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Best Small Dogs for Apartment Living

If you are craving the companionship of a dog, but live in a small apartment, all is not lost. Many breeds of dogs adapt well to apartment living. Here, our Tigard vets share their top 5 list of dogs that adapt well to apartment living.

Finding a Great Apartment Dog

Just because you live in an apartment does not mean you are limited to cats, birds, or rodents as pets. Many dog breeds come in compact sizes and have a variety of apartment-friendly characteristics. Here are a few suggestions to help you find the ideal dog for your apartment lifestyle.

Affectionate & Smart - The French Bulldog

Height: 11 - 13 inches
Weight: Less than 28lbs
Life Expectancy: 10 - 12 years

This affectionate, playful, and intelligent dog, also known as the 'Frenchie,' is calm and endearing. Their sleek smooth coat, muscular body, flat nose, and bat ears give this dog a distinct appearance that you can't help but admire.

French bulldogs make great pets for singles, couples, and even families who live in apartments. It's understandable, given the low exercise requirements and minimal barking. These small dogs are sociable animals who enjoy spending time with their owners, children, and other pets.

Charming & Playful - The Shih Tzu

Height: 9-11 inches
Weight: 9-16lbs
Life Expectancy: 10-18 years

Get a Shih Tzu and you'll be giggling all day. These small dogs are ideal for apartment living and are full of playful personality! While their lustrous coat necessitates some grooming to keep it looking its best, the effort will be well worth it.

Although they enjoy barking, these little guys are friendly with strangers, children, and other pets and don't need much exercise to stay healthy and happy. Shih Tzus adore curling up on their owners' laps and being petted and adored.

Playful & Devoted - The Hairless Chinese Crested

Height: 11-13 inches
Weight: 8-12 pounds
Life expect: 13-18 years

If you want a dog that adapts well to apartment living and doesn't shed or smell like a dog, the Hairless Chinese Crested is the dog for you! These cute dogs have hairless bodies, spotted skin, and fluffy tufts of fur on their head, feet, and tail.

Chinese Crested dogs are extremely loyal to their owners and will follow them around from room to room. This is the ideal breed for people who work from home, rather than those who spend several hours outside each day. These dogs are fun and require little outdoor exercise, making them ideal for apartment living.

Bold & Curious - The Dachshund

Height: Miniature 5-6 inches | Standard  8-9 inches
Weight: Miniature under 11 lbs | Standard 16-32 lbs
Life Expectancy: 12-16 years

Immediately recognizable, whether you call this breed a 'sausage dog', 'Weiner dog', 'Dashie' or 'Doxie' the dachshund is the perfect size and personality for apartment living. This breed is available in two apartment-friendly sizes (standard and miniature) and three different styles of coat (from smooth to long and luxurious).

Because of their short legs, they don't need (or tolerate) much exercise, but they do have a strong prey drive, which can cause them to act rashly or stubbornly. While it can be difficult to train these curious dogs to get along with children and other dogs.

Mischievous & Loving - The Pug

Height: 10-13 inches
Weight: 14-18 lbs
Life Expectancy: 13-15 years 

Pugs adore their people and love to be cuddled. These solid little dogs are an ideal breed for apartment dwellers! Typically very quiet,  pugs are happy to lounge around at home and just hang out with their people.

These dogs are playful and loyal, and they need plenty of social interaction with their owners, children, and other dogs. Their laid-back and lazy personality makes them prone to weight gain, so they must monitor their diet to stay healthy.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

Our Tigard vets provide guidance and the highest quality of veterinary care if your dog ever needs specialty care. Contact us right away if your pet ever needs emergency or specialty veterinary care.

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