5 Underrated Apartment-Friendly Dog Breeds


Enjoying city life? Is your apartment smaller than a walk-in closet? When it comes to housing a pooch in an apartment, size does matter. Long legs and giant paws don’t typically thrive in tiny living spaces. Even with cramped quarters, however, you can still enjoy the company of a furry four-legged pup. While your space likely can’t accommodate a Bernese Mountain Dog, there are still plenty of small – a.k.a. incredibly underrated – dog breeds that will express some serious tail-wagging glee in an apartment.

How Do Apartment-Friendly Pups Differ From Other Dogs?


Have a big heart but a small space? Luckily, there are tons of pint-sized cuties that will feel right at home regardless of square footage. In addition to being small, apartment-friendly canines share other important qualities, such as laid-back personalities, lack of heavy shedding, and pleasantly quiet demeanors (which we can confidently say is neighbor-approved). 

When selecting a dog breed that’s right for you, always take your lifestyle and personal needs into account. For example, are they highly energetic (i.e. the dog’s brain is on an endless loop of: run…get the ball…play…run…play)? If you live in a high-traffic community, you likely encounter lots of socializing with both people and pups alike. That means you’ll want to consider traits like temperament and friendliness as well. 

Here’s a look at 5 dog breeds that are known for being happy apartment dwellers.



Bichon Frise

These charming little pups are hypoallergenic, lovable, and quick learners. Weighing an average of fifteen pounds, this playful breed is the perfect companion to cuddle up with on the couch. They can’t get enough love and attention from their owners, and they are oh so easy to love!

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Does the opportunity to give a good belly rub make your heart melt? This lap-dweller loves tummy time and has mastered the art of snuggling. Cavaliers are known for becoming very attached to their human, so a small space is a plus for this breed. While these pups need lots of positive reinforcement and training time, they are a trustworthy, loyal roommate you’d be proud to call your own.





French Bulldog

Urban-dwelling millennials have caused the French Bulldog to skyrocket in popularity. Though, let’s give credit where credit is due: Frenchies were all the rage in Paris during the 18th century too! Because this breed hardly ever barks, this pup will surely make your neighbors happy. Plus, a simple swift walk each day counts as a healthy dose of exercise for these cuties.

Japanese Chin

This highly agile canine is known for its ability to adapt to virtually any living situation. These pups also have a tendency to summon their inner cat and scale tall furniture. Meow. Despite the Chin’s gorgeous, elegant mane, they aren’t high maintenance when it comes to grooming with a weekly brushing being sufficient. Between their friendly demeanor and minimal exercise needs, these apartment-friendly canines are perfect for those with a relatively inactive lifestyle.





Coton de Tulear

Small in size, these happy-go-lucky pups are super lovable and get along well with other humans and animals. They are also very low-maintenance when it comes to caring for their coats. While the Coton has low exercise needs, they relish in the opportunity to play fetch or go for a walk. The good news? If you’re sick or the weather is crummy, they can easily endure a day inside. 

I guess what they say is true – big things do come in small packages.

Oh, and while I’m writing this, I have my own apartment-friendly pup, Maize, snuggled in my lap. Couldn’t resist snapping a shot of her:


Do you have an apartment dog? What are your favorite apartment breeds? Let us know in the comments below.

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