Everyone knows the saying that dogs are a man’s best friend, and that saying exists for a reason. Dogs will love their owners unconditionally but in return, it is only fair that their owners provide them with a safe, loving, and livable environment. If you are thinking about getting a dog, but you only have a small apartment, do not be disheartened as there are plenty of breeds that will be more than happy in a smaller environment.
Here are six small dog breeds that are perfect for small apartments.
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First up, we have the mini Aussiedoodle, which is simply a miniature version of the Aussiedoodle. They are small in size but big in personality, and if you are after a dog that is especially loyal, then mini Aussiedoodles are exactly that. However, if you want a lazy dog, then you might want to reconsider as this type of dog is surprisingly energetic, and so they need lots of walks. What’s more, they are highly intelligent dogs, so mental stimulation is important for them. You will need to give your Aussiedoodle lots of different games and entertainment, but be sure to switch it up, as their high levels of intelligence mean they get bored easily.
Next up on the list, we have the Yorkshire Terrier, a lap-sized dog that is perfect for small apartments. This breed has a lot of reasons why they are so perfect for small apartments, and the main reason is that they are so small themselves. Typically, they are around 20 cm tall and weigh a mere 3 kilos, so if you are worried about space, then the Yorkshire Terrier is the dog for you. They are easy to train, and you won’t have to worry about excessive barking through the night or annoying chewing of furniture. They are smart dogs who are unlikely to have any accidents inside the home, especially if they are well-trained. What’s more, if you are looking for a fun but not overly energetic pup, this breed has exactly that. A walk of 15 minutes in the morning and another 15 minutes at night is enough for them. Also, a bonus of the Yorkshire Terrier is that they are hypoallergenic.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
While this breed has its roots in royalty, it does not need a palace to live and thrive in. In fact, Cavaliers love being in close proximity to their owners, and so the smaller the apartment, the better for them. They are small in size and tend to weigh between 6 to 8 kilos. Since they are so small, they don’t need much room to roam around either. Also, they are clever dogs that are easy to train, and so you don’t have to worry about your furniture being chewed and scratched to pieces. Plus, this breed can be easily trained to avoid accidents. If you want a playful pup that does not have too much energy, then the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a great option as they only really need 20 to 30 minutes of exercise daily to keep them happy.
One of the biggest issues that small apartment owners face is that they live in a building or a house that is made up of multiple flats, and so, having a dog could be problematic for neighbors if they are noisy. French Bulldogs are a popular breed, and their popularity can be traced back to Paris way back in the 18th century. However, one of the most enticing aspects about the French Bulldog is that they rarely bark! This is a massive bonus for people who are living in a small flat and close proximity to neighbors.
The Havanese breed of dog is known for its small size and weight, as they typically weigh around 4 to 6 kilograms. They are more than content just browsing around your small apartment, and they will love you endlessly. Although, it is worth noting that if you suffer from allergies to fur, then the Havanese might not be a suitable option for you as they have long and fast-growing fur that needs a relatively consistent grooming schedule.
The last dog breed on this list is the Boston Terrier, which has a much shorter and more maintainable coat. This breed is especially small, and they tend to be relatively thin in stature. Boston Terriers are extremely content in small living environments, and they are easy to please. So if you are after a lively and funny pup that can reside happily in a small apartment, then the Boston Terrier is the option for you.
There are plenty of dog breeds out there that can thrive in a small apartment, but the six just mentioned are the ones that do especially well in smaller environments. Take the time to research your options, and you will find a dog breed that is perfect for you and your home.
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