5 dog breeds that are actually perfect for apartment living

American Kennel Club's 2013 Most Popular Dogs
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When it comes to finding the perfect dog breed for you, there are a lot of things to consider. One thing that we have to think about is the size of our home in relation to the size of our pets. For a lot of people, there are restrictions that need to be considered when choosing the perfect breed of dog for you and your lifestyle.

If you live in an apartment, there are additional considerations to take into account when it comes to picking the perfect pup for you. The size of your apartment is just as important to consider as the fact that these dogs will need to be good with going for walks and not being able to run around a large area.

Living in an apartment comes with challenges, but it doesn't mean that you can't have a dog. It just means finding the right breed for you and them. And don't forget that size matters, so you may want to avoid a larger breed like a Bernese Mountain Dog or a Great Dane.

So what are some of the best dog breeds for living in an apartment?

5 dog breeds that are the best for apartment living


If you love the Dachshund, then you already know that these sausage dogs are small but mighty. They are great companions and their smaller size actually makes them a good choice for apartment living. It also helps that they are not really outdoor dogs. They prefer being inside, so being apartment dwellers works for them.

French Bulldog

The French Bulldog is currently the most popular dog breed in the U.S., and that comes as no surprise to us because this breed is perfect for smaller spaces and people who are looking for a calmer dog. Even though they can have moments where they are more hyper, in general, this is a calmer dog breed that is good with sleeping and lounging around. As Insider Monkey points out, they are also a very adaptable dog breed, making them great in apartments.


You may not have heard of this dog breed in the past, but if you live in an apartment, you may want to learn. That is because this breed is known as the "barkless breed." They don't make a ton of noise and they are a smaller dog breed, coming in at an average of 24 pounds. This is a breed that does need a daily walk, but they are also great family dogs.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

We really love this breed of dog and it is a great choice for people living in an apartment because they are both a smaller dog and they enjoy being close to you. They are more likely to cuddle with you over running around in a yard. That's not to say that they don't have their moments of hyperactivity, but they are also all about that lazy life.

Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkie is a small dog that can be very playful. This is an affectionate dog breed that doesn't need a lot of room to have fun. While they do have a lot of energy, their smaller size means that they have no problem getting all of their activity needs met even in a smaller space. At the same time, these pups are good for a cuddle too, so if you life a dog that wants to spend time with you, this could be the perfect pup for you.

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