8 Dog Breeds That Are Perfect For Apartments

8 Dog Breeds That Are Perfect For Apartments 


Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many individuals and families realize that their homes would benefit from the demand and affection of a new dog. However, if you live in an apartment building, there are costly deposits to be made, restrictions on weight and breed, and more. Luckily, many breeds are perfect for this style of living, so take your time deciding on the ideal dog for your living space.

If you haven’t a single idea what breed of dog you should choose, read on to learn about some of the best dogs for apartment living are out there:


If you’ve ever wanted a dog with the cuteness of a cuddly teddy bear and a playful personality to match, the Shichon is a great choice for apartment living. Bred from a Shih Tzu and Bichon Frise, these adorable pooches fit well in smaller homes because of their pint-size stature and low exercise requirements. Of course, your dog will love running around and playing in a backyard because of their nature, but they also love snuggling up and lounging around with their owners.


When searching for Shichon puppies for sale, connect with a responsible breeder who can provide you with the entire history of the dog’s health and information about the parents.

Boston Terrier

Another great dog breed for apartments and condos is the Boston Terrier. It’s brilliant, small in stature, and has a hypoallergenic coat that won’t leave your living space covered in shredded fur. Because they tend to stay calm and not bark at the slightest noise, you won’t have to worry about your neighbors complaining. This breed is a nice compact size, coming in at an average of 15-20 pounds.


If you love a dog with a big fluffy coat and personality, you’ll experience great joy in owning a Pomeranian. These dogs have been popular for hundreds of years, even owned by different Queens of England! While these pooches are full of energy, their smaller build makes it easy to exercise them in the smaller confines of an apartment. These dogs are also talkers and won’t hesitate to bark, but they also are intelligent and can be trained not to be so chatty.



If you’re worried that an apartment may not be stimulating enough for an energetic dog, consider finding a docile breed. Dachshunds are a wonderful example of this personality. They are very relaxed and love their overs fiercely. Because their bodies are substantially longer and shorter than other breeds, too much activity can lead to spinal injuries. So, if you want a dog that loves to snuggle and does not require a lot of exercise, these are great options.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Remember to mention a favorite apartment-living canine: the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. While the breed’s name is a mouthful, they are the perfect size for smaller home layouts and love socializing, making them perfect when living in a larger complex with multiple family units. In addition, their fur doesn’t shed too much, and most owners of this breed can get by with a weekly brushing to control loose fur.

Bichon Frise

For families that want a pet but worry about dander and shedding fur causing allergy issues for other household members, the Bichon Frise may be the perfect option. Not only are these adorable pooches barely a foot tall, but they weigh an easily managed 15-20 pounds. Also, remember that these dogs have a lot of energy to spend each day, so frequent walks and playtime can easily meet this need.

Scottish Terrier

Another dog breed that has enjoyed royal adoration is the Scottish Terrier. Fondly referred to as the Scottie, this canine has a memorable profile with a distinct beard and pair of eyebrows that make it recognizable anywhere. These smaller dogs are quite independent but extremely loving and loyal. However, it’s important to understand that these dogs won’t hesitate to bark, so getting them trained early on can help resolve this issue and ensure your little furball adjusts to apartment life quickly.

French Bulldog

If you don’t need an extra doorbell, French Bulldogs are a fantastic breed for apartments because of their quiet nature and minimal need for exercise. While they may not come across as wildly energetic, they do like to be entertained and enjoy some playtime now and then. Unfortunately, these dogs average about 20 pounds and are at risk of overheating in the warmer months.

Apartment Life with Man’s Best Friend

Man has always enjoyed the innocence and loyalty that dogs offer. If you live in an apartment but worry that the smaller space isn’t ideal for pet ownership, reconsider the different breeds shared in this article first. You may discover that your assumptions about particular breeds are incorrect and that your smaller living space is perfectly fine for owning a furry companion. Just make sure that you first determine if there are any pet ownership requirements by your landlord first and decide what level of noise your neighbors can handle. This will help guide you in choosing the best dog to bring into your life.

8 Dog Breeds That Are Perfect For Apartments

Tim Hanson (116)

Contributing writer at Preferable Pups!