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The 11 Best Dogs for Apartments

Dogs for apartments need less space and less exercise. When choosing a dog, it is important to get one that is suitable for your lifestyle and for your home. If you live in an apartment, the dog will have limited space and restricted access to the outside.

Dogs most suitable for apartments have a lower energy level and can get enough exercise from moving about the apartment's space, along with going on occasional walks outside.

Smaller dog breeds are not necessarily the most suitable for apartment life; certain larger breeds may do well in an apartment.

1. Pug

Pugs are small dogs and are very popular due to their friendly behavior. Pugs are intelligent, so you will need to come up with a variety of games to avoid boredom. Pugs can do well in an apartment because they don’t require much exercise.

2. Bichon Frise

The bichon frise is a small breed that looks similar to poodles. They can weigh up to 7 pounds. They are affectionate and friendly and will need short walks, so an apartment is enough for them to be happy and active.

3. Dachshund

The dachshunds, popularly known as the wiener dogs, can live in an apartment. They are small and have low exercise requirements, so there is no need for more space.

4. Lhasa Apso

Lhasa Apso is a small sized breed with long hair. These dogs like to stay in comfortable and warm places and spend a lot of time napping. They are perfect for apartment life, however don’t forget to groom them and take them for short walks.

5. Chihuahua

Chihuahuas are miniature dogs that weigh up to 3 pounds. They are perfectly suited in small apartments and don’t have requirements for a yard due to their size. They have a quiet temperament that is suitable for apartment life and are happy to walk around your home for exercise.

6. Toy or Miniature Poodle

Toy or miniature poodles are suitable for apartment life because of their size. Larger poodles need more exercise and may be too energetic for an apartment.

7. Pekingese

The Pekingese breed of dogs is among the dogs with the lowest energy. They are cheerful and friendly and will be more than happy in a restricted space such as an apartment.

8. Basset Hound

Even if the basset hound is a medium sized dog, he has low energy and needs very little exercise. They are affectionate but may become stubborn; however there might be problems with barking and howling.

9. Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

The petit basset griffon vendeen is very similar to the basset hound in size and behavior. In addition, this breed is known for the wiry hair, which requires more grooming.

These bassets may do well in an apartment, however they might howl excessively. This breed requires short walks.

10. French Bulldog

The French bulldog is a small sized dog and is as well tempered as a pug. However, they may be stubborn. They require walks, but can spend their energy in the apartment as well.

11. Clumber Spaniel

Even if the clumber spaniel is a medium sized breed, his charming personality can make him a good candidate for an apartment dog. The clumber may be an excellent hunting dog, but may adapt to an apartment too. He will require outside walks.

However, if you are jogging on a regular basis and plan to take your pet along, you may get a higher energy level dog, even if you live in an apartment.

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