By Juliana Weiss-Roessler
If you live in an apartment or condo, this should be a factor you consider when adopting a dog: will your new family member be happy in close quarters?
Contrary to popular belief, the most important factor is not the size or breed of the dog, but the dog’s energy and your ability to ensure that its needs are met. Can you provide daily exercise and adequate physical and mental challenges? Will the dog live under rules, boundaries, and limitations with a calm and assertive Pack Leader?
In general, lower energy dogs, independent of breed, can adapt more easily to small spaces. But with that being said, there are certain breeds — and mixes — that are more likely to do well with apartment living.
These are some of the best dog breeds for apartments, but the list isn’t exhaustive and doesn’t take into account mixed breeds, which can often be a great fit. Want to know which breeds are best to avoid? While there are no hard and fast rules, hunting and working breeds require more physical activity and mental challenges, which often makes apartment living harder for them. Dalmatians in particular are notoriously high-energy dogs that don’t do well in small apartments.
Remember, every dog — no matter how small or low energy — needs a daily walk. Also, dogs need an opportunity to relieve themselves about every four hours, so if you are unable to get your dog out of the house that often, train your dog to relieve themselves in a designated area of the apartment, like a litter box or an outdoor balcony.
Do you share your apartment with a furry friend? Post her photo in the comments!
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