Size matters when it comes to the best dog breeds for apartment and condo living. However it isn’t the only thing to consider. You will also want to think about things like energy level, friendliness and noisiness, because you will obviously not want to upset any of your neighbours. When living in an apartment or condo you will be sharing common areas with others, like hallways, elevators and the lobby. So you should consider the personality of the breed that you choose if you are living in an apartment or condo. But of course, like us, all dogs have their very own personality.
If you are thinking about adding a dog to your home, these are the 5 best types of dogs for apartment and condo living.
These Tibetan dogs are not only super friendly, but also fiercely independent, so you don’t have to worry about them being left alone. They are also extremely affectionate and great family dogs. They are friendly towards other dogs and with people that they know, and are intelligent dogs that are easy to train. Plus, their small size makes them perfect for a small space.
Lhasa Apsos need regular grooming, but keeping their coat nice and soft will also add to their cuteness. They are also very protective, so you will want to train him/her from a young age to socialise with others. If you can manage these things, then they are a pleasure to have around and a top choice for apartment and condo living.
Pugs are very loyal and playful dogs with an even-temper, making them great dogs for small spaces. They are also quite lazy and are happy to just lay around all day, but the downside is that they do not like being alone for too long. If you work from home or can take your beloved pug to work with you, they will be extremely happy. If not, they can easily be trained, but may need to be crated if left alone for too long.
Don’t let this discourage you, as pugs are great in so many other ways. They are friendly and get on great with other dogs, as well as being great with people of all ages. Plus, that are fairly quiet, so you don’t have to worry about upsetting the neighbours.
Yes, Greyhounds are known for their speed, but these sleek dogs are also extremely mellow, making them fantastic dogs for apartment and condo living. Their size shouldn’t fool you, as they are gentle dogs that are smart and independent. They are also super friendly not only towards people, but also towards other dogs, but prefer to be the sole pet at home.
Despite being known as race dogs, in reality they only need around 30 minutes of exercise each day. The best thing for them is an off-leash dog park where they are free to run around. When at home, they want to just lay around and be close to you.
One of Japan’s six native breeds, the Shiba Inu is known for its good nature, alertness and affection. They are also highly intelligent, free-spirited dogs that will need to be trained from a young age. They are great for novice dog owners that want companionship, and a lot of loyalty and love.
A great thing about the Shiba Inu is that, although they are loyal, they do very well on their own and are quite easy-going dogs. They do, however, need a bit of exercise each day, so you will want to take him/her out for at least 1 long walk a day.
Originally from Congo, today the Basenji is popular amongst apartment and condo dwellers. Part of this is because they don’t bark, part of it is because they are extremely affectionate dogs. They also do very well on their own, as long as you give him/her lots of exercise.
They have quite an independent personality, so they are not easy to train. But if you put the time in you will have a forever companion that is not only great with you, but also with others. They are also friendly towards other dogs, so long as they do not live under the same roof.