Say you live in New York, in a 300 square foot micro-apartment. (That is, your broker told you it’s 300 square feet—you’re skeptical.) You’re a minimalist when it comes to furnishings and decor, but you still barely have room for the basics, let alone space for a dog to play. You live near a dog run, though, and maybe with the perfect dog walker, you could make it work.
With a little research and time, you can find a great dog to fit any space, including a small apartment. And you don’t have to shell out $2,000+, either. Each of the breeds below has a dedicated rescue network, and volunteers can help you choose the perfect pooch for you. However you go about finding your new dog, get ready for an awesome new buddy, and even better karma.
A pair of grateful Greyhounds wait for their new homes. (Photo: Grateful Greyhounds)
Surprised? Don’t let their tall, lanky build fool you—greyhounds are calm and laid-back, preferring naps over races. They need little exercise or grooming, and don’t bark much. Greyhounds are a smart breed and are generally easy to train.
Where to rescue one? Try Grateful Greyhounds, a Long Island-based group with frequent adoption events and a website full of FAQs to help you learn if this breed is right for you.
Too obvious? Yorkies are the quintessential apartment breed: small, quiet, friendly, and adaptable. Their long coats can require some grooming, but Yorkies also look sharp with short haircuts if you’re aiming to keep it simple. These little guys get bonus points for being small enough to tote in a carrier on the subway.
This handsome boy, Winston, is ready for adoption from MAGDRL. (Photo: MAGDRL)
Let’s head back up the size spectrum and talk about one of the world’s largest breeds. Good apartment dog? Try great apartment dog. Great Danes are notorious loafers, as well as super calm, friendly, and highly trainable.
Bassets may be on the larger end of amazing apartment breeds, but like the Great Dane, their calm nature and moderate exercise needs make this a great dog for apartment living.
Like the Yorkshire Terrier, the Maltese is a small, quiet lap dog. This breed has a long, silky coat, meaning it sheds very little—a real plus when living in a small space. Weighing in at under 10 pounds, the Maltese is also easy to tote on the subway, ideal if you’re able to take your dog to work.