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15 Best Dogs for Small Homes

Thursday, January 13th, 2011


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Housebreaking your puppy is never an easy process, but it can go a little more smoothly if you have chosen the best breed for your home. Are you living in a small home or apartment? Not every dog does well in tight spaces, but many do. It’s especially important to know what dog will enjoy an indoor environment when attempting to housebreak your puppy! Here are 15 dog breeds that do well in small homes and apartments.

  1. Chihuahua: The best dog for a small home or apartment is the Chihuahua. It was practically bread to be an indoor dog. The miniature size and lack of a heavy coat makes a Chihuahua sensitive to the climate and they will be much more comfortable indoors in a small environment. Go for a mixed breed if you want a slightly larger dog than a pure Chihuahua. Small children may play a little too rough, but Chihuahuas are generally very good with kids.
  2. Dachshund: The “wiener dog” is a great choice for an indoor dog because they will be fairly active indoors and do not usually need a yard. They are not the perfect play toy for your infants and toddlers, but if your child knows how to carefully play with these small pets, the Dachshund will be a great friend and very loyal pet.
  3. Miniature Schnauzer: The Miniature Schnauzer is great for an apartment or small home because it is fun and playful indoors but not too hyper. You will still need to be sure to take them out for a daily walk or to a dog park so they can exercise, but they do great indoors. Kids love Miniature Schnauzers and vice versa.
  4. Pug: The Pug is a fun dog for a family living in a small home or apartment. The Pug loves being indoors because it hates extreme weather conditions and wants to be very social with its owners. They are practically a part of the family (at least that’s what they think) and can be both great watch dogs and playful companions for any age child. Pugs can easily become overweight, so they still need to be taken outside to burn off some pounds and energy.
  5. Pomeranian: A great indoor dog that can handle the small space is the attention-craving Pomeranian. They will love being by your side or even on top of you inside the house. Like most dogs though, they need their exercise outdoors either walking or running around a yard for a bit. Daily walks with your dog will help their overall indoor behavior and prevent any problems.
  6. Shih-Tzu: The miniature lion is a great dog classified in the toy group, perfect for kids and a small indoor home. The tiny dog has the heart of a lion and will appear proud and arrogant but they are actually a very friendly pet. The Shih-Tzu is also a great companion for elderly living in small homes. These dogs were bread to be the ultimate pet, and that’s exactly what they turned out to be.
  7. Yorkshire Terrier: The Yorkie is a great dog for an apartment lifestyle. They prefer the warmer indoor climate and will be playful and active despite the small quarters. The Yorkie is also very loyal and will stand by the owner at all times, even to the point of jealousy and protectiveness. Be careful to properly socialize your Yorkie so your guests and children will feel safe around the pet. The tiny dog is very strong and can handle both indoor and outdoor living conditions, but will do just fine in a small home.
  8. Bichon Frise: Another small, sturdy dog like the Yorkie is the Bichon Frise. They are both active dogs and will be very playful indoors but also need daily exercise to keep them healthy, in shape, and socialized. The Bichon Frise is very gentle and loving, always in a good mood and willing to cuddle. If brought up with children around, this breed is great for the entire family, including grandparents.
  9. Pekingese: Another proud lion-dog like the Shih-Tzu is the Pekingese. Their long flowing coat gives them a look of high self-esteem. With good training, this breed can be great family dogs and will be very loyal. They are a little more independent than most dogs, which is why training is very important. They are good for apartment living, but should be kept away from small children who will likely play too rough.
  10. Basset Hound: The Basset Hound is an excellent hunting dog and loves to run around outdoors for hours, but will be a very well-behaved and calm pet indoors. They are very loving to both children and adults and will likely impress you with their intelligence. They can be a bit stubborn, making training difficult, but will still be a fun indoor pet. Just don’t forget to let your dog loose outdoors on a regular basis or they won’t be sociable and may seem depressed, not to mention out of shape.

5 Unexpectedly Great Apartment Dogs: Newfoundland, Mastiff, Great Dane, St. Bernard, and Bulldog.

It is a common myth that people with small houses or apartments cannot have large dogs. That myth couldn’t be further from the truth. Big dogs love being outdoors just as much as their small counterparts, but a tiny bit of exercise goes a long way and they will enjoy being able to sleep all day by your side. Some of the largest breeds such as Mastiffs, Newfoundlands, and even Great Danes, will likely lie around all day and enjoy the small space they get to share with you. A daily walk is necessary to keep their muscles and joints healthy, but once they come inside and eat a big bowl of food they will pass out in a heartbeat. When big dogs live indoors, they also tend to think of themselves as lap dogs so watch out when they jump up on the couch with you. Big dogs want to live with their family too.

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