Having a dog in a small apartment in the middle of the big city can be stressful. But if you pick the right breed, you can have a companion who is at home and happy even in congested environments.
The good news is that almost any well-trained dog can live a happy and full life in a city. You have to consider how much space you have, and often you can take them outside to the park.
Border Collies, for example, might be playful and medium-sized, but unless you take them out for runs twice a day, they will start doing laps around your kitchen.
Let’s look at some dogs that experts agree can have an easy time in a city.
Medium to small-sized, these little guys don’t need too much exercise to be happy. Pugs generally have a mellow personality and are adaptable to all situations. They won’t start barking at other city dogs and seek a nap before begging for a trip to the dog run.
While a much bigger breed, these dogs are very intelligent and can be great companions for city living. Fun fact, these dogs are the most requested breed for service animal registration for a good reason. They can follow streetlights and crosswalks.
If a smart German Shepard can help a blind person cross the street, then even those with vision can trust these pups to be aware of their surroundings on the busy streets.
These tiny dogs are happy just riding around in your purse or backpack! With such tiny legs, they’ll get tired after only a few blocks of walking. These energetic and nervous dogs can be known for barking around new people but are loyal and protective of their owner.
Chihuahuas are a great choice when looking to adopt a cat-sized canine!
These fluffy pups are so portable. They can freely accompany you into restaurants and bars. While these little ones are energetic, you can easily play a few rounds of fetch in your apartment without bothering your downstairs neighbors.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Spaniels are considered the perfect dog for first-time owners due to their easygoing personality. This also makes them ideal for city dog owners who don’t have time for a needy canine.
The definition of a lapdog, these sweet and affectionate Spaniels need little training to be well-behaved and follow instructions.
It could seem counterintuitive to adopt one of these large dogs, but they are actually very sensitive and great with children. Retired racing Greyhounds always need a loving home after a tough and punishing career on the tracks.
Greyhounds need one good run a day, and then they are set to laze at home and curl up for some pets and a nice nap. Make sure they are on leash in public, though, as they will pull you toward every squirrel that scampers by on your walk.
These cotton balls rarely grow to over 7 pounds. But what they lack in size, they make up for in noise. Loud and not afraid to start a fight with a big dog, these tiny pups can get into trouble.
But once you’ve got one on your side, a Pomeranian is alert and quick to pick up commands and tricks.
Find What’s Right For You
These breeds are known to love city life, but any dog raised with care who listens to its owner can make even a small apartment feel like home.
But maybe think about moving to the suburbs before bringing home any Great Danes!