Five Best Dog Breeds for an Apartment
Are you looking for a great dog to share your apartment? I really want to apologize for any others who have written similar articles in the past. I did not agree with your choices and want to present the five dogs I think will do best in an apartment. Here they are:
This skinny dog breed is actually a good apartment dog, despite his size. If the owner is willing to take this fast dog and get out and provide him with exercise every day, he will stay happy on the couch the rest of the time. His coat is short and easy to keep clean, he comes in all sorts of colors, and if he is a retired racing dog he has been crated most of the day, all of his life, and will be glad to accept the change.
Greyhound owners usually comment that their dogs are less underfoot than the small dogs, and they are definitely quiet and are unlikely to bark at anyone in the hall; if you have an extra couch they are a good choice for an apartment.
4. Miniature Schnauzer
They do not shed much but do manage to bark a lot! The Miniature Schnauzer is a small dog, but not as tiny as most apartment dogs, and they have such a great personality that they have become popular almost everywhere. They are good at flyball, tracking, and obedience competitions since they are obedient, friendly, and make good watchdogs, whether you want that or not!
You do need to learn how to clip and comb your Miniature Schnauzer, or plan on taking him to the groomer whenever his coat gets long. Regular visits to the veterinarian are also important for this breed since some dogs have hyperlipidemia (high fat levels in the blood), pancreatitis, diabetes, comedomes (bumps on the skin filled with pus), and bladder stones.
Despite these issues, if you ask any Miniature Schnauzer owner they will tell you that this is a great apartment dog.
3. Toy Poodle
Besides being a dog breed that does not shed much, the poodle is a good apartment dog. He is intelligent and energetic so gets bored easily and sometimes he barks too much, gets into things he should not, and suffers from other behavioral problems; adequate exercise will help with everything. Just having a Toy dog does not mean that you will not need to take your dog out to exercise. I am not talking about taking your dog once around the block just to do his “business”.
You can also train your Poodle to respond to obedience commands and the dogs will learn tricks easily. Poodles come in a size for everyone but the Toy is best for a small apartment, as the dog is less than 11 inches at the withers.
If you like some of the characteristics of the Poodle but still want another breed of dog, there are a lot of hybrids available. Peekapoos are a Poodle and Pekingese cross, the Bichapoo are Bichon Frise and Poodle crosses, and Cockapoos are a popular Cocker Spaniel and Poodle cross. I have also heard of Yorkipoos, Maltipoos, and anyone looking for a larger dog can get a Labradoodle!
2. Japanese Chin
This small dog is not one of the big barkers, so if you have thin walls or nosy neighbors he might be your best apartment dog. Some of them are as small as a Chihuahua or Maltese and their silky coats are pretty easy to take care of. Your Chin may need to have his anal glands expressed at times, he will need his teeth brushed daily, and he will probably need his face cleaned up at times, but they are mostly easy to care for and a good apartment dog.
The Japanese Chin has the typical problems of a brachycephalic dog. He breathes out of his mouth since his nose is so small, and doesn’t do well in hot conditions. His large eyes can get scratched easily, younger dogs have bouts of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) because they are so small, and when he gets older you will find that his lifespan is not as long as some of the small dogs.
If you are looking for a loving little dog who steps around the apartment like a cat, dances like a circus dog, but is still aloof enough to be a watch dog, the Japanese Chin may be the breed of dog you should pick.
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The little slacker breed is a perfect ornament for the back of a couch, and a great apartment dog if you can put up with a little barking. He only weighs about 6-9 pounds and rarely sheds so he will not cover that couch in his silky white hair. The Maltese does need his teeth brushed every day, and if you take a few minutes to comb him you can avoid any tangles or mats developing in his coat. They do need to be walked, of course, but as long as you avoid the mud puddles the Maltese will stay as clean as a stuffed toy.
Behavioral problems will most likely be the only problem you have with this stuffed toy in an apartment. As long as you train him in basic obedience and teach him a few tricks so that he will be occupied, let him meet the neighbors and other dogs so that he does not become fixated on his small world, let him know it is not okay to bark at all hours, and manage to avoid spoiling him with special treats off of your plate, he will be a great apartment dog.
The Maltese can also be more than an apartment dog. My Maltese went to work with me every day. When he was a puppy he fit in the bottom pocket of my lab coat and could go everywhere; as an adult he would wait quietly in a cage while I was in surgery. If there was snow and slush in the parking lot I could carry him, and when I got home he was always ready to frolic and a good playmate for my kids. This breed can be a great companion.
There are several other breeds that could have been listed here, as many dogs will do well in apartments as long as the family is willing to take them out to exercise. Even if you are in a studio apartment, you can still find a great dog breed!
© 2012 DrMark1961
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