Dog Breeds The Best Apartment Dogs for City Living  

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List Rules Dog breeds that do well with limited space, a small yard, and close neighbors

List of the best dogs for apartments and city life, as ranked by dog breed experts and apartment dwellers. Since every canine breed comes with its own unique personality type, they also come with their own set of challenges. Certain dogs just weren’t made for life in small apartments in the city, where you come across strangers every day and are often confined to small square footage. If you live in the city, chances are your home is not very large,e specially when compared to a house with a backyard. Therefore, the dog that joins your family should be able to flourish within the small confines of an apartment, as well as be friendly with strangers. As long as your dog gets enough exercise through long walks around the neighborhood, any breed can live in a city, but the breeds on this list are the most suited to the lifestyle of aparment dwelling.

Are you wondering, “What are the best dog breeds for apartments?” This list has the most apt breeds for the life of a city dog in tighter living spaces. The dogs on this list have low to mild energy levels and are completely loving to most people.

If you’re looking for a good apartment dog that will be your best friend within the limitations of your small city dwelling, the breeds on this list won’t ever let you down.

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French Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Apartment Dogs for City Living
The French Bulldog is a small breed of domestic dog. "Frenchies" were the result in the 1800s of a cross between bulldog ancestors imported from England and local ratters in Paris. ...more
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Pug is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Apartment Dogs for City Living
The Pug is a breed of dog with a wrinkly, short-muzzled face and curled tail. The breed has a fine, glossy coat that comes in a variety of colours, most often fawn or black, and a compact square ...more
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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Apartment Dogs for City Living
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a small spaniel with dark, round eyes that are large but not prominent. The ears are long with abundant feathering, and it has a silky coat, sometimes with a ...more
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Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Apartment Dogs for City Living
The Bulldog is a medium-sized breed of dog commonly referred to as the English Bulldog or British Bulldog. Other Bulldog breeds include the American Bulldog, Old English Bulldog, Olde English ...more
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Welsh Corgi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Apartment Dogs for City Living
The Welsh corgi is a small type of herding dog that originated in Wales. Two distinct breeds are recognized: the Pembroke Welsh corgi and the Cardigan Welsh corgi, with the Pembroke being the ...more
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Dachshund is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Apartment Dogs for City Living
The dachshund is a short-legged, long-bodied dog breed belonging to the hound family. The standard size dachshund was bred to scent, chase, and flush out badgers and other burrow-dwelling ...more
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Yorkshire Terrier is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Apartment Dogs for City Living
The Yorkshire Terrier is a small dog breed of terrier type, developed in the 19th century in the county of Yorkshire, England, to catch rats in clothing mills, also used for rat-baiting. The ...more
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Basset Hound is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Apartment Dogs for City Living
The Basset Hound is a short-legged breed of dog of the hound family, as well as one of six recognized Basset breeds in France; furthermore, Bassets are scent hounds that were originally bred for ...more
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Boston Terrier is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Apartment Dogs for City Living
The Boston Terrier is a breed of dog originating in the United States. This "American Gentleman" was accepted in 1893 by the American Kennel Club as a non-sporting breed. Color and ...more
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Labrador Retriever is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Apartment Dogs for City Living
The Labrador Retriever, also known as simply Labrador or Lab, is one of several kinds of retrievers, a type of gun dog. Labradors are athletic, playful, and the most popular breed of dog by ...more
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Bichon Frisé is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Apartment Dogs for City Living
A Bichon Frisé, is a small breed of dog of the Bichon type. The Bichon Frise is a member of the Non-Sporting Group of dog breeds in the US, and a member of the Toy Dog group in the UK.
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Maltese Dog is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Apartment Dogs for City Living
The Maltese is a small breed of dog in the Toy Group. It descends from dogs originating in the Central Mediterranean Area. The breed name and origins are generally understood to derive from the ...more
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West Highland White Terrier is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Apartment Dogs for City Living
The West Highland White Terrier, commonly known as the Westie or Westy, is a Scottish breed of dog with a distinctive white coat. The modern breed is descended from a number of breeding programs ...more
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Shih Tzu is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Apartment Dogs for City Living
A shih tzu is a toy dog breed weighing 5–7.25 kilograms with long silky hair. The exact origins of the breed are unknown, but it is thought to have originated in Tibet and then been developed in ...more
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Miniature Pinscher is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Apartment Dogs for City Living
The Miniature Pinscher is a small, compact, muscular dog with square proportions and well-chiseled lines. It has a short coat that comes in red, but may also be black and tan or chocolate. The ...more
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Chihuahua is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Apartment Dogs for City Living
The Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog and is named for the state of Chihuahua in Mexico. Chihuahuas come in a wide variety of sizes, head shapes, colors, and coat lengths.
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Golden Retriever is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Apartment Dogs for City Living
The Golden Retriever is a large-sized breed of dog bred as gun dogs to retrieve shot waterfowl such as ducks and upland game birds during hunting and shooting parties, and were named 'retriever' ...more
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Pekingese is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Apartment Dogs for City Living
The Pekingese is an ancient breed of toy dog, originating in China. They are called Lion Dogs due to their resemblance to Chinese guardian lions. The breed was favored by royalty of the Chinese ...more
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Miniature Schnauzer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Apartment Dogs for City Living
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The Miniature Schnauzer is a breed of small dog of the Schnauzer type that originated in Germany in the mid-to-late 19th century. Miniature Schnauzers developed from crosses between the Standard ...more
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Lhasa Apso is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Apartment Dogs for City Living
The Lhasa Apso has a long, heavy, double coat, draping over his entire body to the floor. This shaggy dog looks like a small version of the Old English Sheepdog. Gold, cream, and honey are the ...more
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Havanese is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Apartment Dogs for City Living
The Havanese, a breed of Bichon type, is the national dog of Cuba, developed from the now extinct Blanquito de la Habana. The Blanquito descended from the also now extinct Bichon Tenerife. It is ...more
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Poodle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Apartment Dogs for City Living
The Poodle comes in three varieties: toy, miniature, and standard. It has a profuse, but well groomed and clipped, wiry curly coat. The head and muzzle are long and the ears are wide and hanging ...more
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Beagle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Apartment Dogs for City Living
The Beagle is a breed of small to medium-sized dog. A member of the hound group, it is similar in appearance to the foxhound, but smaller with shorter legs and longer, softer ears. Beagles are ...more
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Japanese Chin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Apartment Dogs for City Living
The Japanese Chin, also known as the Japanese Spaniel, is a dog acknowledged for its importance to Japanese nobility. Both a lap dog and companion dog, this toy breed has a distinctive
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American Pit Bull Terrier is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Apartment Dogs for City Living
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The American Pit Bull Terrier is a medium-sized, solidly built, short haired dog whose early ancestors came from England and Ireland. It is a member of the molosser breed group. The American ...more