So you’ve moved (or are moving) to a pet-friendly apartment community and it’s finally time to find a furry friend to keep you company. The problem is, you don’t quite know which dog breeds may bark too much, or may have too much energy for apartment living.
It’s important to note that dogs are social creatures that require training, exercise, and mental stimulation. So if you’re the kind of person who is at work for 12-hour days, you may want to reconsider getting a dog until your schedule allows for it. These furry friends need adequate walks around your apartment community or to be taken to the dog park to socialize and release energy.
Best Dog Breeds for Apartments
Shih Tzu – The Shih Tzu is a wonderful little dog. Typically weighing between 9-16 lbs, this happy-go-lucky dog is often hypoallergenic and requires less exercise than the average breed, making it a great fit for apartment living. The Shih Tzu is often calm and very friendly towards people and other animals.
Affenpinscher – These terrier-like dogs are confident and sweet. The dense, harsh coat comes in several colors; the gait is light and confident. They can be willful and domineering, but mostly they are loyal, affectionate, and always entertaining.
French Bulldog – Bred as companion animals, French Bulldogs or “Frenchies” are smaller than their traditional Bulldog counterparts. They are playful and affectionate in nature and love to be near their owners. French Bulldogs, which tend to be no larger than 28 lbs. in adulthood, are adaptable to both small and large spaces and are devoted pets to individuals and families.
English Bulldog – Often sporting an adorably grumpy-looking underbite, Bulldogs tend to be lazy and would rather sleep than go outside. Typically weighing in between 40-55 pounds, the bulldog is friendly, tolerates being left alone, and needs regular exercise. The bulldog is an above-average barker and they do tend to drool.
Dachshund – Dachshunds come in two sizes (standard and miniature) and in three varieties (smooth-, wire- and long-haired). They are curious and friendly in nature**, smart and protective, with a big-dog bark. These long-bodied dogs are typically referred to as “wiener dogs.” and steal the hearts of their owners.
Bichon Frise – If you like white, hypoallergenic puffballs, the small yet resilient Bichon Frise is friendly, smart, loyal, and easily trainable. Not known for barking, the Bichon Frise doesn’t need much room to play, making it a great breed for apartment living.
Need help finding the best apartment dogs? Be sure to check petfinder to adopt! Also, pets can be messy. Check out our article on how to keep your security deposit when you have pets!
*Some breeds may not be allowed at certain apartment communities. Be sure to read the “Pet Policy” section under “Community Details” when viewing an apartment on our website for more info.
**These are general guidelines in reference to dog breeds and their typical behavior. Please note that animal temperament can vary.