The Results Are In: These Are the Best Dog Breeds for Apartment Living

The Results Are In: These Are the Best Dog Breeds for Apartment LivingIf you’re longing for a furry friend but you’re unsure how it would work with your current space, it is helpful to educate yourself on what breeds would be a better fit for apartment living. A tight living space would be more enjoyable with certain dog breeds over others, which might require large yards and frequent exercise.

Fortunately, many breeds are happy to lounge around at home and require minimal exercise. Consider a dog’s health and happiness in your somewhat limited living situation when choosing a breed. The last thing you want is for your dog to grow bored and restless in a small apartment and cause damage to the building, or act aggressive with other dogs or residents.

If you own a dog, make sure you have a comprehensive liability insurance policy for your dog. If you already own a dog and have been having trouble renting a place, having a Canine Liability policy with proof of insurance can help to encourage landlords that you and your dog won’t be a problem. If you’re looking for a new dog, keep this in mind as you shop around for the perfect four-legged roommate.

Toy Poodle

Though they have a big-dog temperament, Toy Poodles are normally about 10 inches in height and can get most of the exercise they need just from running around your small place or taking shorter walks.

Another bonus? Poodles don’t shed. However, keep in mind that they need to be bathed regularly and have their coat clipped every six-to-eight weeks. Trust us: you and your small apartment will be grateful.

This breed is also very easy to litter train or train to use potty pads, so if you don’t live on the first floor, you won’t need to constantly take your dog out on trips to relieve itself.

Shih Tzu

The sweet, mop-headed Shih Tzu was bred to be a companion. They are compact in size and are content with staying indoors, making them a great breed for a small space.

However, the long silky fur requires quite a bit of maintenance, especially if you have a small space or sensitive allergies. But if you want a cute, chic sidekick, this could be the breed for you.


These chunky charmers will steal your heart. Bulldogs are wrinkly coach potatoes who are always ready to snuggle on the couch. They love to simply relax at home with their owners. For human homebodies who don’t live in an area with large yards or an abundance of natural spaces, these dogs would be the perfect companion. You will need to force them out every once in a while, but they will adapt very well to life in an apartment complex.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

These brown-eyed beauties are sweet, small and known to be relatively quiet. Surprisingly, their long coat is relatively easy to manage, just requiring a weekly brushing. Their energy level depends on you and what you like to do. They are capable of going on rugged hikes, or they can spend their days relaxing in your lap.

This breed does enjoy daily walks, but nothing excessive is necessary. Just take this dog out once or twice a day and let him or her go to the bathroom and sniff around a bit. Before long, this breed will want to go back home and relax with you.

It is important to keep in mind that each and every dog has the possibility to bite. There are many factors as to the likelihood a dog will bite regardless of the breed or where you live. Breed is only a small portion of the process. Dog liability insurance is available for owners who want peace of mind.

About FIDO

There are many reasons a dog may bite, and it’s not always 100% preventable. In addition to financially protecting dog owners from dog bite claims, our Canine Liability Policy also covers other injuries to people, including scratches and fall injuries caused by dogs and injuries to other animals. Please contact us today for more information at (407) 865-7477, ext. 101.

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