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The Best Dog Breeds for Apartments

Find out which dog breeds are best for dog owners living the apartment life!

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We’ve shortlisted the best dog breeds for running, cuddling, active owners, apartments, therapy work, endless adoration, and a whole lot more (links below)! We asked Gina DiNardo, American Kennel Club Executive Secretary and expert on all things breed related, for the low down on which breeds are the best fit for a whole array of activities and situations. Read on in this article to find out which dog breeds are the best for apartment dwellers!


Bichon Frise


A Bichon Frise’s confidence and size make them ideal city dogs. They function well in confined spaces and a walk in the neighbourhood is usually enough exercise to make them happy.


bulldog puppy


The Bulldog is a medium-sized, quiet dog with a moderate level of energy. Regular activity is necessary and beneficial, but the breed has a low tolerance for exercise in hot and humid weather.



The Greyhound is a couch potato at heart. Though this breed does enjoy a good run, they are happy in general with a few daily walks.




Their adaptable nature, social skills, and strong but sturdy bodies make the Havanese an ideal city dog, but they are content to be anywhere that they can command the attention of admirers young and old alike.


Boston Terrier

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Boston Terriers have a gentle disposition. They are easy to train, people-oriented, and sturdy but portable. They need moderate exercise and require little grooming.

These are some of the best dog breeds for dog owners who live the apartment life; thanks Gina! Which one is your favourite?


Find the best breeds for your needs below!

Best Breeds for Cuddling

Best Breeds for Running

Best Breeds for Active Owners

Best Breeds for Protection

Best Breeds for Endless Adoration & Loyalty

Best Breeds for Taking Everywhere & Travelling

Best Breeds for Canine Sports

Best Breeds for Service Dogs

Best Breeds for Emotional Support

This article originally appeared in the award-winning Modern Dog magazine. Subscribe today!

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