13 Small Dog Breeds for Apartments

smiling pug dog blackDog lovers know what life is like without a dog: quiet, boring, and no wiggle butt to greet you when you get home. Living in an apartment may limit our options for pets, whether they restrict pets altogether or only allow small dog breeds. We’ve put together a list of 13 small dog breeds (in no particular order) that make wonderful pets and are suitable for apartment living.

  1. Pug – These adaptable dogs generally get along with people and pets of all sizes. Their flat faces mean that they can’t easily cool down which means they aren’t well-suited for hot climates.
  2. Yorkshire Terrier – Yorkies are cuddly lap dogs that are very adaptable with a feisty side. Be sure to start no-bark training during early puppyhood to ensure a quiet apartment companion.
  3. yorkie yorkshire terrier dog pet insurance TrupanionHavaneseHavanese are happy, playful dogs that get along with people and pets. They are generally quiet and don’t need too much exercise, making them fit for an apartment.
  4. Maltese – This little companion lap dog enjoys playing and would appreciate some exercise each day. They shed very little and love being close to their owner which means they don’t need much space.
  5. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel TrioCavalier King Charles Spaniel – Cavvies are friendly and lovable and quite calm which means they will easily adapt to an apartment. Though they make a great lap dog, they would appreciate regular opportunities to play, sniff, and explore.
  6. Chihuahua – This tiny breed is an easy match for apartment life because they don’t require much exercise. They are sensitive to cold temperatures and may need a jacket or sweater during winter.
  7. cute chihuahua puppy dog pink pet insurance TrupanionBoston Terrier – This spunky dog is full of life and only requires minimal grooming which makes it an easy fit for an apartment.
  8. Pekingese – Peeks need little exercise which means they will do well in an apartment. They are sensitive to overheating and should not live in hot places.
  9. Toy Poodle – These small, devoted dogs are one of the easiest to train. They are playful and eager to please, though they may have barking tendencies.
  10. maltese dogs cuddling snuggle cuddle pet insurance TrupanionLhasa Apso – This spunky lapdog doesn’t need much exercise. It tends to be an alert, watchdog-type and may be reserved around strangers.
  11. Shih Tzu – These cuddly, affectionate dogs love attention from their owners. They don’t need much exercise and do not shed, but they do need regular grooming.
  12. Bichon Frise – These small, fluffy dogs make great cuddlers and lap dogs. They need little exercise and hardly shed. All they need is a bit of regular combing and grooming.
  13. French Bulldog – This comical dog tends to get along with people and pets of all sizes. They don’t much exercise, but they are sensitive to warm temperatures as they can easily overheat.

When considering a new dog or puppy, be sure to research and locate a responsible breeder or shelter/pet rescue. Pet stores often get puppies from puppy mills, and buying a puppy from a pet store supports the poor breeding practices of puppy mills.

Do you have one of these dog breeds (or a mix) in an apartment? Let us know how he/she enjoys apartment life by leaving a comment below!

About Stacy @Trupanion

Stacy Kowalchuk is a dog mom to her rescued Whippet-mix, Ellie. During the week, you can find Stacy surfing (the internet, that is) and managing Trupanion's presence in the social media world. In her free time, Stacy likes to bake, especially cupcakes! To balance her culinary affinity, she also likes to stay active, especially with activities that include her dog such as hiking and going to dog parks.

One Response to 13 Small Dog Breeds for Apartments

  1. Since most of the dogs listed here are described as “needing little exercise”, I am happy that you didn’t include Dachshund on the list. In my experience, many people get them as pets thinking they don’t need much exercise either because they are small. Dachshunds need a lot of exercise though (but, sadly, many don’t get it and become obese).

    I have lived in an apartment with mine. They ARE happy to lay around when inside. They do bark a lot though. Luckily, I had tolerant neighbors.

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