With apartment living on the rise (pardon the pun) in Canberra, the question must be answered – which pups do best in apartments? After all, if you’re a dog lover, then being without man’s best friend is simply not an option!
We’ve compiled a list of the best breeds for apartment living, complete with breed stats. We can’t promise it’ll make your decision any easier though – they’re all so cute!
Adorable and super pattable, these little pups love the apartment life, preferring the penthouse, of course. Due to their medium size, short legs and love of excessive inactivity, they survive very well without a yard. The cold displeases them, so a nice warm place to curl up will be a necessity. A few doggy biscuits wouldn’t go astray, either.
- Size: Medium
- Height: 31-40cm
- Weight: 24-25kg (males) and 22-23kg (females)
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Originally kept as lap dogs by King Charles II, Cavaliers are a larger toy breed, but still a small dog. They love apartment environments where warm laps, pats and leftovers can be found – watch them at dinner time though, they’ll steal any food they can get their paws on! They enjoy only moderate amounts of activity, but a small yard would also suit them. They don’t like very warm weather, so make sure they have somewhere to get out of the sun when outside.
- Size: Small
- Height: 30-33cm
- Weight: 5-8kg
The Boston Terrier is a friendly, happy breed of small dog that’s perfect for both apartment and country living. They are fairly inactive when inside and are happy to go without a yard – they don’t like mowing anyway. Extreme temperatures make them grumpy, so they’ll love you most if you keep them out of excessive heat and cold. A nice new toy now and then would also be appreciated.
- Size: Small
- Height: 38.1-43cm
- Weight: 4.5-11.3kg
This little dog is easy to care for and loves to play, but is still great for apartment living, enjoying the feel of a good loop pile under the paws. While they like to be pretty active (they love the bench press best), they can also go without a yard – but never without an appreciative pat at the end of the day. Like the Boston Terrier, they can’t deal with extreme temperatures, so it’s best to keep the apartment temperate.
- Size: Small
- Height: 30cm
- Weight: Between 9-10kg or 10-13kg
Originally from China, pugs are an adorable breed of dog. Playful and loyal, they love apartment life and are pretty inactive when inside, not needing a yard. The morning constitutional to check where their owner is usually has them ready for a rest anyway. They don’t like extreme high or low temperatures either – and wet paws are their idea of a bad time, so keep them out of the rain.
- Size: Small
- Height: 30-36cm (males) and 25-30cm (females)
- Weight: 6-9kg (males) and 6-8kg (females)
You usually see these little fellas running around a track chasing something fluffy, but we bet you didn’t know they could live in an apartment. Greyhounds love apartment life, as long as they get enough exercise. Chilly weather will be tolerated well by your Greyhound, as long as you find him/her a nice stylish winter coat. Extra points if it’s Burberry.
- Size: Large
- Height: 71-76cm (males) and 68-71cm (females)
- Weight: 29-36kg (males) and 27-31kg (females)
Often known as the ‘sausage dog’ due to their comically short legs and long, low bodies, Daschunds make excellent apartment pets. Their little legs mean they’ll probably never win the 100m hurdle event, so having given up on that dream, they now do pretty well without a yard. They can handle the heat better than some other breeds, but you still shouldn’t leave them outside in extremely warm temperatures.
- Size: Small/Medium
- Height: 20-27cm
- Weight: 4.9kg
The Chihuahua is a tiny dog, but don’t ever let them hear you say that! They love apartment life, but they still need their space, so don’t keep them cooped up in an extremely small area. If you do, prepare to be promptly given a look of extreme distaste. Extreme. Distaste. They like the warm weather and dislike the cold, so in winter, make sure they’ve got a good sturdy blanky and plenty of lap space.
- Size: Toy
- Height: 15-23cm
- Weight: 1-3kg
Havanese are great companions and absolutely love kids (and people in general). Always the life of the party, they’re also known for their outrageous hairstyles. While they are fairly active when indoors, they don’t need a yard. They do prefer to be inside the home though, not left out on a patio or in a kennel – nobody puts baby in the corner! Although their fluffy coat may suggest otherwise, they don’t like the cold but do well in hot weather.
- Size: Small
- Height: 20-28cm
- Weight: 3-6kg
Believe it or not, the Great Dane does well in an apartment as long as it has lots of exercise and has been trained for obedience. Large yet gentle, they need to be around humans – but make sure Fido has a strong sense of self before socialising him with your friends – there’s gonna be a lot of ‘horse’ jokes flying around, which he will find neither funny nor necessary. They prefer a moderate climate and are definitely indoor dogs.
- Size: Giant
- Height: 76-86cm (males) and 71-81cm (females)
- Weight: 54-90kg (males) and 45-59kg (females)
Now that you’ve got all the facts, the only hard part is choosing a dog! Happy new best friend hunting – the Perspective team is free to babysit, by the way.
Disclaimer: Some parts of these descriptions may be more funny than factual.