Just because you live in an apartment, tiny house, or other small space doesn’t mean you can’t own a dog. If your heart is set on an enormous breed like a Burmese Mountain Dog or a very active breed like a Great Dane, you might want to reconsider (or be prepared to make some big changes to your home and/ or lifestyle). But there are plenty of apartment-friendly dogs that are usually smaller and less active, and are perfectly happy living in a smaller space.

What qualities should we look for in apartment-friendly dogs?

For one, most of them are small in size. In addition, many of them are laid back, low-shed, and known for being polite and quiet (something your neighbors will thank you for when they see you in the elevator or lobby or hear you through the walls). The most important thing when choosing a dog is to select the breed that’s right for you and your lifestyle.

Here are some of our favorite apartment-friendly dogs (in no particular order):

1. Bichon Frise

Everyone loves these charming little cuties!! Bichons are not only quick learners, they are also hypoallergenic, making them great companions even for those with allergies. Since they weigh only about 15 pounds, you won’t even mind carrying them up to your fifth floor walk up.

2. Maltese

These Mediterranean fluffy white dogs are on the smaller size, even on this list of smaller dog breeds. Where else are you going to find so much companionship and playfulness in a dog under 7 pounds?! (Forget apartment-sized, he’s PURSE-sized!). And if you had your heart set on a fluffier dog, a Maltese might be a good option, because they rarely shed.

3. French Bulldog

Another fan favorite, especially among millennials (my friend swears you can tell how high the rent is in a neighborhood just by the number of Frenchies!). In fact, it’s the most popular small dog in America right now. They’re obviously adorable, rarely bark, and a brisk walk each day is all the exercise they need.

4. Boston Terrier

If you like French Bulldogs but want something a little different (less stubborn & lazy, maybe??) a Boston Terrier might be a good choice. They are a little smaller and thinner than Frenchies, but have just as much personality.

5. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Perhaps the most underrated apartment-friendly dog breed. Not only are they adorable, but they are super affectionate and will find their place in your heart (and your lap!). They usually weigh between 13-18 pounds, so they make a great choice for even the smallest studio apartment. Just make sure to take them on their daily walk around the block and give them lots and lots of affection.

6. Pug

These little guys make up for in personality what they lack in size. Pugs are small and loving, making them a natural choice for an apartment-friendly dog breed. They can be a little mischievous, and don’t do very well in extreme temperatures, so be prepared to keep an eye on them.

7. Dachshund

Another small dog who sometimes likes to bark. But he also loves to be around people and has a ton of personality and spunk. He’s a classic city dog for a reason.

8. Shih Tzu

If you have kids or other dogs, Shih Tzus make a great choice for an apartment-friendly dog breed. They are super affectionate and friendly, just little furry sweethearts. And we promise, they’ll be very happy in your apartment, even if it’s not the Chinese palace they were originally bred to inhabit.

9. Yorkies!

Here’s another little apartment-friendly dog who can fit right in your bag (which is the rule if you want to take your pup on the NYC subway!). Yorkshire Terriers are also very affectionate and energetic. Just don’t neglect them or they might get annoyed with you!

10. German Spitz

These little ones may fit in your apartment, but your neighbors may not be happy about it. They do tend to bark, especially at strangers, but at least that makes them good watchdogs! But, their adorable fox-like faces and eagerness to please may just win everyone over in the end. (And if yours does bark a lot, try our tips on how to get your dog to stop barking.)

11. English bulldog

Even though bulldogs are a little bigger than most of the apartment-friendly dogs on this list, he is calm and lazy enough to be very happy in a smaller space. Bulldogs are a great option if you really want a larger dog but live in a smaller space or don’t have a yard. He’s also loyal and will protect you, just watch out for his stubborn side.

12. Corgi

These pups have a lot of personality and are becoming increasingly popular. Who wouldn’t love a dog known for its fluffy butt?! Corgis are affectionate and loving, but they might also try to herd other animals or even small children. With a little bit of training, they should be just fine and will learn to put their energy elsewhere.

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