Top 10 Best Dog Breeds for Apartments

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When it comes to apartment pets, size does matter. Giant paws and long legs don’t always mix well with tiny living spaces. However, the size of your dog isn’t the only thing that matters. When choosing the perfect pooch for your apartment, you should also take into consideration the dog’s energy level, noisiness, and even friendliness (neighbors in close quarters means lots of socializing and meeting new people and other pooches as well).


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Dachshunds are the smallest of the hound dogs. (You probably know them for their tiny legs!) These are cute, lively dogs that often bring joy from their appearance alone. Their short legs allow them to exercise entirely indoors if needed.

Coton de Tulear

Cotons are happy-go-lucky dogs that are well-suited for living in small apartments. They are small in size, have easy-to-manage coats, and low exercise needs. They are also exceedingly friendly with humans and other animals. The Coton loves to play fetch and go for walks, but won’t suffer from being inside for a day either.

Chinese Crested

The Chinese Crested is a remarkably laidback breed. These dogs make the perfect companion for a lower energy—or even bedridden—owner. Their ability to lie in bed for hours, coupled with their small size, makes them the perfect low-maintenance apartment dweller.


Known for its small size, the Chihuahua makes a great apartment dog. They require minimum exercise and love being close to their owners. Chihuahuas can be untrusting of strangers, so it’s best to carefully supervise them in any social situation.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

These dogs love to cuddle. They will lie on your lap and beg for belly rubs any chance they get. They’re very attached to their owners, so small homes are even better for them. The biggest concern comes with housetraining, as they can be hard to train. But, if you give them plenty of time outdoors and positive reinforcement, they’ll quickly become trustworthy apartment pets.


The Bulldog is perhaps most well-known for laziness, making them a perfect dog for apartments. A short walk is all these guys need to keep them happy. Otherwise, they’re content to just laze around and snooze. They’re an incredibly gentle dog breed and rarely get taller than 18 inches high.

Brussels Griffon

The Brussels Griffon is a lively, sturdy, small breed. They are highly affectionate and bond quickly with their owners. They love to snuggle, which might be a necessity, depending on just how small your apartment is!

Boston Terrier

Another breed ideal because of their size, the Boston Terrier rarely grows taller than a foot and a half. These dogs can be particularly hyper, so they need daily, brisk walks to stay happy. But if you can keep them well-exercised, you’ll find these American Gentlemen to be wonderful, gentle, affectionate pets.

Bichon Frise

Even at their largest, the Bichon Frise (BEE-shawn FREE-say) won’t get taller than about a foot. These little furballs are energetic, which means they love to play, but also need daily exercise. Bichons also shed less than similar breeds, making them ideal to live in close quarters or among people with allergies.


The Basenji is a great option when you have close neighbors and thin walls. This barkless dog rarely gets taller than 18 inches or over 25 pounds. But beware; when left unattended for long periods of time, the Basenji can be a mischievous companion.


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