9 Best Dog Breeds For Apartment Living

With so many dog breeds to choose from, you can find a dog that fits your lifestyle and is well-suited to where you live. If you live in a big city, or just if you live in a small apartment anywhere, you want to make sure you get a dog that can handle apartment living. A dog that has a lot of energy and needs room to roam probably isn’t the best fit for an apartment, but there are many dog breeds who have been bred to live in smaller spaces.

Here are 9 of the best dog breeds for apartment living.

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French Bulldogs are a unique looking dog breed that is super adorable. They have large ears that stand straight up and are known for their calm dispositions. They are also one of the most popular dog breeds in the world, and they are well-suited for city living.

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Because of their small size and even-keel personality, they are happy in a house or apartment. They are known for their playful personalities and are also really adaptable, so they will be able to go with the flow if you live a busy city lifestyle.


Pugs are cute and distinct looking puppers. While there are some pugs that are popular dogs in pop culture, such as Otis from Milo and Otis, all pugs make great apartment dogs. This breed was bred to be the pets of Chinese emperors, making them a great lap dog. They are small but also rather sturdy, and they can fit right into an apartment of any size. These dogs are quite popular, and they have lovable personalities and love to give a lot of love to their owners in return.


Maltese are all white dogs with dark eyes that give them a striking and super cute look. These dogs are very small and have been lap dogs for hundreds of years. When in their show dog form, they have long, floor-length coats.

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These toy size dogs make great pets if you want a lap dog with a fun personality who will charm you. They are bred to be toy companions, which means they can easily adapt to living in an apartment in the big city.


Shih Tzus are the perfect dog if you want a charming lap dog with a lot of personality. They are also known for being friendly and great with kids, so they are a good family dog.

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This breed was bred to live by the sides of royalty and sit on their laps all day, so they make good pets if you live in a small apartment. Shih Tzus love to just sit and snuggle with you, and they don’t need a backyard or a ton of physical activity to be happy. Though, of course, a daily walk is still necessary.


Miniature Schnauzers are the smallest version of the three different Schnauzer breeds out there. These dogs have loads of personality and a unique look with a bearded face. These live for a long time and are overall pretty healthy dogs. Plus, they don’t shed which makes them great pets for an apartment. They are very outgoing and interact a lot with their owners, and they are small enough that they can fit in well with an apartment. They make good family dogs and will charm you with their distinct personalities.


Yorkies are known for being really, really cute. While the yare very tiny, they have a lot of personality packed into that tiny frame. These dogs tend to be feisty and even a bit demanding. They definitely have all of the traits of a terrier, and they tend to rule the roost.

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They are one of the most popular breeds in cities as they adapt well to apartments. They also don’t shed much and are hypoallergenic, making them a great choice if you don’t want to spend a lot of time cleaning up dog hair. Yorkies have a lot of big city personality.


These dogs were bred to be companions of royalty and aristocrats, just like many of the other small dog breeds on this list. These pups are known for being good family dogs and being gentle with children as well as other dogs. One of the best things about the King Charles Spaniel is that they are very adaptable. They can fit in well with different lifestyles from active to more relaxed. If you live in an apartment and don’t get out much, these dogs can adapt to that well. And, if you love to get out and explore your city or town, they are also well-suited for this.


The Bulldog might not be the smallest dog on this list, but they still make good apartment dogs. Bulldogs are known for being friendly dogs that have a lot of bravery and a stately nature. These dogs are muscley and a little stout, but this is just part of their charm and how cute they are.

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Don’t let their tough exterior fool you. Bulldogs are extremely calm, docile, and loyal to their owners. They are also able to adapt to life in the city of the country. Just keep in mind that they will need a good walk every day to stay healthy, but this can just be motivation to get out of the apartment.


These fashionable dogs are known for their characteristic haircut that makes them look fluffy and cute. They are curious dogs who get along with other dogs as well as kids. They are generally very lovable and sweet, and they love strangers as well as their families. Because they are usually easy to train along with their small size, they are perfect dogs for people who live in cities.

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