(Closed) Dogs in Apartments

posted 10 years ago in Pets
Post # 17
40 posts
  • Wedding: October 2007 - Organic farm an hour from San Francisco

It depends entirely on the personality of the dog.

We currently have a papillon that barks, not uncontrollably, she’s an alert barker, but she does bark.  We also have two long coat chihuahuas, neither of which bark AT ALL.

You can go for a breed that has a tendency to not bark, but you never know!  Mr. GB was so anti chihuahua until we got our first and she was so awesome.  Now he’s a convert and tells everyone they are the best things ever.

Post # 18
2007 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Hee hee!  Gummibear, that picture is too cute!

Post # 19
2680 posts
Sugar bee

We live in an apartment and have a toy poodle, she is about 8lbs so there is plenty of room for her.  My brother lives in an apartment and wants a dog but he likes big dogs.  My parents have been doing some research and found out that bigger dogs can also be good for apartments, he wants either an Australian Shephard or a Newfoundland.

Post # 20
1560 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

you got some great ideas here on what different type of dogs to adopt! I’m surprise none of the pug-lovers have come on here yet (as there are MANY of us on here!) – so of course I will suggest a pug – they are AWESOME apartment dogs. we adopted ours when we were in our apartment – and they are full of energy – yet at the same time very calm when you are (at least that’s how ours is!)

most pugs can be crate trained, too – for when you are away. and while our pug is not crate trained (long story) – I do believe crate training is a great thing – as do many dog owners because their “crates” are their own little place the can go away from and it’s like their “shelter”.

Here’s ours:

Post # 21
2006 posts
Buzzing bee

@naangel: No Australian Shephards! Unless he is willing to spend an ungodly amount of time exercising the dog outside or adopts a MUCH older dog, he is going to end up with a badly behaved pet. These dogs were meant to run and herd and many never grow out of that tendency. I’m all for big dogs (I don’t consider anything under 40 pounds to be a dog I would own), and I like educating people that big dogs can be apartment dogs, but shephards are one breed I would never recommend for apartment living.

A Newfie would be a much better pick for a large, apartment dog 😀

Post # 22
2606 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

>I think a lot of it depends on how you raise the dog – we have found that even if you get a dog that is “more likely” to be hyper and yappy, they will adapt to the environment they’re in and adapt to how you and your fiance live your life.<

This is only partially true.  For SOME dogs it will work this way, but for a great many it isn’t.  If you adopt a border collie, for example, you cannot expect it to be a couch potato just because you are.  If you do, you will probably find your house destroyed as the dog finds its own ways to amuse itself.  There are some calm border collies and mixes, but generally speaking they tend to be very intelligent, very active dogs that need both physical and mental stimulation to be truly happy.  Hence the reason so many BCs ended up in shelters after the movie Babe; people saw these awesome, beautiful dogs, wanted them, and didn’t realize that they aren’t a breed cut out for everyone.  The same goes for Dalmatian after the movie 101 Dalmatians came out, and St. Bernards after Beehtoven, and the list goes on. 

If you are looking for a puppy, it is important to research breeds before buying/adopting.  If adopting an adult dog, it is slightly less important because you can, as others suggested, speak to those who know the dog’s personality and activity level.  You probably still want to have some idea what the breed is like so you get some idea of what you’ll be dealing with health-wise, grooming-wise, etc.

Good luck in your search!!!

Post # 23
104 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

We have two pomeranians. When we lived in an apartment we only had the black one pictured below. He is a saint I swear. He never barks and is our little angel. The white one we have now is a little barker for sure. Thank god we bought him after we purchased a home or else he would have gotten us kicked out. I would defintely see how the parents of the dog is to see if they are hyper or not.

Post # 24
5822 posts
Bee Keeper

Oh man I’m loving the gratuitous puppy pics!

My first dog was a 130lb Rottweiler.  She was a fantastic apartment dog.  She never barked EVER.  She slept all day (and all night too).  We took her to the dog park every day, but she was really lazy and probably could have gone every week and been just as happy.  So yeah, large dogs do great in apartments.  But you said that your complex limits you to medium sized dogs.  So here’s my list of dogs you may consider (although each dog truly is different, and as others have said older dogs make MUCH better apartment companions):

  • Basset Hound
  • Bulldog
  • Cardigan Welsh Corgi
  • Cavelier King Charles Spaniel
  • Chihuahua (if it’s a quiet one!!)
  • Chinese Crested
  • Chinese Shar-pei
  • Cocker Spaniel
  • Daschund
  • French Bulldog
  • Italian Greyhound
  • Japanese Chin
  • Maltese
  • Miniature Pinscher (A quiet one!!)
  • Papillon (a quiet one!!)
  • Pekingese
  • Pomeranian
  • Pug
  • Pomeranian
  • Shiba Inu
  • Shih Tzu
  • Whippet
  • Sheep dogs of all types
  • Spaniels of all types

Here are breeds to avoid:(Not that I don’t love them, but they have habits that would be challenging in a rented apartment where you could get evicted for damage or noise complaints.  These are totally generalization of the breed, and there ARE exceptions!!)

  • Beagles (loud)
  • Terriers (loud, destructive)
  • Pointers (destructive)
  • Setters (hyper)
  • Retrievers (hyper, destructive, can be loud)
  • Shepherds (hyper, destructive)
  • Griffons (loud, hyper)
  • Schipperke (loud, hyper)
  • American Eskimo Dog (hyper)
  • Samoyed (hyper)

I have a LOT of experience working with different breeds, and at one point was considering entering the process to be a judge for AKC events.  Ironically, my experiece at the animal shelter made me fall in love with mutts, so I never did it.

Post # 26
404 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is my recommendation, only because I have one.  I live on the 7th floor of my apartment building and she has been a great little roommate that adapts very easily to any situation.

Post # 27
5262 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I also want to add that I think a lot of people who write off the more active breeds don’t realize how little an apartment limits the exercise a dog gets. yes, they’re smaller and rarely have yards, but in our neighborhood we have a dog beach, a dog park, and a really nice running path – all of which can easily be utilized to exercise a dog. You have to be committed, of course, and I think a puppy would still be too much, but Shepherds, etc can work in smaller spaces. 

Post # 28
77 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I put my vote in for Whippets! I have a Whippet/Foxhound mix in an apartment – we’ve decided she’s mainly Whippet personality wise. Whippets are known for being huge couch potatoes, but they do love to run when they get the chance (Whippets are basically smaller grayhounds). Every once in a while she gets a burst of energy and runs a couple laps around the apartment, but for the most part she’s fine with a little walk or some free time outdoors. She sleeps/cuddles the rest of the day! 

She does bark occasionally when she hears noises in our hallway, but it’s pretty rare and we’ve trained her well so she listens when we tell her “that’s enough.” 

She’s not quite 2 years old yet, and she’s extremely calm for a dog her age. We’re definitely sold on Whippets!

Post # 29
90 posts
Worker bee

Pugs are great apartment dogs, ours is 3. and lives in 600 square feet!  She gets her daily walks, but in general is a very lazy dog around the house.  She does love going for hikes and keeps up with my girlfriends black labs!  I am addicted to pugs and our next dog will definetly be a pug.  Another thing to consider when adopting a dog is it’s temperment with children.  Pugs are great dogs with kids, and sturdy enough to withstand them! 

Post # 30
544 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

First…..all dogs bark….some more than others.  My dogs bark at strangers at our door or butterflies. Yes. Butterflies.  I suggest checking out the AKC.org for info about every breed and also info on breed rescue. 

I volunteer and donate to various animal rescue organizations.  One thing I can say is that we need loving *responsible* dog owners for all of the pets that end up in rescue and shelters.  It would awesome for you to save a pet’s life!  Owning a dog is a very selfless and wonderful experience.  Do your homework, especially if you’ve never owned a dog before. 

Post # 31
6 posts
  • Wedding: August 2011

I have a Maltese in my apartment. He’s not lazy at all, but a few rounds of fetch is all he needs in the way of excercise. I also believe that you can train dogs not to bark.

P.S. This souds dumb but he wears a doggie diaper (I bought it at petsmart) with padding inside of it during the day and it works out perfectly. He’s house broken, but can’t hold it for the 11 hours I work.

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