(Closed) Apartment dogs

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
3135 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I’d shy away from labs or some of the more high energy terriers (this includes pit mixes, jack russells). Something smaller like a doxie or XL like a great dane. 

Post # 4
1811 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@carly20:  Boston terriers make great apartment dogs.  They can be really active, but not destructive as long as they have lots of toys.  My bostons really just do whatever I am doing.  If I’m active they are too, but when I’m on the couch you better believe it’s cuddle time!

Post # 5
13099 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Most any dog can do just fine in an apartment if you commit to taking them on walks and/or to the dog park for exercise.  We had a lab mix in an apartment for a year and a half just fine!

Post # 6
356 posts
Helper bee

I would suggest a pug. They are a great size and have wonderful temperaments. They fit in with whatever lifestyle you have, if you are active they will be too but they are just as happy lounging around with you. They are small so if you crate train they won’t need one that takes up much room. They are great dogs and I don’t find them to be as noisy as other small breeds. The down side is that they do shed but there are tools you can get that will it down on it significantly. Alternatively, Boston terriers are also great dogs. They have a short coat so shedding isn’t as much of an issue. They are more inclined to an active lifestyle and can be stubborn so training may take a little more patience and time. Good luck with your choice!

Post # 7
2106 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Bichon Frise are great apartment dogs because they just want to be near you and sit on your lap. Also, they don’t shed, which is important when living in a small space.. you don’t want what little rug space you have to be matted with dog fur.

Post # 8
3078 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I would avoid boxers, shepherds, hounds.  Any dog that is known to have high energy levels I would avoid.  I have a couple of mutts that are happy pretty much anywhere. One is a rottweiler/german shepherd, the other is some sort of shiba inu mix.  Just make sure to take whatever pooch you get on plenty of walks and I’m sure they will be fine =)

Post # 9
1402 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I would stay away from any of the herding breeds/high energy dogs.  I have a sheltie and he can be a nightmare sometimes because he gets bored easily and I have to take him on walks instead of being able to let him run around in an enclosed area (like a yard).

Post # 10
4606 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I had my pit mix in an apartment for a year and he did fine.

Most any dog will do ok in an apartment as long as they get exercise. But I’ve heard that boston terriers do pretty well.

Post # 11
214 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We have an english bulldog and he is the perfect apartment dog. We have since moved to a house, but he still spends his days sleeping, eating, and sleeping some more. He will play with us when we want to, but most of the time is content to curl up with us. We usually take him on a 10-15 minute walk per day (more if we are feeling ambitious) and that is all he needs!

Post # 12
2077 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Large breeds are great in apartments!

I do agree with the others though-  Unless you plan on taking your pup on lots of walks, I’d shy away from the hearding breeds.

We had a lab/st bernard mix for a few years and she was great in our apartment.  We walked her multiple times a day and was only distructive when she was young and we left her alone for a little too long.

Post # 13
3772 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’ve heard that mastiff’s make great aparment dogs (apparently they’re lazy and just like to bask in the sun all day long) They’re GIANT though. But AWESOME.

Post # 14
5547 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

Shih Tzu or shih Tzu/poodle mix all the way. Super chill, friendly, quiet, small, and low maintance if you just shave em every couple months. Also, NO shedding. The poodle Tzu mix also have the breathing issues some shih Tzus have from being a flat faced dog fixed. We had one growing up and it was perfect.

Post # 15
9483 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

I have a maltese.  =) She is such a lap dog and doesn’t have much energy whatsoever.

Post # 16
74 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I was in a similar situation wanting a pet when I lived in an apartment. I ended up getting a shih-tzu and the only thing I would do differently is get two lol. She doesn’t shed, the apartment was big enough for her to get a workout just by running around, and everything involved with a small dog is also small (toys, dishes…) I just have to take her to the groomer every 2-3 months.


This is my little girl =)

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