Dog Breeds for Apartment Living

Are you one of those furry pal lovers? Do you feel that something is missing in your apartment such as an adorable friend to meet you at the door at night? But is your home truly worthy of a pooch?

If you’re thinking that your apartment home is not suitable for them because you lack a yard for your buddy to stretch it out, think again! It’s really not necessary for them to have this because many dogs are born and bred as homebodies. They are happy just lounging around the home without actually doing anything else but bark, sleep and eat. There are certain breeds which are not big barkers, which can save you from your noise-sensitive neighbors.

Fortunately, there are still plenty of options to fit your life. According to, here are some of the best picks for your apartment.


TOY POODLEtoy poodle

Toy Poodles are good for city life as well as country living. Given enough exercise, they are not active indoors. They will lie right next to you and are more sedate when indoors, although they love to play outdoors and are a highly intelligent breed, so they do like lots of thoughtful activities to stimulate their mentality. They will do okay without a yard. The Toy Poodle is remarkably intelligent. Highly responsive, it is said to be one of the most trainable breeds. Sweet, cheerful, perky and lively, it likes to be with people. Delightful, very amusing and keen. They make very good watchdogs for their size. Bonus: Poodles don’t shed (though, the downside is they need to be bathed regularly and have their coat clipped every six to eight weeks).



Shih Tzu

The Shih Tzu is an alert, lively, little dog. It is happy and hardy, and packed with character. The gentle, loyal Shih Tzu makes friends easily and responds well to consistent, patient training. It makes a very alert watchdog. It is courageous and clever. Playful and spunky, this affectionate little dog likes to be with people and is generally good with other pets. Owners who allow their dogs to take over may find them to be snappish if they are surprised or peeved. The Shih Tzu is good for apartment life. These dogs are fairly active indoors and will do okay without a yard. This breed is sensitive to the heat. The only downside with having one is that long, silky fur requires daily brushing to prevent knots, and bathing as often as once a week. They also need regular hair-cutting every six to eight weeks.



English Bulldog

The English Bulldog is a wide, medium-sized, compact dog with short legs. Although the English Bulldog’s appearance can be somewhat intimidating, it is among the gentlest of dogs. It is described as a very affectionate and dependable animal, gentle with children, but known for its courage and its excellent guarding abilities. Bullheaded and determined, this breed can be very persistent. They do not give up easily. Bulldogs are very much a people’s dog, seeking out human attention and loving every bit it can get!! A lot of human attention is required for the breed’s happiness. The English Bulldog is good for apartment life. They are very inactive indoors and will do okay without a yard. This breed is an indoor dog. Bulldogs do best in temperate climates as the breed can chill easily in cold weather and have trouble cooling off in very hot weather. So if you love regular trips to the park, forget it because once they’ve outgrown their puppy stage, they become big, wrinkly couch potatoes.




The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a well-proportioned little dog. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is an eager, affectionate and happy dog, always seeming to be wagging its tail. Outgoing and sportive, these fearless lively little dogs are eager and willing to please. They are intelligent enough to understand what you want and therefore are usually easy to train and respond well to gentle obedience training. They are said to be naturally well behaved and get along well with other dogs and non-canine pets. Cavaliers love people, enjoy companionship, and need rules to follow and limits to what they are allowed to do. They should not be left alone all day. If you do need to leave them, be sure to take them for a pack walk before you leave to put them in a natural rest mode. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are good for apartment life. They are moderately active indoors and a small yard will be sufficient. The Cavalier does not do well in very warm conditions.


BORKIE (“Bichon Yorkie”)


The Bichon Yorkie is not a purebred dog. It is a cross between the Bichon Frise and the Yorkie. You get the fluffy white fur of a bichon and the even-tempered personality of a Yorkie all in one. They seem oblivious of their small size. They are very eager for adventure. This little dog is highly energetic, brave, loyal and clever. They are often only recommended for older, considerate children, simply because they are so small, most people allow them to get away with behaviors no dog should display. It is very active indoors and will do okay without a yard.


What dog breed is for you?

Toy Poodle

Shih Tzu

English Bulldog

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel


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