The Top Ten Best Dogs for Urban Dwellers
There are many factors to consider when choosing a dog for the city life. Consider what your living situation can accommodate. You are most likely living in an apartment or condo, which does not leave much room for larger dogs to play or for high-energy dogs to stay out of trouble. You also want to think about the temperament of the dog. Choose a dog that is sociable and not overly aggressive (it will be meeting plenty of other humans and dogs), is calm (there are lots of sounds and smells in the city, you do not want your dog to be easily spooked) and doesn’t bark so often that your neighbors threaten to get you evicted. (If your dog is a barker, then check out these videos I made to help with that issue). You should also consider how much exercise you are able to give your dog each day. You probably don’t have a yard to allow your dog free range, so determine how much time each day you can devote to walks or runs and make your choices accordingly. To help you out, here are the top ten dogs for urban dwellers:
1. Boston Terrier
Boston Terriers are known for being polite and quiet (perfect if you want to stay on good terms with your neighbors). This paired with their small size (10-25lbs) makes them perfect for apartment living since they don’t need much space. Additionally Boston Terriers only require moderate exercise, so regular walks are perfect.
2. Bichon Frise
These small dogs (only 6-11lbs) are often considered hypoallergenic and are incredibly adaptable to various living conditions making them the perfect dog for close quarters in an apartment. The Bichon Frise is a friendly and outgoing breed. They get along great with other animals and people, so it’s unlikely that they will be afraid of exposure to others when going on city walks. The Bichon Frise is extremely affectionate, but does not like to be home alone for long periods, so if you are a telecommuter or work part time, this dog is perfect for you.
Dachshunds are playful and sweet. They are incredible adaptable to a variety of living environments and their small size makes them great for apartment living. They do not require a lot of exercise, and they are prone to obesity, so regular walks in the city is the perfect amount of exercise. Dachshunds do tend to get a bit barky, so be prepared to train them to be quiet so you don’t disturb the neighbors.
4. Yorkshire Terrier
These small and friendly dogs have lots of energy, but love to lounge on the apartment couch as well. They are easily trainable, so keeping them quiet and well behaved in an apartment building full of other humans shouldn’t be a problem.
These small dogs are adaptable to most living situations. They are relatively quiet and are playful enough that they get plenty of exercise around the home (though a daily walk is also appreciated). These dogs are excellent for apartment living, but they do require regular grooming.
Not usually considered an ideal apartment dog due to their large size, Greyhounds are surprisingly the perfect dogs for the apartment-dwelling city life. These dogs require a surprisingly small amount of space for their size and they love to take it easy and just sleep, meaning you don’t have to worry about them being rambunctious in your small space when you aren’t home. Even though they’re perfectly content lazing around the house, exercise is still important, so be sure to take them on regular walks.
7. French Bulldog
These dogs are quiet, small, and fairly lazy meaning they won’t need much space, create waves with your neighbors, or require you to take them in and out of the apartment several times each day. These dogs only require short daily walks and are easily trainable to be socialized and not afraid of being near other people or animals.
Quiet, small, and satisfaction with staying indoors makes the Basenji an excellent city breed. Additionally, this breed is relatively low maintenance and has natural cleanliness (they clean themselves like a cat). Basenjis are highly affectionate and are easily socialized to enjoy being around other humans and pets. These dogs are prone to obesity, so regular walks are essential, but they also love running, so if you are a runner in the city, this is the perfect dog for you.
9. Lhasa Apso
This friendly and affectionate dog is highly trainable which makes them perfect for city living. These dogs are plenty active indoors, but do still require regular walks. These dogs do not like to be left along for extended periods of time, so if you work from home or work part time, this dog is perfect for you.
10. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
These dogs are playful but calm, and usually a friendly breed. This small dog (11-23lbs) is perfect for city living and they do not require excessive amounts of energy, a daily walk will suffice, but they do enjoy participating in agility or tracking sports when given the opportunity. These dogs are easily trainable which makes them easy to be a mild-mannered and social apartment dog.
Do you live in the city or in an apartment? What breed of dog do you own? Leave a comment below.