We just talked a lot about how you shouldn’t follow anyone else’s list of “best dogs in apartments”.
The breed of dog you get should be based on how much effort you’re willing to put forth, your level of activity, the typical energy level of the breed and how much maintenance you’re willing to handle.
These are some of the issues you will have to consider when having dogs in apartments.
Now… I’m going to break my own rules and give you some specific breeds if you’re looking for dogs for an apartment. This is a compilation of several other lists.
These are the breeds that are typically thought of when someone talks about the stereotypical dogs you can have in apartments.
Bichon Frise – 15 – 20 pounds, needs regular grooming and daily walks. Is faithful, obedient and happy go lucky. Playful and gentle nature. Quiet dog not prone to the yippyness of other toy breeds.
Boston Terrier – Small terrier, is a good watch dog, needs some activity but will then lounge around
Boxer – One of the largest breeds that do well in apartments. Has short hair, pleasant temperament and requires a daily walk
Cairn Terrier – Does require some exercise but doesn’t need large living space. A tough little dog who wants people around
Chihuahua – Faithful, protective, about 5 pounds and easy to train and care for. They can have barking issues. They require little exercise and only need weekly brushing.
Cocker Spaniel – needs basic exercise, spends days lounging on the couch
Dachshund – need occasional exercise
English Bulldog – they snore, like to investigate outside but don’t really need/want much exercise
French Bulldog – friendly and outgoing but can be stubborn
Greyhounds – rep as athletes, but really couch potatoes. Daily walk is all that’s needed, doesn’t have to be long walk.
Italian greyhound – 10 pound version of greyhound. Love to run but love to sleep too. Affectionate, gentle, submissive
Lhasa Apso – Less than 15 pounds. Small lap dog, requires regular grooming, expects to be pampered.
Maltese – Expects to be pampered, needs regular grooming. Docile and great apartment companion.
Mastiff – Big dog, but low energy due to massive size. Calm and even tempered and they don’t bark just for fun. A few 20 minutes walks/day.
Pomeranian – 5 pounds, thrives on companionship
Poodle – Miniature and toys make great apartment dogs. They crave companionship, need daily walks. Toy requires least exercise, others need daily walks. Require lots of grooming
Pug – 10 – 25 pounds. Doesn’t require special care. Take for short walks and he’ll sleep the rest of the day. Friendly,affectionate, laid back. Require regular short walks, grooming/clean wrinkles
Schipperke – 10 – 18 pounds. Active dog, daily exercise is a must. Likes to be involved in all aspects of the family. Have a lot of energy, good for active apartment dweller.
Schnauzer – Requires regular grooming and daily exercise. Love human companionship.
Scottish Terrier – 15 – 20 pounds. Needs daily exercise. Touch and compact, loyal and protective family member
Welsh Corgi – 25 pounds. Needs daily exercise but doesn’t need a lot of living space.
West Highland White Terrier (Westie) – Playful, lovable, requires some exercise and some grooming. Good watch dog, faithful companion.
Whippet – Requires daily exercise. Faithful family member, not a great watch dog. Mid-sized greyhound look a like.
Yorkshire Terrier – Less than 10 pounds. Happy to spend the day on the couch, requires regular grooming.