If you are a dog lover and want to bring your fur baby with you wherever you go, there’s no better place to do that than in an apartment setting. Apartment living makes it easier to own and care for pets because they don’t need much space and are considered low-maintenance pets by most owners. Even so, there are certain dog breeds that may not be suitable for apartment living, such as Labradors or Golden Retrievers.

Here’s the list of the top 7 best dog breeds that can comfortably live in an apartment with their humans.

1) Affenpinscher

The Affenpinscher is a charming and energetic companion. These dogs are extremely affectionate and are always willing to play or cuddle with their owner. They have very short hair that requires little grooming, and they make great watchdogs due to their tendency to bark when strangers are around.

They are small enough to live comfortably in an apartment but also have great stamina that allows them to participate in dog sports such as agility, flyball, Frisbee, obedience and tracking.

These dogs also love being involved with any activity you might be doing, including lounging on your couch or sunbathing on your patio with you by their side.

2) Boston Terrier

This small, terrier-like dog is known for its jolly personality and excellent apartment skills. A combination of devotion and independence make it a popular choice among many owners, but they’re not exactly quiet—the Boston Terrier is actually nicknamed the American gentleman because it generally behaves well in all social situations.

That said, they love being active, so expect to give them a daily walk or two if you want them to be happy. If you don’t want to walk your dog every day, consider a breed that will do better with less exercise. Plus, even though it may only weigh about 20 pounds when fully grown, a Boston Terrier needs lots of space because it has long legs that need to stretch out from time to time.

3) Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

If you live in a condo, apartment or any other type of dwelling that doesn’t allow dogs to run free, it may seem like a no-brainer to get a lap dog. But there are a lot of people who prefer dogs with more stamina. If you fall into that category, your best bet is to go with a sporting dog breed like the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

Although these pooches don’t require a lot of outdoor exercise, they love to play—especially fetch and other games where they can chase after balls and toys! They make ideal pets if you live on one floor (no stairs!) and have time to take them out often during their waking hours.

4) Chihuahua

The quiet, calm nature of a Chihuahua makes it a great choice for apartment living. Because Chihuahuas are so small, they are also easy to transport from one place to another. The lifespan of a Chihuahua can be anywhere from 10-20 years long. Even though these dogs may only weigh about 5 pounds at maturity, they are still not recommended for young children as their backs can easily be injured.

A Chihuahua is the perfect pick for an older child or adult who wants a dog that will stay small and maintain a calm demeanor. However, since the breed has been known to bark more than other breeds, it may not be best for people with neighbors on either side of them.

5) Poodle

A medium-sized breed with a long, straight, flat coat and a curly pompon tail. All types of poodles were bred to work, including retrieving waterfowl from cold waters—making them ideal apartment dogs who love to swim!

Poodles are also good for families with children because they're naturally affectionate and friendly toward people, as well as other animals. Although all sizes of poodle can make excellent apartment dogs, standard poodles tend to be larger than miniature poodles and may be too active for some living spaces.

In addition, if you live in a high-rise building or condominium complex where dogs aren't allowed outside on balconies or patios (or even decks), your poodle will have fewer outdoor opportunities than you may want.

6) Toy Fox Terrier

The Toy Fox Terrier is a spunky, little dog that adapts well to small spaces. The American Kennel Club describes it as intelligent and alert, which helps when living in cramped quarters. It's strong enough to keep your home safe from intruders and affectionate enough to become part of your family (source).

If you're looking for a devoted companion without space limitations, consider a Fox Terrier. These terriers are bright and loyal. They need plenty of exercise, but they don't require acres of yard space to fulfill their energy needs. And if the toy doesn't suit your taste, there are other Fox Terrier varieties with larger size or different coat colors.

All would make excellent pets for someone living in an apartment.

7) Yorkie

Although he’s a small dog, Yorkies are known to be fearless. That makes them great watchdogs and they tend to prefer owners who aren’t afraid to take charge. This breed is also good with other pets and children. English Bulldog: Bulldogs will stick with you through thick and thin – literally!

They are known as extremely loyal companions but it’s important to note that they won’t do well left alone all day while you’re at work. This breed is known to get down in the dumps if they don't get enough affection or physical activity each day. Maltese: These little dogs have a huge following, no doubt due their loyalty, intelligence and friendly disposition towards children and strangers alike.

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Written by Himanshu Tripathi

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