The 5 Pawfect Dog Breeds For Apartments


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The 5 Pawfect Dog Breeds

Puppy fever got you? Are you desperately wanting a dog but not sure if your apartment will be suitable for your future furbaby’s needs? Well, it turns out that there are a number of breeds that allow you to become a paw parent AND live in an apartment!

More and more people are adopting dogs than ever before. Puppy fever has struck! You might be familiar with some of the signs…

Does your heart seem to race when you see someone walking their dog in the park or down the street? Do you tear up a little bit when scrolling through social media and you come across a cute, adorable and hilarious puppy video? Do you have to physically restrain yourself from petting other people’s dogs?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then chances are you have also been hit with puppy fever!

Becoming a paw parent

But we all know that being a pet parent isn’t something to take lightly. It’s a serious responsibility, and an expensive one at that (don’t even get us started on vet bills - cue pet insurance, and then there’s finding the right dog food on top of it all).

You want to ideally have enough space for your dog to run around freely and have fun. But what happens when you live in an apartment? Does that mean you can’t have a dog? Of course not! Although all dogs require regular exercise, there is a whole bunch of breeds that can thrive in an apartment. As long as you still take your dog for regular walks, most dog breeds (the more relaxed breeds) are happy to live in an apartment. 

While there is a lot to take into consideration before you decide to become a pet parent, the size of your home doesn’t have to always hold you back. We have put together a list of some of the best breeds for apartments.

Expert tip

Regardless of your dog’s breed, any dog can easily become irritated and bored when constantly confined in a small space. This can lead to some undesirable behaviours. This is why you need to make sure you exercise your dog and keep him or her entertained with toys or games for mental stimulation.

Adopt don’t shop

There are hundreds and thousands of beautiful little pooches looking for their forever homes at your local shelters. Before spending a pretty penny on a pedigree, why not pop into a shelter near you and chat to them about what dogs they have that would do well living in an apartment?

1. Chihuahua

Chihuahuas pack a lot of punch into such a teeny tiny body. They are feisty, energetic and oh so cute!  This breed requires daily walks and lots of playtimes, but thanks to their petite size, an apartment can become their ideal home.

Don’t forget that some Chihuahuas can be a little vocal (which means they are great for security), but it might get a little annoying for your neighbours. So just keep that in mind. And besides, there’s nothing some training can’t fix.

2. Maltese

These playful little dogs are a delight to have around. They do require some basic exercise on a daily basis, which can range from a little walk or playtime - whatever suits the two of you. This breed is also a little less vocal compared to other small breeds. Maltese’s love to sit on your lap and shower you with love and attention.

Read: Should You Get Pet Insurance For Your Maltese Poodle? 3 Reasons Why You Need To Insure The Health Of Your Maltese

3. French Bulldog

These little guys are well known for their calm natures and loving personalities. They don’t require too much exercise and don’t bark a lot either (#winning!)

They do, however, require close contact with their humans and can easily develop separation anxiety when left alone for too long.

4. Dachshund

Dachshunds were basically designed to live in an apartment. Their little bodies mean that they do not like to walk long distances or partake in strenuous activities, so they can easily get in some exercise and playtime from doing a few laps in the lounge. But don’t forget to take them to the park as often as possible for them to get outside and be in nature.

5. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

If you’re anything like us, then you have probably been obsessed with this breed ever since you watched Lady and the Tramp as a kid. Their floppy ears and sweet nature will have you falling in love in no time.

These dogs tend to take on the personality traits of their owners.

Some final thoughts

As mentioned, becoming a pet parent is a major responsibility. So make sure you know what you are getting into and are fully prepared to take on the role.

Yours in quality pet insurance you could cuddle,


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