The Best Dogs for Apartment Living

Dogs are one of the best companions a person can have – they are even considered “man’s best friend”. Just because you live in an apartment doesn’t mean you can’t have that same companionship. Here is a list of some of the best dog breeds for small space living.


Native to Africa, the Basenji is a small hound dog ideally suited for apartment living. These dogs are only 25 pounds when fully grown, do not shed and don’t bark, although they do yodel. They are fiercely loyal and protective and will make your apartment their home. Basenji can be left alone in an apartment for long periods of time, but too long will spark their curiosity and cause their mischievous nature to kick in. Make sure they get lots of daily exercise to avoid boredom.


Bichon Frise

These balls of fluff are considered the “cuties of the poodle family, but much more petite” making them great for apartment living. Only growing to about 12 pounds, these small companions don’t shed, rarely bark and don’t need a lot of space. They do have a lot of energy and enthusiasm, however, so its a good idea to take them out for daily exercise.



Yorkshire Terrier

Most commonly known as Yorkies, these small, affectionate dogs make great apartment pets. They’re small, only growing to 6 pounds, have minimal shedding and are low-maintenance. Although very energetic, a simple walk a day will be enough to calm these dogs. Yorkies are very devoted to their owners and make great cuddlers!




The Bulldog is best known for it’s laziness, making them perfect for apartment living. These calm and protective breeds don’t need a lot of room or activity to be happy – a quick walk in the morning or afternoon will have them ready to snooze. Small in size, the bulldog only grows to 18 inches tall, although they can weigh up to 50 pounds, so be prepared for lot of (heavy) cuddles.


Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Born to be a companion, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel will adore you and lay on your lap any chance it gets. Known for their good behavior, these dogs are mild-mannered, affectionate and crave human interaction making them great apartment dogs. They only grow to 18 pounds and have minimal shedding, mainly in spring and fall. Because their ancestors are spaniels, however, they do require exercise to fulfill their sporting needs – hiking, running, and long walks do them good.


Chinese Crested

The Chinese Crested is a very low maintenance dog making them ideal apartment pets. They require very little exercise and are perfectly content laying in bed for hours without moving. They are a small dog, only growing to 12 pounds, and don’t accept strangers easily, but once you form a bond with them, they will be eternally devoted to you.



Coton de Tulear

Related to the Bichon Frise, these dogs are sweet, cuddly and always down for a good time. Coton de Tulears only grow to about 13 pounds, have an easy-to-care coat, and don’t need a lot of space or exercise needs. They love going on long walks, but are perfectly fine staying inside all day. These intelligent dogs are also very observant and quickly learn routines which makes them very easy to train.


Shih Tzu

Although their name means “little lion” and they think they’re bigger than they are, Shih Tzus are perfect companions. They’re small in size, only growing to 16 pounds, affectionate, calm and loyal. They love following their people from room to room and cuddling on their lap. Their coats may take more maintenance then another dog if you keep it long, but they’re worth the extra effort.



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