Indoor Dogs

Breeds That Are Best For Apartment Living

Living in an apartment doesn’t have to mean a life void of the love of a dog. Plenty of breeds are perfectly suited for small, or yardless, living quarters. However, choose carefully — some dogs require space to run and creatures to herd in order to live a full and healthy life, and subjecting them to the confines of a tiny New York City loft is a bad idea. So instead of a Golden Retriever, a Rottweiler or a Weimaraner, consider a member of what the American Kennel Club refers to as the “toy” group.” And no, we’re not necessarily suggesting a Poodle (though Poodles are great apartment dogs) — there are many, many other choices. Looking for a tiny watchdog? A miniature pinscher will do the trick (think of a minpin as big dog in a little dog’s body). Lap dog lovers will go crazy for the oh-so-cute Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and you can’t go wrong with a Pug — not only can they get all the exercise they need traipsing around the apartment all day, they are affectionate and charming, too. Other popular and appropriate apartment dogs include the Chihuahua, the Italian Greyhound, the Yorkshire Terrier and the Bichon Frise, to name a few (if none of these appeal to you, don’t worry  — the actual list of choices is long). But just because these breeds do well in apartments doesn’t mean they should stay inside all the time. Regardless of your dog’s size, dog park visits and daily walks are a must.

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