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  • Writer's pictureVickie Foster

5 Best Dog Breeds for Apartments

Just because you live in an apartment, doesn’t mean you have to do without a pooch in your life! There are so many breeds that adapt well to apartment living that you may have a difficult time choosing one. We’ve included some of our favorite breeds to consider, but remember that the list is much longer than this one, and always feel free to do your own research.

Small Breed Apartment Dogs

Bichon Frise

A favorite small breed among apartment dwellers is the Bichon Frise. This little puffball has a white hypoallergenic coat. They are playful, peppy, and happy-go-lucky comedians. The AKC notes that their height is 9.5 to 11.5 inches with an average weight of 12 to 18 pounds. They are good with kids as well as other dogs. Their confidence and size make them ideal city dogs.


Daschunds are the perfect dogs for apartment living! They come in three sizes - small, miniature, and kaninchen. No matter what their size they don't usually exceed 30 pounds. They are friendly and energetic, so it's a good idea to consider adding regular walks to the schedule. Other than that, they make great house pets. Plus, they're cute as can be!

Miniature Schnauzer

These dogs are friendly, smart, and obedient. They are loyal as can be and may follow you from room to room. At just 11-20 pounds and 12-14 inches, they won't take up too much space in your apartment. You'll love having one of these spunky little dogs around to keep you company.

Medium Breed Apartment Dogs


The basenji is not the most popular dog in the US, but they seem to make the perfect medium size apartment dog. They don't shed or bark, and they rarely grow to over 18" tall. They are very nice family dogs with lots of energy, so they'll need lots of regular walks and they would probably appreciate a regular trip to the park to play fetch.


As long as they are properly exercised and taken for walks daily, beagles make excellent apartment dogs. They are friendly as can be, brave, and intelligent. Plus, they require low amount of grooming. At a maximum of 11-15 inches and just 24 pounds these guys shouldn't take up too much space in your apartment.


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