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Our Top 5 Pick for Best Small Dog Breeds for Apartment Living

If you are craving the companionship of a dog, but live in a small apartment, all is not lost. Many breeds of dogs adapt well to apartment living. Here our Mooresville vets share their top 5 list of dogs that adapt well to apartment living.

Finding a Great Apartment Dog

Just because you live in an apartment doesn't mean that you are confined to cats, birds, or rodents for pets. Many dog breeds come in compact sizes with a host of apartment-friendly traits. Here are just a few to help you find the best dog for your apartment lifestyle.

Affectionate & Smart - The French Bulldog

Height: 11 - 13 inches
Weight: Less than 28lbs
Life Expectancy: 10 - 12 years

Also known as the 'Frenchie' this affectionate, playful, and intelligent dog is even-tempered and absolutely charming. Their sleek smooth coat, muscular body, flat nose and bat ears give this dog a recognizable look that you just can't help but love.

French bulldogs make a great pet for singles, couples or even families living in apartments. With low exercise requirements and minimal barking, it's easy to see why. These small dogs crave companionship and love spending time with their people, children and other pets.

Charming & Playful - The Shih Tzu

Height: 9-11 inches
Weight: 9-16lbs
Life Expectancy: 10-18 years

Get a Shih Tzu and you'll be giggling every day. These little dogs are the perfect size for apartment life, and are brimming with fun-loving character! While their lustrous coat does require a fair amount of grooming to keep it looking beautiful, you won't regret a minute of the effort.

Although these little guys do enjoy barking, they are friendly with strangers, children and other pets and don't require much exercise to stay healthy and happy. Shih Tzus simply adore curling up on their owner's lap to be petted and adored. 

Playful & Devoted - The Hairless Chinese Crested

Height: 11-13 inches
Weight: 8-12 pounds
Life expect: 13-18 years

If you're looking for a dog that will adjust well to apartment living and doesn't shed or smell 'doggie', the Hairless Chinese Crested is the dog for you! These adorable dogs have a hairless body with spotted skin, and fluffy tufts of fur on their head, feet and tail.

Chinese Crested dogs are incredibly devoted to their people and will follow their owners around from room to room. This is the ideal breed for people who work from home, not those who are out for several hours each day. Fun and with very little need for outdoor exercise, these dogs are ideal for apartment living.

Bold & Curious - The Dachshund

Height: Miniature 5-6 inches | Standard  8-9 inches
Weight: Miniature under 11 lbs | Standard 16-32 lbs
Life Expectancy: 12-16 years

Immediately recognizable, whether you call this breed a 'sausage dog', 'Weiner dog', 'Dashie' or 'Doxie' the dachshund is the perfect size and personality for apartment living. This breed is available in two apartment-friendly sizes (standard and miniature) and three different styles of coat (from smooth to long and luxurious).

Their tiny legs mean that they do not require (or tolerate) very much exercise, although this breed does have a relatively strong prey drive that can lead them to behave rashly or be stubborn. While they can be somewhat difficult to train these curious dogs to get along well with kids and other dogs.

Mischievous & Loving - The Pug

Height: 10-13 inches
Weight: 14-18 lbs
Life Expectancy: 13-15 years 

Pugs adore their people and love to be cuddled. These solid little dogs are an ideal breed for apartment dwellers! Typically very quiet,  pugs are happy to lounge around at home and just hang out with their people.

Playful and loyal, these dogs are very social and require lots of social activity with their people, children or other dogs. Their laid-back and lazy personality does make them prone to weight gain so it's essential to be careful of their diet in order to keep them healthy.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

If you have a new puppy or rescue dog be sure to take them to your vet for a wellness examination. Our Mooresville vets provide guidance and the highest quality of veterinary care during your puppy's critical first year of life. Contact us for more information about caring for your new pet.

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