Here's Dr. Jon's take on what you should think about when choosing a new dog. See his website at:
to popular belief, not all dogs need a huge house with a big yard. The
size of your home is certainly a factor when choosing a dog that's a
good fit for your lifestyle, but having cozy quarters doesn't mean that
you need to remain dog-free. Today I want to discuss the real issue of
your home's size as it relates to your choice in dogs, and to offer a
couple of breed recommendations.
dogs aren't a good fit for apartments for several reasons. Their sheer
size alone might be a factor; many apartment complexes do not allow dogs
over 35 pounds. Dogs who require a lot of activity, such as collies,
will likely be frustrated and feel anxious without room to run around.
Still other dogs are very intelligent and easily get bored if they are
not given enough mental stimulation... and boredom leads to destructive
behavior! And other dogs are a no-go because they are very vocal or
protective, barking loudly at the slightest noise or movement from
neighbors. Giving your dog a safe and responsible home includes one
where they will be enjoyed and respected, not constantly scolded or
crated for being loud.
Some dogs, though, are an amazing fit for
these smaller living spaces. They are the perfect low-key companions
for apartment dwellers. Check out these three breeds who can live quite
happily and comfortably in an apartment:
Pug - This small
breed is a very popular choice for smaller living spaces. Their short
fur makes grooming easy, although you must be sure to keep an eye on
shedding. At about a foot in height and 20 pounds, they need minimal
space and are typically thrilled to cuddle on the couch with you. Pugs
also don't need much exercise - in fact, their short faces can make
breathing difficult if they exercise too strenuously, so be sure to keep
an eye on them if accessing your apartment requires going up and down
Greyhound - Although the greyhound is a relatively
large dog - weighing an average of 65 pounds and standing at 2.5 feet
tall -they are relatively low-maintenance. Their soft, short fur is very
simple to groom and these big cuddlebugs are frequently called “couch
potatoes” for their low-key personalities. They do require regular
exercise, however, and must have access to a securely fenced area for
running at least a few times a week. If your landlord does
not permit dogs over 35 pounds, consider checking out other sighthounds
such as whippets or Italian greyhounds; these gentle, quiet, and loving
dogs are a wonderful addition to any apartment.
- The miniature Schnauzer is a loving, faithful dog who thrives on
human interaction. The smallest of the Schnauzer family, this miniature
breed weighs only about 15 pounds. Unlike the standard and giant
Schnauzer, these miniatures don't mind spending time alone.
Their reputation as a child-loving dog makes them a good option for a
There are many more breeds that are great for living in apartments. You can learn more about apartment-friendly breeds at this link. Once you know what kind of puppy will do well in your home, don't forget to read up about everything you need to know about choosing and getting a puppy right here. And finally, when you're ready to find your new companion, check out this link to find a new pet near you.
are many adorable dogs out there, but don't be swayed by a cute face. A
pet is for life so carefully consider their needs from puppyhood to
Until next time,
P.S. - What if you're on the other end of the spectrum and have a
lot of room? Maybe you are interested in discovering which dogs will be
best for your children or senior family members. You can find the perfect dog to fit your lifestyle by reading all about different breeds right here at this link.
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