What Are the Best Dog Breeds For a Small Apartment? | NONAGON.style
These Small Dog Breeds Are the Best For Your Small Apartment

These Small Dog Breeds Are the Best For Your Small Apartment

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on April 6th 2018
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Dogs are known to be man’s best friend, but we reckon they’re pretty good companions for women, too! Are you thinking of getting a dog? One of the biggest concerns for keeping a pet is where do I find the space?


Before getting a dog, there are some important things to consider relating to your apartment:

  • Does your apartment allow dogs?
  • Will the dog be left alone in the apartment for long periods of time?
  • Are your walls thin; will neighbors hear a lot of barking?
  • How much space do you have for a dog?
  • Have you calculated the real costs of owning a dog?


Many dogs require a lot of exercise and space to run around – which an apartment just doesn’t offer. Familiarize yourself with these dogs breeds before going to your local pet rescue centre, and keep your eyes open for one of these smaller pups for your small pad.

Bichon Frise


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It’s no surprise that this breed is a popular pet choice, given their cheerful temperament! They like to socialize and go out on outings. They’re also considered a good option for people with allergies, as their coat doesn’t shed.


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Pugs were originally bred to be lapdogs, they are small dogs that don’t require too much room. In this colorful basement studio apartment in Taiwan, you’ll see just where a pug fits into place!

Yorkshire Terrier

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These guys get a bad rap because of their yap. These toy dogs pack a personality in their small frame, and the barking can be sorted out pretty early with effective training. They’re small, don’t shed, and don’t require too much exercise – making them much more suitable for an apartment compared to larger breeds. You can see more of this terrier and her ceramic dog bowls here.

Toy Fox Terrier

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These dogs were bred down from Smooth Fox Terriers to be suitable to being carried around, and to cuddle with. But they still have the same energy and fearless characteristics of the terrier family! These comical and playful dogs can be suspicious of strangers and other animals, so be warned if there are other dogs in the apartment building.

Shih Tzu

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These loyal dogs are sometimes known as Chinese Lion Dogs. However the name confused a lot of people into thinking they might be related to lions, so many breeders adopted the nickname Chrysanthemum Dogs. These dogs were bred for their loyalty and affection, with their ancestors a favorite in Chinese royal courts, and featuring in tapestries dating back 2,000 years.


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These small dogs don’t require much space, often given the nickname teacup dogs for their small stature. However, these little dogs bark a lot, so do consider how sound proofed your apartment is when considering if a chihuahua is right for you!

Don’t forget that all dogs have different personalities, even between breeds. When you’re looking to find the right dog for you, consider how much time you really have for taking care of a dog, and consider fostering first to see how it works for you. Remember there are a lot of puppies waiting for a home at the animal shelter, so you don’t need to buy one from the pet store.


Did we miss any out? Leave a comment below to let us know which dog breed you think works best in a small apartment.


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