Top 5 Best Dog Breeds for Apartment Living

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Oftentimes, cats are the chosen pet for apartment dwellers, but what if you’re not a cat person? Don’t despair. Fido lovers have options, too. When it comes to apartment living, it’s all about picking the perfect breed for both your personality and living space, as some dogs are better equipped to live in apartments than others. From Boston terriers to pugs, the dogs on this list are consistently rated as the best apartment companions for dog lovers.

5 Pug

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This list wouldn’t be complete without the adorable, pint-size pug. This dog breed is popular among those who live in the city, probably because pugs adapt easily to almost every lifestyle and environment. They are extremely affectionate and loyal, content to follow their owners around the house and curl up beside them on the bed at night. In addition to being people-friendly, pugs also get along well with other animals, including cats. They are playful and full of energy, so walks outside will be welcomed, but they’ll be just as content rolling around inside. Like the bulldog, pugs are prone to overheating so air conditioning is a must. The cool air also helps with the breathing issues pugs sometimes develop. As for grooming, pugs require a little more attention due to the folds in their coats, but it’s well worth the time and effort considering the large amount of love you’ll receive in return.

4 Greyhound

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Another big dog option is the greyhound. While this well-known racing dog may seem like an odd choice, its easygoing nature makes it the perfect canine roommate. Greyhounds are trainable, calm and adapt well to new and different environments. Like the Great Dane, greyhounds are also couch potatoes, content to curl up on the couch or bed next to you. When it comes to exercise, a quick 10-minute stroll outdoors or run around the dog park will suit this racing champion just fine. As an added bonus, their short hair makes for low maintenance since only minimal grooming is required.

3 Great Dane

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Who says dogs have to be small to be happy apartment dwellers? If a bigger dog is more your style, the Great Dane may be just the apartment buddy you’re looking for. Despite its huge size, averaging 25 to 30 inches in height and 100 to 200 pounds in weight, this gentle giant loves to lounge around and is perfectly happy snuggled up on the couch or a favorite chair relaxing. In addition to being quiet, calm and friendly, Great Danes are easy to train, so behavior problems are highly unlikely or easily corrected.

2 Bulldog

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When it comes to bulldogs, both the English and French bulldog are especially great apartment companions. The English bulldog is the bigger of the two, weighing an average of 40 to 50 pounds, while the French bulldog tops out at around 20 pounds. Both are affectionate, loyal and a bit lazy. These couch potatoes tend to prefer lounging around the house to long walks outside and are the perfect cuddle buddy while watching TV, reading a book or taking a quick nap. These kid-friendly and quiet dogs also require little grooming and exercise. A 10-minute walk in the morning or evening is usually sufficient outdoor activity. However, make sure your apartment has air conditioning, since these breeds are prone to overheating and heat stroke; some also develop respiratory problems.

1 Boston Terrier

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When it comes to apartment living, Boston terriers are always a popular choice. Nicknamed the “American Gentleman,” this affectionate and kid-friendly dog has a polished appearance and kind disposition. Its small size makes it a perfect fit for any apartment space, with most Boston terriers averaging between 10 and 25 pounds. Additionally, since this breed needs minimal grooming and exercise, upkeep is easy. A little horseplay around the house and personal attention will keep your loyal companion happy and content. Boston terriers are also quiet, so you won’t have to worry about angry knocks at the door from complaining neighbors. However, be ready for the occasional fart joke as these dogs are known to let one go now and then.

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