Best Dogs for Apartment Living

Posted on February 15th, 2019

One of the many perks of living in the Harrison Court Boston South End apartments is the fact that it’s a pet-friendly environment. They even have a place on site where you can groom your pets yourself, which comes in handy if you’ve had a fun but messy outing to one of the many local parks. So if you’ve been yearning for a dog and want to take advantage of the opportunity Harrison Court provides, here are some tips for some of the best dogs for apartment living.

Although many people think smaller dogs are the only option for apartment living, it turns out that even big dogs can do well in apartments. The issue isn’t the size, it’s the nature of the dog. Working dogs, whether they’re small terriers like the Jack Russell or larger Border collies, are high-energy dogs and don’t fare as well in smaller apartments unless you can take them outside to run, play, and dig multiple times a day. These are not couch potatoes and they may literally be bouncing off the walls and cause damage if left alone for too long every day in an apartment.

On the other hand, some big dogs are surprisingly low key and can get by with just a couple of good walks a day, as long as they have enough space to easily move around the apartment without hurting themselves or your furnishings. They’ll also need a bed and/or crate, so make sure you take into consideration the size of the dog’s needs. One larger breed that does well in apartments that often surprises people is the greyhound. Despite being known for being super fast, these dogs are sprinters, rather than sustained runners, so they usually do quite well with just a couple of daily walks. They’re notorious couch potatoes.

In general, when looking for a dog that will do well with apartment living, look for small to medium-sized dogs that are generally quiet and have low to moderate activity levels. It’s not the breed that matters as much as the individual dog’s nature and personality. You don’t want a high-strung dog that’s going to bark and cry all day when you’re gone — or when you’re home. Talking with the breeder, animal shelter, or foster parent gives you the best idea of the dog’s nature and whether they may be suited for apartment living.

With all of that said, there are certain breeds — and certainly mixed breeds — that tend to do well in apartments. If you want a dog with some heft and on the larger size, the basset hound or the bulldog are both good apartment dogs. Basset hounds may howl or bay at unexpected sounds or sirens, but in general, they are easy going and don’t need much more than daily walks, especially as they age. Bulldogs are also great apartment dwellers who don’t need prolonged bouts of exercise. They may snore, but they’re loving and loyal companions.

For those looking for small dogs, the Bichon Frise is hugely popular, due to their adorable fluffy features and their joyful nature. They’re long-standing favorites as charming companions and do well with some games and daily walks. The Maltese is another popular small breed that does well in apartments and also tends to be less vocal than some other smaller breeds. The popular Chihuahua can be vocal, but it also responds well to training. Despite being an active dog, the Chihuahua’s small size makes it well-suited to apartment living. Finally, when it comes to small dogs, the Shih Tzu is one of the all-time favorites for its happy and affectionate nature, as well as its simple exercise needs. This is a dog that will generally wait patiently for you at home and then greet you with joy and want to be with you once you’re home.

For something different, consider the Chinese Crested. Although sometimes thought of as an ugly breed, it’s actually incredibly affectionate and can be quite beautiful. What it may lack in traditional looks, it more than makes up for with a great demeanor that is quiet and simply happy to be with its family.