If you are looking to share your home with a dog, and your home happens to be in a large metropolitan city, you would be wise to do a little research before you bring any old pup home. Some dogs are not suitable for city life, either because they have a strong need for outdoor activities like running and playing, they are prone to barking, or because they are simply too big to be comfortable in a small apartment or condo.
So what dogs are good for city life? Below is a list of top dogs for the city, but be sure to look into any breed you want to take home to make sure you can provide them with a happy and healthy home.
Dachshunds are great small dogs. They are usually well tempered, and even though they are energetic, their small size doesn’t require a large space to run. Just be sure to give this dog some exercise and watch the liver snacks, because they can easily become overweight. This dog is commonly referred to as a wiener dog or a sausage dog.
Pugs are very popular today, and are perfect for even a family living in the city. They are very affectionate, well-behaved, and they generally don’t demand much exercise. Another one to go along with the pug is the French Bulldog, a smaller breed than the better-known English Bulldog. Both the French Bulldog and the pug are pretty sedentary dogs, but they are loving and fun to watch and interact with.
The Basenji is a less common dog, but because it does not have a bark, it is growing in popularity among city dwellers. Originally trained for hunting this hound will compliment any family by providing some lively energy to the home. They can be trained easily, hence the reason they’ve been used for hunting. They are very passionate and loving dogs and we highly recommend these young pups.
The Whippet is a shy dog that looks like a miniature Greyhound. They are smart, affectionate, very playful, and with regular walks they could be a great asset to city life. They average anywhere from 25 to 40 lbs depending on age and gender. These dogs are quick so if you’re out of shape and can’t keep up, I’d stay away from this breed (laugh).
If you have your mind set on a larger dog, there are a few large breeds that are not very active, but they do come with their share of challenges. For example, the Newfoundland and the Mastiff are great big, friendly dogs that don’t require much exercise. However, you should expect these dogs to weigh over 100 pounds, they both tend to drool, and the Newfoundland will need regular grooming because of its long coat.
In addition to those listed above, there are a few more breeds that are worth mentioning. These breeds are great all-around dogs, but can be especially good for city life. These dogs are generally very smart and easy to train, and while they might require daily walking, they won’t run circles around your apartment: Toy Poodle, Miniature Poodle, Bichon Frise, West Highland Terrier, and Shih Tzu. Below are some sample pictures of the small dog breeds mentioned above:
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