When looking for a dog for your apartment, you should take a lot of things into consideration. You should always keep in mind what breeds are restricted in your apartment, but you should also consider what breed best fits your interests and personality. There are several quizzes available online that require you to answer a few short questions and they will then match you with the best breed based on these answers and this is always a good place to start when looking into what dog breed would best be suited for your apartment.
Also, incredibly energetic dog breeds that need a lot of room to run or need consistent exercise are not recommended for apartments unless you have ample time to take the dog outside or to a dog park.
The Top 10 Best Dog Breeds for Apartments are as Follows:
1. Yorkshire Terrier– this is probably the best dog for apartment living. They are small, usually ranging from 3 to 10 pounds, so they are perfect for any size apartment. Yorkies have a very pleasant temperament, bonding easily and quickly with family members and are typically receptive to strangers and other animals. When looking at lists for the top 10 best dog breeds for apartments, these dogs are always sure to make the list and almost always place first.
2. Maltese– this is another good choice for apartments. They are hypoallergenic and their hair is very close to that of a human, so there is limited shedding and allergens. Like the Yorkshire Terrier, they average around 5 to 7 pounds and are incredibly friendly. Sometimes they can be a little timid, but there is little to no fear of them being aggressive towards your neighbors or their pets when you are out for a walk.
3. Boston Terrier– these are good dogs for people who want something that is a little bigger than a Yorkshire or Maltese. They are about 12 to 15 pounds, so they are still not a huge dog. They have a good amount of energy so you are sure to stay entertained without the need for a huge play area.
4. King Charles Cocker Spaniel– hailed as one of the best dogs for families, these dogs also make great apartment pets. They are smaller than the average Cocker Spaniel, weighing in at around 15 pounds. These are very docile, loyal, and loving dogs so they are excellent for apartment owners who want to take their pet on a walk without fear of having him/her become aggressive towards other pets.
5. Dachshund– also commonly known as a wiener dog, these short and stout guys make perfect pets for an apartment. They average about 15 to 20 pounds but do not get very tall in size, so they are perfect for apartments. They are not incredibly energetic, although they do love a good game of tug-o-war!
6. English Bulldog– despite their intimidating size and weight, these gentle giants are incredibly good for apartment life. They are very quiet and laid back, weighing in at an average of 60 pounds. They are the perfect “masculine” dog for the bachelor who wants a pet for his apartment.
7. Greyhound– these small dogs are excellent for apartments. They are small, just 8 pounds on average, and incredibly quiet so they are perfect for apartments with thin walls. They are slightly timid, but are great with families, strangers, children, and other pets.
8. Pug– these adorable dogs having been increasing in popularity among apartment dwellers and for good reason! They average about 10 to 15 pounds and are so good with people and animals. They love everybody and everything instantly, so you can rest assured that your pet will have no issues finding a playmate amongst your apartment’s pets.
9. West Highland White Terrier– are incredibly intelligent and mild-mannered dogs. They average about 15 pounds and although they can be energetic, they do not need huge expanses of area to roam. They get along well with others, so they are perfect for strolls through apartments with a high pet population.
10. Havanese– these dogs are incredibly cute and weigh about 7 pounds. They are relatively quiet dogs, which makes them good for apartments with neighbors who do not want to hear the barking of dogs. They are incredibly adaptable, which makes them perfect for apartment life. Like many of the breeds listed, they are good with others.