Best Dogs For Apartments

Breeds for Limited Spaces

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Good Medium Size Apartment Dogs





Airedale



Height: 23 inches
Weight: 50 lbs


Airedales are the largest of the terriers and are named after the valley in Yorkshire, England where it originated. It was bred as a hunting dog and has been used to hunt bear, wolves, wild boar, deer and otters. As such it is a strong energetic breed that is a good swimmer and loves splashing around in water.  Airedales are both good pets and guard dogs.  They possesses a short wiry coat that barely sheds  and requires little grooming.  But as is typical of terriers, Airedales can be aggressive, noisy and stubborn.  The Airedale will be active in an apartment but is less excitable and reactive than the smaller terrier breeds.  It requires regular outdoor exercise and can become destructive when bored.  The Airedale can live in thrive in an apartment with a consistent, assertive, owner who will control its negative impulses (barking, destructiveness) through training and is committed to providing outdoor exercise.  This is not the breed for the timid or couch potatoes. Interested in reading more about Airedales, CLICK HERE to see a list of books at Amazon.
 
               


Australian Shepherds

australian shepherd
Height: 21 in
Weight: 45 lbs


Aussies are my favorite breed so there may be some bias in this evaluation. They are medium size dogs exceptionally smart, easy to train and love to be around people. They are terrific with children and are good watch dogs that only bark when necessary. Australian Shepherds are working dogs who love to have a job to do. Some publications believe they are too high energy for apartment living, but I have not found that to be the case. They do need to get outside for exercise but if there is a park nearby this should not be a problem for even a moderately active owner. They love to play Frisbee and fetch so it is not difficult to get them to run and use up energy. The major drawbacks are that they are heavy shedders so there will be hair everywhere without frequent brushing and they can be destructive as puppies or if left alone too much as adults. For those that want a smaller dog there is a miniature version of the Australian Shepherd that has the same characteristics but is about half the size and can get more exercise in limited indoor spaces.

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Basset Hound

BestDogs for Apartments

Height: 14 inches
Weight: 50 lbs


If you want a dog that is not active, excitable or aggressive, the Basset Hound could be right for you.
The Basset Hound originated in France and the general features of its head and acute sense of smell suggests that it evolved as a small mutation of the Bloodhound.   The Basset is a good family pet that is generally content to sit in your lap and watch TV with you. They are also given to unusual bursts of energy when it is time to eat and will beg, steal food off plates or snatch it from your hand.  They do not need a lot of exercise but enjoy taking long strolls (not jogs) outdoors with their owners. Given their propensity to eat and lounge around the house they will put on excess weight without at least some exercise. The Basset is a heavy shedder and is one of the breeds that tend to slobber and drool.  If you can deal with the hair and slobber the Basset is a very easy dog to keep in an apartment.

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Beagle

Best Dogs for Apartments

Height: 15 inches
Weight: 30 lbs


Beagles are the smallest of the hound group and are equally at home at the hunt or lying at your feet. They are good natured, active, happy dogs but like most hounds are independent thinkers and need firm handling. The Beagle is a popular in part due to lovable comic-strip imagery of “Snoopy” but it not a breed that is particularly well suited for apartment living due to its tendency to howl and bark excessively. These are great qualities for the fox hunt but in an apartment it may not be appreciated by neighbors and adults in the family. These negatives can sometimes be mitigated with training but Beagles are also rated low in receptiveness to accepting commands and in housebreaking.  If you live in an apartment and your heart is set on a Beagle, make sure you are committed to spending the time necessary to moderate the dog’s behavior.

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Bearded Collie

Best Dogs for Apartments


Height: 21 inches
Weight: 50 lbs

 
Bearded Collies are the gentle, fun loving ”Shaggy dog” of Disney movie fame. They are often mistaken for Old English Sheep Dogs but are smaller and much thinner.  Beardies are sensitive dogs who are happiest when they around their human family. As herding dogs they need regular exercise and their long shaggy coat requires regular grooming for 20 minutes to an hour at least once a week.  Beardies are naturally curious and mischievous and can learn to open doors.  When left alone they will use this talent to steal food and get into places they shouldn’t be.  Beardies are affectionate, playful, love children and are all around great family dogs.  Between the grooming, exercise and the their desire for constant attention, owning  this breed is a full time commitment.

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Brittany Spaniel

Best Dogs for Apartments

Height: 19 Inches
Weight: 35 lbs


The Brittany Spaniel, like Spaniels in general are low on aggressive traits. It is a happy, gentle animal that is obedient and eager to please. They are bred to be hunting dogs and have lots of energy that needs to be drained by vigorous and regular exercise. They are a people oriented breed and if they become lonely, bored or have too much pent up energy they can become destructive. Brittany Spaniels make excellent hunting dogs and are favored by many outdoorsmen due to their moderate size which makes them easy to transport.  They are also good companion dogs due to their happy, obedient nature.  They can live happily in an apartment with owners who give them lots of attention and regular outdoor exercise.

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Bulldog

Best Dogs for Apartments

Height: 15 inches
Weight: 50 lbs


English Bulldog are one of the good natured clowns of the dog world.  Despite it formidable appearance, the Bulldog is a gentle, affectionate and loyal animal. These qualities plus its reputation for courage and dogged endurance prompted the British to adopt it as their national dog. The Bulldog is a true couch potato but forms strong bonds with children. This breed is not a watchdog but will defend their family if they perceive a threat.   This is a dog that will also make you laugh at its’ peculiar antics.  This is also a dog that drools and slobbers a lot, passes gas that can be quite smelly and snore loudly. If you can handle those drawbacks, the Bulldog is an excellent breed for a less active family living in an apartment.

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Dalmatian

Best Dogs for Apartments

Height: 21 inches
Weight: 45 lbs


With its distinguished white coat and black spot, the star of Disney movies, Budweiser mascot  and firehouse icon, the Dalmatian is a well known and easily recognized breed. Over the years Dalmatians have been used as guard dogs, hunting dogs and dogs of war but were bred first and foremost as coach dogs.  As dogs trained to run alongside and in front of carriages and fire trucks, they have great stamina.  They were also used to protect horses from would be thieves and so have good instincts as guard dogs.    Needing lots of exercise and being difficult to housebreak, Dalmatians are challenging dogs to raise in an apartment. Because of their notoriety, many families desire Dalmatians and then find the behavioral traits that may be acceptable in a firehouse are problematic in an apartment.  As a result many Dalmatians are abandoned by the original families and left with animal shelters .  Like with all breeds there are big differences between individual dogs and with guidance and patience,  Dalmatians can thrive in apartments, but it is not an easy dog for novice owners.

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English Springer Spaniel

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Height: 20 in
Weight: 50 lbs


English Springer Spaniels are medium size dogs who are fun and devoted to their human families. They are energetic and social, and are good with children. They are intelligent and take well to obedient training from a firm but gentle hand. However, they do not like to be left alone and require attention and regular exercise.  If they are left alone a lot they can become bored and destructive. They are also heavy shedders that need regular brushing.  They are an excellent choice for active families who are want a loyal companion and willing to put in the time to provide sufficient attention and exercise.

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Keeshond

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Height: 18 inches
Weight: 40 lbs


The Keeshond is a medium size sled dog look alike that has always been bred for companionship. The Keeshond is mild mannered without any extreme behavioral traits which make it any easy dog to manage. They are also playful dogs that love children.  They are good watch dogs, but if not trained and given attention they can bark more than is desirable in an apartment setting. They are highly trainable with a desire to please so this trait can be toned down if desired. Their biggest drawback is that they are very heaving shedding dogs so you will find hair all over your home.

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Standard Schnauzer

Best Dogs for Apartments

Height: 19 inches
Weight: 45 lbs


The Standard Schnauzer is a squarely built working dog that originated in Germany. The breed’s signature features are arched eyebrows and the bristly beard and mustache (schnauzer in German) on its muzzle. It has a stiff wiry coat that is either pepper and salt or black in color and sheds very little. The Standard Schnauzer is versatile dog and was bred from a combination of terrier, working and hunting stock.  Today it is classified as a working dog and can fill a variety of roles including rat catcher, guard dog, police dog and family pet.  Schnauzers also have a reputation of being able to sniff out cancer. While originating as a farm dog, Schnauzers have a strong desire to part of a family and do well in apartments as long as they receive enough exercise and attention from their humans. In return they are loyal companions and fearless watchdogs.

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Welsh Corgi

best dogs for apartments

Height: 11 inches
Weight: 27 lbs


The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a short, stocky herding breed that makes an excellent companion and family dog.  They are playful, friendly and good with well-mannered young children. As with other members of the herding breed, they might try to herd unruly children by nipping at their heels.  They are active dogs that need a lot of exercise, but their smaller size enables that to be accomplished in limited space so they can live anywhere. Pembroke Welsh Corgis score high on territorial defense and are usually very protective, and vocal, so they make great watchdogs. However, they are also intelligent, eager to please and highly trainable so these traits are manageable in an apartment setting. These dogs are heavy shedders so without daily brushing to remove loose hair, be prepared to find it all over your home.

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Whippet

best dogs for apartments

Height: 21 inches
Weight: 35 lbs


The Whippet originated in Northeast England when terriers were crossed with small greyhounds for rabbit coursing. Whippets are gentle, loyal and affectionate dogs the make excellent family apartment dogs. They like to run and need regular exercise but most of the time, they are very comfortable just lying quietly in the house curled up at your feet. Whippets excel at obedience and agility courses, racing and just playing Frisbee or fetch. The most famous of this breed, was Ashley Whippet who starred on TV, commercials and at halftime of the Super Bowel as the original Frisbee dog.  Whippets, by nature, are very eager to please and will do whatever they are asked. Whippets can run up to 35 MPH and like many sights hounds they chase after any small animals that are perceived as fair game. So Whippets can’t be trusted off the leash except in fenced areas.  They don’t have enormous exercise needs but they do need to run and you must be able to either jog with them on a leash or find a safe location to play off the leash. If you can do that they make wonderful companions to share the apartment life with.

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