11 Best Apartment Dog Breeds For People with Small Places and Big Hearts

No Lawn?  Small space?  No problem.  If you live in an apartment and are looking to adopt a dog, the Best breeds and characteristics of dogs can work well in cozy settings.

  What are the best apartment dog breeds?  Each pet is an individual, and dogs, both large and small, can do quite well in apartments or a small home.  The ones who tend to thrive, however, are usually the ones who lean towards the calm and quiet side.

1#Bichon Frise

Other Names: Bichon Tenerife, Tenerife Dog, Bichon a Poil Frise
Dog Group Kennel Club: Toy (KC GB)

General Profile
The Bichon Frise is a small, well balanced, solid dog, that are well known for their cute “powder-puff” look. They have a white-colored double coat which is loosely curled. The textured outer coat is lined with a soft, fine, silky undercoat. Bichons have dark eyes, nose, and lips which beautifully contrast with their white coats. Their tails carry over their back.
Bichons can be shown clipped like a poodle or long-haired with clippings only at the feet and muzzle.

Weight: 7-12 pounds

Average life expectancy: 12 – 15 years

Bichons are lively happy little dogs that have a cute and cuddly appeal to them. They are friendly, bold intelligent dogs with an independent spirit. They adore people and love to be involved in family life. They are well suited for children and other dogs and animals making them ideal family pets.

Bichons are intelligent so are relatively easy to train. As with most toy breeds, however, they can be difficult to house train.

The Bichon sheds little to no hair and is good for allergy suffers. Their coats are also virtually odor-free. These two above points do not mean bichon is easy to maintain. They require daily careful brushing of their coats to prevent matting and subsequent skin problems. Professional grooming is also recommended every 4 weeks to keep their coats trimmed. The eye area needs to be regularly cleaned to prevent tear staining.

Bichon’s, although having low exercise requirements, do love their walks. They should have a daily short walk to keep them fit and healthy.

2#French Bulldog

Other Names: Frenchies
Dog Group Kennel Club: Utility KC (GB)

General Profile

The French Bulldog has a slightly smaller, less boxy head and fewer wrinkles than their cousin the British Bulldog, and are easily recognized by their trademark “bat” ears. They have a short, fine, and smooth coat. Colors include brindle (which can have white but is mostly brindle), pied (mostly white), and fawn

Weight: 22 – 28 lbs

Life Expectancy: 11 – 13 yrs

French Bulldogs are happy, friendly, loyal, affectionate, comical little dogs who love human attention. They can become destructive if left alone for long periods of time. They love to be adored, get along with children and other animals making them ideal family pets. Though small in size, they are far from being fragile compared to other small breeds. French bulldogs make good watch dogs. All bulldogs have short airways so be prepared for some loud snoring.

French Bulldogs are intelligent and can be trained fairly easily. However they can become extremely stubborn, so it is best to start training in early puppy hood. Training should be positive and consistent.

Grooming is minimal, a brush once a week with be adequate to keep the coat healthy and free from dead hairs. Nose wrinkles must be checked and cleaned at least 4 times a week to prevent infection. Ears must be cleaned, and nails be trimmed on a regular basis.

They do not require long walks, a few shorter ones every day will be enough. Care needs to be taken when walking in hot weather as Frenchies are heat sensitive. See below for details.

French Bulldogs love to eat, so their diet should be monitored to keep them from becoming overweight.

3#Bassett Hound

Other Names: Bassett
Dog Group Kennel Club: Hound (KC GB)

General Profile

A Basset Hound has a long, low-slung, heavy-boned body. They were originally used as scent hounds, for hunting small game such as rabbits. Bassett’s have long ears, which were developed to stir up the ground scent. Basset hounds also have the great lung capacity and a large, strong heart so that they can hunt game for long periods of time.

The basset has a thick, short, dense coat that repels water effectively. Coat Colours include:  black, tan and white, or any combination of these colors

Weight: Males 70 lbs, Females 45-50 lbs

Average lifespan: 11-13 years
Bassett Hounds are independent with a sense of humor,  intelligent, affectionate, loyal, and entertaining. They have a very gentle and lovable temperament and are therefore great with children of all ages. They make excellent family pets and will get along well with other animals. The males are also not male aggressive as they were bred to hunt in packs.

Bassett hounds are obedient but they can be quite stubborn at times. Training must start from early puppy-hood and should be consistent, owners need to be patient.

One of the most common reasons Bassets are given up for adoption is that they drool too much, and make a mess when drinking. If you don’t want a dog that drools this is not the breed for you.

Grooming requirements are minimal – a good weekly brushing  will keep the coat shiny and free of dead hair. The Basset Hound’s eyes and ears need must be cleaned and checked regularly to prevent  infection. Bassets nails must be clipped very regularly. If they grow too long their paws will spread out causing spine and joint problems.

Moderately active, Basset Hounds require a good walk every day to keep them fit and happy. They do have a tendency to continue wandering instead of coming home. Therefore when not leashed, a basset might decide to follow his nose and get himself lost. To be safe, always keep them on a leash and make sure you have a well fenced yard/garden. Care must be taken to not over-exercise when pups are young because of their heavy bones.

Back injuries are common in Bassett’s because of their long back and heavy bones. For preventative measures they should never be allowed to jump off furniture, grooming tables, the back of the car etc. 

Overfeeding must be avoided in the Bassett otherwise excess weight can be the leading cause of most of the Basset’s health problems.


Other Names: Mop, Chinese Pug
Dog Group Kennel Club: Toy  KC (GB)

General Profile

The pug is a compact, muscular, and sturdy little dog with a distinctively flat wrinkled face. The coat is fine, smooth, soft, short, and glossy. Colors include silver, apricot, or fawn with a dark mask over their face.

Weight: 13 – 20 lbs

Average Lifespan: 12-15 yrs

Not as fragile as other toy breeds, the pug combines cocky confidence with a friendly, sensitive nature. They are clowns at heart with a great sense of humor, but also hold themselves with dignity. They crave human attention and just love to be loved. They are playful with children and will get along well with other family pets and dogs, making ideal family companions.

Pugs have a sensitive nature so training should be positive and gentle but it must be consistent.

Although minimal exercise is needed pugs do need more exercise than most other toy breeds.

The Pug sheds a lot, weekly brushing is required. The facial wrinkles should be cleaned daily with a cotton swab to prevent fungus infections. Ear cleaning and nail clipping are also required.

5#Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Other Names: Cavalier, Cavie, Cav
Dog Group Kennel Club: Toy (KC GB)

General Profile

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are frequently confused with King Charles Spaniels. They are both separate breeds, with each of them recognized with their own breed standard. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are usually slightly larger in size weighing between 12-18 lbs.

They have a flat head and a complete scissor bite. King Charles Spaniels are usually smaller in size weighing between 8-14 lbs. They have a domed head, a slight jaw undershot, and sometimes have their middle footpad and nails fused together.

Weight: 12-18 lbs
Average Life Expectancy: 13-15 years

Cavaliers have large brown eyes, long ears, and a silky long feathering coat. Coat colors include black and tan, ruby, red and white (Blenheim), and tricolor (black and white with rich tan markings).

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are loving, good-natured, intelligent, friendly, and happy little dogs. They love human attention and are well suited to children making them excellent family pets. They also get along well with other dogs and non-canine animals. Their need for human attention means they do not get like being left alone for long periods of time.

They are intelligent dogs making them easy to train, they also house break quite easily.

Cavaliers need daily exercise to keep them fit and healthy and happy.

To keep their silky long coat tangle-free they do require daily brushing. The fur around their paw pads should be trimmed regularly along with their nails. Their ears also need regular attention to keep them clean.

6#Bull Dog

Other Names: Bulldog, English Bulldog
Dog Group Kennel Club: Utility KC (GB)

General Profile

British Bulldogs have a short, sturdy body with a wide chest. The most distinguishing feature of the Bulldog is their large heads and flat faces. They have loose skin, especially at the head, neck, and shoulders (face wrinkles must be cleaned on a daily basis). Bulldogs have a short, fine, and straight coat. Coat colors include brindle, white, red, and fawn.

Weight: Bulldogs are classed as a medium breed: Males 50-65 lbs, Bitches 40-45 lbs

Average Life Expectancy: 8-10 years

Some people are intimidated by the physical appearance of the Bulldog. They should not be as bulldogs are affectionate, gentle, good-natured, friendly, and loyal dogs. They adore children making them excellent family pets. They will get along well with dogs and non-canine animals. They do not like to be left alone for too long as they crave human attention.

It is thought that bulldogs are not very intelligent, this not true. They are intelligent, it is just they would prefer to be cuddled rather than learn a new trick or two. Bulldogs can be lazy and quite stubborn, it is at these times their intelligence shines through. They always know how to get their own way or get you to help them do something e.g. helping them onto the sofa. All they do is give you that sad look to make you feel guilty, and bingo, they have got what they wanted.

Bulldogs are known for their human-like quality. Their wrinkly faces give away so much expression. Bulldog owners will tell you that they nearly always know what their bulldog is thinking!

Bulldogs learn quite quickly but they are stubborn. Training should be carried out from early puppy-hood and should be gentle and consistent. Bulldogs should also be socialized well from puppy-hood.

Bulldogs can be lazy but they do require regular daily exercise to keep them fit and healthy. Bulldog can not cope with hot weather so they should not be walked during the hottest parts of the day. Wait until the day is cooler, keep in the shade and always carry water on sunny days (see below for more details).

Grooming requirements are minimal, weekly brushing will keep the coat healthy. The face wrinkles require daily attention to prevent infection, especially the nose wrinkle which can be quite deep. The underneath of the tail daily also requires daily cleaning. Nails should be clipped regularly.

If you are thinking of owning a bulldog you should have strong knowledge of the breed and its healthcare requirements.

Note: Because of their short airway bulldogs snore, and snore loudly

7#Havanese dogs

Other Names: flare Havanese
Dog Group Kennel Club: Utility KC (GB)

General Profile

They are quite small, although they do not appear fragile or delicate.  Their eyes are set high on the head and are dark brown and almond-shaped.  Their ears are of medium length and when extended they reach the middle of the nose.  They stand tall and fold flat and are wide at the base.

  The edges around the eyes and lips should be black, except in a true chocolate dog.  If never groomed, trimmed or altered in any way, the Havanese makes a tough impression on a puppy.  The legs are strong and allow free and easy movement.  The dark eyes and long tail are covered with long, silky hair.  The abundant coat varies from wavy to curly.

The Havanese is a double-haired breed with soft hair, both on the outer and inner coat.  The adult coat reaches 6 to 8 inches and has a pearly sheen.  Some Havanese carry a recessive gene for short hair.  If two adults with this recessive gene have a litter of puppies, it is possible that some of the puppies will be born with smooth fur.

  A Havanese in a short coat cannot be shown and is a serious fault in the show arena.  Some have dubbed the Havanese born in short Shavanese coats.  The rims of the eyes, nose and lips are solid black in all colors except the true chocolate dog.

  The Havanese comes in any color, including cream, gold, white, silver, blue, and black.  Also parti and tricolor.  In North America, all colors are recognized, no preference is given to one color over another.  Black and chocolate are the colors of choice for many North American breeders.  A chocolate Havanese must retain at least one chocolate hair patch of at least 1 inch (2.6 cm).

  Height: 8-11 inches (20-28 cm.) Weight: 7-13 pounds (3-6 kg.)

8#Shih Tzu

Other names: Lion Dog 

Dog Group Kennel Club: Utility KC (GB)

General profile 

The Shih Tzu is a small, compact and robust dog with a luxurious coat, an upright head, a cheerful gait, and a curved, feathered tail that flows over the back.  They have an abundant double coat of long hair lined with a shaggy undercoat.  Colors include white and silver, black and white, white, and brown.

  Weight: 9 – 16 pounds
  Average lifespan: 13-14 years

Although the Shih Tzu has the appearance of being proud and arrogant, they are very affectionate, playful, and intelligent dogs.  Shih Tzu is a good choice for a family with well-behaved children, as they love to play, as long as they are handled carefully.  They get along well with other animals as long as they have been socialized from a young age.  A very alert watchdog, the Shih Tzu likes to bark but is generally quite inside the house.

Shih Tzu craves human attention and doesn’t like to be left alone for more than a few hours.  They tend to express their unhappiness through destructive chewing.  If you work all day, this is not the breed for you.

They have an independent mind and can be stubborn and manipulative, and they tend to resist being told what to do.  Therefore, basic obedience is highly recommended to help develop a happy and pleasant family member.  They can be difficult to break

These little dogs require good daily grooming with a bristle brush to maintain their elegant appearance.  A bow is usually tied with a bow so that the dog can see properly.  The top knot should never be pulled too hard, as it will cause the death of the hair follicle.  Some owners prefer to trim them so that the coat is easier and requires less time to care for.  The area around the eyes should be kept dry and clean to avoid staining problems.

They require exercise but are happy to stay home and play.  They are perfectly satisfied with a short walk.

9#Boston Terrier

Other Names: Boston Bull
Dog Group Kennel Club: Utility (KC GB)

General Profile

Boston Terriers are small, compact, and well-muscled dogs. Their faces have a short wide square muzzle, with large, round, prominent dark eyes and small erect ears. They coat is short and fine in texture. Colors include brindle & white or black & white.

Weight: Boston Terriers should not exceed 11.5 kg. They are divided into 3 weight categories. Lightweight: under 6.8kgs. Middleweight: over 6.8kgs and under 9.1kgs. Heavyweight: between 9.1-11.5kgs

Average life expectancy: 9 – 15 years

Boston terriers are gentle, alert, intelligent, enthusiastic, playful with a sense of humor. They are well suited with children and if socialized early will get along well with other dogs and non-canine pets. Boston Terriers a great family pets who loved to be involved with family life. They can be quite boisterous at times and love to play. They are not known to be a good watchdog.

Boston terriers are intelligent and eager to please so easy to train. They can, however, be quite willful at times, and are also sensitive to your tone of voice. Training should therefore be, gentle and consistent and start from an early age. They should also be socialized from an early age as the males can sometimes be quite territorial. These little dogs may be difficult to housebreak.

Grooming: weekly brushing to keep the coat free from dead hair should keep the coat healthy.

Exercise requirements are low for this breed. A short daily walk should be adequate to keep a Boston Terrier fit and healthy.


Dog Group Kennel Club: Toy KC (GB)

General profile 

The Maltese is a toy dog ​​related to the Bichon family and is one of the oldest European breeds.  It is covered from head to toe in long, silky white fur.  They have highly feathered and hanging ears, a compact body, and large dark eyes.

Weight: 4-6 pounds

Life expectancy: 12 – 14 years

They are polite and loving, intelligent, eager, and lively in action.  They crave human attention.  Despite their small size, they are fearless and make an excellent companion.  The Maltese would not be suitable for a family with young children, as they prefer calm and gentle attention.  They generally do not get along with other household pets.  Maltese do not like to be left alone for long periods of time.

  Although they have a reputation for being glamorous show dogs, they are also robust and vigorously playful.

The long white coat requires constant attention and care.  Shampoo once a week and daily grooming is needed to maintain a healthy coat for this breed.  Regular ear cleaning and nail trimming are required.

The Maltese can have a strong will when it comes to training.  Therefore, it is better to start training early, owners need to be patient and consistent.
  Maltese is a good choice for people who live in small apartments due to its size.

The Maltese have minimal exercise.

11#Yorkshire Terrier

Other names: Yorkie
Dog Group Kennel Club: Toy KC (GB)

General Profile

Yorkshire Terriers are compact in size with a straight back, dark eyes and and a dark nose. They are most recognised for their glossy, fine and silky coat, which is parted on the back from nose to tail. The fur around their face is usually tied in a top knot to keep out of their eyes Coat colour: the body is a steel blue with rich tan markings on the head, chest and legs. Puppies are born black and tan, but their colour changes with age. They weigh between 3 and 7 lbs.

Weight: 4 – 7 lbs

Average Lifespan:13 – 15 yrs

Yorkshire Terriers are intelligent, playful, loyal and affectionate. Although they have the typical terrier independent trait they are people-oriented and do demand a lot of attention. They make wonderful devoted companions.

Yorkies are not suited for families with young children as they can easily become injured. If the most well-intentioned toddler could simply fall on this little dog and cause serious injuries. They may only be a little dog but they will alert you of strangers making them excellent watchdogs. Yorkies get along well with other dogs as long as they can become bosses.

Even with a Great Dane as a family member, the Yorkie will want to be in charge! These dogs are terriers so bear in mind they are not suited in homes with small pets such as hamsters, rabbits, etc.

They are easy to train as long as training is firm and consistent. It is recommended for this breed to be properly socialised from early puppy-hood so they do not become aggressive with strangers.

Yorkies are not just lap dogs they have bundles of energy and need to be walked daily.

If you don’t have the time to groom this dog daily or pay regular visits to professional dog  groomers this is not the breed for you. Keeping the trademark long silky coat is high maintenance. The coat needs to be brushed daily using a brush and comb to ensure all tangles are removed. Show dog owners visit dog groomers on a regular basis to keep the coat trimmed and shaped. Some pet owners prefer for their dogs coat to be kept short and visit the dog groomers on a regular basis to be clipped.

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