Living in an apartment introduces challenges when it comes to pet ownership. Some neighbourhoods don’t allow it altogether while others allow it with conditions. One common requirement is that the pet is quiet and does not cause any undue chaos. Noise levels are a significant concern for many apartment dwellers so a loud dog that barks at all hours is the surest way to get kicked out. If you’re a dog lover, all is not lost. There are dog breeds that are quiet and suited for apartment living.
Great apartment dogs
Basenji: a small to the medium-sized breed of African origin that was a hunting dog. It’s an adorable friendly dog that easily adapts to apartment living. They are known for being independent, intelligent and so quiet, they’re called the “barkless dog.” They bark so little because of their flat larynx. They are active dogs that require regular exercise and mental stimulation but are so low-maintenance they are cat-like.
Bulldogs: are one of the most recognizable breeds. They are known for being affectionate, easy-going and playful around their owners. They are loyal and satisfied with moderate exercise so they’re comfortable just chilling indoors. They are not very vocal and rarely bark, instead making a snoring sound. They are also people pleasers so training them is a breeze.
Greyhounds: large and slender dogs known for being calm, gentle, friendly and affectionate with their owners. They are super laid back and enjoy relaxing at home. They don’t usually bark but may be unable to stop themselves from doing it during play or when they’re with other dogs. They are considered one of the best apartment dogs.
The Daschund: a small and energetic breed that is known for being playful and affectionate. They are also very intelligent and can easily be trained. They rarely bark making them great dogs for apartment living. They also require little exercise and are a good choice for less active people.
Shih Tzu: a small playful breed originally bred for Chinese royalty. They are calm, friendly, intelligent and easy to train. They don’t require a lot of exercises making them a great option for seniors and others who are not so active. They are also not vocal and rarely bark.
Boston Terrier: a small energetic breed known for being friendly and outgoing. They are intelligent, easy to train and rarely bark.
Pomeranians: are tiny, fluffy, playful, and outgoing and have long been a favourite of royals and commoners alike. They are intelligent, extremely friendly and easy to train and rarely bark making them a great apartment dog.
Dog breeds to avoid
There are dog breeds that would just not fare well in an apartment set-up, usually, because they are large, and energetic and need space to run around, exercise and expend all that energy. Some of the ones to avoid if you live in an apartment are:
- The Great Dane
- German Shepherd
- Saint Bernard
- Border Collie
- English Springer Spaniel
- Alaskan Malamute
- Siberian Husky
- Australian Cattle Dog
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