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5 Apartment Friendly Dogs

 by michele on 07 May 2014 |
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With more and more people choosing inner-city high density living, it’s becoming more common for dogs to be apartment dwellers. Keeping a dog as a pet in an apartment is much different to having a dog in a house. In an apartment there is less room to move and you have to deal with common property such as landings, lifts and perhaps even high balconies. You can’t just open a door, you have to put your dog on a leash and accompany them outside rain, hail or shine.
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Apartment building living is not appropriate for really large dog breeds or canines with serious behavioral problems. The following suggestions are five breeds amongst those best suited to living in apartments and townhouses:

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Ideal for adults, families with children and elderly people. Prefers indoor living, where it is quiet, with low to medium activity. A daily short walk is recommended. 

Miniature Poodle
Ideal for singles, families and elderly people. Its low-shedding coat is an advantage for indoor living. Requires a daily medium-length walk.

French Bulldog
Ideal for adults, families with older children and elderly people. The compact French Bulldog is quiet, with low to medium activity inside and outdoors. Requires a daily short walk.

Bichon Frise
Ideal for adults, families with children and elderly people. The Bichon Frise is small enough to burn off some energy indoors but requires a daily short walk. It is a companion dog and enjoys the indoor life where its low-shedding coat is an advantage.


Ideal for adults, families with children and elderly people. The Pug is a small, quiet dog with low activity levels inside. It is best suited to an indoor life. Requires a daily short walk.

Regardless of their breed, many types of dogs can live happily in an apartment as long as their needs for exercise and companionship are met. To make sure you and your furry friend stay on good terms with your landlord and/or neighbours:
  • Make sure your apartment building allows dogs as pets and find out if there are there any size or breed restrictions before you move in.
  • Always carry a plastic bag and clean up after your dog.
  • Ensure your dog gets plenty of exercise and has a variety of toys and treats to keep them entertained and happy while at home. 
  • Always have your dog on leash when inside the common areas of your apartment building.



Laura - Comment
Laura09 May 2014Reply
good info.
I would add that there are breed rescue organizations who have wonderful dogs of each of these breeds. If you are looking for a purebred dog, these are wonderful places to start.
Also humane society shelters have many 'perfectly good' dogs purebred asd well as mixed who are hoping for homes. I encourage people to consider these options before purchasing a new dog as one would a new couch. It is actually a more environmentally responsible chpoice besides being a lifesaver for the rescued pups. Just something worth considering, for anyone who loves animals.
Petbucket Admin - Comment
Petbucket Admin09 May 2014Reply
Hi Laura, thanks for that additional info. It's very important that people looking for a new dog (or cat) consider looking first in rescue shelters, since there are so many wonderful dogs and cats waiting for a loving home!
Jill - Comment
Jill12 May 2014Reply
Do you have an opinion on a Cockapoo living in an apartment?
Petbucket Admin - Comment
Petbucket Admin12 May 2014Reply
Hi Jill, a Cockapoo is also a very apartment friendly dog. And extremely cute as well!

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