Whilst there are many things potential pet-parents-to-be look for in their new puppy, their size can often be a top priority, especially if they live in an apartment.
We may want a puppy to be trainable, sociable or have a larger than life character. Apartment dwellers often just want to make sure that it will fit into their home. Here we have put together our top seven mixed breed dogs for apartment living.
And, don’t be fooled by their small size; their personalities certainly make up for it.
1. The Cavapoo
The friendly and sociable Cavapoo is a result of mating a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with a Poodle. It’s popularity is soaring and we’re not really surprised. They are gentle and placid, making a perfect family pet. They will grow to between 9-14” in height and weigh around 7-18 pounds, making them a good size addition for your apartment.
Due to their sociable nature, they don’t tolerate being left alone for long periods and will cry, whine, bark and howl. Stressful for him and for your neighbours.
If you do have to leave him for periods of time, ask someone to check in on him or hire a dog walker.
2. The Havapoo
A cousin of the Cavapoo breed. Standing at 15” tall, the Havanese crossed with the Poodle is an adorable ball of fluff that is suited to most pet-parents to be, including families.
Energetic and playful, the Havapoo boasts the trainability and intelligence of the poodle and the sociability of the Havanese. They are super friendly, which makes them rubbish watchdogs – not a bad thing when you have plenty of neighbours ready and waiting to complain about nuisance barking.
If you are looking for a friendly and energetic dog – the Havapoo is a firm contender.
3. Chug Dog
A compact, loving Chug is what we get we cross a Chihuahua with a Pug. Lively and playful, you get a lot of character in this small body. Chugs can be quite stubborn to train so if you want a small pooch with a little pizazz, this could be the one for you.
50% sass and 50% spirit, this is exactly what we get we when cross a Pomeranian with a Chihuahua. Standing between 6-9” in height and weighing in around 5-12 pounds, this tiny pooch packs a lot of punch. They are independent and stubborn but incredibly loyal and loving. Not high on exercise requirements, 30 minutes per day is ample.
A perfect addition to an adult only apartment.
Often described as gremlin-like, this tiny pooch is a great addition to adult only apartments. When we mix the Chihuahua with the Yorkshire Terrier, not surprisingly we get a stubborn but feisty, loving companion.
Thanks to the terrier in them, they are renowned barkers, so you may want to apologise to your neighbours in advance. On the plus side, they make super watch dogs.
Combining the French Bulldog with the Boston Terrier results in a compact pooch, perfect for apartment dwellers. They are super eager-to-please and intelligent. They fit in well with couples, families and retirees.
A great pooch across the board. Due to their heritage they are quite high energy, but equally they love nothing more than curling up on your lap at the end of the day.
This energetic pooch is a result of mixing a Pug with a Beagle. Perhaps one of the largest mixes on our list, he’s curious, independent, excitable and fearless. They are super sociable, making them great additions to all families.
However, thanks to the intelligence of the Beagle, the Puggle can get bored quite easily, resulting in mischief and destruction. Meet his daily exercise quota and spend some time on mental stimulation. Avoid leaving him alone for long periods and if you do need to, hire a dog walker or ask friends or family to pop in to see him. Curious and loving, in equal measures.
Generally, smaller pooches bode better in apartments, but providing you meet your dog’s exercise and mental stimulation needs, there’s really no reason why any dog can’t thrive in an apartment.
Providing training and socialisation are a large part of his life, there’s really no reason for him to cause a nuisance to close neighbours. These are our top 7 mixed breeds for apartment living, but as always do your research and see if their temperament truly will fit your lifestyle.
Guest blog contributor
John is a dog trainer who has advised thousands of pet-parents on travelling with pets and housebreaking their dogs. When he isn't training client's dogs he is spending time travelling with his two dogs Jamie and Jeff.