Best Dog Breeds for Apartment Living

Not every dog is suited for apartment living.

Throughout most of the United States, dogs run freely in backyards, merrily barking along the fence at everyone passing by. But, all of the perks of living in New York City can often mean giving up the idea of a house with a yard for your furry friend. The good news for dog lovers, however, is that living in an apartment doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll have to give up the idea of having a dog as well. While not every dog is suited for apartment living, there are some breeds that do just fine in apartments, thank you very much. Here are some of the best dog breeds for apartment living:

#1. English Bulldog

English Bulldogs are famous for their adorable, squishy faces, and they also happen to be almost tailor-made for apartment living. English Bulldogs don’t need a lot of exercise, so they’re not going to miss having a yard. And, while most English Bulldogs are calm and are pretty much content just to lie around, they also have a fierce, stocky look that would make anyone think twice before trying anything.

#2. Italian Greyhound

If you’re currently trying to decide whether to get a cat or a dog, it’s time to consider adopting a Italian Greyhound. IG’s for short have quite comical personalities,and just want love and a fluffy bed. Because IG’s are sensitive to cold ,they almost always prefer to be inside, but they’re always game for a nice walk about.

#3. Shiba Inu

Shiba Inus are — like Italian Greyhounds — very similar to cats. Like cats, Shiba Inus have a very curious nature, but be careful, as they are also very smart and known for escaping. Shiba Inus also like to groom themselves quite frequently. Another great reason why Shiba Inus are great for apartments is their compact size. At just 25 pounds and only 18 inches tall, Shiba Inus don’t need a lot of room. But, Shiba Inus require vigorous exercise, or they can grow bored and mischievous, so make sure to walk your Shiba Inu on a regular basis.

#4. Poodle

If you suffer from allergies caused by dog hair, but you can’t imagine living without a cuddly companion, a Poodle may be the perfect dog to share a small space with. Poodles have non-shedding coats, which dramatically reduces the amount of pet dander they produce. Poodles are also incredibly intelligent, which makes them easy to train. But, you’ll want to make sure to adopt a Toy or Miniature Poodle, as Standard Poodles require daily, vigorous exercise, while Toy and Miniature Poodles only require walks.

#5. Pomeranian

Cute, fluffy and fiercely independent, Pomeranians are great dogs for people who lead busy lives. Pomeranians are tiny, weighing in at just under eight pounds, and their compact size is ideal for compact living because they can get comfortable just about anywhere. However, Pomeranians are also energetic, and they tend to bark a lot, so you’ll need to be committed to consistent walking and training from the beginning.

These are just a few of the many dog breeds that are perfect for apartment living in Carroll Gardens and the surrounding neighborhoods. To learn about more dog breeds that are ideal for apartment living, make sure to stay tuned for our next blog!

And, don’t forget to turn to The Vet Set. We’re your go-to veterinary clinic in Carroll Gardens, and we offer everything from pet dental care to diagnostics and surgery. Let us help you keep your new companion healthy from day one. Schedule your appointment today!

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