Apartment living has a lot of benefits but it also comes with some sacrifices that you have to adjust to. For instance, you may want a dog and some landlords or condo associations don’t allow them. Some may allow them but only certain breeds, for instance.
This means that you have to adjust your expectations and think of the best way to make your situation work. In other words, if you are allowed to have a dog, then think about the best breeds to have in an apartment or small house. You may love Great Danes, but they wouldn’t be the best breed to have in a small space.
In this article, I will go over what some of the best breeds are for this type of scenario so you can settle on the best dog for you.
Some dogs seem made for apartment living. Like the Yorkshire Terriers. They are the right size first of all. They don’t need much room as they are only a little bit bigger than a cat. They usually only weigh about six pounds so if they want to sit on your lap on the couch then they aren’t going to weigh you down.
It isn’t just their size that makes them ideal for an apartment. It’s a combination of their temperament and their ability to be trained. They are active dogs but don’t need much space to stay active. But, the fact that they are easily trained is the biggest factor.
This is important because when you don’t have a yard you will be walking them in public places and bringing them to dog parks. When they are trained then you don’t have to worry about them biting anybody or getting into trouble. If you like in an apartment in Phoenix then this is especially important as Arizona laws pertaining to dogs can be quite strict.
Have you ever lived in an apartment where the neighbors had a dog that barked incessantly? Then you will not want to be those neighbors so it makes sense to get a dog that rarely barks. Which is the Basenji breed.
They don’t bark at all thanks to the physiology of their larynx. That isn’t to say they are noiseless as they can make a sort of howl once in a while, but it is rare that they do.
Their size is also ideal for an apartment or small house as they don’t tend to get larger than 25 pounds. They’re also great lounging dogs and don’t need too much attention. They are content to just hang around and groom themselves.
Their tiny size and their temperament make Shih Tzus the ideal apartment dog. They are almost like those little teacup breeds that can fit into a large purse of tote bag that you can carry around town if need be.
If you have kids or another dog then these are great as they are gentle and play well with others.