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Living in an apartment doesn't mean you have to give up the dream of having a furry companion by your side. In fact, many dog breeds thrive in smaller living spaces thanks to their size, temperament, and energy levels. Whether you're nestled in a cozy studio or a more spacious multi-bedroom flat, finding the right dog breed can make all the difference in your shared comfort and happiness. In this blog post, we'll introduce you to the top 10 dog breeds that are perfectly suited for apartment living. From the diminutive but lively Chihuahua to the calm and cuddly English Bulldog, these breeds are sure to fit right into your apartment lifestyle, providing companionship without needing a backyard. So, if you’re looking to add a four-legged friend to your apartment life, you're in the right place to find your perfect match!

French Bulldog

French Bulldog: French Bulldog also known as ‘Frenchie’ is a muscular breed with a smooth coat, distinctive bat-like ears, and a charmingly wrinkled face. The breed is highly favoured for apartment living due to its moderate energy level and relatively quiet demeanour. They typically don’t bark much, which is ideal for noise-sensitive living environments. French Bulldogs require lower levels of exercise and are usually content with short walks and plenty of indoor playtime. Their adaptability, manageable size, and loving nature make them perfect companions for those without a garden, looking for a low-maintenance, affectionate dog.

CAvalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel: The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a graceful, affectionate toy breed known for its expressive eyes and beautiful silky coat. Their small size and generally quiet nature, makes them considerate neighbours. They prefer to be in the presence of their human family, making them ideal for environments where owners may be home often. They handle social interactions well, which is a bonus considering the communal aspects of living in a flat. Their exercise needs are moderate, making them perfect for those looking for a lovable and manageable canine companion as a flatmate. 


English Bulldog

English Bulldog: The English Bulldog, with its distinctive wrinkled face, flat nose, and stocky build, is a breed known for its laziness, and gentle nature. This breed is particularly well-suited for apartment living due to its laid-back attitude and moderate exercise needs. They require minimal grooming and are typically content with short walks. They are also known for their loyalty and protective but friendly character which makes them perfect for singles and families alike. Their calm temperament and love of relaxation fits well with an easy going indoor lifestyle, making them ideal for those who do not have access to large outdoor spaces.


Greyhound: Greyhounds, known for their elegant, slim build and the status of being the fastest dog breed, are surprisingly well-suited to live in a flat or apartment despite their athletic nature. These dogs are famously calm and quiet indoors, often described as "couch potatoes,". Greyhounds require relatively little space and are content with a few short walks with occasional zoomies and sprints. Their gentle and easy-going temperament, combined with a low tendency to bark, makes them great neighbours. Their calm nature and modest exercise needs make them perfect for living in smaller, quieter environments.



Pug: The Pug is a small breed with a wrinkly, short-muzzled face and a curled tail, well-known for its charming personality and distinctive looks. Due to their compact size and relatively low exercise requirements they typically do really well in smaller living spaces. Pugs are known for their sociable and gentle nature. They thrive on human interaction and do well when they can remain close to their owners. Their quiet demeanour and chilled out attitude make them ideal for the confined living conditions of an apartment.


Chihuahua: The Chihuahua is a tiny breed famous for its bold and vivacious personality, packed into a petite frame that rarely exceeds 6 pounds. Their small size makes it easy to manage in limited spaces. Chihuahuas require minimal exercise, and indoor activities are often enough to keep them stimulated and content. They are known for their loyalty and can be quite protective, making them excellent companions who are always on alert. Despite their sometimes noisy nature, their minimal space and exercise requirements can make them well suited to live in an flat if you’re looking for a small, energetic, and affectionate pet.

Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu: The Shih Tzu is a small, sturdy toy breed known for its beautiful, flowing coat and sweet, expressive face. Originating from royal Chinese lineage, this breed is characterized by its friendly and affectionate demeanour, making it a popular choice for families and singles alike. They tend to do well living in an apartment with their moderate exercise needs and easy going nature.  They earned the name of ‘velcro dog’ as they love being close to their owner so they’ll do well in households where someone is around most of the times. Their generally quiet behaviour and small size make them ideal for living in smaller spaces where keeping a larger, more active dog might be challenging.


Dachshund: The Dachshund, often called the "sausage dog" due to its long body and short legs, is a breed known for its distinctive silhouette and spirited personality. Originally bred in Germany for hunting, this breed comes in two sizes (standard and miniature) and three coat types (smooth, long-haired, and wire-haired), offering a variety of appearances.

Dachshunds are pretty well-suited to live in a place with no garden. Their small size makes them manageable in compact spaces. They are lively and playful, but their exercise needs can generally be met with regular walks and some indoor mental stimulation, which is convenient if you live in a flat. Dachshunds are alert and often serve as effective watchdogs, making them great for added security in an apartment setting. However, potential owners should be aware that Dachshunds can be stubborn so they need consistent training, and they can often be vocal, which might require some management in noise-sensitive living situations. Overall, their loyalty, protective nature, and manageable size make them an excellent choice for those living in apartments.

Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier: Yorkshire Terriers are known to be spirited with a vibrant personality. They have a long and silky coat which is typically a combination of blue and tan colors. The breed originates in England and was first bred to catch rats in textile mils. Due to their size, they require minimal space to be comfortable and happy. These dogs have a low-shedding, hypoallergenic coat that keeps the apartment clean and is ideal for allergy sufferers. Yorkies have moderate energy levels that are easily managed with some indoor fun and short walks, making them perfect companions for smaller living spaces.


Maltese: The Maltese is a toy breed known for its long, flowing white coat and gentle, aristocratic demeanour. Originating from the Mediterranean island of Malta, the breed has a rich history as a companion dog, admired for its beauty and charm.

Their exercise needs are modest, and they are usually satisfied with short walks, indoor playtime and lots of cuddles. They are also known for their affectionate nature and strong bond with their owners. They are relatively quiet, which is advantageous in settings where noise can be a concern. With their low-shedding coat, they also appeal to those who may be concerned about cleanliness and allergies. Overall, they tend to make excellent pets even if you do not have access to a garden

As a dog professional I am a big advocate of rescue so please consider adopting a pup rather than buying one. There are numerous benefits to having a rescue dog and they'll often come already house trained which makes life so much easier if you don't have a garden. But if you decide to buy a puppy, please ensure you do extensive research and find a reputable breeder to avoid supporting puppy farms and illegal breeding as well as making sure that your puppy is vet checked, healthy and happy. It is a good idea to meet the parents too and assess their temperament. When choosing your dog to live in a limited space it is important to pick a pup that is medium or low energy. If you are a first time dog owner you can always ask a dog professional for advice before choosing your new four-legged flatmate.


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