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What’s the Best Dog for Apartment Living? Large Dogs Can Be Happy in a Small Place

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The idea of apartment living may concern some dog lovers.

Do you have to give up your big dog dreams if you are living in a smaller apartment? Do you have to give up on owning a canine altogether?

The answer to both these questions is a big no. Dogs come in all sizes, temperaments and energy levels. The key for apartment dwellers is finding the fido that best fits your lifestyle.

To make searching for the right companion a little easier, has rounded up some of the best dogs for those living a life sans backyard. Take a look at the pooches they recommend, but remember that every dog is different. So while these breeds might normally be a better fit for apartment living, that doesn’t mean other canines won’t work.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

These smaller dogs, who often weigh between 10-18 lbs., have friendly and eager-to-please temperaments, which mean they often get along with the strangers, children and other dogs they meet in apartment buildings. These Spaniels don’t have high energy levels, but do require more grooming than other dogs.

Shih Tzus 

Shih Tzus are sweet, sassy pooches that just want to be pampered. These small, low-energy dogs often prefer to spend time in your lap instead of running around outside, making them ideal for apartments.


Quieter than many other small dogs, pugs, like Shih Tzus, are low-energy. While occasionally stubborn, these comedic canines win over most with their playfulness and friendly demeanor.

Basset Hounds 

A medium-sized dog at 20 to 65 lbs., Bassett hounds are a good fit for small spaces because they love to sleep and get along with all kinds of people. These easygoing dogs do have one downside: They can be vocal.

English Bulldogs

Bulldog owners will have to endure some drooling and snoring, but in return they will get a lovable pooch, who is more interested in cuddling on the couch than going to the dog park for the day.


While many associate this breed with racing, greyhounds are surprisingly lazy. They will need trips to the dog park to let out big bursts of speed, but once they are home again, these dogs are quiet, well-mannered and eager to make you happy.


It’s hard to think of a 120 to 230 lb. dog fitting inside an apartment, but this gentle giant’s sweet, low-maintenance personality makes the Mastiff a good choice for apartment dwellers looking for a larger dog. Mastiffs do require moderate exercise, but not the same amount as many similar-sized pooches.

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