Tips on Choosing a Dog for Apartment Dwellers

Do you want a dog, but are perhaps hesitating because you live in an apartment? In the right conditions, and with the proper care, many of our canine pals will do just fine with apartment living. If you’re living in an apartment, however, there are definitely some things to keep in mind when searching for the perfect canine companion. In this article, a Poway, CA veterinarian lists some things for apartment dwellers to consider when choosing a great furry roommate.


Dogs that often howl or bark aren’t always popular with neighbors, so you may want to choose a quieter pup. The Boston Terrier, French Bulldog, Havanese, Maltese, and Cavalier King Charles are all quiet pooches that make great companions for apartment dwellers.


Size is another thing to consider. Many apartment complexes have specific size and weight restrictions. Chihuahuas, Pugs, Yorkies, Papillions, and Pomeranians are a few pint-size pooches that make great pets. The Chinese Crested is another good match. If you’re getting a puppy, do some research, and estimate Fido’s adult size at the larger end of his breed’s range, just to be on the safe side.

Exercise Needs

Many dogs need lots of exercise, so if you want an active pooch, make sure you can commit to good daily walks and regular trips to a doggy park. Otherwise, look for a canine pal that won’t need too much exercise. English Bulldogs are one great choice: these lovable pups tend to be adorably lazy. Dachshunds and Shih Tzus also have low activity levels. Of course, if you are a jogger or love long walks, you may be perfectly happy with a more energetic pet.


Your safety is also very important. Will you feel comfortable walking your dog alone in your neighborhood at night? If not, you may want to wait until you move before adopting a dog.

Surprising Fits

Some of the best pups for apartment life are the ones you would least expect. Retired Greyhounds are often very calm and well-mannered, and can actually do quite well in apartments. The Great Dane, surprisingly, is also a good match, at least in temperament: size could obviously be an issue here. Of course, there are lots of lovable mutts that make wonderful pets as well!

Does your dog need veterinary care? Call us, your Poway, CA animal hospital, today!

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