When it comes to apartment living, some dog breeds do better than others.
Unlike people living in most of the country, the vast majority of people living in Carroll Gardens and the surrounding neighborhoods don't have yards or a lot of space for a dog to run around in. However, apartment living does not have to mean dog-free living. Believe it or not, there are many different dog breeds that actually thrive in apartments, and in our last blog
, our veterinary clinic went over some of the most apartment-friendly dog breeds. Check it out if you haven't already, and keep reading to learn more:
With their aerodynamic bodies and shock-absorbing paw pads, Greyhounds were bred for racing and other high-speed pursuits. But, don't let their reputation for racing intimidate you. As long as you give them a little time to sprint on a regular basis, the rest of the time, your Greyhound will be content to relax at home. Greyhounds are also intelligent and easy to train, but they have an independent nature, so they tend do best without a lot of other pets around.
#7. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
If you're looking for a sweet, smart dog who will get along with anyone and everyone, look no further than a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. These dogs are cherished for their good behavior and affectionate nature; they live for a good belly rub or a chance to cuddle. And, as long as you make it a point to keep up on brushing them every week, they won't shed too much. But, you'll need to be prepared to regularly exercise your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and you'll want to make sure that you have plenty of patience throughout the house training process.
#8. French Bulldogs
French Bulldogs were originally bred to be miniature versions of English Bulldogs, and they share much of the same qualities that make English Bulldogs a great dog breed for apartment living. French Bulldogs have low activity needs, but they also love human contact. They are tiny, which means they'll be able to fit comfortably in even the smallest spaces. Best of all, French Bulldogs rarely bark unless there is a good reason for it. So, while your French Bulldog may not be able to intimidate anyone with its tiny stature, they can make a good guard dog because they will alert you when necessary.
#9. Shih Tzu
Shih Tzus are an incredible breed for apartment living in almost every way. They have mild, affectionate temperaments, and they are generally quite calm. Shih Tzus can be shy, but they are very agreeable and can get along well with other people, pets and even kids. They also don't require a lot of activity. The one downside of Shih Tzus is that they require a strenuous grooming schedule, but their sweet nature will make all of that extra work well worth it.
#10. Great Dane
Are you operating under the impression that you can only adopt a small dog when you live in an apartment? Think again! Great Danes are huge, and they look intimidating, but they truly are gentle giants. They have a calm, caring demeanor that makes them an ideal companion for people living in even the smallest spaces. Great Danes also don't require a whole lot of strenuous activity, like most bigger breeds do; a daily walk is all that a Great Dane needs to be happy and healthy. Plus, Great Danes look intimidating, which would make anyone think twice before trying to attack you when you're with one. Just keep in mind that a single swipe of a Great Dane's tail could topple anything and everything within reach, so you might want to keep the coffee table clear.
Find the right veterinary clinic for your new furry friend.
Once you find the right breed for your lifestyle, you then need to find the right veterinary clinic to help you care for your new companion. Luckily, here in Carroll Gardens, you have The Vet Set on your side, and we'll take care of your dog as if they were our own. Feel free to peruse our website today to learn more about our services, or stop by our neighborhood veterinary clinic!