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8 Best Dogs for Small Apartments

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Living in an apartment you may think that you don’t have many options when it comes to choosing a dog. In reality, there are several options for dogs that do very well in smaller spaces. Finding the perfect dog for apartment dwellers is easy as long as you keep in mind the size of the dog, its energy/noise level, and friendliness. To help make the choice easier, here’s a list of the 8 best dogs for apartments.

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Basenji

The Basenji is a smaller dog weighing around 25lbs and is widely known as a bark-less dog, making it a good option for apartments. A few walks a day will keep the dog's energy levels balanced and even though they don't bark they do make a yodel type noise, so they aren't completely quiet but still aren't considered noisy dogs.

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Boston Terrier

Another smaller dog that is great for apartments is the Boston terrier. These very friendly and affectionate dogs can do well in smaller spaces with their temperament being neighbor-friendly. They do need to release some energy daily but overall they’re a great pick.

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Bulldog

Bulldogs are pretty much known for their laziness which makes them a good fit for apartment living. They do not require a ton of exercise and are perfectly content to lounge around all day. Bulldogs grow to be about 18" tall and around 50lbs, still making them a perfect size for

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Chihuahua

These tiny dogs do very well in smaller homes and are great companions to their owners. Chihuahua's also don't need a ton of exercise but can sometimes be wary of strangers. If properly trained, a chihuahua can be friendly and quiet making them a top option.

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French Bulldog

Originally bred to be a smaller version of the English bulldog, these pups are fantastic apartment dogs. They’re a smaller breed with the same lazy characteristics of their larger version and don't bark often. They love being around their owners and are typically super friendly.

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Greyhound

Surprisingly, this large breed dog actually does great in smaller homes. Greyhounds are known to be big couch potatoes and are perfectly content to snooze the day away in a sunny spot. Even though they’re mellow, they do require daily exercise and are great good-natured dogs.

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Miniature Pinscher

These confident little dogs are packed with a ton of personality. "Min Pin's" do very well in apartments serving as great little watchdogs but still need daily exercise to maintain energy levels. It’s also important to socialize them at an early age with humans and dogs as they can sometimes become too protective.

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Poodle

Poodles are excellent apartment dogs, especially the toy and miniature-sized versions. Standard poodles can become quite large but can still do well in smaller homes. These extremely intelligent and highly trainable dogs are another great option for apartment living.

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