Top 10 Best Apartment Dogs [2021 Updated]


For folks who rent an apartment, own a condominium or even have a small house, all is not lost when looking to adopt a dog. Your loving apartment environment can be the perfect forever home for these dogs.

  1. Pug
  2. Chihuahua
  3. Poodle
  4. Boston Terrier
  5. Bichon Frise
  6. Shih Tzu
  7. Greyhound
  8. English Bulldog
  9. Bassett Hound
  10. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
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If you are thinking of welcoming a furry family member into your life, you might be wondering which are the best apartment dogs. Considering the best options for both you and your new BFF can be a step that saves you a lot of heartache in the future. This post is all about the top 10 best apartment dogs for new dog owners.

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Apartment life is great. Your home is modern, convenient, secure and cozy. You can easily introduce a little happy paws into your home if it is a breed suited to apartment life. 

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The first step that can’t be missed is checking with the apartment management if you are allowed a pet dog. Even if you see neighbors running around with their cute fur ball pooches you still should check as regulations can change and nothing would be more heart-breaking than bringing home your pet then having to rehome it.

Okay, onto the joyful part of choosing your new best friend. Small dogs are often considered the best apartment dogs. But some large dogs don’t require a lot of exercise so can also be suitable for living a great apartment life. 

Quiet dogs that don’t bark too much are also ideal. Next you need to consider how much exercise a dog needs. It is great if you have easy access to a park or walking trail. But if you need to travel to reach a nice spot for your dog to run around you need to consider choosing a dog that needs less exercise. 

Here are the top 10 dog breeds ideal for apartment living. In no particular order, these are the ones that we consider to be some of the best apartment dogs with some information on why they will suit your apartment lifestyle. 


The pug has a reputation as being a bit of a lazy bones, and sleep a lot (up to 14 hours per day) so an apartment dwelling is going to suit this one down to the ground. They do need to go walkies when possible to avoid too much weight gain. They are so quiet your neighbors might not even hear it. Perfect for apartment living. You can also look into getting a patch of indoor grass for him to go potty on when you are not home.

Some dog owners prefer pee pads because they are super easy to clean!

Having a patch for peeing is nice, but should never take the place of outdoor time and exercise. All dogs need fresh air, sunshine and walking.


This adorable, tiny toy dog can live in a handbag so give it a while apartment or condo and you will see a very joyful dog. Chihuahuas can’t get enough love and attention so will follow you all around the apartment as you go about your daily life. Those sweet puppy dog eyes will try to distract you from your housework which can alone be enough exercise for this sassy mini canine.


The poodle comes in 3 posh sizes – toy, miniature and standard – so can fit well into apartment living. They train easily and are obedient and keen to please. They are social and love to get outdoors often so if your condo or apartment has some garden space it will be perfect for your poodle.


Boston Terrier

The Boston Terrier pretty much ticks all the boxes for traits needed to live comfortably and happily in an apartment. It is calm, doesn’t bark much and doesn’t need a lot of exercise. 

Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise is a popular choice for people who live in an apartmentYou need to make sure the daily dose of outdoors time is given regularly – exercise and play time is key. This breed is really compatible with families including children and other pets. They do love companionship so shouldn’t be left alone for too long. The Bichon Frise is a great dog for apartment and condominium living.

Shih Tzu

The Shih Tzu is a toy dog that will fit right into living in an apartment. Needing little exercise and space to be content, it has a lovely temperament and loyal, loving nature that you will fall in love with instantly.

Since they can be jumpy around strangers and prefer to be in their own territory you could have a little homebody pooch on your hands who might never want to leave the apartment. We all feel like that sometimes!


You could be forgiven for thinking a large Greyhound isn’t a good fit for apartment living. But it actually is because they have a mellow, chilled out and adaptable nature and don’t need a lot of exercise.

Greyhounds do best in a single-pet family. They make great pets because the are very easy to train.

English Bulldog

You can’t go wrong with an English Bulldog as it doesn’t need as much exercise and is a cool and soft-natured pooch (despite it’s adorable grumpy expression).

They are great as part of a family unit, like children or can make an excellent and protective companion for someone living solo. Be sure to get your English Bulldog a comfy bed!

Adorable English bulldog make great pets for apartment dwellers.

Basset Hound

The Basset Hound will fit in well to apartment living even if you only have a small living space. They are easy to train, intelligent and fun-loving dogs. They do love company so are probably best with an owner or family who are not away from home for long stretches of time.

Bassett Hounds make great apartment dogs!

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The cheeky and lovable Cavalier King Charles Spaniel makes the list of best apartment dogs because of it’s well-behaved and eager-to-please nature. A toy dog, this spaniel does love human company so will be giving you lots of love as soon as you arrive home. A daily walk and a weekly brush will make for a happy spaniel. Also another bonus is it doesn’t shed much fur. They make great apartment dogs!

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There are many breeds of dog that can live their best life in an apartment or condo and this list in our opinion features the best apartment dogs. Of course there are always factors to consider such as the size of your apartment, the outdoors environment and how much time you are at home.

Also remember all dogs love human company and will be wagging their tails with glee when you get home. Too much alone time can lead to a dog becoming bored and getting destructive. You don’t want to come home to find your expensive couch has been trashed by your pet because he misses you. 

Buying or adopting a senior dog can also be a lovely way to give a home to an old pooch that might not have such a high chance of finding a forever home as a cute puppy does. A senior dog will happily lounge around in your apartment and won’t be begging for a daily run. Senior dogs are the best apartment dogs because they are so grateful to be re-homed and loved by you!

There is a lot to consider when buying or adopting a puppy or dog. Take your time to consider all the factors and you will soon have the cutest housemate imaginable living with you in your apartment.

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