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5 Dog Breeds that Are Perfect for Small Apartments

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While it's true that dogs adapt to where their owner lives, they also need some space to move, otherwise, they will get frustrated.
5 Dog Breeds that Are Perfect for Small Apartments
Last update: 10 January, 2019

If you have just moved into a small house, or if you have been living alone for a while and you want some company, a pet might be a good idea. In this article, you can find out which dogs are the best for small apartments according to their size and needs.

Which dogs are the best for small apartments?

When selecting your an ideal pet, there are several factors that you must be taken into account. One of them is the space at home. If you live in the city, your apartment probably doesn’t have many square meters for a pet to be comfortable!

Although it’s true that dogs adapt to the place where their owner is, it’s also true that, if they cannot move around without breaking something or have difficulty walking through certain places, then they will not be very happy. Are you thinking about adopting a pet? If so, then we recommend these dog breeds that are perfect for small apartments:

1. English Bulldogs

This dog is perfect for small homes. Although these dogs are sturdy, they’re small in size! Best of all, they love to stay at home and spend hours sleeping. It will almost not even notice that you’ve gone to work.

English bulldogs (in the picture above) are usually quite lazy, so they’re perfect for people who don’t go out that much. Of course, you have to give them the minimum number of walks each day and some exercise so they don’t get obese, which is quite common.

2. Poodles

Poodles are the opposite of bulldogs, but they are also one of the dogs that are perfect for small apartments. Did you know that they don’t smell like other pets? They’re also beautiful with their sheep-like coat, which is soft and fluffy to pet when you return home.

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Poodles are very active animals that need to burn their excess energy on a daily basis. If you don’t have any place at home to exercise with them, then you should take them to a nearby park, otherwise, they can become destructive and aggressive. This sort of behavior can also be avoided through training starting when they’re puppies.

3. West Highland White Terriers

This is another dog that is perfect for small apartments because of their tiny size. “Westies,” as they’re commonly known, are very quiet animals and are usually not overly energetic. They can spend several hours sleeping during the day without the company of others (perfect for people who work outside of their home for a long time).

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West Highland White Terriers love children, playing with other dogs and going outside for a bit. A daily walk is enough for them. In addition, their long thick coat doesn’t require too much care.

4. Shih Tzus

These dogs look like a toy… They are very cute and beautiful! In addition, they take up practically no space and are very quiet. They don’t require much physical exercise. Just a simple walk down a few streets each day is enough.

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Of course, keep in mind that if you choose a long-haired Shih Tzu, they will require a lot of grooming. They need periodic baths and brushing to maintain their shape and beauty and to keep their hair from getting tangled.

5. Maltese dogs

The last dog in this list is the best for small apartments and they’re perfect for people who are allergic to pets. Although this dog has long fur, they don’t shed and don’t cause asthmatics to have any reactions.

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In turn, Maltese dogs don’t exceed three kilos in weight. They don’t need much physical activity and love to sleep. They require good socialization starting from when they are puppies in order to prevent them from having separation anxiety. They are good guardians and are recommended for senior citizens.

Of course there are also other dogs that are perfect for small apartments, such as Chihuahuas, Boston Terriers, Wiener dogs, King Charles Cavaliers, Pugs and Yorkshire Terriers.

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.