A friend called me the other day with a common concern- she wants to adopt a dog but has a smallish apartment with no outdoor space. And it seems she’s having a problem with dog shelters (which apparently is not a new problem).
So let’s look into this- is it really such a terrible thing to have a dog in a small apartment (hint, no it’s not).
Putting aside the fact that there are far too many dogs looking for loving homes, let’s turn to the experts.
The main consensus seems to be that it’s not the dog itself, or the size, but rather the breed that matters. Some breeds are just more adapt to smaller spaces. This is linked to energy levels and what we’re going to call barking potential.
Dogtime has a listing of breeds that adapt well to apartment living (from big to small):
- Yorkshire Terrier
- Boston Terrier
- French Bulldog
- Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
- English Bulldog
- Basset Hound
- American Staffordshire terrier
- Great Danes
This isn’t to say that other breeds won’t suffice. And each dog has their own personality and quirks. You can have the most energetic pooch in small place- just make the time to make sure they get plenty of energy.
If you are making the leap, or already have here are some top tips for cohabitation with your dog:
- Establish a routine to minimize ‘accidents’
- If you have behavioral issues (such as barking or chewing on furniture) get a good trainer to help
- Hire a dog walker to give you some peace of mind
- Place a chair or bench by a window to allow your pup to jump up and look outside
- Create a space that’s theirs, with a comfy bed and their toys
- And of course, if you are renting don’t forget to double check with your landlord!
More about breeds here and here