Dogs For Apartment Living – 18 Lazy Dog Breeds

Want to own a dog but haven’t got a lot of space? You’ve come to the right place! We’ve compiled a list of dog breeds that will fit right in to your apartment and enjoy the coziness!

Lazy bulldog indoors

Bulldog; pexels

You might think that any small dog will be right for a small space, but there are a few other factors that will make for smoother apartment living. You’ll want a dog that isn’t too energetic and doesn’t bark too much (the neighbors might complain!). Also, a dog that doesn’t shed and isn’t aggressive with neighbors you run into would be great, wouldn’t it?

Please take note that all dog breeds, including the ones on this list, will need daily exercise to keep them in healthy condition. Alright, let’s start the list!

18 Dog Breeds That Will Be Perfect For Your Apartment

1. Basenji

Basenji; Pixabay

The Basenji is a small-sized breed, typically weighing 20-24 pounds (9.1-10.9 kg) and standing 16-18 inches (41-46 cm) tall. They’re known as the “barkless dog,” dislike wet weather, are reserved with strangers and although they are somewhat energetic, they do adapt well to living in small spaces. One thing to note is that Basenjis may not get along well with other non-canine pets.


2. Bichon Frise

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The Bichon Frise is a small-sized dog, typically weighing 10-20 pounds (5-10 kg) and standing 9-12 inches (23-30 cm) tall. They’re a gentle, cheerful breed, being very sociable and obedient. They got along well with other pets & small children, and don’t shed much hair. Also an energetic breed, they’ll need daily exercise.


3. Boston Terrier

Boston Terrier; Pixabay

The Boston Terrier is a small-sized breed that is compact, weighing no more than 25 pounds (11 kg) and standing 15-17 inches (38-43 cm) tall. They’re a gently & friendly breed that don’t bark much, making them great for apartment-dwelling. They’re also easy to train and sociable, getting along well with other pets and small children. They may get protective of their owners and occasionally display aggressiveness towards strangers


4. Bulldog

Bulldog; Pixabay

The Bulldog is a medium-sized dog breed, also known as the English (or British) Bulldog, typically weighing 40-55 pounds (18-25 kg). They’re a peaceful, dignified breed, as well-known for their laziness as they are for forming strong bonds with children and other pets.


5. Chihuahua

Chihuhua; Pixabay

The Chihuahua is one of the smallest dog breeds in existence, weighing no more than 6 pounds (2.7 kg). They love staying in small, dark places, often burrowing under pillows, blankets or clothes, making them ideal for apartments. However, they can be very protective of their owner, which may make them display aggressive behavior at times, therefore they are not suitable for households with small children. Chihuahuas benefit greatly from obedience and socialization training.


6. Chinese Crested

Chinese Crested puppy; PIxabay

The Chinese Crested is a small-sized breed, weighing 10-13 pounds (4.5-5.9 kg). They’re intelligent, obedient, and not a high-energy breed, making them well-suited to apartments.

7. French Bulldog

French Bulldog: Pixabay

The French Bulldog is a small-sized breed, weighing 16-25 pounds (7.3-11.3 kg). They have minimal exercise needs, just a short,daily walk will do. They are calm dogs that do not bark much are thrive in an apartment setting. They also get along well with other dogs and small children. Beware though, they shouldn’t be left alone for more than a few hours as they get separation anxiety and may get destructive.


8. Havanese

Havanese; Pixabay

The Havanese is a toy dog breed, weighing 10-16 pounds (4.5-7.3 kg) and standing 8.5-11 inches (22-29 cm) tall. They’re smart and easily trained, but, as is typical for toy dogs, will need to be trained early to be housebroken. They’re an energetic breed, but small enough that their exercise needs can be met in a small space. Also, they don’t bark much or shed much, making them ideal for apartments. One thing to note is that they’re very affectionate dogs and won’t do well if left alone for long periods of time.

9. Greyhound

Greyhound; Pixabay

The Greyhound is a large-sized breed, weighing 60-88 pounds (27-40 kg). Yes, you read that right, a large dog can be suited to apartment living. Greyhounds are docile, easygoing, calm and downright lazy. Also, they don’t require extended periods of exercise, don’t bark much and getting along well with other pets and children.


10. Lhasa Apso

Lhasa Apso; Pixabay

The Lhasa Apso is a small-sized breed, weighing 14-18 pounds (6.4-8.2 kg). They were bred as indoor dogs, and they’re alert, loyal and want to please their owners. However, they will need early socialization training with other dogs and people.


11. Maltese

Maltese; Pixabay

The Maltese is a small-sized dog, weighing 2.8 pounds (1.27 kg) and standing 8-10 inches (20-25 cm) tall. They were bred to be companion dogs, and although they are lively up to their older years, they prefer to stay indoors and do well in enclosed spaces. They do have a tendency to bark frequently and may be snappish with small children, both of which may be tempered with early obedience & socialization training.

12. Pekingese

Pekingese; Pixabay

The Pekingese is a toy dog breed, typically weighing 7-14 pounds (3.2-6.4 kg). They were bred as both a lap dog and a companion dog, and as such are meant to be indoor dogs. They are affectionate dogs that will require extra attention, and may not get along with other pets. They do have a tendency to bark and may benefit from early obedience training. Also, they may have some health problems related to their unique appearance.


13. Pomeranian

Pomeranian; Pixabay

The Pomeranian is a small-sized breed, weighing 4.2-7.7 (1.9-3.5 kg) and standing 5-11 inches (13-28 cm) tall. They’re a friendly and playful breed, sometimes barking excessively. They are intelligent though, and respond will respond well to early training.


14. Poodle

Poodle; Pixabay

The Poodle comes in three sizes: Standard (more than 15 inches tall), Miniature (10-15 inches)  and Toy (less than 10 inches tall).  They’re known to be a highly intelligent, easy to train, energetic and sociable breed. Miniature and Toy Poodles may not get along well with small children, mainly because they might get hurt be improper handling due to their small size.


15. Pug

Pug puppy; Pixabay

The Pug is a toy dog breed. They’re a playful and sociable breed, able to get along with small children as well. They’re also quite and sensitive dogs, making them the perfect companion in an apartment.


16. Shiba Inu

Shiba Inu; Pixabay

The Shiba Inu is a small-sized breed, weighing 18-22 pounds (8-10 kg) and standing 13-17 inches (33-43 cm) tall. They’re easy to housebreak, and will prefer to keep their coats clean themselves. They are, however, an independent breed, and will do best in a home without other pets or small children.


17. Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu; Pixabay

The Shih Tzu is a toy dog breed, weighing 10-19 pounds (5-8.5 kg). They’re a very affectionate and loyal breed, getting along well with other pets and small children. As with all toy dogs however, their obedience training should begin young.

18. Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier puppies; Pixabay

The Yorkshire Terrier is a toy dog breed, typically weight 7 pounds (3.2 kg). They’re an active, overprotective breed that enjoys attention. They bark a lot but are also smart and easy to train. Yorkies have a lot of energy and will benefit from regular exercise (indoor & outdoors). Also, they’re best suited for homes without very young children.

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