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The Best Apartment Dogs to Consider

There may be a lot of dog breeds in the world, but only few would suit an apartment setting. Depending on the size, temperament, or maintenance needed, I have compiled for you a wide range of dog breeds that differ in perks to suit your preference and apartment space.

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1. Yorkshire Terrier

A Yorkie is a small dog that requires a little exercise, making it perfect for a small apartment. Its temperament, however, makes it distrustful of strangers so expect a lot of barking on guests. Also, keep in mind that a Yorkie’s fur is very thick. Consider cleaning and maintenance when owning one. 

2. Chihuahua

This small dog is very energetic and its feistiness compensates for its size. Like the Yorkie, the Chihuahua will bark at strangers What makes a Chihuahua differ from a Yorkie however is its thin fur. That means lesser cleaning maintenance around your apartment from its sheddings.

3.  Miniature Pinscher

Another great tiny watchdog is the Mini Pinscher. Its black and thin fur gives off a sleek appearance, making it the perfect for dog lovers who prefer dark-colored dogs. The Mini Pin isn’t very ideal if you have small children in your apartment. If you consider owning one, teach it some socializing skills at a young age.

4. Pomeranian

If you want a medium-sized and a really hyperactive dog to match your active lifestyle, then the Pomeranian is your buddy. Due to its fluffy fur, a lot of effort in maintenance is needed and you’d be highly advised to brush its fur weekly. However, a Pomeranian isn’t a dog ideal to have if you live in an apartment complex. Your neighbors might complain about its barking while you’re away.

5. Pug

Staying most of your time in your apartment will never be boring with a Pug. Its clingy nature makes it not do very well alone. It’s also one of the dog breeds where you decide when it’s time to play or not. A Pug will both be playful and silent whenever its owner requires it to.

6. Toy Fox Terrier

A tiny-sized intelligent dog specimen that is easy to train. If you’re looking for a dog that loves to cuddle with its owner a lot, then consider a Toy Fox Terrier. Its fur is thin yet it is very energetic. So you can expect a little effort in maintenance while being more active in exercising it.

7. Boston Terrier

Both energetic and calm, the Boston Terrier is a medium-sized dog that's manageable at any time of the day. They can easily understand their owner’s cues and immediately identify a stranger from a guest. Their thin fur makes maintenance easier as well!

8. Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise might be furball, but its curly fur sheds less than other thick-furred dogs so it’s great for people with allergies. They are energetic and will require regular walks and exercise. However, they will remain small and not grow taller than a foot.

9. Shiba Inu

Shiba Inus are independent medium-sized dogs. They do not require a lot of maintenance and are very well-behaved left alone at home. However, this dog needs daily vigorous exercise. If you’re the type of person who works during the day and goes for a run in the afternoons, then the Shiba Inu is your perfect choice.

10.  Greyhound

Despite the Greyhound’s large size, its temperament is very calm. Like the Shiba Inu, a Greyhound is also well-behaved when left alone. Its required exercise, however, doesn’t need a lot of energy, unlike the Shiba Inu.

An aggressive dog isn’t ideal for apartment complexes. If you live in one, pick a dog breed with a mild temper. Looking to be active with a pet? Choose the energetic ones. For low maintenance in both grooming and cleaning, pick the dog with a thin fur.

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