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Which dog breeds are best suited for apartment living?

asked 2014-11-03 14:10:05 -0500

Which of these popular dog breeds are best suited to apartment living?

dachshund, rottweiler, poodle, boxer, yorkshire terrier, bulldog, beagle, golden retriever, german shepherd, labrador retriever

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I believe most dogs are suitable for apartment living. It depends on your ability to walk them daily and train them. They need to be highly socialized to pets and people. I have had dobermans and Mastiff in apartments. Giant Breeds are pretty lazy so they actually do well. Dogs that are high strung with a lot of energy, are going to give you more run for your money, requiring a lot more mental and physical work to keep them calm. Another factor is age. Sadly many owners are having problems with large/Giant breeds in rentals period. I try to get people to think of the life of the dog. I would think I would look at training ability with potty training because one breed listed is notorious to have potty training issues. So, a lot goes into this.

Yvette V.'s profile imageYvette V. ( 2015-08-16 00:02:46 -0500 )edit

A skunk. If they are legal.... ;)

Vivian S.'s profile imageVivian S. ( 2015-09-11 21:25:03 -0500 )edit

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answered 2015-10-28 10:54:56 -0500

Another important factor in my opinion is barking and how the dog reacts to noises outside the door. In an apartment building that has an elevator, the dog could react by barking every time the elevator door opens and closes. Also, if there are people walking in the hallway, the might bark at them, disturbing neighbors all the time. My dog barks whenever anyone climbs the front stairs or sits on them, plus I have people pacing in front of the house at night talking on their cellphones. I must have a hotspot out front, as restaurant patrons like to have their phone conversations there, instead of around the corner where they won't disturb anyone. But I digress... The dog's propensity to guard and bark should be taken into consideration since it could be a big disturbance to your neighbors. If it is a condo building and you are renting, the home owners association would have rules about pets.

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answered 2014-11-25 22:43:37 -0500

You forgot Greyhound! Yes.. a 60lb couch potato. Very low energy and most don't bark.

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When my boyfriend got a greyhound, I was like "What are you doing? We live in a 600 square foot studio!" But she's been the greatest apartment dog. She hardly ever makes noise and she sleeps 90% of the time!

Nicole L.'s profile imageNicole L. ( 2016-05-10 00:59:47 -0500 )edit
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answered 2014-12-04 17:54:30 -0500

Whatever kind you want, provided you're giving them plenty of exercise, both mental and physical. A lot of smaller dogs are much higher energy than you'd expect, while a lot of giant breeds require very little physical activity at all. A dog isn't going to care if you have 3000 square feet or 300 provided their needs are being met, so it's all about getting a dog that fits in well with your life outside of home.

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answered 2014-12-05 13:45:58 -0500

When I get a request from a guest, I google the breed + the word temperament. I get a lot of valuable info that way. Some web sites will tell you specifically if a breed isn't suitable for an apartment. These are often hunting dogs that need a lot of physical and mental stimuli to feel tired and sleep while they're home. Be aware that dogs that are high energy and are medium to large size, need more than just several walks a day. They need lots of running, playing ball etc. With a little dog, you can play fetch with him in your living room. With a larger dog, you'll need a back yard so in other words, high energy small dog can be accommodated much more easily in an apartment than a high energy large dog. If a dog is low energy, laid back like an English Bulldog for example, you'll have no problem hosting them in an apartment.

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answered 2014-11-04 12:06:52 -0500

yorkshire terrier ... and maybe the dachshund and beagle, if you walk them a lot

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Dachs love to be walked and will go for 5 or 10 miles no problem. Some small breeds don't even like to walk at all. In my experience, boxers and shepherds are quiet at times but they must be able to run and roam free for exercise so keeping them in an apartment is not really a very good life 4 them

NJP T.'s profile imageNJP T. ( 2016-04-25 22:51:20 -0500 )edit
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answered 2016-04-11 20:51:42 -0500

Any dog will do fine in an apartment, and I agree with everyone else! As long as you can let them release that energy on a daily basis and taking them out for play dates, etc. They'll be happy. :)

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answered 2016-04-08 12:20:06 -0500

I have a beagle and live in a 750 sq foot apartment. He definitely needs exercise outside regularly, but he seems happy in the apartment. We've sat for a bunch of larger dogs and I agree with what other said, large low-energy dogs, like Great Danes are perfect apartment pets. Actually, as puppies, it's recommended that Danes not be too active because they are vulnerable to skeletal/joint issues, so a small space is preferred.

However, I think any dog can be an apartment dog, some just require more time outside of the apartment than others.

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answered 2015-10-28 04:44:15 -0500

Great apartment dog? The beautiful Papillon

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answered 2014-11-04 15:02:24 -0500

chiweenie

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answered 2015-11-19 07:13:02 -0500

Hi Kathryn, Of the breeds you listed: dachshund, rottweiler, poodle, boxer, yorkshire terrier, bulldog, beagle, golden retriever, german shepherd, labrador retriever, there are several that won't be allowed by the majority of the apartment/condo companies due to limits on dogs over 75 lbs. Keep searching tho, and you'll find some that are large-dog friendly.

Other factors to consider are costs associated with different breeds and sizes of dogs. Larger breeds have higher food and medical costs. Breeds requiring grooming mean you'll be paying out $ every 6-8 weeks.

However, before deciding on a breed, I highly recommend you research "temperament", "activity level", "barking" and "house training" and match these characteristics with your own needs. Be honest! If you're a couch potato yourself, don't get a yellow lab because you think it'll be good motivation to make you exercise 1-2 hours every day.

Great resources: Barking: http://www.barkingdogs.net/excessivebarking.shtml (http://www.barkingdogs.net/excessiveb...) Temperament: American Temperament Test Society, Inc. (ATTS) http://atts.org/breed-statistics/statistics-page1/ (http://atts.org/breed-statistics/stat...) Honest advice about dogs: http://www.yourpurebredpuppy.com/dogbreeds/ (http://www.yourpurebredpuppy.com/dogb...)

Hope you find your perfect pup!

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