Living in a small space and bringing a pet into the situation can be a challenge. But just because you have a tiny home or small apartment doesn’t mean you can’t get an animal to share your life with. In fact, you don’t even have to compromise on the size of the animal.
Some people will opt for cats or small dogs even if they would prefer a larger breed, but there are lots of dog breeds of all sizes that can do well in small spaces. Some of the largest dog breeds on the planet are also some of the biggest couch potatoes. And on the other end of the spectrum, there are small dogs that are more prone to barking and aggression, while others are calmer and more suited to living in close proximity to others in an apartment and in a smaller space in general.
Here are ten examples of dogs of all shapes and sizes that do well in small living situations. Some of the bigger ones might just surprise you!
Let’s start with a medium-sized pup. Weighing in at about 60 pounds on his stubby legs, the basset hound is everybody’s favorite lazy doggo, and he’ll certainly live up to his reputation when you invite him into your apartment. He’s a calm boy and will be easily kept busy with treats, toys, and attention. Get ready to love on those long floppy ears as you lounge on the couch with your new friend, and be sure to buy him a red wagon to pull him around in just for fun!
For those who prefer a smaller breed, the Yorkshire Terrier may be the way to go. This adaptable seven-pound critter isn’t going to take up much space in your apartment, and he’s also a good choice for many people with pet allergies, because his hair is very similar to human hair. As small dogs go, this one is pretty friendly toward pets and people and doesn’t tend to be a barker, making him the perfect addition to your apartment.
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The Newfoundland is a very large dog breed, but it’s also known for being extremely relaxed and friendly, as well as very smart and trainable. Your Newfie will be very good with kids and neighbors, but its stature makes it a good dog for keeping unwanted attention at bay. The Newfoundland is great for families with young kids or single people.
The Maltese only weighs around nine pounds and comes with the added bonus of less dog hair to clean up than most breeds, thanks to its silky coat and lack of undercoat. He’s also a quiet boy who desires lots of time with his owner, so he’s a great apartment dog, especially if you’re going to be around a lot.
Whether you prefer the smaller 20-pound French bulldog or its larger cousin, the 45- to 55-pound English bulldog, bulldogs are generally relaxed and lazy creatures who love cuddling up on the couch and don’t desire to spend all day long at the dog park. Their calm demeanor makes them the perfect type of dog for living in small space, particularly an apartment.
On the next page, find more great small-space dogs, including our largest breed, which weighs about 130 pounds!
Elizabeth Nelson is a wordsmith, an alumna of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, a four-leaf-clover finder, and a grammar connoisseur. She has lived in west Michigan since age four but loves to travel to new (and old) places. In her free time, she. . . wait, what’s free time?
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