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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.

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

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answered 2015-10-30 12:37:15 -0500

I worked in a pet store and we would not sell bigger dogs to people who lived in apartments. Simply because bigger dogs need more room, need more space to run around, roll around on the carpet, not be in between your legs constantly if you are walking. Dachshunds are good because they can run on the smaller size. Poodles are okay because you can get a teapot poodle which also can run smaller but be about 30-40 pounds. Terriers are VERY energetic dogs. This might not be good if you don't have a lot of space for the pup to run around. Bulldogs are great because they are lazy dogs, so they won't be hyper and need a lot of space. Beagles are good but they are hunting dogs so you may need to walk them more.

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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 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

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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 2014-12-05 14:43:54 -0500

Big breeds actually! I've read a few different articles about temperament/behaviors of different dogs and have found most extra large breeds to best for apartment living. The bigger they are the more mellow and lounge-y they get :)

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Hello! Great Dane momma here!! We have had 4 and each has been a serious lounge lizard~ They do require some outside time for regular exercise but for the most part they enjoy relaxing indoors and keeping an eye on their people :) ( My Great Dane, Sunday is lounging next to me as I type this!!)

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answered 2016-05-02 15:11:13 -0500

Some bigger dogs can actually do well in apartments as long as they get outside, but be sure to check your building for breed restrictions.

Of the ones you listed, Rotties and GSD's tend to be restricted in most buildings. Golden's and Labs are manageable as long as they get plenty of exercise. http://doghub4.me/calm-dog-breeds/ (DogHub has a list) of calmer breeds for apartments that you should check out.

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answered 2016-05-04 19:59:20 -0500

I have a 41.5 lb 1/2 Pit mix(unfortunately don't know what else is in her) and live in an apartment and she does great. I do walk her plenty though. She's very quiet, only time she's ever barked was around the 4th of July from fireworks. And even then it was one single bark and that's it, nothing sustained. There's another dog down the hall that barks whenever I walk by to take mine out but even when other bark at Cleo, she just doesn't care and doesn't make a sound. In ever possible way she's the most gentle and well behaved dog one would want. I couldn't ask for a better one.

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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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answered 2015-11-18 18:49:40 -0500

Small dogs, Yorkie, Dachshund, small poodle...

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answered 2015-07-29 21:19:59 -0500

Small dog breeds don't need as much exercise as bigger dogs. They tend to do well in apartments because you don't have to give them as much room to romp around. I would also suggest a non/low shedding dog like a poodle.

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