15 Awesome Dog Breeds For Apartment Living


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Do you live in an apartment and are not sure if you can welcome a dog there?

Either way, all dogs can live in an apartment, as long as they get enough daily exercise to meet their activity level. Of course, a so-called companion dog will adapt more easily to apartment life than a working dog, who needs more space. But having a dog while living in an apartment does not mean that you have to leave it locked up all day. As living with a dog in the countryside does not mean that outings in the garden will be sufficient for the well-being of the animal.


If by apartment dog you mean a quiet dog who loves couch life, then you will find below a (non-exhaustive) list of small and medium-sized dogs who have a moderate need for physical exercise. But also know that if the apartment is not too small (everything is a matter of common sense of course), then the Great Dane is a super big apartment dog who does not bark (or hardly). And yes, because the laziness of the Great Danes is legendary, and they are also very calm, friendly and easy to train.

Of course, it is important to emphasize again that an apartment dog also needs outings and physical and mental stimulation. Nothing replaces walks!

The best dog breeds for apartment living

The Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire sitting on the couch at home

Too obvious? Yorkshires are the quintessential lap dog breed: small, friendly, calm and adaptable. Their long coat may require a bit of grooming, but Yorkies also do very well with short coats if you want to make your life easier. In addition, it is a dog that does not lose its hair! These little companions also have the advantage of being small enough to travel easily in a transport crate. Louna (in the photo above) makes the way to the office by bike with me… She fits perfectly in the backpack or in a basket, nose in the wind.

The Bichon (Frise, Maltese, Bolognese)

Bichon lying on the sofa, perfect little apartment dog

Like the Yorkshire Terrier, the Bichon is a quiet little house dog. Dogs of this breed have a long and silky coat, which means that they shed very little hair: a great advantage in a small living space. Weighing less than 5 kilos, the Bichon is also very easy to take on public transport, and ideal if you can take your dog to work.

The Basset Hound

basset hound

Bassets may not be the first dogs that come to mind when you think of great apartment dogs, but just like Great Danes, their calm nature and low exercise needs make them perfect interiors.

Greyhounds (Whippet, Spanish Greyhound)

whippet puppy in its basket

Surprised ? Don’t let their tall, slender builds fool you: Greyhounds are calm and laid back, and prefer naps to runs. They require little exercise or grooming, and they don’t bark much. A plus to maintain good relations with the neighbors of the building. Greyhounds are intelligent and generally easy to train.

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

cavalier king charles puppy in the grass

This little apartment dog has a relatively calm character and does not need a lot of exercise. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, in addition to its graceful appearance, is a most affectionate dog that will bring a lot of joy to a family. A little ball of energy at times, he also knows how to be very calm and discreet.

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