Despite popular belief, size isn’t everything when it comes to finding the best apartment dogs. Temperament, bark-levels and a low-energy count are all good qualities to look for when on the hunt for a suitable dog, and some breeds are more inclined to display these traits than others.
Below is a list of the top breeds to consider when looking for a new best friend to fill your tiny home.
1. Bichon Frise
These little fluffballs of fun are the perfect pals for an apartment-dweller! Weighing between 3-5kg, the Bichon Frise sheds very little, which is perfect if you plan to be living in close-quarters with them. They will however require daily walks.
2. English Bulldog
Despite appearances, the English Bulldog is a cheery dog that is more than happy to spend their days napping on the couch. They will rarely bark, and are great with children in spite of their stocky build which has them weighing upwards of 22kg!
3. Yorkshire Terrier
While they can be on the ‘yappy’ side, with good training and early socialisation Yorkshire Terriers can also be one of the best apartment dogs. They are small enough to exercise indoors with an average weight of just over 3kg, and with minimal shedding they are ideal for those with allergies.
Love them or hate them, the humble pug is a playful and loyal dog. Pugs are a social breed, so their ideal home would involve another dog or plenty of human interaction. The pug is content to watch the day go by from the comfort of their own bed, making him the perfect apartment buddy.
While the Chihuahua requires minimal exercise, making it ideal for a smaller home, it is very important that they receive proper training to avoid the yappy personality they are known for. Weighing as little as 1kg, they are easily carried around which is handy for people who travel.
Surprise! Commonly thought of as a high-energy, high-maintenance pet, the Greyhound can in fact be one of the best apartment dogs. Their energy needs only require a daily walk, and their surprisingly calm, placid nature ensures they can handle a smaller environment.
7. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel likes to make friends with everyone and is always up for a good cuddle. Weighing between 5-8kg, they are a great apartment breed who is happy to remain indoors most of the time.
Also known as the ‘sausage dog’, this friendly breed is very good with other dogs and children. While they can initially be somewhat difficult to train, they only need a small amount of exercise, due to their tiny legs!
9. Boston Terrier
Another breed perfect due to their size, the Boston Terrier will require a daily walk to stay happy, but they can be wonderful, affectionate breed who will remain mostly inactive while indoors.
10. Conton de Tulear
The Coton de Tulear is one of the happiest looking doggos! Small, easy to care for and with a beautiful fur coat, these little puppies are up there with the some of the best apartment dogs. While they love playing fetch, they are also content to spend a day indoors.
With a glamorous coat fitting of a royal, the Maltese is the perfect dog to live with in a small apartment as they do not shed. They do however, love attention, so a constant companion is advised.
The standard sized Poodle may be a tad too large for apartment living, but the Toy or Miniature Poodle are both perfect apartment dogs due to their size. Extremely intelligent, easy to train and only requiring the occasional walk, this sought-after breed will add style, flair and a friendly pal to any apartment!
13. Shih Tzu
The perfect lapdog takes the form of a Shih Tzu. With its lustrous coat and friendly demeanour, it was born to join the ranks of the best apartment dogs.
14. Toy Fox Terrier
Clever, easy to train dogs, the Toy Fox Terrier are the perfect size for even the smallest of apartments. Instantly lovable, these dogs are loyal and protective of their families.
The Basenji is a relatively quiet dog, making them perfect if your neighbours are close-by. They are however, notoriously difficult to train and are not suited for first-time dog owners. Aside from their somewhat stubborn nature, these dogs offer love and affection to their family!