Best Small Dog Breeds for Apartment Living

Best Small Dog Breeds for Apartment Living

Posted by Lennypads on 24th May 2022

If you’re living in an apartment and ready to add a furry pup roommate to your life, you may want to consider a small dog breed. Big dog breeds tend to require a lot of energy and space and may find it difficult to live in small spaces. However, small dog breeds with high energy tend to be satisfied with indoor playtime or a brisk walk.

You'll also want to consider the pup’s temperament, making sure they refrain from constant barking and are polite when meeting other people in the lobby, in the elevator, or on the stairs.

With everything considered, we have compiled a list of five small dog breeds perfect apartment living.

1.Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise looks like a small poodle. They are a great family dog and are recommended for those with allergies due to the breed’s lack of shedding. The Bichon Frise is a great small dog breed for apartments and gets along well with other animals and people. They are high in energy so only consider the Bichon Frise if you have time for indoor games, bonding activities, and daily walks.

2.French Bulldog

The French Bulldog likes to play as much as it likes to lay. French Bulldogs are known for thriving on human contact which makes them great for families. When owning a French Bulldog one must be firm, patient, and consistent with a creative flair in training, otherwise, the dog will get bored.

3.Coton De Tulear

Coton De Tulear are bred to be human companions. This small dog breed is best suited for empty nesters, people who work from home, and retirees in apartments. The Coton De Tulear is a flexible traveler and will adapt to your needs. The breed likes to go for walks and inside games will easily satisfy a Coton De Tulear’s exercise needs.


Similar to the Coton De Tulear, the Havanese enjoy sticking close to their owner’s side and have the nickname ‘velcro dog’. The breed is super affectionate toward other dogs, children, cats, and strangers. The velcro dog is 100% a house dog and adapts well in apartments. Versatile and wonderful, they do best if someone’s home during the day to keep company.

5.Shih Tzu

The Shih Tzu’s size, adaptability, personality, and friendliness make it one of the best dog breeds for apartments. Whether you’re in the suburbs or city, this small dog breed will accompany you for couch cuddles every time. This breed is outgoing and loves a meet and greet with friends and strangers.

No matter the breed you choose, be prepared to fall heads over heels in love with your new companion!

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For more resources on dog breeds and apartment living, visit:

American Kennel Club: Best Dogs for Apartments

ASPCA: Apartment Living with Dogs