25 March 2022

Top Apartment Dogs - 15 of the best apartment dogs for you in 2022.

Emma McLaren
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Dogs are man's best friends, and they can fill your life and apartment with joy. Unlike many believe, size isn't the main factor to consider when choosing the right dog for your apartment.

Instead, pay attention to important features like temperament, low-energy count, and bark levels, which can make all the difference from one species to another.

Here are some top breeds you can pick from to fill your apartment with all the goodness only pets can provide.

1. Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terriers might be a little yappy at times, but they can be excellent apartment dogs with proper training and early socialisation. With an average weight of a little over 3kg, they are tiny enough to train indoors. They only shed lightly, making them excellent for people with allergies.

2. Shih Zhu

This breed was born to be just the perfect lapdog. Their glossy and smooth fur that matches its friendly nature may be just right for your apartment.

3. Chihuahua

The Chihuahua's most significant appeal is its very low body weight (weighing just about 2kgs). This makes them easy to carry around and means that they require only a little exercise. However, they are also known to be yappy, hence would require some training.

4. Greyhound

Although their name sounds like something out of Game Of Thrones, they are actually one of the best house pets. Often thought of as high maintenance and high energy, greyhounds are, in fact, the opposite as they only require a daily walk and are calm pets, perfect for your small apartment.

5. Poodle

The Toy or miniature poodles are perfect for your small apartments. Their much larger relatives might be too big, so these are a great fit. This sought-after breed will bring flair and is a pleasant addition to any apartment! It is incredibly clever, easy to train, and requires the odd stroll!

6. Coton de Tulear

The much loved and quite popular home dogs, and what's not to love? This beautiful home pet has a friendly demeanour, a beautiful fur coat, and easy to care for. They love playing fetch too!

7. English Bulldog

Never mind their appearance, these dogs rarely bark and are pleasant and cheery, preferring to spend their days napping and are very good with kids despite their huge size compared to most of the others on this list.

8. Maltese

This breed has a distinctly looking royal-like fur that doesn't shed, hence perfect for apartment living. They are very friendly and love a lot of attention, so it's advisable only to get them if you have time to spare.

9. Boston Terrier

Another one that's just perfect because of their small size, they can be affectionate and friendly but are also reserved and peaceful while indoors. They would require daily walks to stay happy.

10. Dachshund

Famous for being very friendly with kids and other dogs, this breed is cheerful and small enough to suit your apartment. Also known as the "sausage dog", they need only small amounts of exercise. However, they have a reputation for being difficult to train.

11. Toy Fox Terrier

The Toy Fox Terrier is a clever, easy-to-train dog that is the right size for even the tiniest living spaces. These dogs are instantly endearing and protective of their families.

12. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Always ready for a snuggle, this friendly breed is loved by all. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel enjoys making new acquaintances, and they are an excellent apartment breed that prefers to spend most of their time indoors. They weigh only about 5-8kg.

13. Bichon Frise

Beautiful balls of fur and very friendly, these small doggies hardly shed and are great for small apartments. They usually weigh between 3-5kg and require daily walks.

14. Basenji

The Basenji is a reasonably calm dog, making them ideal if you have neighbours nearby. They are, however, notoriously tough to train and are not appropriate for inexperienced dog owners. Aside from their obstinate temperament, these dogs provide love and attention to their family!

15. Pug

The pug! This dog divides opinion, but the modest pug is a fun and loyal dog. Pugs are a friendly breed, so they perform best in a home with another dog or lots of human interaction. The pug is pleased to sit in their bed and watch the world go by, making him the ideal apartment companion.

Conclusion

The 15 breeds mentioned above are the best and most ideal apartment dogs.

Regardless of your concerns — size, allergy issues, fitness, grooming, training, skin shedding, fun and friendly nature, loyalty, security, etc.— we are confident that you can find one or more dogs to choose from on this list.

We hope this article has been beneficial in your search for an apartment dog. Cheers to happier times!

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