Best Dog Breeds For Apartments


Your living arrangement is one of the most important factors when choosing a dog to become your new best friend. Some dogs are simply not suitable for living in small apartments and cramped spaces. On the other hand, some breeds are perfectly fine living in apartments and urban areas in general.

Our list is filled with these smaller, low-maintenance and quiet dogs that are perfect for apartment dwelling. If you are in a position where you are looking to adopt or buy a dog and do not have a huge house with a giant backyard, one of these will be just right for you.


Dachshunds are considered to be among the best dog breeds for apartment dwellers and the main reason is their small size. No matter how small the apartment, it is not going to be too small for these cute little dogs.

In addition to this, dachshunds are among the best family dogs due to their loveable disposition and their love for children. If you are a small family living in an apartment, these gorgeous small dogs will be the perfect choice.

It should be pointed out, however, that dachshunds can sometimes bark a bit more than the usual apartment dog. With a bit of training and proper “upbringing” this can be modified so that they keep their barking mostly for the outside world. Proper training is a must with dachshunds as they need structure and a strong leader.


2. English  Bulldog

The English bulldog is a breed whose appearance does not really give a real picture of their kind personality. Their scowl and characteristic stocky build make them look like brawlers, when in reality, they are far from moody dogs.

They are very gentle and extremely patient, especially with small children. Unlike some other dogs, they adore napping and lazing around, which is another reason why they make superb apartment dogs. This also means that they are quiet and suitable for even the strictest apartment buildings with the craziest pet-keeping rules.

That being said, it is also very important to take your English bulldog for regular daily walks, at least 10 to 15 minutes each day. Also, you should keep in mind that they do not tolerate heat too well – in summer months, it is best to do these walks early in the morning or late in the evening.


3. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are definitely among the cutest, most adorable breeds in the world and the best thing about them is that they are as quiet and docile as they seem. They are truly like little toys that are perfect for apartment living, for a number of reasons.

They used to be kept as palace dogs and we all know that too much activity was always discouraged in such environments. This made them one of the less active small dog breeds around and they are, indeed, happiest when they can curl up next to their owner for a lazy afternoon.

They do require daily exercise in fthe orm of short walks and they will enjoy occasional yard play. These dogs are also not too great with heat so you should be careful in summer months.


4. Havanese

The Havanese is a tiny breed, rarely growing over 10-15 pounds and they are truly gorgeous with their long, beautiful coat and those big wet eyes. The long coat unfortunately requires quite a bit of grooming, but this does not prevent them from being fantastic apartment dogs.

First of all, there is their petite size which is always the No. 1 factor when thinking about apartment dogs and they are also rather quiet for a small breed. Furthermore, they are very sociable and particularly good with children.

It can sometimes be difficult to be strict with cuties like the Havanese, but they definitely require structure and they need to be told what they can and what they cannot do. They should also be exercised regularly as they really enjoy playing with their owners.


5. Tibetan  Terrier

The Tibetan terrier is a breed that has the same penchant for going out for vigorous exercise and for sleeping in and lazing around the apartment. As such, these hairy wonders are the perfect choice for apartment people who are still very active and who enjoy spending time outside.

These dogs are extremely sociable, sensitive and they are always looking for new ways in which they can make their owners happy. They may sometimes show a certain aloofness, but that’s not something you should worry about.

Also, when they are bored and especially when they are alone for extended periods of time, they tend to bark so you should be careful about this. A Tibetan terrier will also require regular grooming, but they are still a fantastic companion for a family that lives in a smaller apartment.


6. Greyhound

You are probably thinking that we’ve lost our minds at this point. How could a breed as athletic as the greyhound be a good choice for life in an apartment? Stay with us, we will make sense soon.

The reason why we think greyhounds are a great apartment breed is that they are very quiet and inactive when they are indoors. They love relaxation time with their owner and really enjoy close human companionship. In addition to this, their short fur ensures that there is not too much cleaning after them.

Of course, a breed this athletic will require regular exercise and walks and this is something you should never forget when taking care of a greyhound. When going out for walks with a greyhound, make sure they are on a leash unless you are spending time in a safe, fenced area.


7. Pekingese

The Pekingese is one of the first toy dog breeds in history and, as you may expect from a dog bred accustomed to living in royal palaces, they know how to behave inside.

And really, when they are inside, the Pekingese will be quite docile and they will never cause too much ruckus. If there is another dog in the house or a small child, they will enjoy some playtime, but never too much.

These cute little dogs also adore walks and they will always be really active during those. Keep in mind that they are also very sensitive to heat and that their living space should be air-conditioned during summer months.


8. Pomeranian

The Pomeranian is another one of those “royal” breeds, meaning that they were kept in courts and favored by royalty. In this case, it was the British court and Queen Victoria if we are being really precise.

These little dogs are low maintenance and they are not susceptible to illnesses as some other small breeds are. They are also moderate in their activity level and do not require too much time outside, too many walks or too much room. You should be warned, however, that they do not mix too well with really small children.

The reason for this is that toddlers often do not understand that Pomeranians are not toys and they may injure them and even break their bones during rough play. Also, make sure your Pomeranian gets new toys every now and then since they can get bored after a while.


9. Boston Terrier

The Boston terrier is an exceptionally intelligent breed of dog, not too large and quite well-suited for life in an apartment. Their intelligence ensures they are easily trained and this is another reason why they can thrive in apartments.

In addition to this, Boston terriers are very good with small children, as well as elderly people. They are also not quick to bark; only barking when they feel there is an imminent threat. When they are inside, Boston terriers are rather inactive, although they will enjoy a nice, lively walk every day.

They can be emotionally sensitive and when they are berated too intensely, they can shut down. They should always be positively encouraged. Also, they do not handle weather extremes too well, as they are sensitive to heat and cold.


10. Shih-Tzu

The Shih-Tzu is a really tiny breed of dog, one of the smallest, and they are an excellent fit for small apartments in large urban centers, for instance.  Some experts say that they might actually be the perfect toy dog for an apartment.

Shih-Tzus are extremely loyal and very attentive. This, in combination with their friendliness, ensures that they get along great with everyone in the family. They are also quite alert and lively, almost always happy and ready to play. While there are individual dogs that may be difficult to train, they usually pose no particular difficulties.

It should also be noted that everyone in the household should position themselves as leaders, so as not to give these little guys a chance to become too self-minded and disobedient. It is very important to keep this in mind.


11. Chihuahua

Being the smallest breed of dog in the world, it was quite natural that we would include the Chihuahua on our list. And really, there is no dog that requires less space than this perky little fellow. The only thing you need to get past now is the notoriety they garnered by sticking out of celebrities’ purses.

Chihuahuas will require very little space and not that much attention. They will be perfectly happy in their little corner of the world. A good idea would be to have a little crate for your Chihuahua so as to avoid “accidents” that can happen if they are not walked every two hours.

Even if you do have such a separate area for your little buddy, you will still need to take the pup out for walks often. If you are not prepared for this, then some other breed might be a better choice.


12. Maltese

Another quite common companion breed is the Maltese, one of the smallest and sweetest dogs there is. They are extremely friendly and cuddly and they thrive in small, cozy spaces, such as your apartment, for example.

Some people say that they have problems with their Maltese dogs barking, but you should know that they will only bark when they are frightened or particularly uncomfortable. As long as they are content, they will be perfectly quiet.

Another thing to keep in mind is that the Maltese has to be properly trained and socialized from the earliest age possible. This will make them used to all kinds of things, which will prevent overstressing in the future. In short, they need to perfect their social skills when they are still young.


13. Lhasa Apso

The Lhasa Apso was traditionally used as a guard dog by Tibetan monks who needed someone to alert them when someone unknown is in the monastery. In short, they are watchdogs that were bred to thrive in one of the quietest environments on planet Earth.

It goes without saying that they make great apartment dogs. It can be tricky to train the Lhasa Apso as they do not respond too well to harsh training or teasing. Experts agree that it is best to approach their training by employing food treats and a lot of praise.

If you do it right, these clever little dogs will pay you back big time. Thanks to their small frame and ability to remain quiet and docile in closed spaces, the Lhasa Apso is, without a doubt,  one of the best apartment dog breeds around.



14. Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise is a very special breed of dog, petite and so cute that it is almost impossible to resist those sweet faces and their beautiful eyes. Still, with all that sweetness, you need to make sure that you train your Bichon.

When doing so, you need to be careful not to be too harsh as too much scolding can really hurt your Bichon emotionally, which can be difficult to recover from later. That being said, these gorgeous little pups thrive when they are learning tricks and being trained for agility, obedience and even rally competition.

Their gentle disposition and that overwhelming cuteness truly make Bichons perfect apartment dogs. Plus, you can always engage in all kinds of activities with them if you feel like it. They will adore it.


15. Bolognese

The Bolognese may seem like just another toy dog, so fluffy and gorgeous that you could just hug them for hours on end; but they are not. They are very, very intelligent, devoted and curious and they are always ready to play with their family members, interact or simply spend time with them.

These cuties, which belong to the Bichon family of dogs by the way, understand very well that they are super cute and that some people may fall for it, which can make them difficult to housetrain. The good news is that consistent and patient training will be successful.

They are somewhat shy, but they will also form relationships with family members easily. Moreover, they do not mind other animals, even cats. For an “apartment family” with many members and an additional pet, they are the perfect choice.


16. Maltipoo

In case you are unfamiliar with this hybrid breed, the maltipoo is a cross between the Maltese and the poodle – breeders wanted to produce a dog that would be free from genetic diseases that both of the original breeds can suffer from.

The maltipoo is a small breed, rarely going over 15 pounds when fully grown. These spectacularly cute dogs can be quite active, even when inside, but never to a fault. They are the perfect family dog, affectionate and exceptionally good with children. They love to cuddle and they are ready to spend hours lying around, enjoying a good petting.

That being said, long-haired variants may require some intensive grooming and they are not too great when they are left home alone. Still, all things considered, maltipoos make for fantastic apartment dogs.


17. Manchester Terrier

The Manchester terrier is yet another athletic breed of dog that does surprisingly well in apartments, as long as their owners are aware of a few things that might otherwise ruin their apartment-dwelling experience with this breed.

Namely, Manchester terriers do not like being left alone due to their tendency to get very attached to their owners. If they are left alone for too long, they can become quite nervous and in such cases they can wreak havoc on furniture. Also, they tend to get loud when they feel ignored and bored.

They do very well in apartments, but they will still require regular exercise, during which they exhibit their athleticism and their active nature. They have also been known to catch a critter or two, so you need to be careful about this as well.


18. Papillon

Papillon means butterfly in French and while these cute little dogs really are small, their curious and busy nature makes them anything but frail toy dogs. They are very active, even when inside and they are always busy with something.

Luckily, thanks to their petite size this will never become a big problem, even in a very small apartment. They are also great people-dogs and they are only thrilled to meet new people and make friends. This is another important reason why they excel as apartment dogs.

Papillons also enjoy playing with small children who need to be warned that these little dogs are quite fragile – in a strictl physical sense. In fact, there is quite a significant discrepancy between what they think they can do and what their tiny frame allows them to do, which is why you should always keep a close eye on your Papillon, especially outside.


19.  Shiba Inu

The Shiba Inu is an exceptional family dog due to their sense of loyalty and devotion to protecting and keeping their family safe. Sometimes they can be territorial to a fault, but with proper training, this should not become an issue.

Children should also learn that this breed demands respect and doesn’t tolerate rough play. Their watchdog mentality can come to surface when around other dogs and especially when they are expected to share their belongings with others pets and even humans.

This is something you should be alert to at all times. And while they will enjoy life in an apartment, Shiba Inus needs to be exercised properly, being taken for daily walks or preferably jogs. If you do so, they will be perfectly calm and quiet inside.


20. Coton de Tulear

The Coton de Tulear got half of their name from the town of Tuléar in Madagascar and half from cotton, which is the best way to describe their soft coat. They are a small breed, which instantly makes them a great apartment dog, but that is, of course, not the only thing that counts.

Cotons are also very intelligent, sociable and almost constantly happy. They are easy to train and quick to learn everything there is about their owner, adapting to their schedule and never demanding too much. In addition to this, they are flexible travelers and never cause any fuss.

They do not require too much exercise, although they will enjoy a nice walk or a game of catch, one of their favorites. As long as they are spending time with their owner, they are content.

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