There are many reasons why you may want a dog for your apartment. For starters they can offer a wider array of health benefits. They can help reduce stress levels by increasing amounts of serotonin and dopamine. They can also help kick start a healthier lifestyle by forcing you to get up and take walks or go to the park. Or maybe you simply want a dog to snuggle up with during the cold winter months. Things can get tricky if you’re in an apartment situation. You don’t want something packed with energy that will leave your living space decimated. It’s also not ideal to have a bigger breed which will take up even more of your precious apartment living space.
Here are 6 Dog Breeds for Apartments
More commonly known as a wiener dog, this short-legged and long-bodied hound has been thought to date back all the way to ancient Egypt. They are marked by their playfulness, bounding under blankets always ready for a good game of fetch. The real advantage here is their shorter legs, requiring relatively less space for exercising activities than larger breeds.
The Bichon Frise was breed specifically as companion dogs making them perfect for your living environment. They are often thought of as happy and cheerful which will guarantee a smile when you walk through the door. They enjoy exercise but are contempt with just hanging about, resting their head on your lap while the next television program rolls trough. One drawback is they require a fair bit of grooming. But luckily it’s not in vein since they don’t shed much (if any).
Known for their wrinkled facial exteriors and muscular build, bulldog’s are known for their kind and resolute nature. Stubborn at times but not vicious or aggressive, the bulldog is happy with a short walk and then a long nap in their favorite spot. Rarely getting above 20 inches, the bulldog offers a good natured pal in a small manageable package.
If you want to give your apartment some personality, a schipperke will definitely provide it. Nicknamed little black fox, Schipperkes are a mischievous breed that are energetic and naturally curious. Unlike other dog breeds, schipperkes are not known to have any inherent health risks. They do require quite a bit of exercise so there will be no excuse not to get your fair share.
Bred for wealthy Chinese families, pugs are great companions. Typically not a “yippy” breed you won’t have to worry about upsetting the consistently cranky next door neighbor. Their size lends themselves to fitting in well in an apartment setting. There isn’t a huge need for exercise but it’s always good to get a walk in.
If size is not an issue, greyhounds are a surprisingly good dog breed for apartments. Typically associated with racing, one may not think they would be suited for an apartment environment. Overall their temperament is affectionate, calm, and easy-going. Fully grown greyhounds don’t in fact need much exercise and sleep nearly 18 hours a day. Like the pug they’re not known to bark and their single coat means the shedding is kept to a minimum.
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