barking will not be popular with neighbors in an apartment.
Dogs prone to barking will not be popular with neighbors in an apartment.

On the other hand, high-energy dogs such as pointers, terriers, spaniels, and setters, along with most hunting and sport dogs, are not good apartment dwellers. These dogs have a requirement for intense daily exercise that regular walks may not cover. Having a yard is the best option for these dogs. Dalmatians, Border Collies, and Siberian Husky also fall into this category.

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Dogs that live in apartments need long walks each day to keep fit.
Dogs that live in apartments need long walks each day to keep fit.

Noisy and skittish dogs are also a bad choice for apartments. This includes animals that are too nervous, such as Chihuahuas and other toy dogs, terriers, and Norwegian Elkhounds. Personality tends to play an important part on this too. Nervous breeds may do better if they share the apartment with other animals, so they don't feel so lonely when the owner is away. The same is true of guardian breeds such as Dobermans, German Shepherds, and Briars. Because their instinct is to protect the home, noisy neighbors and even other dogs can set out a barking concert that can exhaust both the animal and the neighbors.

Dobermans can be good for an apartment, as long as they get lots of walks.
Dobermans can be good for an apartment, as long as they get lots of walks.

Dogs that live in apartments usually need more exercise than other dogs. Because they are left alone for much of the day, they need at least a couple of long walks every day to use up energy and keep fit. They will also need more attention and love when the owner is back home, since they lack contact and social interaction during the day.

Smaller dogs can sometimes satisfy their need for exercise by running within the apartment.
Smaller dogs can sometimes satisfy their need for exercise by running within the apartment.
A husky would not fit well in an apartment, as they require a lot of space and exercise.
A husky would not fit well in an apartment, as they require a lot of space and exercise.
Bulldogs make excellent apartment dogs.
Bulldogs make excellent apartment dogs.

Discussion Comments

anon327744

Basset hounds are definitely not apartment dogs. Maybe one with a backyard and a room to run. My hound has tons of energy.

anon119570

anon37324: sounds like a dog who enjoys attention - yet is not quickly provoked - would be well-suited to your household. the dog need should get all the exercise it needs if people can take turns walking it or playing with it through the day.

anon79160

try playing outside with the dog a lot.

anon37324

im thinking about buying a dog.i have a middle sized single home. there are 6 people in my family and we have visitors a lot! what breed do you think is the best for me ??

bigmetal

i'm a little frustrated, because my dog lived the first 7 years of her life in an apartment. now that we have had a large backyard for her to play in, she refuses to stay outside for very long, and expects that we constantly play with her. it's hard making that transition, because she only went to the bathroom and exercised outside before, whereas now, i'd love it if she spent more time outside!

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