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5 Dog Breeds Surprisingly Suited to Small Apartment Life
These breeds are perfect for smaller spaces

Dog lovers can still be dog lovers no matter where they are; whether you live in a big house with a fenced in yard or a one-bedroom apartment, there is a dog out there waiting to make your home its own. Here are a handful of well-known dog breeds that are fit for apartment life.


While this is one of the more obvious choices, Pugs are perfect apartment dogs. Their size gives them an advantage, making an apartment more than enough space for them to be comfortable. But here’s the best part: while small dogs often come with yappy barks, Pugs don’t follow that rule. Pugs are quiet, gentle dogs that remain inactive when indoors; basically, they are couch potatoes. They love relaxing at home and will binge-watch the newest season of “House of Cards” with you any time.


Boxers are medium-sized dogs, reaching up to around 2 ft. and 60-70 lbs, according to Dog Time. Because they are larger than pugs, they do need a bit more exercise. However, this need can be satisfied with walking or a trip to the dog park. Boxers tend to be good with kids and families due to their loving temperament. Another plus is that with their short hair, Boxers barely shed, which is always a perk when you have a small living space.


You may be thinking, “Those are the fastest racing dogs out there! How can they be calm enough to live in an apartment?” According to the American Kennel Club, Greyhounds are the fastest dog breed in the world, but there’s a catch−Greyhounds expel their energy in short, quick bursts. In other words, they’re sprinters, not marathon runners. When they aren’t sprinting, they are actually low-energy dogs, spending most of their time lounging around. Their energy levels combined with their medium to large frames make Greyhounds a pretty good fit for an apartment lifestyle.

Welsh Corgis

Welsh Corgis are a unique breed. They are smaller dogs, but they have many of the features of a large dog. The most prominent difference between Corgis and larger breeds is their short legs, which are fairly disproportionate to their bodies. Corgis are athletic but only need moderate amounts of exercise, so walking them or taking them to a dog park is sufficient. However, one thing to keep in mind is that Corgis often have separation anxiety, so leaving them at home all day isn’t the best idea, no matter how big your home might be.

Shiba Inus

Shiba Inus are bold characters. Their personalities are prominent, so you’ll get to know them quickly. These small dogs are quiet and independent. They love their alone time, so you won’t have too many problems leaving them during the workday. Not to mention, having a quiet dog with an apartment is important; the last thing you need is a neighbor complaining at your door.

It is important to keep in mind the dog’s temperament and size when choosing a dog breed. Just because a dog is small does not mean it is fit for apartment life; the same goes for large dogs. Not all larger dogs need excessive amounts of exercise. Doing your research helps ensure you find the perfect dog for your lifestyle.

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