You don’t need to live in a home with a huge, fenced-in yard in order to have a dog. You do, however, need to choose a dog that will be happy and comfortable living in your apartment. That means finding pets that do not require as much exercise and that are just as happy taking a nap as chasing a squirrel.
There are several breeds of dogs, both large and small, that make a great choice for apartment living. Below are some suggestions for dogs that make great roommates in an apartment.
This favorite of the Queen of England makes a great apartment dog because they do not need a lot of space to be happy. Weighing in at an average of 25 pounds, Welsh Corgis do need a bit of daily exercise, but will usually be happy keeping the couch warm the rest of the time.
Pugs make great apartment dogs because they small, quiet and don’t need a lot of room for exercise. Of course, they do need to get some exercise each day to help prevent obesity, but a few jaunts each day on a leash or a little time at the dog park will do the trick.
These little lap dogs often have to be cajoled into participating in any type of exercise. They are perfectly content to curl up, quite cat like, on your lap and snooze for hours. They do require frequent grooming to keep their long hair looking its best.
Some will be surprised to see Mastiffs, which can weigh over 200 pounds, on this list. But for those who want a large dog, this is a good choice for an apartment. One reason is that they tend to be surprisingly quiet. That’s not to say that they don’t have a powerful bark, but they usually reserve their bark for when they think there is a reason to use it. Daily trips to a dog park or a few walks around the block will provide the needed exercise.
English Bulldogs make great pets for apartment dwellers because they are a bit lazy. They will usually be just as happy snoring away on your lap as you watch television or read a book as they will be running around.
This white powder puff of a dog requires daily grooming to keep looking their best. They make a good choice for an apartment because they tend to be quiet and can play inside without needing too much space.
These tiny dogs weigh as little as five pounds. While many can be a bit noisy, they are small enough that much of their exercise and playtime can be done inside. As long as they go out a few times a day to relieve themselves, they will be fine in an apartment.
Like the Mastiff, the Great Dane probably is not the first dog that comes to mind when you think of apartment friendly breeds. While the Great Dane does need a good amount of exercise, he still makes a good choice as long as you are pretty active. If you can take your Great Dane for long walks or jogs after work, he will probably do fine in the apartment during the day. Great Danes are not usually barkers, so you won’t have to worry about complaints from the neighbors.
As you can see, there are plenty of options when it comes to choosing a dog that will do well in an apartment. Now you just need to figure out which of these great breeds that you can’t live without! To find pets for adoption in your area, check out the PetFinder website to find these breeds and many more looking for a great home. Could it be with you?