Dog-Blog - Top Lists

Best Dog Breeds for Apartments or Flat Dwellers

It is possible for some dog breeds to live quite happily with their owner(s) in a flat or apartment.
Any dogs living in apartments or flats will need some form of daily exercise . For small and “Toy” breeds this can be minimal they often can get by with chasing a toy around the apartment. Bigger dogs must however visit outdoors daily for walks, runs, or games; a flat apartment is fine for sleeping and eating, but don’t leave them there all day. Ideal breeds usually have laid-back personalities with a generally quiet nature and tend not to bark excessively.

Bichon Frise -
Good natured small dogs that make excellent pets.Very bright and easy trainers. Attractive and distinctive with a predominately white coat and a pocket-sized appeal, they do not need particularly long walks and make excellent gentle and loving companions. Easily bonded and sociable, mix well with families and other pets

Boston Terriers -
Small impressive looking dogs who often prefer the company of their owners to other dogs and are often content to snooze at your feet. Not demanding with a gentle demeanour. They are gentle, friendly and intelligent dogs who are easily housetrained. Make good watchdogs without being yappy. They require little grooming just, the occasional brushing.

Cairn Terrier
The cairn is typical terrier; plucky, spirited, inquisitive, hardy, clever, stubborn and scrappy. An ideal pet it is responsive to its owner's wishes with a desire to please. It enjoys playing with children and is tough enough to withstand some rough friendly play.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel -
A generally playful dog that likes human company, but are sometimes reserved, not aggresive, with strangers. Affectionate and devoted to owners and children, good with other pets and friendly towards unfamiliar dogs, thrives on human contact and will love being part of your family making an ideal choice for flat-dwellers.

Chihuahua -
Alert, spirited, bold little dog that is also friendly and affectionate.Devoted to owners and usually good with children and other pets Chihuahuas have strong personalities and tend to bond with one adult. Their tiny size makes them easy to handle, a great indoor dog and ideal companion.

Available as long or short haired varieties, Small but active little dogs. Friendly with family and other pets but can become a "one man dog". Playful, friendly, brave and fearless. An ideal flat dweller but does need daily walking.

Maltese -
The Maltese is a tiny, docile toy breed that is extremely affectionate and loves to be pampered, it is among the gentlest mannered of all little dogs, and its trust and responsiveness are appealing. Bright, alert and easy to train, they love to play fetch and learn tricks. They do not shed but require regular brushing to keep their coats from matting. Like other non-shedding dogs, they are a good choice for allergy sufferers. A good pet in limited accommodation, the Maltese's exercise needs are minimal, ideal lap dog.

Miniature Poodle -
The miniature poodle is lively, amiable, playful, eager to please, responsive and obedient making it one of the most popular varieties of dog. Quite sensitive, tending to be devoted to one person, may be reserved with strangers. It is good with children, other pets and dogs. Some tend to bark a lot. Will play happily indoors but does require daily walks and exercise.

Miniature Schnauzer
Feisty, independent, brave, curious dogs that are constantly busy, Intelligent and easy to train, affectionate and playful makes them a good family dog easy to train and good with children and other animals

Papillon -
A small pretty and lively dog ideal as a companion or as a loving easily socialised dog for families Its beautiful coat is prone to frequent shedding and needs to be combed at least daily. These dogs make wonderful lapdogs, and they are relatively quiet, compared to other small breeds.They are small and easily trained making them ideal pets

Pekingese -
Small affectionate little dogs with long silky coats and a shortened pug like face. They are affectionate but have independent personalities. Pekingese usually get along well with other dogs and people, but may be wary of strangers. They need regular grooming but require little exercise making them ideal dogs for indoors..

Pomeranian -
These vivacious, extrovert little dogs will bring a smile to any face, although sometimes they can be noisy but do make good watchdogs. They just love to snuggle up and nap in a person's lap. They usually prefer adults to children and get along well with other pets. They are intelligent, feisty dogs and have a low need for exercise. Despite having fluffy coats they do not need much grooming. A small dog that makes it a popular choice for flats
Pug -
A small dog that is sociable, homely, companionable and friendly , their playful and clownish nature makes them ideal family pets.
Not overly intelligent which means patience is required when training..Has a low exercise requirement but can be high-energy dogs that love to cuddle and sit in our lap. Can shed quite a bit which mighy require regular grooming.

Shih-Tzu -
Active, friendly, alert little dogs with an independent nature. Affectionate and devoted to their owners, good with children and other animals. They live for human companionship; and have a have a sweet, gentle disposition. Requiring little exercise they are a popular choice for apartment owners.

West Highland Terrier -
Very popular pets, active and playful they can sometimes be feisty and independent but they are also highly affectionate lapdogs (unusual for Terriers)l.
Alert dogs they make good watchdogs.
Affectionate and loyal towards owners and great with children if raised with them. Friendly with strangers and other dogs.

Wire Hair Fox Terrier
Very terrier like, quick, alert and feisty. Freindly, extrovert, curious and often quite stubborn. Moderately easy to train, good with kids and great watchdogs but can be aggressive with other dogs.

Yorkshire Terrier -
Small but feisty, tenacious and courageous. Popular dogs that are intelligent and easy to train, learning commands quickly .They love human companionship without being too clingy bit often enjoy being a lapdog.Good with children and strangers. Very affectionate and loyal. Their long coat needs brushing but can be trimmed to a shorter length for ease of maintenance. They do not shed and are good low-allergy dogs.

Some dog breeds should not be considered as pets if you are a flat dweller

Aggressive guard dog breeds

Active high energy dogs

Breeds that tend to not mix socially with other pets or people.

Excessive barkers, yappers or howlers.



















| home | contact | links | site map |