If you live in an apartment and plan on getting a dog, then you need to do your research. Not every dog breed is suited for apartment living. Small breeds are usually best, but each breed has its pros and cons. Check out these 5 best dog breeds for apartments — we promise they’re all very good boys.
Text by Linda Hunt
This dog breed is perfect for an apartment because it has no hair! If you have allergies or are worried about having to clean dog hair up all the time, then this is the dog for you. But be careful. Hairless dogs are sensitive to the sun and the cold. If you take your American Hairless Terrier outside, it may need to stay in the shade during the summer. During the winter, it may need an (adorable) dog sweater or coat.
Boston Terriers make great apartment dogs because they’re so small and don’t bark very much. They’re short-haired and don’t need a lot of grooming. They’re also very friendly and easy to train. Boston Terriers play well with children and other dogs.
The Griffon’s small size and lack of shedding makes it perfect for apartments. They usually only reach about 12 pounds. They’re extremely smart and loyal dogs, but they can get an attitude if not given enough attention. If you leave this breed alone, it needs to be kept in a crate until you get back.
Cavaliers are great apartment dogs because they’re small and love to be with their people. They’re not very territorial, so they’re friendly with strangers. They’re also easy to train and smart. This breed does have a lot of hair, but they’re easy to groom.
Pugs make good apartment dogs because of their size. As a bonus, they’re also very friendly and lovable dogs. The best part of having a pug in an apartment is that they don’t need a lot of exercise. If you do get a pug, be careful in the heat. Because of their face structure, they can’t breathe very well and can’t handle too much heat.