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Top 5 of the best dog breeds for apartment living

By Zoë Monk Content Writer

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Living in a flat or apartment doesn’t have to mean that a canine companion can’t share your home with you. In fact, there are a number of perfect dog breeds for an apartment lifestyle.

Lots of people happily live with pups in an apartment without a garden and as long as the dog gets enough exercise, they are very content with living in this type of environment. 

Can I keep a dog in an apartment?

Many people who live in apartments worry that they cannot own a dog. But fortunately, they can. Of course, there are some breeds that wouldn’t suit lying around an apartment. Some dogs would be too big, too noisy or too high energy, such as a Siberian Husky for instance. But choosing the right breed can make sharing your apartment a happy and fun experience for everyone.

To help you decide on which dog breeds for an apartment are right for you, here are five breeds that do well living in an apartment.

Top 5 best dog breeds for an apartment

The Dachshund

The Dachshund is a perfect apartment dog. For what these dogs lack in size, they certainly more than make up for in their personality. These little dogs are very affectionate and loyal to their humans. But they are energetic and busy little dogs, so do need to be kept occupied. Owners are often surprised to discover that these dogs can also have quite a stubborn streak too!

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The Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise makes a very cute little pooch and an ideal dog breed for an apartment. They are also good if anyone in the family has allergies as they shed very little hair. However, the Bichon is a rather lively dog and can experience sudden bursts of energy, known as the “Bichon Blitz”. Just like any dog living in an apartment or flat, a Bichon needs plenty of daily exercise, to keep them fit, healthy and mentally stimulated, whether a long walk or a run around a dog park.

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The French Bulldog

French Bulldogs are extremely playful dogs and a good choice for an apartment dog. However, the shape of their muzzles can cause them to overheat in warmer months so make sure their apartment is kept well ventilated. French Bulldogs have big personalities and love being with their human family, especially children. They also rarely bark which makes them a good apartment canine.

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The English Bulldog

They may have a reputation as being a bit of a couch potato but English Bulldogs are loveable and loyal pups and a good choice of dog breed for an apartment. They may not be particularly small dogs, but they are compact and can fit well into a small flat.

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The Boston Terrier

When it comes to finding the perfect dog breed for an apartment, the Boston Terrier would make a wonderful flatmate. Underneath its tuxedo coat, you’ll find a canine companion that’s passive, well-mannered, quiet and eager to please. One of the most affectionate dog breeds, they make great companions for dog lovers living in an apartment. These small dogs only need a small amount of exercise each day, so ideal.

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How to make your apartment dog-friendly

There are no set rules about what makes the perfect home environment for a dog as each pet’s needs are different. But dogs will need to have access to an area outside where they can toilet and will need regular dog walks. However, this doesn’t have to mean you must have a garden. If you live in an apartment or flat, there are some simple ways you can make your pad more pup-friendly.

  • Provide ample floor space so your pup has space to play and run around
  • Ensure there’s plenty of natural light coming into your flat
  • Keep anything fragile well out of reach
  • Establish a good regular routine for mealtimes
  • Make sure you keep your canine pal well-exercised according to their age, temperament and breed

Dog breeds for an apartment

If you live in a flat or apartment, you don’t have to put your plans to get a dog on hold. There are lots of breeds that are well suited to apartment living. Just make sure you choose a breed that also suits your lifestyle and you consider their needs too to ensure they keep their tail wagging.

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