Now me, I’m partial to big dogs; we have a Lab after all, and not that big dogs can’t live in apartments – you’ll see some on this list too.
But, for those of you apartment dwellers who want a great dog without all of the size, high energy-needing, and potentially neighbour-bothering bigger bark that comes along with a bigger, more active dog like a Lab, then this list is for you.
These guys don’t like to move around much; they’d much rather hang out on the couch than at the park. They still need exercise though, but their energy-needs are quite a bit lower than many other breeds.
Small, quiet, friendly, and adaptable to new situations – including new people and noises. Sounds like a dog made for this list!
Sheds very little, is quiet, and likes to be where you are, which in a small space, is perfect!
Compact and laid-back. Need I say more? This guy is cool just hanging out.
Easy to train and a great companion – lap dog central here. And at only 12-18 pounds, you won’t lose all feeling in your legs during a cuddle session.
Well-suited to small spaces at mostly 12 pounds and under, this guy aims to please and will usually only bark when new people come to the door.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Moderately active, eager, affectionate, and happy, these guys are well-suited for life in an apartment.
Not exactly a small fry (on average, 60 pounds), but calm and easily occupied with cuddling and treat- or chew-toys.
One of the biggest couch potatoes out there! Retired greyhounds (deservedly) appreciate a more sedentary lifestyle, and are super adaptable and trainable.
Totally counterintuitive, right? Other than his sheer size (averages 100-130 pounds), this breed is overall very calm, trainable, friendly, and quiet. An excellent choice among apartment dogs.
Editors’ note: We recently had the pleasure to be in touch with the photographer of the Great Dane photos featured in this post. He noted that the Great Dane in question was in fact over 200lbs at the time of the photography session. Sadly, this majestic Dane, Thunderbear, is no longer with us. We invite you to read more about this beautiful dog’s story, and the inception of Puptrait Studio. Our favourite line from the story, which we believe captures the purpose and full existence of Puptrait: “Every one of our subjects will be outlived by their parents.” Yup. So treasure them now.
Do you live in an apartment with a dog? What do you think of our list?
Who else should be on our best dogs for apartment living list?