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Best Small Dogs for Apartment Living

If you are craving the companionship of a dog, but live in a small apartment, all is not lost. Many breeds of dogs adapt well to apartment living. Here, our Oklahoma City vets share their top 5 list of dogs that adapt well to apartment living.

Finding a Great Apartment Dog

Just because you live in an apartment does not imply you can only have cats, birds, or rats as pets. Many dog breeds are available in small sizes and have a variety of apartment-friendly characteristics. Here are a few suggestions to help you pick the perfect dog for your apartment lifestyle.

Affectionate & Smart - The French Bulldog

Height: 11 - 13 inches
Weight: Less than 28lbs
Life Expectancy: 10 - 12 years

This affectionate, playful, and intelligent dog, also known as the 'Frenchie,' is calm and endearing. Their sleek smooth coat, muscular body, flat nose, and bat ears give this dog a distinct appearance that you can't help but admire.

French bulldogs make wonderful apartment pets for singles, couples, and even families. With low activity requirements and no barking, it's simple to see why. These little dogs are gregarious individuals who enjoy socializing with their owners, children, and other pets.

Charming & Playful - The Shih Tzu

Height: 9-11 inches
Weight: 9-16lbs
Life Expectancy: 10-18 years

You'll be giggling every day if you get a Shih Tzu. These adorable puppies are the ideal size for apartment living and are plenty of personality! While their lustrous coat does require some maintenance to keep it looking good, you won't be sorry for putting in the work.

Although they enjoy barking, these little guys are friendly with strangers, children, and other pets and don't need much exercise to stay healthy and happy. Shih Tzus adore curling up on their owners' laps and being petted and adored.

Playful & Devoted - The Hairless Chinese Crested

Height: 11-13 inches
Weight: 8-12 pounds
Life expect: 13-18 years

If you want a dog that adapts well to apartment living and doesn't shed or smell like a dog, the Hairless Chinese Crested is the dog for you! These cute dogs have hairless bodies, spotted skin, and fluffy tufts of fur on their head, feet, and tail.

Chinese Crested dogs are extremely attached to their owners and will follow them from room to room. This breed is suitable for people who work from home rather than those who are out for several hours each day. These canines are great for apartment living because they are entertaining and require little outdoor activity.

Bold & Curious - The Dachshund

Height: Miniature 5-6 inches | Standard  8-9 inches
Weight: Miniature under 11 lbs | Standard 16-32 lbs
Life Expectancy: 12-16 years

The dachshund, often known as a'sausage dog,' a 'Weiner dog,' a 'Dashie,' or a 'Doxie,' is the ideal size and demeanor for apartment living. This breed comes in two apartment-friendly sizes (standard and tiny) as well as three different coat types (from smooth to long and luscious).

Because of their short legs, they don't need (or tolerate) much exercise, but they do have a strong prey drive, which can cause them to act rashly or stubbornly. While it can be difficult to train these curious dogs to get along with children and other dogs.

Mischievous & Loving - The Pug

Height: 10-13 inches
Weight: 14-18 lbs
Life Expectancy: 13-15 years 

Pugs adore their people and love to be cuddled. These solid little dogs are an ideal breed for apartment dwellers! Typically very quiet,  pugs are happy to lounge around at home and just hang out with their people.

These dogs are energetic and devoted, and they require a lot of social connection with their owners, children, and other dogs. Because of their laid-back and lethargic demeanor, they are prone to gaining weight, thus it is necessary to watch their nutrition to keep them healthy.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

Our Oklahoma City vets provide guidance and the highest quality of veterinary care during your dog's life. Contact us for more information about caring for your new pet.

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