While 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. Don’t be fooled by their small size; their personalities certainly make up for it. If you’re looking at getting a new pup, consider one of these small mixed breeds.
1. The Cavapoo
The friendly and sociable Cavapoo is a result of mating a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with a Poodle. These gentle and placid pups make a perfect family pet. They will grow to between 9-14” in height and weigh around 7-18 pounds, making them a good size for apartment living. Cavapoos don’t like being left alone for long, so if you’re looking at getting one, be prepared to take him with you everywhere you go.
2. The Havapoo
The Havapoo is 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 or families. Energetic and playful, the Havapoo has the trainability and intelligence of the poodle and the sociability of the Havanese. They are super friendly and will happily take pets from strangers, so don’t expect this one to be a good watch dog. The plus side is that they won’t bark at neighbors who walk by, making them great for a quiet neighborhood.
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. They are outgoing and loyal, but can be wary of strangers – although they are unlikely to bite. Chugs can be quite stubborn to train, but learn quickly, which makes them perfect if you’re up for the challenge. If you want a small pooch with a little pizazz, this could be the one for you.
What happens when you cross a Pomeranian with a Chihuahua? 50% sass and 50% spirit. 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. They don’t need a ton of exercise – only about 30 minutes per day – which makes them great for apartment living. Pomchis are better suited to an apartment with just one or two adults, as children may be too rough on these tiny creatures.
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, we get a feisty, loving companion. The terrier side of the Chorkie does mean that they like to bark, but it also means that they’re great watch dogs.
Combining the French Bulldog with the Boston Terrier results in a compact pooch, perfect for apartment dwellers. They are eager-to-please and intelligent. They fit in well with couples, families and retirees. While they tend to be high energy, 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. 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, spend some time on mental stimulation, and try not to leave him alone too long.
Generally, smaller dogs bode better in apartments and in backyards, 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.
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.