By Tim Smith
Thinking about getting a dog? Adopting a canine companion is a big decision, especially for those of us who live in an apartment and are worried about a lack of outdoor space — or just space in general. Not to worry, though: we’ve compiled this list of the best dog breeds suited for apartment life.
If you live in a modern apartment, you probably have some pretty thick walls. Go ahead and adopt that chihuahua. You can even splurge on a miniature breed if you can spare the change. These breeds are a bit rambunctious, but they still appreciate small areas. They receive enough exercise in an apartment just running around. Chihuahuas can be leashed and taken out, but they usually prefer the arms of their owner.
The pug is a natural napper, making this breed well-suited to apartment living. Is that snoring you hear? Although they have a few quirks, they are relatively quiet and become lap dogs when you sit down to watch television at night. They love walks, but they won’t miss a backyard. Pugs are content sitting at your feet or laying beside you for some cuddling time.
If you want a dog that makes people look twice, go for a Chinese crested breed. With a furry head and sleek body, these breeds do require some grooming to keep their crested decoration in control. However, Chinese crested do have unusual colors and markings to make every dog a unique addition to the home. Keep their attitude in check by showing them who is master, but otherwise they are a quiet and happy apartment-dwelling dog.
As a furry breed, Pekingese are some of the best lap dogs around. Their adorable facial expressions put smiles on everyone’s faces. Take a good look at their eyes to see their personality shine through. As an apartment dog, they love the warm space because it brings them closer to their masters. There is a considerable amount of grooming and possible veterinary bills from congestion and coughs, however, with this breed.
If you’ve ever played original Monopoly, you know what a Scottish Terrier looks like from the game pieces. This regal breed is perfect for the apartment because of their size. Older dogs will lay about and play calmly with children, whereas young pups tend to bounce around with some energy. Simply take them on periodic walks to get the wiggles out of these sweet dogs.
West Highland Terrier
When you want the quintessential terrier dog in your apartment, the West Highland breed is perfectly suited to that ideal. Perky ears and inquisitive eyes make this breed friendly to both children and senior owners alike. Train them early to keep their barking and attitude under control for a perfect apartment breed.
Even if you pick the perfect breed on paper, always spend some time with the dog before adopting it. Every animal adoption center has some space to frolic with the dog, so take advantage of it to really pick the perfect family addition. Your new pet and family will get along in a small space with the right preparation.
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