When it comes to picking a dog-breed that’s suitable for apartment or small-yard living, there are a number of things to take into consideration including the energy levels, exercise requirements and disposition of the breed, but when it comes to size, you’d be surprised – size doesn’t always matter.
Here are some of the best dog-breeds for apartment and small space living from small to large.
1. Yorkshire Terrier
This extra-small pooch is a fantastic apartment dog not only because of their pint size but also because they are not barkers, are friendly with strangers and other pets and very adaptable to new experiences. All in all the Yorkshire Terrier bodes well for harmonious apartment living.
The slightly larger Maltese has a silky coat with no undercoat which sheds very little making it a great choice for dominantly indoor living. The Maltese is also a quiet dog who loves the company of his/her owner so small space and indoor living suits this breed to a tee.
3. Boston Terrier
The Boston Terrier is another breed that is very attached to its owner which means they won’t mind being indoors in a small space as long as their owner is attentive. The Boston Terrier is also very easy going, friendly with strangers and easy to train.
4. French Bulldog
The French Bulldog is a smaller dog with the characteristics of a larger dog. French Bulldogs are calm and quiet dogs and have a knack for finding the most comfortable seat in the house. A practical and adaptable breed, the French Bulldog is ideal for almost any indoor or small space living arrangements.
5. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
This breed is renowned as one of the friendliest and most gentle making it a great choice for harmonious relations with neighbours and other dogs. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is also calm and very adaptable.This small to medium sized dog is calm, adaptable and very loving and loves nothing better than human companionship and cuddles. Great with children.
5. English Bulldog
The larger cousin of the French Bulldog, the English Bulldog is a stable dog who is comfortable in small spaces. Most seem to prefer the couch to the dog park so the English Bulldog is a great choice for those with less active lifestyles. Despite their sometimes intimidating appearance, English Bulldogs are big softies and are one of the calmest and friendliest breeds.
7. Basset Hound
This breed might seem less than apartment-friendly with his bulky stature but like the Bulldog, he is a very calm dog who is easily kept busy with treat toys and lots of petting.
8. American Staffordshire Terrier
The show dog version of the American Pit Bull Terrier is more dog-friendly than its cousin, is easily trained and forms a tight bond with its owner. So long as the American Staffordshire Terrier gets adequate exercise, it is a content and quiet indoor and small-space dog.
This larger-sized racing breed may seem like a strange choice for small-space living, but retired Greyhounds are actually some of the calmest and least active softies perfect for apartment living. Greyhounds are very trainable and adaptable and appreciate quieter and more sedentary lifestyle.
10. Great Dane
One of the largest dog breeds and the idea of apartment living might not seem like a match made in heaven but the Great Dane is such a natural couch-potato that, though it will no doubt take up a whole couch to itself, it’s easy-going, sedentary nature means it will actually need far less space to be happy and content than you might imagine. The Great Dane’s calm demeanor, friendliness, trainability, and quiet nature, make it a fantastic breed choice for apartments and small spaces.