10 Best Dogs for Apartments

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Bichon Frise

The AKC calls Bichon Frise attractive canine comedians "charming and smart. Despite their lively natures, Bichons don't mind noisy neighbors or outside traffic.

French Bulldogs

Since they don't bark and need minimal activity, French and English bulldogs are good apartment dogs. They're laid-back, couch-loving dogs.

Yorkshire Terriers

Yorkies are independent, so if you want a dog to be alone as you go to work or out of the apartment, this might be the perfect breed for you.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

As long as they receive some quality outside time on weekends, their small size and moderate energy levels make them suitable for apartment living.


Chihuahuas are great for small apartments. This small dog has a big personality. They also need little activity and can be potty trained to utilize a pee pad or tiny outside area.


Nonetheless, these dogs require grooming. Their long, silky fur "help avoid matting and tangles. Baths, coat conditioning, and nail trims will also help.

Basset Hound

Basset Hounds, known for their large, floppy ears and low bodies, are couch potatoes. They need daily exercise, and a moderate stroll will do.

Toy Poodle

Poodles are smart and easy to teach. Moving regularly requires this characteristic.

Miniature Schnauzer

Miniature Schnauzers are terrific all-around pets. They are "healthy, long-lived, low-shedding, and sociable, making them perfect with kids.

Shih Tzu

Shih Tzus like watching TV in your lap. They don't need much outside area because they were raised in Chinese palaces. A little stroll and apartment play are plenty.

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