The Best Apartment Dogs With The Sweetest Temperaments

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If you are looking to start living with a new puppy or dog then we have the 31 MUST ANSWER QUESTIONS to prepare you for a new reality.

Owning a dog – being a dog parent – can be a wonderful and rewarding relationship that can last for years. Your dog will become an integral part of your life and so it’s important to think about how you and your dog will live the next 10 or so years not just in the short term.

So before you do anything at all, and prior to even thinking about which are the best apartment dogs for you, take the time to think about your answer to every question in this guide.

 

“It’s better to look ahead and prepare, than to look back and regret”

(Source: Jackie Joyner-Kersee)

 

What Are The Best Apartment Dogs?

The growing popularity of apartment dogs lead us to ask “What are the best apartment dogs?”

The best answer we came up with is that many dogs could be good apartment dogs. However, the best apartment dogs for you will depend on you and your particular circumstances.

 

Skip Down to our Best Apartment Dog Review Information by Breed, Hypoallergenic, Temperament, Shedding, Grooming, Exercise Needs, Barking and Weather/Climate Suitability.

 

It’s All About You


What breed of dog and dog personality will match;

Your Personality

Size and style of your Living Space (size of a dog is less of an issue if you live in a 20,000 square foot apartment than a small NYC loft)

The Lifestyle you lead (active, business travel, homey)

Your Savings (Dogs cost. A lot!)

 

How much time, effort and money are you realistically willing to devote to the responsibility of dog ownership? These will all be required on an ongoing basis for;

Training your dog

Exercising your dog at least once daily, every day. Do you know how much exercise a dog needs?

Socialization of your dog

Maintaining your dog’s health and well-being

The basics of food, treats, dog beds, crates for dogs, dog strollers, toys, collars and/or a dog harness to name a few.

 

Now remember if you don’t have the time to make the effort to meet all the responsibilities of dog ownership then you should not get a dog. Or a puppy. Take a visit to the local shelter or dog rescue facility and meet some of the victims of “not enough (time, money, patience, etc.)”. Dog ownership has many wonderful rewards that do come with responsibility. Check out our Guide to Puppies for Sale for more details.

O.K. so you still really want a dog. Let’s sit down and work through what you may need to find out before you even think about the candidates for the best apartment dogs for your situation.

 

It’s Still All About You

So, lets begin the 31 MUST Answer Questions. We have presented these in the order that makes the most sense.  Firstly the Apartment Building Rules – there’s really no point in proceeding to find the best apartment dogs for you if your Building Rules either don’t allow dogs or only allow certain dogs.

 

The 31 Must Answer Questions are divided into these categories.

The Apartment Building Rules

Your Apartment

The Neighbors

Your Lifestyle

Dog’s Needs

And, if all the above work for you, then do you know the Cost of dog ownership (each year and over a lifetime?)

Finally, refer to our (growing) list of possible Apartment Dogs in the article (warts and all!)

 

Skip Down to our Best Apartment Dog Review Information by Breed, Hypoallergenic, Temperament, Shedding, Grooming, Exercise Needs, Barking and Weather/Climate Suitability.

 

The Apartment Building Rules

  1. Make sure you understand all the Rules of the Co-op or Board or Building Management or Landlord as they relate to pets and dogs in particular. What are the types of dog you are allowed (if it’s even an issue) and how many, if you intend to own more than one dog?
  2. What are the Rules as to moving through the building with a dog? When you take your dog outdoors, you will need to make sure that you move him through the communal areas with care so that no stress, fear or mess results for your neighbors. You will also need to make sure your dog has been socialized to handle this.
  3. What are the floor coverings in apartment’s common areas and within the apartment? Will your future dog be comfortable walking on these?

 

The Apartment

  1. House proofing. Until you have trained your dog in the boundaries of the apartment, how will you prevent your dog from ‘investigating’ his surroundings? How will you keep your dog safe? Read our article on Dog Safety here.
  2. If you live with other people are all of them prepared to accept a dog into the apartment? Will they help with the responsibilities of owning a dog? What about cleaning up and smells? Are allergies a consideration?
  3. Consider outdoor space. If you have a balcony, check that your dog will be safe and cannot jump off or fall. In ground floor apartments with an outdoor area check that your dog will be secure if let out.
  4. Will it matter if the dog sheds a lot of hair? Are your furnishings precious to you? What about rugs or carpets? Are you prepared for additional cleaning due to shedding? Read our article on DIY Dog Grooming here.
  5. Do you need to fit interior doggy doors to allow freedom to move through some of the apartment? Will your landlord allow this? At whose cost? Will you need to reinstate the old doors when you leave?
  6. How will you remove your dog should the unlikely scenario of an emergency evacuation arise? What if your dog is at home alone? Have you made provision for someone to rescue your dog?

 


Dog Beds & Playpens

Most of these come in a range of sizes and colors. Click into the Amazon links below for full details and specifications.


 

The Neighbors

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  1. Remember, your dog’s behavior may impact your neighbors, especially if your dog is extremely active or noisy. Consider how much can be heard through the walls? Is there sufficient insulation or soundproofing throughout the apartment?
  2. Do you know your neighbors? Dogs are a great conversation starter so they can be a great way to break the ice and introduce yourself to your neighbors. If all goes well, your neighbors may be able to feed your dog, provide holiday care, or alert you if your pet is causing any problems in your absence. You never know – you may even be able to set up a dog community or doggy play-dates within your apartment block. But if it all goes pear shaped you may find yourself in an antagonistic relationship with your neighbors. Never a good thing so you need to be mindful of what your dog is doing even when you are not at home.

 

 

Your Lifestyle

    1. Where will you take your dog for toileting? Is it safe at all hours of the day and night for you both?
    2. If you live alone are you prepared to feed, walk, groom and play with your dog on, at least, a daily basis? Or are you out all day and intend to leave your dog home alone?
    3. Do you already own a dog? Or other pet? How will they react to a new family member?
    4. What is the plan if you leave your dog home alone all day? When you come home are you prepared to do some of the 15 Fun Things to Do with Your Dog?
    5. Who will train your dog? How often? Where? Having the flexibility to train your dog when its most suitable for you (rather than a trainer’s schedule) will further strengthen your bond with your dog. Click through to Doggy Dan the Online Dog Trainer.
    6. Should you consider a dog walker? Can you afford this as often as your dog may need it? Daily? Twice Daily?
    7. If you intend to travel where will your dog go? With you? A boarding kennel? Can you afford this? Are you prepared to crate train your dog so that he will be comfortable and stress-free if separated from you? To prepare you and your dog for any travel requirements, read our articles on our Guide to the Best Crates for Dogs,  DIY Dog Crates and Dog Crate Training.
    8. Are you intending to move house during the dog’s lifetime? Your dog may affect the type of housing you can move to. Does that bother you? What if you a new partner comes into your life and you decide to go move in together – whose place suits you best? Whose place suits your dog best?
    9. Puppy or dog? A puppy requires a lot more hands-on attention especially during the first 8 months. Are you prepared for nightly toilet training walks? Or have you thought about an alternative plan?

 


Dog Crates



 

 

Your Dog’s Needs

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    1. Exercise. Read our complete article on How much Exercise Does a Dog Need.
    2. Are there dog-friendly parks and walking areas nearby? Are they well-lit if you intend to use them during outside of daylight hours? Read our Essential Dog Park Guide here.
    3. What will your dog eat? What shouldn’t you feed your dog?
    4. Do you know how much sleep dogs need? Read our article on How Much Sleep Does a Dog Need?
    5. Where will your dog spend his days? Is doggy day care an option? How much does it cost? Where is the nearest or most convenient day care centre? How can you determine if it is a good centre? What if your dog hates it? Where to next?
    6. Where is the nearest vet? How will you transport your dog to the vet? How good is that vet? Do you need to go further to find a better vet?
    7. Can you afford ordinary health costs for necessities such as worming, vaccinations, flea and tick control and de-sexing?
    8. Are you prepared for unexpected expenses if your dog gets sick or is injured? Our guide to being ready with a DIY Dog First Aid Kit can help you get started.
    9. Pet insurance or no pet insurance? What are the risks? How much? What’s included and excluded from insurance?
    10. Dog treats. You’ve probably heard about them but do you know what they are and how you should use them. Read our article on DIY Dog Treats to find out more.

 


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The Cost

 

  1. The monetary cost of dog ownership over your dog’s lifetime can reach into the tens of thousands of dollars. Are you prepared for the both initial and then the ongoing costs of dog ownership?

Excluding the cost of buying a dog, the first year costs which include all the set up requirements are estimated to be between $4,000 and $8,500. These costs will reduce in the following years to $2,500 to $6,000. However that doesn’t include any out of pocket expenses after insurance claims for any injuries or illnesses your dog could be inflicted with. Oh, and it doesn’t include damage to household items which may need to be replaced or fixed.

Drop into any of the following pages for a sneak peak at what the real costs of dog ownership include.

Dog Beds

Best Dog Food

Dog Crates

Crate Covers

Dog Exercise Accessories

Doggy Treats

Dog Grooming

Games for Dogs

Dog Strollers, Wagons and Bike Trailers

Puppy Playpens

Dog Collars and Harnesses

Puppy Supplies

 

So, how useful did you find that exercise? Had you already thought about all those responsibilities and the commitment you need to make to your dog? If you have friends thinking about getting a dog or a puppy, why not share this article with them so they can work through the 31 MUST Answer Questions.

Remember, what we advised at the beginning of this journey?

“It’s better to look ahead and prepare, than to look back and regret”

(Source: Jackie Joyner-Kersee)

 


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Which Dogs Make the Best Apartment Dogs?

Doggy Dan the Online Dog Trainer has trained thousand of dogs and dog owners and helped us out with his observations including “I think getting a dog is like a box of chocolates, you never really know what you are going to get!” 

Regardless, you do still need to determine some basics characteristics of any dog or puppy you may be thinking will make the list of good apartment dogs.

 

 

Breed

Within a litter of same breed puppies it is pretty much accepted that you will have different personalities. There may be a dominant puppy, a submissive puppy, a clown, a loner and perhaps a thinker. That litter of puppies is all the same breed, yet they are all different in terms of their personalities and character.

What that tells us is that selecting a dog based on its breed attributes and temperament is a great start. However, it is only the first step in determining which dogs may make good apartment dogs.

Personality

You need to realise that you can’t accurately predict what type of personality your dog will have. There are certain physical attributes which you can categorise within each breed, and you can estimate the energy level of a dog approximately by the breed. A 100lb dog running around a small apartment space is likely to do more damage than an 20lb dog regardless they are both lively.

Good apartment dogs should generally be friendly by nature as they will interact with more people merely because of the communal aspect of apartment living.

Energy Level

When looking for a dog consider the energy level of that dog breed firstly. That’s because some dogs need more exercise and if you can’t exercise your dog properly you will soon run into unwanted behavior issues. For example a Border Collie will do best with space to run around in whereas a greyhound is (surprisingly) lazy.

Match Size of Dog to Size of Apartment

You need to be realistic about the size of adult dog your apartment can handle. A studio apartment provides a lot less comfort for both you and your dog than an apartment with 2 bedrooms and a separate living area. It will be easier to manage a dog in a smaller living area if the breed functions well in confined spaces (maybe a little lazy) but once again, personality may contradict this! Who hasn’t seen both a feisty chihuahua and a mellow one?

Barking

Think of your neighbors. The best apartment dogs should not be known to be excessive or reactive barkers.  Guard dog breeds may be more likely to bark as people come and go from apartments. Dogs that have not been thoroughly socialised or are not familiar with their surroundings may also ‘alert’ bark.

 


Puppy Playpens and Accessories

Keep your puppy (and your furniture, shoes, etc) safe with a puppy playpen.


 

Ongoing Research

In our research to date, we have determined that the best apartment dogs can be many and varied. We think we’ve just scratched the surface on an important yet immensely complex question.

We are going to continue updating our dogs on the question of which are the best apartment dogs so check in from time to time or follow us on facebook to get the latest updates.

List of Possible Best Apartment Dogs

Havanese

Breed Group Toy Smaller sized dogs that were bred to be companions.
Hypoallergenic Yes Relatively unlikely to cause an allergic reaction.
Temperament Happy Happy, love to play, willing to please, love attention.  Love people.
Shedding No Non-shedding so low cleaning requirement.
Grooming High Brushing 2 to 4 times per week, occasional trimming.
Exercise Needs Low Regular exercise like short walks, games & dog park.
Barking Low Will bark to alert owner but not considered a very protective breed.
Weather/Temperature Cold Does not tolerate the cold.
Heat Can handle the heat.
Size Weight 7 to 13 pounds in weight.
Height 9 to 12 inches in height.
Best Apartment Dogs? Well Suited If You Will exercise the dog daily.
    Will brush the dog every 2nd day.
    Live alone and want companionship.
    Provide protection to the dog in cold weather.
    Consider your apartment size to be small.

 

 

Miniature Schnauzer

Breed Group Small Smaller sized dogs that were bred to be companions.
Hypoallergenic Yes Relatively unlikely to cause an allergic reaction.
Temperament Well mannered Friendly, smart, obedient (easier to train), companionable, well-mannered and gentle.
Shedding No Non-shedding so low cleaning requirement.
Grooming Medium Has a double coat with an undercoat and wiry, hard outer coat. Requires brushing often.
Exercise Needs Low Regular exercise like leash walks, playful games & visits to a dog park.
Barking Low Some may bark a lot but that can be addressed with good dog training.
Weather/Temperature Cold Can handle the cold.
Heat Can handle the heat
Size Weight 13 to 15 pounds in weight.
Height 12 to 14 inches in height.
Best Apartment Dogs? Well Suited if You Will exercise the dog daily.
    Will brush the dog every 2nd day.
    Live alone or with other people or children or other dogs.
    Will provide lots of engaging activities if he’s left alone.
    Your apartment size is small.
    Are prepared to give a bit extra grooming like shaping and clipping to soften the texture of the coat.

 


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French Bulldog

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Breed Group Medium Medium sized dogs.
Hypoallergenic No
Temperament Well mannered Friendly, sweet, alert, willing to please, loves to play, loves to snooze, and enjoys cuddling. Fun loving dog.
Shedding No Low-shedding so low cleaning requirement.
Grooming Medium Coat care is minimal. However french bulldogs have facial wrinkles that need regular cleaning.  These dogs tend to snore and drool.
Exercise Needs Low All dogs need exercise but the french bulldog doesn’t need a lot. Play activities inside as well as walks will help.
Barking Low Bark to warn but don’t rely on them to do anything more than that!
Weather/Temperature Cold Can handle the cold.
Heat NOT GOOD in the heat especially if its hot and humid. Cannot swim and is not suited for outdoor living.
Size Weight 28 pounds
Height 13 inches
Best Apartment Dogs? Well Suited if You will provide a walk and some inside activities.
    You are prepared to regularly clean the dog’s facial wrinkles which can become more prominent as he ages.
    You live alone or with other people
    You like cuddles
    Any size apartment as french bulldog’s are well suited to apartment living and they don’t need an outside area
    You are prepared for the snoring, wheezing and drooling!

 


 

Maltese

Breed Group Toy Smaller sized dogs that were bred to be companions.
Hypoallergenic Yes
Temperament Intelligent. Can be stubborn Playful, affectionate, energetic, self confident, alert and is a good watchdog.  Highly intelligent so can develop unwanted behavior through anxiety and stress if over coddled by humans. Nothing some good gentle, persistent and consistent training can’t fix.
Shedding No Low-shedding so low cleaning requirement.
Grooming Medium Regular grooming is required.  Clipping the long coat will make it easier to maintain. Requires combing on alternate days at least.
Exercise Needs Low Not much exercise is required to keep this dog in shape. But lots of indoor active games as well as walks recommended.
Barking Low Will bark if an intruder is present but won’t give chase! Not a very protective breed.
Weather/Temperature Cold Good in cold weather.
Heat Can have a hard time in the heat.
Size Weight 4 – 7 pounds
Height 9 – 10 inches
Best Apartment Dogs? Well Suited if You Will train it to understand you are the pack leader. You need to be the boss otherwise it may develop unwanted behavior.
    Will provide a walk and active indoor activities.
    Are prepared to brush the coat at least every second day.
    Will supervise it around children until trained
    Small size apartment as maltese are well suited to apartment living and they don’t need an outside area
    Must be the boss of the apartment and the dog as the maltese are highly intelligent and will take over
    Do not over coddle the dog as it may do more harm than good in their behavior.
    Are prepared to train the Maltese using gentle and consistent methods.

 


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Papillon

Breed Group Toy Fine boned and petite. Delicate breed so no rough play.
Hypoallergenic Yes
Temperament Calm Very smart. Highly energetic and loves exercise. Will walk for long distances. Not prone to anxiety or shyness. Gentle.
Shedding Minimal
Grooming Medium Daily – Check its ‘butterfly’ ears for dirt or objects that might have got stuck during outside activity. Its coat in one layered and fine, so it does not require much in the way of grooming but brushing a few times a week is necessary.
Exercise Needs Medium Loves play and exercise as the Papillon is highly energetic – but not rough.
Barking Low Will alert owner as it has a protective streak but not prone to yapping.
Weather/Temperature Cold Doesn’t tolerate cold as it is a fine and petite dog so there’s not much to keep the dog warm.
Heat Can handle the heat.
Size Weight 4 – 9 pounds
Height 8 – 11 inches
Best Apartment Dogs? Well Suited if You Want a smart dog that is (generally) easily trainable.
    Live in a small apartment as they are a toy breed.
    Will spend time playing with the Papillon.
    Want a smart companion who will be involved in your life.
    Live alone – not suited to children unless you have taught them to be gentle as the Papillon is a delicate dog.
    Like to exercise by taking long walks as the Papillon can walk for long periods.
    Will spend lots of time outside with the Papillon as they love the outdoors.


 

Lhasa Apso

Breed Group Small Tough dog that’s quite strong for a small breed
Hypoallergenic Yes
Temperament Lovable Independent and stubborn. Can be reserved around strangers, but very loving with its owners. Playful and energetic.
Shedding Minimal
Grooming High The lhasa apso’s lovely coat is coarse, heavy, straight and long so it will need combing and brushing every day to keep the coat clean and unmatted
Exercise Needs Low to Medium Does enjoy walks and playing outside.
Barking Low Will bark as the Llasa Apso was bred in Tibet as an interior sentinel in the Buddhist monasteries to alert the monks to intruders
Weather/Temperature Cold Can handle the cold.
Heat Does not handle the heat.
Size Weight 13 – 15 pounds
Height 10 -11 inches
Best Apartment Dogs? Well Suited if You Have the patience to train the Lhasa Apso as they can be stubborn.
    Don’t have any outdoor area as it likes being inside – which is much better for all the hair too!
    Can’t spend a lot of time on exercise as the Lhasa Apso doesn’t need too much exercise to stay in shape.
    Have children as the Lhasa Apso is playful and affectionate while also being energetic.
    Commit to brushing the coat of the Lhasa Apso daily to keep it in optimal condition. Matting is likely if neglected.
    Will not be keeping the dog in a hot weather climate.


 

Boston Terrier

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Breed Group Medium Nice and tidy dog that’s compactly built preserving many of the features of its bulldog relatives.
Hypoallergenic No
Temperament Lively, sensitive, devoted The Boston Terrier is a clever breed but can also be stubborn. Training is essential to ensure the dog knows who the boss (cleverest one) is.
Shedding Minimal Ideal as a house dog.
Grooming Low Minimal care as the Boston Terrier has a short coat and just the occasional brushing is needed to get rid of dead hair.
Exercise Needs Medium Daily exercise is required as the Boston Terrier is an active dog that is playful and likes a game of fetch. But check the Weather/Temperature details below.
Barking Depends Some can bark a lot so training is required to ensure the dog knows who is the pack leader.
Weather/Temperature Cold Does not handle the cold.
Heat Does not handle the heat.
Size Weight 10 – 25 pounds
Height 15 – 17 inches
Best Apartment Dogs? Well Suited if You Will train the Boston Terrier as they are a clever dog and need to know who is the pack leader. 
    Will provide daily exercise for the dog with a run around outside. However not in the cold or the heat as the Boston Terrier doesn’t do well with either of these.
    Have children as the Boston Terrier is playful and affectionate while also being energetic.
    Will not be keeping the dog outside in a hot or cold weather climate.
    You are prepared for the snoring, wheezing and drooling!

 


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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Breed Group Toy The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is an elegant and sweet looking dog.
Hypoallergenic No
Temperament Very friendly. A social dog with a sweet, gentle, quiet and affectionate temperament. Makes for a great therapy dog.
Shedding Moderate You will need to vacuum often.
Grooming High The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel requires brushing at least every second day due to its long coat.
Exercise Needs Must be exercised. When outdoors the Cavalier King Charles likes to explore – very much to its Spaniel nature.
Barking Barking to alert – yes. Barking as an issue – not as a breed – only as it relates to a lack of training.
Weather/Temperature Cold Tough in the cold.
Heat Has a difficult time in the heat.
Size Weight 13 – 18 pounds.
Height 12 -13 inches.
Best Apartment Dogs? Well Suited if You Don’t mind attending to the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel’s high maintenance grooming needs every second day.
    Want or need a quiet and affectionate companion.
    Don’t mind vacuuming often as the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel will shed hair.
    Will spend time and be patient with training.
    Like a reasonably placid dog and don’t have a lot of experience with dogs.
    Will take time to exercise the dog outdoors so that he can explore.
    Are looking for an almost perfect house pet.

 

 

Whippet

Breed Group Medium
Hypoallergenic No Although not hypoallergenic, the Whippet’s short coat and skin type make it good for people with allergies.
Temperament Gentle & Docile Affectionate with people especially children. Friendly with visitors. Quiet at home and content to sit at your feet.
Shedding Minimal Due to its skin producing a light oil and its short hair the Whippet does not shed a lot – and neither does it suffer from doggy dandruff.
Grooming Light Regular grooming is required but due to its short coat there is no requirement to do too much.
Exercise Needs Medium to High. Whippet’s love to run – they are able to do so at a very high pace too so beware where you let them run freely. Need a combination of running and walking regularly.
Barking Not a lot
Weather/Temperature Cold Not great in the cold and should not stay outside in the cold for long due to their short coat.
Heat Good.
Size Weight 20 – 40 pounds
Height 18 – 22 inches
Best Apartment Dogs? Well Suited if You Favour the ease with which a whippet can be trained.
    Have access to areas where the dog can run freely – like a dog park (see our article here…….)
    Love to exercise yourself.
    Want a loving companion that is loyal.
    Don’t like smelly dogs. The Whippet doesn’t have that odor that many dogs have (its skin and coat are different).
    Don’t live in cold/snowy climates as the Whippet does need regular outside exercise but it cannot cope with the cold for long.
    Understand the whippet is athletic and does need exercise often.
    Have children as the Whippet, although gentle, does like to play.

 


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Pomeranian

Breed Group Small Companion Dog.
Hypoallergenic No
Temperament Gentle & Docile The Pomeranian is a playful and self-confident dog that likes playtime and to be kept busy.
Shedding Yes Be prepared for vacuuming.
Grooming High Needs The Pomeranian has a double coat of hair with a thick soft undercoat and a long outer coat.
Exercise Needs Medium The Pomeranian requires daily stimulation with short walks outside and games inside. This is an active and engaged dog.
Barking Can bark a lot Mostly around strangers. Training the Pomeranian to understand you are the pack leader (and the dog is not) will sort that out.
Weather/Temperature Cold Good in cold weather.
Heat Good in warmer weather but should not be kept outside for long periods due to their coat coverage and it being double layered.
Size Weight 3 – 7 pounds
Height 8 – 11 inches
Best Apartment Dogs? Well Suited if You Want to be engaged with your dog.
    Are prepared for daily exercise routine.
    Are prepared for higher grooming needs.
    Don’t mind vacuuming or if you do, then are prepared for dog hair being shed.
    Are prepared to be the pack leader; gain knowledge to train the Pomeranian. These dogs are relatively easy to train.
    Enjoy playing with your dog – inside and outside.
    Have kids as the Pomeranian is playful and enjoys games.
    Live in a smaller apartment as the Pomeranian is a very small dog that does not require much room.

 

 

Jack Russell Terrier

Breed Group Small The Jack Russell Terrier may be small but its wiry and agile as it is a hunting terrier.
Hypoallergenic No
Temperament Intelligent, athletic, high energy and fearless. The energetic nature of the Jack Russell will need training.
Shedding Dense double coat of hair that may be wiry or smooth.
Grooming Light
Exercise Needs High to Very High Very high need for energetic exercise – and this must be daily.
Barking Yes The Jack Russell Terrier will bark as it’s a hunting dog and it’s instinct is to bark, chew, and dig so it does need to be obedience trained.
Weather/Temperature Cold Can handle.
Heat Can handle.
Size Weight 13 -17 pounds
Height 12 – 14 inches
Best Apartment Dogs? Well Suited if You Are absolutely prepared for dog training as the Jack Russell Terrier can be loud and stubborn and needs to know you are the pack leader.
    Have a yard and access to exercise area as the Jack Russell has a high need for exercise and stimulation.
    Want a dog that is affectionate and a loyal companion.
    Are prepared for ALL of the above AND need a guard dog.
    Are leaving your apartment for the suburbs and a house where there is a lot of room to roam.

 

 

Pug

Breed Group Small
Hypoallergenic No The pug isn’t hypoallergenic however the dog’s coat is short, fine and smooth.
Temperament Even tempered, playful and friendly The pug is a confident and playful personality that is outgoing and makes a loving companion. The pug can be stubborn but training the pug to recognise you as the pack leader will attend to that.
Shedding Minimal
Grooming Medium to High It’s not the pug’s coat that requires high grooming but cleaning and drying their facial wrinkles is required regularly to prevent skin infections.
Exercise Needs Low to Medium A daily walk or some higher energy indoor games are well suited to the pug.
Barking Low
Weather/Temperature Cold Can handle.
Heat Sensitive to humidity and heat.
Size Weight 14 – 18 pounds
Height 10 – 11 inches
Best Apartment Dogs? Well Suited if  You will provide a walk and some inside activities.
    You are prepared to regularly clean the dog’s facial wrinkles which can become more prominent as he ages.
    You live alone or with other people
    You like cuddles
    Any size apartment as pug’s are well suited to apartment living and they don’t need an outside area
    Will commit to regular and routine cleaning of the pug’s skin folds.
    You have kids as the pug is known for its playfulness and affection.
    You are prepared for the snoring and wheezing!

 

 

West Highland White Terrier

Breed Group Small
Hypoallergenic Yes
Temperament Friendly, loud and independent Some say the “Westie’s” personality is just like a Scotsman -big, loud and friendly. The West Highland White Terrier can be stubborn and demanding but it is very affectionate with its owner.
Shedding Yes
Grooming Medium to High Tough double coat that does require brushing. As the Westie is white you will need to keep him clean to keep looking good.
Exercise Needs Medium to High The Westie loves to run and walk and play. High need for being involved in things.
Barking Yes. Training the Westie to understand you are the pack leader can address any barking.
Weather/Temperature Cold Can handle the cold.
Heat Can handle the heat.
Size Weight 10 -11 inches
Height 15 – 21 pounds
Best Apartment Dogs? Well Suited if You Love to be fully engaged with the Westie as their needs are high for being involved.
    Have an outdoor small to average sized yard as the Westie does need exercise.
    Are prepared for daily routines including exercise outdoors in a safe place like a dog park where the Westie can run and snoop and fossick around.
    Understand the Westie is a terrier and by nature that is how they behave.
    Only want the one small pet as the Westie may not always be amicable with other small animals.
    Have the budget or the DIY know-how to keep the Westie groomed and clean as the pure white coat does look best when its white.

 


Dog Carriers



 

Shih Tzu

 

Breed Group Miniature
Hypoallergenic No However because the Shih Tzu doesn’t shed much hair the breed is regarded as a good choice if you have light allergies.
Temperament Friendly, tolerant and playful The Shih Tzu is a very affectionate dog who has a cheerful attitude.
Shedding Minimal
Grooming Medium to High Regular grooming is a requirement with this breed because of this characteristic; the hair will get tangled and matted quickly as it gets longer.
Exercise Needs The Shih Tzu needs exercise, but not much more than a daily walk or a run though the park. With their playful attitude, the Shih Tzu does enjoy inside games too.
Barking Tendency to bark as it was bred as a watchdog (admittedly for royalty) You will need to train the Shih Tzu to accept you as the pack leader. The breed is prone to bark (and bark, and bark) especially if it is bored.
Weather/Temperature Cold Can tolerate cold, but not extreme cold.
Heat Does not tolerate high temperatures.
Size Weight 9 – 16 pounds
Height 8 – 11 inches
Best Apartment Dogs? Well Suited if You Don’t have children as the Shih Tzu can be a very affectionate companion dog.
    Live in an apartment, regardless of size, as they are a small dog. 
    Are prepared to exercise your Shih Tzu daily as they like activity.
    Are prepared for grooming every 2nd day or if not, then keep the dog’s coat groomed to a short (teddy bear) cut or a shorter cut.
    Are prepared with a grooming budget.
    Introduce your Shih Tzu to small children as a puppy as an older dog may not be as tolerant with high energy play as it would if it had been raised from the start with young children.
    Are prepared to be patient and consistent with dog training as the Shih Tzu can be stubborn and will need to know who is the pack leader.

 

 

Beagle

Breed Group Medium
Hypoallergenic
Temperament Friendly, tolerant and calm. Very social dog that likes people and dogs. The beagle is an intelligent dog with a lovely even temper.
Shedding Minimal
Grooming Minimal The beagle has a short and coarse coat.
Exercise Needs Medium/High The beagle does need regular exercise to maintain its fitness. Trips to the dog park are ideal so the beagle can fossick and scurry around which they love to do as they are an adventurous and playful dog.
Barking Yes The beagle will bark as they are a hunting dog and the instinct is to bark and hunt, so you will need to invest in obedience training.
Weather/Temperature Cold Can tolerate cold weather
Heat Does tolerate hot weather
Size Weight 18 – 30 pounds
Height 13 – 15 inches
Best Apartment Dogs? Well Suited if You Have children as the beagle makes a perfect pet for families with children.
    Do have a small yard to allow the beagle to spend time outside where it can explore  – it is a hound dog after all.
    Will commit to daily exercise as the beagle will get bored just sitting around.
    Will commit to a dog training regime as the beagle is very intelligent and will need to know you are the pack leader so they can relax.

 

 

Japanese Chin

Breed Group Toy Lap dog and a companion dog.
Hypoallergenic No
Temperament Obedient, sensitive and very friendly. The Japanese Chin loves to sit in a warm lap who is a dedicated companion. Known to be gentle enough for children to play with.
Shedding Medium
Grooming Medium The Japanese Chin has a lot of hair which is straight and silky so they will require regular grooming to keep the coat in shape.
Exercise Needs Low to Medium Does love a little romp around and some games as they are quite an energetic little dog. But their exercise needs are still fairly low as they are quite small.
Barking Low
Weather/Temperature Cold Cannot handle cold weather (it is a tiny breed)
Heat Cannot handle very hot and humid weather
Size Weight 4 – 7 pounds
Height 8 – 11 inches
Best Apartment Dogs? Well Suited if You Intend to keep the Japanese Chin mainly inside your apartment as they are unsuited to living outdoors.
    Are well aware that the little Japanese Chin cannot tolerate very cold or very hot or humid weather conditions as they are a little dog. 
    Love the aristocratic and slightly oriental look of this little dog bred for Japanese royalty.
    Don’t have a lot of time for exercising your dog.
    Will commit to regular and routing brushing of the Japanese Chin as they do have a lot of hair that you don’t want to become matted.
    Don’t mind that the Japanese Chin can be a little wheezy.

 


Puppy Playpens and Accessories

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Chow Chow

Breed Group Large
Hypoallergenic No
Temperament Independent and reserved. Very protective. Loves to protect and guard their humans. The Chow Chow is a large, quiet and reserved dog.
Shedding Yes Rough coated Chow Chow only.
Grooming High or… Low There are two types of Chow Chow’s with regards to their coats. Rough and smooth-coated.
Rough Coat The rough coated Chow Chow does require brushing often – daily during shedding and every 2nd day at other times.
Smooth Coat The smooth coated Chow Chow doesn’t require as much brushing but do aim for at least once a week.
Exercise Needs Medium The Chow Chow doesn’t need a lot of exercise at all. Short walks in the morning and evening and some games or play during the day will be perfect.
Barking Yes This is a very protective dog of its family so they do bark and will do whatever they need to do to protect their family.
Weather/Temperature Cold Loves the cold – it is after all an arctic-type of dog with a woolly undercoat to insulate against the cold.
Heat Not tolerant of hot, dry or humid and hot weather as it’s an arctic-type of dog.
Size Weight 45 – 70 pounds
Height 17 – 20 inches
Best Apartment Dogs? Well Suited if You Don’t mind the Chow Chow’s unique black tongue (it’s normal for the breed).
    Will be diligent, persistent and consistent with dog training so that the Chow Chow knows you are the pack leader and they may relax. As they are a very protective dog they should be well trained to obey their human.
    Favor a guard dog.

 

 

Cavapoo

Breed Group Small Mix between the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Poodle.
Hypoallergenic No
Temperament Sweet, obedient and gentle. The Cavapoo is a gentle dog that  tends to be friendly and outgoing and shouldn’t be shy.
Shedding No
Grooming Medium The Cavapoo’s hair does need brushing or combing every two to three days to prevent mats or tangles. As this breed can develop tear stains, you should wash their face daily, wiping beneath the eyes, to prevent stains becoming permanent.
Exercise Needs Low to Medium Love to play so active indoor games are a great idea. The Cavapoo is good at playing fetch and will chase the ball for quite some time. The Cavapoo is athletic enough to take on dog sports if the owner is interested.
Barking Low
Weather/Temperature Cold Can tolerate the cold.
Heat Can be sensitive to heat because of their short muzzle, so take care on hot days to not leave them outside.
Size Weight 12 – 25 pounds
Height 14 inches
Best Apartment Dogs? Well Suited if You Want a dog that will, generally, be easy to train as the Cavapoo is an obedient dog that can learn quickly.
    Perhaps have a need for a therapy dog as the Cavapoo is gentle and can make a great therapy dog.
    Have children as the Cavapoo is a fun loving dog and can be good playmates for children.
    Are prepared to include a grooming budget to keep the Cavapoo looking good.
    Would like a companion to include during your exercise activities as the Cavapoo is athletic enough to do so.
    Want an intelligent, loving and social dog to share your life with.

 

 

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