Living with pets in apartments is a subject that is passionate among Pet Problems Solved members. If you are considering living with a small dog in your apartment, here are some suggestions from Kate Washington of Charlotte Dog Club.

Top 10 Mainstream Small Dogs that Make Good Apartment Dogs

Would you like to have a dog, but you live in an apartment? We all know that many dogs are unhappy when space is limited. But, luckily, there are some breeds of small dogs that do more than great in an apartment. Of course, you will still have to walk them daily, but if you do this, your dog will be more than happy to relax with you on the couch. So, here are 10 small dog breeds to consider.

  1. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

This is a breed of dog that tends to become very attached to their owner, so living in an apartment won’t bother this dog, as long as they get to spend as much time close to the humans they love. Of course, being a small breed the space requirements of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel are reduced.


  1. Havanese

Another type of breed that will cherish every second spent with their owner. So, instead of being in the outdoors, this dog will prefer staying indoors with you at all times. They have low space requirements, as long as they get to be next to you. So, don’t be surprised to see the Havanese cuddling with you on the couch whenever they get the chance.


  1. Maltese

With a low maintenance level, due to their coat that rarely sheds, the Maltese is the ideal companion. In fact, some dogs can be so attached to their owner that they suffer from separation anxiety when left alone. In other words, they simply love being with you and near you all the time, so even if space is limited, the Maltese won’t have a problem with it. This dog doesn’t require too much exercise either, so a short walk around the neighborhood will do, which makes it suitable for seniors too.


  1. French bulldog

The French bulldog has a small and compact stature and a rather low activity level, so you don’t have to exercise too much to keep this dog happy. So, while they will enjoy a good play session, they tend to get tired rather quickly. Also, they enjoy being in the company of the owner and other family members, earning their place on the list of the most suitable companion dogs.


  1. Bichon Frise

This white and fluffy bundle of joy is also great for living in an apartment, as long as they get to enjoy walks and fun play sessions. So, make sure to exercise this small yet energetic and lovable dog on a daily basis. What recommends them for apartment owners is their coat, which sheds very little, making them a suitable dog, even for people that are prone to developing allergies.

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  1. Chihuahua

The Chihuahua is one of the smallest dogs breeds. If you ever saw small pups for sale from this breed, you know that they can fit in your palm in the first months of their life. Their small size and short coat make them ideal as apartment dogs. They are the kind of dogs that love sitting in your lap and enjoying your attention. However, do your best to socialize your Chihuahua, as the breed is known to be wary when it comes to strangers. Thus, they can bark excessively at the sight of a stranger and even behave aggressively.


  1. Dachshund

We all have to admit that Dachshunds are simply adorable with their short feet. Because of this, their size is more than adequate for living indoors. They are happy even with a low level of activity. So, if you are a fan of relaxed walks, this dog will be the best companion in your case. In fact, due to their rather long backbone in comparison with the height of their feet, it is not recommended for Dachshunds to jump off things, over things, or manage a high number of stairs.


  1. Poodle

This is another popular small dog breed that is known for its cleverness, gentleness, and hypoallergenic coat. Yes, the poodle won’t shed too much and it is one of the best companion dogs out there. Still, you will have to make sure it enjoys regular walks, in order to burn its energy.


  1. Pomeranian

The Pomeranian will do well in an apartment and in spite of being a great companion, it won’t be too bothered when you’ll leave the house, as they often don’t grow too dependent. However, you will have to watch the tendency of this breed to bark excessively, as it may get you in trouble with the neighbors.


  1. Pug

Highly appreciated for their funny and cute faces, the pug loves spending time with its family. They also don’t usually bark and have a low level of activity, which are great qualities for apartment dogs.


With this information, all you have to do now is to find small pups for sale and choose your friend. Have fun living in your apartment with your small dog.

About the author:
Kate Washington is a Marketing Specialist for Charlotte Dog Club, a site for small puppies. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Behavior, but is interested in anything dog-related and understands that having a happy life alongside your companion is more than training it for obedience.


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