Thinking of owning a dog? You don’t have to own a gigantic house with a big outdoor space to own furry best friends. If you are living in an apartment or a small house, there are plenty of dog breeds that will be happy to adapt to your living space. Even though this was a very tough competition, here are the best dog breeds for apartment living:
1. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The name says it all! Even though this breed comes from royal roots they have adapted to a simple way of life. Cavaliers love cuddling, laying on your lap while you give them belly rubs. They can quickly become trustworthy apartment pets. These fur balls don’t require much room and don’t like being in a kennel. They are very energetic and can be a little hard to train. However, with at least 20 minutes of exercise a day they will be set to go.
The Havanese is a gorgeous 10 pound dog with roots from Havana, Cuba. They are small in stature so they don’t take up much space. This breed is nice and quiet (something your neighbors will really appreciate). The Havanese are eager to please and are very trainable. They’re energetic yet don’t need hours of exercise, so a daily walk is more than enough. The Havanese love being with their humans or other furry friends so if you are never home this might not be the breed for you.
3. French Bulldogs
This breed was common in Paris back in the 18th century and has become one of the most popular breeds around millennials.. These couch potatoes are amazing for apartments for their low activity needs and compact sizes. They love to play and thrive on human contact. They always bark for a reason, so they make great watch dogs.
4. Bichon Frise
The Bichon Frise is one of the most lovable breeds of all. They are very quick learners and small in size (won’t get taller than a foot). They love to play and are much more energetic, so they do need daily exercise. The best part about them is that they shed less than similar breeds, so they are an amazing option for small apartments or for people with allergies.
Have you ever heard of the barkless dog? Well, the Basenji breed have a uniquely structured larynx that only allows them to yodel from time to time (which is lovely). These dogs are slightly bigger and can weigh up to 26 pounds. Basenjis are very independent and can be compared to a cat, they have low-shed coats and don’t require a lot of attention. These wonderful dogs can be a bit stubborn, but with the right training they will become your best friend. Be careful with leaving them alone for long periods of time as they can be very mischievous!
When we think of a Greyhound we normally think of speed, however they are more than happy to spend the whole day lounging around (they make the cutest couch potatoes). Their bark is very rare which will make your neighbors very happy. A nice daily walk will be enough to have the comfiest snuggle buddy.
This wrinkled puffy breed has a reputation of being extremely lazy, and there is a reason for that. They can spend all day sleeping and snoring, only waking up for some food. Cities in hot climates don't make the best home for their short faces, so they will be happy during the Chicago winter. A very short walk is more than enough to keep them happy.
8. Boston Terrier
Another ideal breed for apartment living is the Boston Terrier. There is a reason this breed is called the “American Gentleman”. This small dog is lively and very energetic. For them to be happy they need to have a daily walk. This breed is a pleasure and they love being affectionate with their best friends (that means you!