Living in a small apartment, either because you choose to or have to should not stop you from getting a dog, as long as you are committed to dedicating time and care to the animal.
Before you decide on the type of hound you want to adopt, you should consider a small bread, or a mix of breeds, as larger ones are not compatible with small spaces.
We compiled a top of 5 small breed dogs that are suitable in for smaller areas.
Living in an apartment means you have to take your neighbors into account. Basenjis have medium to low energy levels, they shed very little, and they rarely bark. Any dog can be taught not to bark, for that matter. This breed can be an excellent choice, especially in cramped quarters, where noise levels have been an issue in the past.
Bulldogs (English and French) are a breed that is comfortable living in smaller places. These breeds get along with everyone, have low energy levels, and they love to sleep. Although they need exercise, they don’t enjoy regularly being outside for long periods of time, especially on hot days. Therefore, they do not demand a large backyard or lots of space to wander in. Also, dog food for bulldogs is easy to find, pretty much anywhere.
Welsh Terriers, also called Welshies, are ideal for someone wanting a dog that does not shed. A fully grown-up Welsh Terrier is around 15-inches by 15-inches – a “square dog”, weighing about 17 to 20 pounds. They are very silent, and they do not shed.
Welshies can make an excellent choice as they are quickly adaptable to the parent’s lifestyle. If you are a lazy person, they are too, or if you are active and keeping busy, they are also.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Cavaliers are small dogs that are entirely content with living in small areas, and they do not require a lot of exercises. However, this does not mean that you should skip two walks a day with your pooch. And now and then, take him on hikes, too, as they enjoy these types of adventures, as well.
If you spend enough time teaching your dog to get accustomed to everyday noises, a Cavalier will not tend to become a barker – this is a significant advantage when living in an apartment.
This might come as a surprise, but Greyhounds are suitable for living in smaller places as well, despite being a larger breed. Although they are known for being race dogs, Greyhounds are actually low on energy, and they also shed very little.
But if you live in a rented apartment, you ought to check with the landlord, to make sure if this breed is accepted, before adopting.
Undoubtedly, many breeds are compatible with living in small spaces, starting from tiny ones to larger ones. Before deciding to adopt, however, make sure you do your homework, as a dog does not need to suit your needs — you have to satisfy his or hers, as well.