When living in an apartment it can be easy to feel hesitant about getting a dog. Depending on where you live, there will be breed restrictions, but you also have to be mindful about the type of dog you get. A dog too loud could upset your neighbors and an energetic dog may need more space than your small apartment. It is important to take the appropriate time to research the perfect dog for apartment living.
Luckily, we’ve done the research for you. Here are five dog breeds perfect for apartment living:
The Affenpinscher is a small energetic dog breed. This breed is perfect for apartments because of their affection toward their owners and strangers. The Affenpinscher does have a lot of energy, but because of its small size, an apartment would give it plenty of room to run around. You will need to be mindful of the Affenpinscher’s surroundings, however. The breed doesn’t do well with kids because of the high energetic nature paired with its feisty attitude.
This dog breed also doesn’t do well being alone so either be ready to take it with you or plan on being a homebody. However, this pays off with the Affenpinscher having zero to little shedding. Even better, this dog breed can be really intelligent if trained right. It will take some time to get through the Affenpinscher’s stubbornness, but once trained, they will be happy to obey their trainers.
2. American Eskimo Dog
Where the Affenpinscher lacks in kid-friendly, the American Eskimo dog excels. This dog breed may be small, but its attitude is massive. Sometimes thought to be one of the smartest dog breeds, the American Eskimo dog will be the spotlight within your family. This dog is super easy to train, but you will need to be aware of how smart this dog is. They are known to outsmart their owners in ways you couldn’t imagine.
Unfortunately, the American Eskimo dog has some drawbacks. First, this breed sheds a lot. If you are looking for a dog with little to no shedding than the American Eskimo dog is not for you. Furthermore, this breed is not as quiet as what you might have been hoping for. Even though it’s friendly and great with kids, you will be hearing it bark a lot. Those are two trade-offs for an intelligent, friendly, and adorable dog.
3. Australian Terrier
High energy, high intensity, and a lot of spunk are how the Australian Terrier can be summed up. Originally bred in Australia to hunt rodents, this terrier has a lot of courage behind it. Australian Terriers are known for their ability to be loud because of the way they have been bred. When going on walks or taking them to the dog park, be wary of other animals. Australian Terriers don’t do well around other dogs and even cats. They may even pull at the leash at an attempt to chase the occasional squirrel or bird.
The Australian Terrier will need a robust training routine as it isn’t the easiest breed to train. Although, the hard work will pay off because this breed is an intelligent one. This terrier will need to be watched over constantly because they can get mischevious at times. They tend to do best at the sides of their owners.
Small dogs are not the only breeds apartments are perfect for. Larger breeds like the Chinook, make great apartment companions. The Chinook has a lower energy level than most larger breeds like the Golden Retriever or Labrador Retriever. That allows your apartment to be the perfect sized place for this dog to spend its lower amount of energy. The Chinook is also a great dog for families with kids and other dogs. Chinooks are extremely easy to train and once they are trained, they will be smarter than most dogs.
Unfortunately, Chinooks have a handful of drawbacks that need to be considered. First, these dogs are incredibly sensitive. Even though they are good with kids, they can only take them in small doses. Larger groups of people like parties or other stressful situations will make this dog stressed. Furthermore, the Chinook does shed very frequently because of its two coats. However, if you brush him or her frequently then it will keep the shedding to a minimum.
Another larger dog breed capable of living in an apartment is the Azawakh. This dog breed resembles that of a Greyhound with a long snout and legs. The Azawakh is an even better breed for apartment living than the Chinook because of its even lower energy and playful level. Because of that low excitement, these dogs are a bit more difficult to train. These dogs are more capable of being alone rather than with kids or strangers. Owners will need to be wary of these kinds of people while they are around.
Unlike the Chinook, the Azawakh does not shed as much due to having a smoother coat. They may not have hair on their stomachs, but you will need to care of their coat frequently. Be sure to use hypoallergenic shampoo because this breed is known to have sensitive skin. Fortunately, the thin coat makes this breed perfect for hot weather in Houston.