Most of us have grown up surrounded by a loving family of humans and pets alike.
Our children are mostly denied that opportunity because who has the time or space, in their big-city apartments crammed with furniture and very little room for a running, shedding, furry four-legged creature?
Keeping dogs indoors means sharing a room with another entity, knocks on the door from annoyed or even yelling neighbors who complain of all the barking, and frankly so much cleaning up to worry about.
But if you love dogs, and love the comfort, companionship and solidarity offered by your dog, do consider the idea of getting a dog.
They are always there when you need them, they hardly ever complain of your lack of attention to them (unlike most other human beings), and they are extremely loyal companions. There are also some of the most unselfish creatures alive!
So if you’ve been toying with the idea of getting yourself a companion, do consider opening your home (and your heart) to a dog. We promise that you won’t regret it (except, maybe, when they believe your designer shoes to be a chew-toy)
Getting the right kind of dog can be a little tricky. If you live in an apartment in a city, it won’t be a good idea to get a very large dog or one that needs a lot of exercises to stay fit.
Fortunately, there are still plenty of options! We’ll show you 12 dog breeds that are perfect for indoor living.
The Boston Terrier
Boston terriers are a clever, good-natured, sturdy breed who are known for their wonderful temperament. They make excellent companions for all ages, because of their high IQ and their loyalty and affection for their owners.
They are ideal for apartments because they do not need a lot of exercise, in fact a brisk walk every day should be more than enough.
They are also conveniently small, very quiet and you’ll never hear your neighbor complaining about how loud your dog is. Plus, they require very little grooming! Trivia: They are popularly called “the American gentleman” because of their good manners!
The English Bulldog
These make excellent apartment dogs because they probably hate exercise more than you do. In fact, they will be perfectly happy to spend the entire day lazing on the couch, watching the game with you.
They are perfect for the average laidback bachelor, and even better for families! Their patience knows no bounds: never worry about their being around your kids.
That apart, they are cute, lovable and loyal to a fault, so you can’t really go wrong with them. They do have certain respiratory problems and suffer from heat intolerance, so you might want to invest in an air-conditioner.
If you can’t decide between the Boston Terrier and the English Bulldog, then this is the one for you.
They look almost identical to Boston Terriers but are slightly heavier and muscular. They are smaller and lighter than the English Bull-dog but share all their qualities).Despite the glum expression, they are comical, entertaining and dependably amiable.
Just like the other two, “Frenchies” are alert but require minimum exercise to stay in shape, and while they don’t bark a lot, they do snort, snore and fart! They are also quite high-maintenance and their vet bills may actually be quite high.
Originally a hunting breed, they make excellent family dogs because of their playful nature and their behaviour with kids.
They can fit into any apartment because of their size and have almost no shedding. They do however require some grooming and tend to be “barky” so you may want to check how accommodating your neighbours are before you bring home one of these pups.
These dogs love being pampered and happy to sit and relax all day, but they are prone to obesity if they don’t exercise at all. Walking, swimming, or just playing in the park should be enough.
These are a loyal, loving Chinese breed that is especially known to bask in the attention showered on them by their owners.
There are small in size and require almost no maintenance; in fact all they need is lots of pampering. Their stable temperament is ideal for families, particularly if you have kids.
They are not high energy dogs and are happy to just sit quietly all day. They are very trusting, and it becomes a problem sometimes because this trust extends to all strangers.So, if you don’t mind grooming all that hair, this dog is perfect for you.
Pugs are one of the most popular dogs among apartment-dwellers and not just because of that adorable face.
They are small, playful, and very friendly (this may be cause for concern as they are perfectly happy to welcome strangers into your home). They are extremely loyal, and are energetic enough to follow you everywhere.
They do not shed much, but they do require maintenance: you’ll need to clean their skin regularly. They tend to be noisy: they bark when awake and snore when asleep! They are also prone to obesity so control the food because they will not stop eating.
The Yorkshire terrier
Another small breed that is ideal for even the smallest apartments is the Yorkshire terrier.
These are a breed of highly adaptable, friendly and very intelligent. They do not require a lot of exercise but they do need attention as they long to prove themselves. Remember, their long hair needs a lot of regular grooming.
They tend to be a little noisy but it’s nothing that a bit of training can’t – or won’t – fix. A word of caution, though, is that they need a lot of guidance and leadership to prevent development of negative behaviors in the future.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Another tiny, gentle breed, this is one of the most traditional pets. It is a very easy-going dog with an excellent temperament.
It is friendly towards everyone and everything in the neighbourhood, including other dogs and sometimes even cats! It is equally at home lounging on the sofa or walking with you in the park.
Remember to give it regular exercise (it loves playing fetch!) as it has a tendency to develop heart problems.It sheds a lot and all that hair needs regular trimming. So if you don’t mind the work, it is one of the best breeds for you!
The Great Dane
Once you get past the size (and it does take a while), you’ll appreciate exactly how suited this gentle giant of a dog is to your small apartment.
Yes, they do take up a lot of space but they are basically like a piece of furniture. They don’t move much, or bark much: left to their own devices, they don’t do anything at all. They are perfectly content to lie curled up all day.They are very friendly, and don’t need much exercise.
You may need to train him to prevent any behavioural problems but it’s never a big issue.
The Labrador retriever
Labrador retrievers are one of the most common and versatile family pets owing to their stable temperament, high intelligence and loyalty. They are ebullient, friendly and trusting to a fault.
You have to train them at first or they may walk off with friendly strangers! They are ideal companion for kids and that is something that makes them perfect for families. They are completely non-aggressive but they do tend to bark a lot when excited. They even make excellent guide dogs for the blind.
They tend to shed a lot and may go stir crazy if they are left untrained.
Chihuahuas are small – and very famous. Most of us have grown up seeing them poke their heads out of purses on TV, and that tells us something important about them: they are happy and patient.
Due to their size they can fit into any apartment, and are surprisingly low maintenance. They are also very gentle creature: but be warned, they are not ideal if you have small children.
They can be quite loud and angry if provoked, and do not get along well with other dogs. Over-feeding can lead to obesity/diabetes. Weekly grooming keeps the shedding to a minimum.
Much like the Great Dane, the inclusion of the grey hound in this list is bound to raise eyebrows. Famous for racing, these dogs must need a lot of running room, right? You’ll be surprised to know how happy they are just to sit on the couch all day.
They are very gentle, mellow creatures who are very quiet unless chasing something. They have minimum grooming requirements.
Although they don’t need heavy exercise, they do need regular walks: remember to put them on a leash as they WILL chase anything fast, and you won’t be able to call them back.