Your urban dwellings shouldn’t stop you from the joys of having a dog. However, you should carefully consider your lifestyle, space and the needs of the dog before selecting a furry family member.

What dogs are best for apartments?

Contrary to popular belief, a certain square footage doesn’t limit you to small dog breeds. Depending on the amount of time you can reserve for outdoor play, some medium and large breeds could work for your home, too. Keep in mind that living with a high-energy, very active breed of any size will be very challenging if not given the exercise needed!

Make sure you check with your landlord and renters insurance policy regarding breed restrictions. Some complexes prohibit certain breeds or dogs of a certain weight for upper floors. Then consider the route your dog will have to take to go potty. Do you live on the top floor? Is the elevator a long wait? Are the stairs conducive for the dog you have in mind?

Finally, do your research when it comes to the breed. Avoid overly vocal dogs as they could rub your neighbors the wrong way or worse, get you evicted. Instead, look for an easygoing breed that tends to be friendly and easy to train – this will help with those chance encounters in the lobby or hallway.

From quietest to most adaptable, these breeds grace the top of our list for best apartment dogs.

Quiet dog breeds

dog laying on couch with blanket

Pug: Pugs were bred for companionship, meaning they typically have a laid-back and affectionate nature that doesn't manifest in barking.

Other quiet dog breeds include:

  • Borzoi
  • Boston Terrier
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • French Bulldog
  • Newfoundland
  • Pharaoh Hound
  • Pit Bull
  • Pyrenean Mastiff
  • Rat Terrier
  • Rhodesian Ridgeback
  • Rough Collie
  • Saarlooswolfhond
  • Shar-Pei
  • Shetland Sheepdog
  • St Bernard
  • Stabyhoun
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Weimaraner
  • Whippet

Best dogs for small spaces

Dachshund playing in living room

Dachshund: Due to their small size, Dachshunds don’t require much living space, but they do tend to be energetic and require daily exercise.

Other breeds that are best for small spaces include:

  • Bichon Frise
  • Brussels Griffon
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Chihuahua
  • Chinese Crested Dog
  • English Bulldog
  • French Bulldog
  • Greyhound
  • Japanese Chin
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Maltese
  • Miniature Poodle
  • Mixed Breed Small
  • Pekingese
  • Pug
  • Scottish Terrier
  • Shih Tzu
  • West Highland Terrier
  • Yorkshire Terrier

Easy to housetrain dogs

border collie laying on couch

Border Collie: Border Collies are highly intelligent and obedient, making this active breed eager to learn.

Other breeds that are easy to housetrain include:

  • Australian Shepherd
  • Boston Terrier
  • Doberman Pinscher
  • Giant Schnauzer
  • Keeshond
  • Kerry Blue Terrier
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Miniature Schnauzer
  • Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
  • Pit Bull
  • Rottweiler
  • Shetland Sheepdog
  • Shiba Inu
  • Shikoku
  • Shiloh Shepherd
  • Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier
  • Standard Poodle

Friendliest dog breeds

golden retriever laying in bed

Golden Retriever: The Golden Retriever’s intelligent, loyal and eager-to-please attitude make this breed a family favorite.

Other friendly breeds include:

  • Bernese Mountain Dog
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Havanese
  • Irish Setter
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Mixed Breed Medium
  • Mixed Breed Small
  • Norfolk Terrier
  • Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
  • Pomeranian
  • Portuguese Water Dog
  • Pug
  • Scottish Terrier
  • St Bernard
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Most adaptable dog breeds

Poodle resting on pillow

Standard Poodle: With its intelligent, calm and friendly nature, the Standard Poodle is a popular choice for people of all walks of life. Best of all? This easy-to-train breed tends to be adaptable to a variety of living spaces, including your apartment!

Other easily adaptable breeds include:

  • American Cocker Spaniel
  • Chesapeake Bay Retriever
  • English Pointer
  • English Shepherd
  • English Springer Spaniel
  • Golden Retriever
  • Kerry Blue Terrier
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Large Münsterländer
  • Mixed Breed Large
  • Mixed Breed Medium
  • Mixed Breed Small
  • Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
  • Old English Sheepdog
  • Portuguese Water Dog
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Weimaraner
  • Welsh Springer Spaniel
  • Wirehaired Vizsla
Posted 
Jan 7, 2020
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