4 Dog Breeds That Are Great for Apartment Living
Do you live in an apartment and want to get a dog? Here are 4 dog breeds that are great for apartment living, taking into consideration factors such as their size, noisiness, energy level, and friendliness.
An apartment-dwelling dog will have to be able to take strange people and other dogs in stride, and it shouldn’t bark or howl all day. You will also have to consider how much time you have to play with your dog. It’s also a good idea to check if a breed has known health issues. For example, brachycephalic or flat-faced dogs like the pug or French bulldog are prone to respiratory problems.
Bichon FriseThe Bichon Frise is a small dog that rarely stands taller than a foot high. Aside from susceptibility to allergies, they are a very healthy breed. They also shed less than many other dogs, making them a good choice for people with allergies or who simply don’t want dog hair all over their apartment. They are energetic, so you will have to plan on walks and lots of playtime. While they are usually pure white, some do have light markings.
Want something bigger? Consider the greyhound. Greyhounds can weigh up to 70 pounds and will need brisk walks every day. It also has a calm and friendly disposition and is generally quite healthy. These dogs have a short coat that requires little care. While they were once indeed mainly grey, they now come in a variety of colors and patterns. Because they are calmer, they do better around new people, other dogs, and are less likely to run around the apartment if given the proper exercise through daily walks.
The Havanese is the only dog breed to have originated in Cuba. They are under a foot tall and have a fairly long life expectancy, between 14 and 16 years. Havanese are sometimes called “Velcro dogs,” because they love to be with their people. They are also smart and can learn tricks. While Havanese dogs have the instincts of watchdogs, they don’t bark much. Havanese are generally healthy, but they can be prone to obesity. This breed has a long coat that should be brushed every day to keep it free of tangles and mats.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a toy spaniel that was the favored pet of Charles I and Charles II of England. The breed comes in four color patterns: Ruby (red), Black and Tan, Blenheim (chestnut and white), and Tricolor (black and white). The dog’s coat should be brushed once a week. Cavaliers are affectionate lap dogs, but they also enjoy playing outside. They get along well with both children and other dogs. While you can often find cavalier puppies for sale, there are also options at rescues for mixes.
The American Kennel Club recognizes over 200 dog breeds and lists over 30 of them as suitable for apartment living. Given that, you’re bound to find a dog that’s right for you and your apartment.
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