Dogs to have in small apartment

If you have a small apartment with no balcony or garden, do not worry, because if you want you can also host a dog, however, it must be able to adapt to a small space without reducing its quality of life.

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Having a German Shepherd or a Rottweiler in an apartment is synonymous with depriving the animal of the conditions it needs to be happy; on the contrary, many small and medium-sized dogs are able to fully enjoy a small space, but always dogs need daily physical activity and we should commit ourselves to offer them all the necessary rides.

In this article of YourCatCareguide we will explain to you which are the best breeds of dogs to have in small apartment .

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The Pekingese is one of the most captivating and well-known small breeds and, without a shadow of a doubt, is one of the best dogs to have in a small apartment, both pure breeds and crusaders. Despite being an independent dog, he is also quite affectionate and easily fond of the house and the rest of his family.

It is a very safe and strong dog that acts like an exceptional guard dog , since since it does not usually bark gives alert before the minimum suspect noise. Pekingese need a lot of exercise so it’s ideal for older people or who enjoy family life mostly.


Better known as dog sausage, the Dachshund is characterized by having very short ends compared to the proportions of its body, is another of the dogs that can live perfectly in a reduced space. It is a very intelligent dog that learns quickly , of a docile, protective and playful character.

In spite of its small size, the truth is that it needs an owner who has experience in training, otherwise the Dachshund can be a dog very stubborn and difficult to obey.

Shih tzu

This breed is native to Tibet, and because of its size reduce is ideal for living in small spaces, although we should not underestimate its appearance, since it was always a breed greatly appreciated for its qualities as a guard dog . These dogs are loyal, affectionate and sociable dogs, who are also alert to protect the house.

They are affectionate with people and other animals, so it is ideal when we have also welcomed other pets or when we live with small children. Although this dog is ideal for a small apartment, needs daily care, in this case we should devote ourselves to his beautiful hair.

English bulldog

Despite its appearance, the Bulldog or English Bulldog is a docile and calm dog like few, who is always in a good mood and who does not spare in showing affection to the people with whom he lives.

It is also a brave and self-assured dog, behaving in a peaceful manner and not asking continual attention to its owners, however, like any other dog, needs the presence of them.

It is a medium-sized dog that does not need excessive exercise and therefore makes it ideal to live in a small apartment.


The Pug is a small dog from China, is characterized by a very affectionate and playful temperament , however this can confuse us since it will need a socialization since the puppy is longer and more intense than in other cases since it is quite shy and jealous.

It is a cheerful and very active dog, so the daily walks have a special importance, after the first years of life the Pug calms and becomes a very home dog, ideal to have in a reduced space.

Bichon Frize

It is a small dog and captivating appearance. With the proper socialization it adapts perfectly to the home environment and becomes suitable to live with children, being a great companion animal.

His temperament is quite stable, being a very calm dog that is also recommended especially to live next to older people. Your hair needs special and periodic care, it is necessary to cut the hair around the eyes and carefully wipe away the tear stains .

Maltese Bichon

It is a small dog whose weight ranges from 3 to 4 kilos, so it is great to live comfortably in a small house.

He is exceptional as a companion animal, since besides being intelligent, behaves in a very caring and friendly, and acts as a good watchdog, barking in case you hear the least unknown noise. It needs little physical activity , so it becomes suitable for socializing with older people.

Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier is one of the best dogs to have in an apartment due to its small size, since its average weight is 3.1 pounds. In addition, it is an excellent watchdog because it is always on alert and warns us in advance when barking.

Although it does not require much space, it needs continuous attention of its owners , it characterizes itself by being a dog tenacious, brave and super protector with its family.


The Poodle or Poodle is a dog suitable for small spaces, in their medium, small or toy varieties. The Poodle is a cheerful, playful and very active dog that has a lot of energy, so you need a lot of exercise to be disciplined, which is very important. Although we are a suitable dog to live with children, it can develop a destructive tendency if it does not socialize properly.

Cocker Spaniel

Both the English Cocker Spaniel and the American Cocker Spaniel are medium-sized puppies suitable for living in a small apartment. He is an athletic dog, so physical exercise is very important to him , although he is also an excellent companion animal because he has a loving, obedient character and enjoys the company of his human family

West highland white terrier

This dog from Scotland, also known as westie, has a body weight ranging from 5 to 10 kilos, so it can adapt well to the reduced space of an apartment.

It is a dog that is very grateful for the show of affection of its owners, nevertheless, we are before a very tenacious dog that owns the temperament of a great race, reason why it needs a suitable training based on the positive dressage and of a moderate physical exercise.


This friendly dog ​​from Mexico will weigh up to 3 kilos, depending on the variety, so you can adapt perfectly to life in a small apartment.

Contrary to what one might think, it is a very intelligent dog and one that stays in a state of alert, although also it develops a true devotion by its owners, all this turns it into a great companion animal .

Have not decided on a particular race yet?

If you are thinking of adopting a dog but do not know which breed suits you or your lifestyle, we recommend that you consult the following articles:

Remember that it is not because of belonging to a breed that the dogs will behave in a concrete way, as we can often find a very nervous English Bulldog as well as a very quiet Cocker. It will depend on each case.

It is also important to note that large, medium or small breed dogs are equally ideal for an apartment. To do this, simply go to a refuge and check the activity level of the animal you want to take home. Sometimes the size does not matter but the individual behavior of each dog .

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