Adding a dog to your family is an important decision, and once you’ve decided yes, it’s time to talk breeds! A big question people have is “what kind of dog should I get?” People who live in apartments often think they should not own a dog because of lack of room, breed restrictions, or because they think dogs will be noisy, however, there are many dog breeds that will fit this lifestyle! This list compiles only a handful of breeds that are great not only for apartment living, but also for people who have busy lifestyles and prefer a more laid back dog.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel - A small sweet spaniel from Great Britain. This breed was the favorite of many noblemen and even caught the eye of King Charles I and his son Charles II. They come in 4 colors: chestnut on white (called Blenheim after the palace), ruby, tricolor, and black and tan. They range from about 13-18lbs. Although they are bred from spaniels, they were crossed with breeds such as Pugs and Japanese Chins. They are known for being great with other dogs and people and can adapt to your lifestyle. They can be couch potatoes or they can be active! Usually a good walk or some minimal exercise is enough!
French Bulldog - according to the AKC standard, these dogs resemble miniature bulldogs, except for the “bat-like” ears. They were a favorite in Nottingham (lace maker central). Soon their popularity spread to Paris, where they became associated with Paris cafe life. They max out at about 28lbs and are a brachycephalic breed (shortened nose). They are energetic but do not bark much, and because they are a brachycephalic breed, they do not require much exercise. These dogs prefer to relax with their people.
Boston Terrier - Another brachycephalic breed, the Boston Terrier is known for its tuxedo coat (white with black, seal, or brindle markings). The ancestors of these dogs were originally bred for pit fighting and ratting contests, but today they are housepets. The breed that we know today was bred in Boston, Massachusetts. They are the official dog of Massachusetts and the mascot of Boston University. Similar to French Bulldogs, they require minimal exercise and are happy to cuddle.
Greyhounds - This may surprise you, however, greyhounds, particularly retired racers, make great housepets! Although Greyhounds were bred to run (and they are GREAT at it!) when they can no longer run (old age, lack of interest, injury) they are rehomed. They have an aerodynamic skull and shock-absorbing paw pads! However, they still love to lounge around! They generally love to just lay around or take leisurely walks. They are a great choice for someone who wants a large breed dog, but doesn’t have the time to commit to a high energy large dog.
Tibetan Spaniel - they were bred to be companions to the Tibetan monks. They were also great guard dogs, and often sat on top of the monastery walls to warn of any approaching foe. They were highly revered dogs, and were often sent as gifts to other Buddhist countries. With their long fur, they make great bed warmers and cuddlers!
If you are looking for a great apartment dog and none of these breeds fit your liking, you can always go on the AKC (American Kennel Club) website and browse! You can toggle and search by energy level to see what breed fits your needs best! Just because you live in an apartment does not mean you have to lose out on the joys of dog ownership.