The Canine Roommate: Top 10 Best Dog Breeds for Apartment Living

Updated on August 22, 2019
Learn all about the 10 best dog breeds for apartment living!
Learn all about the 10 best dog breeds for apartment living! | Source

Despite these dogs' size and fragility, it is essential to schedule daily walks and play sessions to keep your dogs happy. By doing so, you will undoubtedly be able to mold your lovable fluff ball into the perfect canine-sized roommate you've always dreamed about!

Top 10 Dog Breeds for Apartment Dwellers

  1. Pekingese
  2. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  3. Papillon
  4. Pugs
  5. Toy Poodles
  6. Chihuahua
  7. Yorkshire Terrier ("Yorkie")
  8. French Bulldog
  9. Dachshund
  10. Italian Greyhound

1. Pekingese

Weight: 8–10 lbs

Life Expectancy: 10–15 yrs

These little dogs are very sensitive little souls who behave lovingly with their owners. They are relatively inactive indoors and make excellent lap dogs. Training may take some time, but with gentle and consistent reinforcement, they'll be housebroken in no time.

2. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Weight: 10–18 lbs

Life Expectancy: 9–14 yrs

Cavaliers love humans and thrive on constant companionship. They are very sweet and generally get along well with other non-canine pets. They are outgoing and sportive and enjoy going on "pack walks" and romps around the park.

3. Papillon

Weight: 5–10 lbs

Life Expectancy: 12–15 yrs

These alert, happy little balls of fluff are ranked as the 8th smartest dog breeds in the world. They are light on their feet and can be distinguished by their fine bone structure and beautiful butterfly ears. They are extremely easy to train and love to please their owners.

4. Pugs

Weight: 13–20 lbs

Life Expectancy: 10–15 yrs

These goofy little creatures are perfect for apartment living as they cannot withstand hot or cold weather and thrive best when they're allowed to live indoors as part of the family. Perpetually cheerful, pugs are playful, loving, and affectionate. Best of all, they are not yappers.

5. Toy Poodles

Weight: 6–9 lbs

Life Expectancy: 12–15 yrs

Poodles are highly intelligent dogs and need a lot of mental stimulation. With a good amount of exercise, a toy poodle can easily live happily in an apartment. They are extremely sweet, lively, and enjoy chilling with their favorite humans.

6. Chihuahua

Weight: 2–6 lbs

Life Expectancy: 15 yrs

Chihuahuas are very loyal companion dogs that can grow very attached to their owners. With daily walks, these dainty little creatures are perfect for apartment life as they are ill-suited for cold temperature.

7. Yorkshire Terrier ("Yorkie")

Weight: 7 lbs

Life Expectancy: 12–14 yrs

Yorkies are adventurers at heart and often seem oblivious to their tiny size. They are fairly active indoors, and if exercised sufficiently, can be an amazing companion. They are very affectionate with their owners and need gentle leadership.

8. French Bulldog

Weight: 19–22+ lbs

Life Expectancy: 10–12yrs

Frenchies have clown-like personalities and enjoy goofing around. These dogs will cheer you up with their antics and bring a smile to your face with you're feeling down. They are enthusiastic and lively but not yappy or loud. With decent exercise, they'd be perfect for apartment living.

9. Dachshund

Weight: 8–12 lbs

Life Expectancy: 12–15 yrs

Devoted to their "pack" family, the Dachshund is a curious, lively, and amusing little soul. They crave human leadership and do best under gentle but firm training. They need to be exercised regularly as well to prevent boredom.

10. Italian Greyhound

Weight: 6–10lbs

Life Expectancy: 12–15yrs

Gentle by nature and sensitive, Italian Greyhounds are perfect for most families. They are playful, keen, intelligent, and generally get along with other non-canine family pets. They are graceful runners who are extremely quick and light on their feet; it's a delight just sitting back and watching them run. With a good amount of exercise, these small dogs can easily thrive in an apartment as they dislike cold weather.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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        7 months ago

        Great post! I love the sweet Cavaliers as they can adapt to the tight apartment quickly and get on well with neighbors and other canines. My neighbor's Cavaliers are very friendly and obedient. It gains lots of "fans" in our building. However, Not all the dog breeds respond well in the tight space, such as active Huskies. Choosing an inappropriate dog breed may lead your life countless hassles and troubles. (Here are some important things each new doggy owner should know: What's more, it's necessary to read the pet policies on the rented agreement ahead of time, since you might have to pay certain pet fees or extra rents/deposits.

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        8 years ago

        Had to add the pug pic to my screen saver slide show.

        Big warm fuzzy every time I see it!

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        8 years ago

        Fred I just caught your peeing pup addition! I had a similar problem with Sam - the best dog EVER - but that was an "elderly" issue, bless her heart.

        The couch? Boy - she sure didn't like you! Bad mistake on her part...

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        8 years ago from Wales

        Oh how I enjoyed this hub, I love anything to do with animals/nature etc and this one is indeed a treat for me.

        So it is an up up and away plus a bookmark.

        Take care and enjoy your day.


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        Lee Barton 

        8 years ago from New Mexico

        All those the dogs are soooooo cute!

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        Marie Hurt 

        8 years ago from New Orleans, LA

        Makes me want a dog right now, but my cat would not approve.

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        34th Bomb Group 

        8 years ago from Western New York State

        I love the little rascal - the only thing I REALLY hate is he tries to mate w/the cat - but even THAT's funny. (The cat does NOT appreciate it.)

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        8 years ago from Alabama

        Love this hub. My critters are bigger, but wanted to comment that they love the extra attention and are house trained, but otherwise have their own minds and not really trained for anything. but they get their attention, are well fed and are quite happy. Thought i'd add on the what 34th Bomb Group said. Mine do mostly what they please too. Gotta love 'em.

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        34th Bomb Group 

        8 years ago from Western New York State

        They're all TOO cute!

        I'm afraid I'm going to have to print out some of your posts because my little fella does what he damn pleases.

        I call him "the creature."

        Well done - easy to understand - lots of terrific information!

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        8 years ago

        Great photos (and text) despite my favorite indoors dog being an,

        Got a tale about a Pug on the rug, though. Spent $400 for a Pug pub one time...turned out she'd never been properly potty trained, and it was kind of just too freaking late to fix the situation.

        The Pug peeing on the rug was one thing, but when she ('twas a girl) climbed up on the couch where I was sleeping and peed on my feet, my wife kind of thought that was enough and more than enough.

        I took her to the nearest city (we lived rural then as always), found her a VERY good home (that could work with her problem)...and GAVE her away.

        Actually, TWO cats. And one leopard gecko.

        Voted Up and Beautiful.

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        8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

        Delightful hub, dogs really are wonderful, i don't have one (due to circumstances) but rught now I am privileged to be looking after someone else's. His name is Wilson and he is a pleasure to have, mostly good but sometimes naughty but nice.

        He really loves me, if but for a few short weeks.


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