The Best Puppies for Apartments

Apartment puppiesThere’s a large number of people in bigger cities living in apartments. Surely, almost everyone agrees that it’s nice to have someone or something to come home to at the end of a hard day at work. This is where most people look towards getting a pet.  Puppies are often not thought of as a great choice for an apartment pet. With enough stimulation, like exercise and chew toys, Many breeds thrive in an apartment setting. Sure, there is a lot of training that goes along with it. Boh for you and your new puppy. That’s why today I thought I’d do a little article on the best puppies for apartments.

What are the best puppies for apartments?

When I think about the best puppies for apartments, I think of a couple of characteristics.


I would think that the best apartment puppy is on the smaller side. Hey, Eric. Puppies are small. Just like children are small. Yeah, Einstein. I get that, but a small Labrador puppy, no matter how cute and pudgy he is, grows into a 140-pound behemoth in about a year. And talk about energy! you better be ready to put in some miles to tucker him out! Small means small. A dog that fills your living room when fully grown do not make the best puppies for apartments.


Apartments mean neighbors. And in most apartment buildings, thin walls. I remember one apartment I lived in where we became all too aware of the trials and tribulations of a little girl named Sasha. And another where a young Chinese girl was relentlessly pursuing her love of the saxophone…poorly. You and your puppy do not want to be another person’s apartment nightmare. And if they aren’t as nice as me, They may try to get you evicted. Get a quiet puppy.

Other things to consider

We’ve always been told that dogs need plenty of exercise and that they need to be walked and played with constantly, else they’ll get bored or become sad; however, a pet puppy in the apartment can be a lovely addition if you keep the breed, training, and exercise involved in mind. Plenty of dogs don’t need acres to run on, and plenty more are fine in compact spaces such as a flat. As long as the breed doesn’t need much exercise, isn’t vocal (or is easily trainable), and is fine with meeting strangers often, keeping a dog inside an apartment isn’t as big a hassle as it would seem. Shedding is dependent more on you than anything, as the more a dog sheds, the more you’ll have to clean your space, and, due to a smaller area, there’s more of an impact than in a bigger house.


When thinking of breed, the required exercise and overall temperament are the most important, next to the noise level. Smaller lazier dogs work best, as you can figure. This includes breeds such as Pugs, Chihuahuas, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Bichon Frises, as well as various terriers and toy breeds. Although bigger breeds might seem an odd choice, some such as bulldogs and standard poodles work well, too. And, even though greyhounds are known to be racing dogs and great Danes are massive, these breeds make wonderful apartment companions as well due to their laziness and ability to be distant enough from their owners so as to not miss you too much when you are gone.

What are the rules of the apartment complex

The guidelines for owning a dog in an apartment varies and depends upon state laws and individual landlords. Some may only allow service animals (which aren’t considered pets). Some may require an additional monthly payment. And some may openly accept pets of all kinds. It’s best to ask your landlord what the conditions are, if any, on keeping a pet in your apartment, especially a dog. And, if you aren’t in an apartment yet but are looking to move into one, you can search for pet-friendly ones if you plan on getting a dog whilst you’re there.

I’ll just sneak one in

If you’re wanting to try sneaking a pet into your apartment, let alone something like a dog, good luck with that. It’s easier and better to tell your landlord. Be upfront about getting a dog. Don’t risk the inevitable of someone finding out and you have to move or give up your best friend. It can be a difficult situation. It is easier to avoid if you search for pet-friendly apartments in the first place. Getting a pup and scrambling to find a new place to live in time so you aren’t homeless would suck. And you don’t have to find a new place for your companion.

Puppies are a lifelong commitment

Although obvious enough, extra costs will occur when getting and owning a dog. Not just from the food and vet bills you now have to take care of. Be aware that cost may be an issue as not all landlords allow tenants to keep pets without paying an extra monthly pet payment(?). This depends on if you have a landlord that allows pets to begin with. Depending on the breed and features of your apartment, you may need to spend money to puppy proof a balcony. Or hire a dog walker to stop by in the middle of the day to let your canine friend out for a walk.

Many things need to be considered before bringing your new friend into your apartment. Even if the landlord gives the go ahead. The square footage and overall space of the place, whether you’ll need to dog proof some things, how much time you’ll be able to spend with your pet, how often you could take them out, how quiet they need to be because of the paper thin walls… It can seem overwhelming. But taking it one step at a time and doing careful research is a good approach. The time you can spend and the trainability of the dog are what you should focus on.


best puppies for apartmentsSome extra items you will need to keep in mind are professional dog walkers, Chew toys, possible training items (crate, collars, etc.), and possible puppy turf. Dog walkers come in handy only needed if your dog absolutely can’t hold it and needs let out while you’re away. The training items needed depend on how you plan to train your pet. Turf is a good solution for your dog relieving himself in the apartment, as it can be put in the shower while you’re gone, he can be taught to use it, it’s easily to clean, and it’s more like natural grass so as to not confuse your dog (regular puppy pads may feel too much like carpet).

Unless you stay home all the time, I recommend a toy box. A dog always needs a few toys. If left alone for long periods of time, puppies boredom sets in. This might lead to behavior problems such as chewing on furniture. To combat this, they need access to plenty of stimulating toys while you’re away. That way, they can play to their heart’s content. And don’t forget about flea and tick control. You don’t need an infestation in your apartment

Wrap up

Puppies can be a wonderful addition to your studio rental apartment if given the care and attention they need. You may have to wait to find the right building to accept pets. It might be necessary to work things out with your landlord. If you take the time to select one of the best puppies for apartments and take proper care of it, it can be your BFFF – best furry friend forever.


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