Most pet owners will understand how difficult it can be sometimes when selecting the best dog breeds to have as there are thousands of adorable little breeds of puppies available. But selecting the best dog breeds for apartment living can actually be made rather simple with the proper information. Pet shedding, house training, energy levels and barking all are vital considerations to take before you decide on a puppy. And after you’ve selected a few breeds, you’ll find that it’s quite easy to live with a small litter of pups!
A great choice for family dogs is the Shih Tzu. The Shih Tzu has a very friendly disposition and makes a good family pet. It is relatively easy to train and retains its trainability through adolescence. In fact, Shih Tzus makes a good choice for apartment dwellers as their small size prevents unwanted visitors from chewing on your favorite shoes. Shih Tzus can also be allergic to certain types of foods so be sure to read up on this breed’s allergy management needs prior to making the final decision.
If saving money is your first priority then the Pug is probably not a good choice for you as it is one of the most expensive dog breeds available. Nevertheless, the Pug is an extremely loyal companion and a wonderful addition to any family. One reason why the Pug is such a good breed to have as a family pet is because of its innate need for exercise and entertainment. A Pug requires around three hours of exercise daily. If you don’t have a fenced yard or a large space to exercise your Pug then you will need to engage in exercise most days of the week.
The Affenpinscher is another highly recommended American Eskimo dog. Affenpinschers are social, happy dogs that make great companions. They are very protective dogs that are gentle with humans and have a reputation for being obedient and reliable. This combination of traits make the Affenpinscher a great choice for apartment living.
Pugs have a reputation as being low energy dogs that are easy to care for. A Pug is not suited to someone who is very active and wants their dog to be a highly demanding ball of fur. Many apartment dwellers do not want to spend too much time caring for a pug and therefore many apartment managers outlaw the bringing of doggies into their apartments. On the flip side, pug owners love their dogs and doggie parties are always held in pug houses.
The Shih Tzu is considered one of the most popular American dog breeds and ranks high on the list of desirable pet qualities. This is largely due to the Shih Tzu’s medium length coat, its gentle temperament and high energy levels. They make great companions and are considered to be low-maintenance dogs. Shih Tzu that is socialised early are the ones that will tend to be the most balanced and healthy dogs.
The Japanese Chin Kite is small yet strong and considered to be a graceful dog. This breed was originally bred in Japan and despite its small size it packs a wallop with its strong bite and powerful bite force. The Japanese Chin Kite can live for seven years or more, if cared for properly and is considered to be low energy and a pleasure to own. Like the Pugs, the Shih Tzus and the Affenpinschers, they all require regular socialisation and lots of praise. Japanese Chins are often considered to be a perfect choice for apartment life due to their low energy levels and gentle nature.
The Affenpinscher is small yet strong and is one of the most commonly used breeds in China as a companion or home pet. Affenpinschers are great with children and can become quite attached to them. They are also known to be good with cats and other pets, although they are not good with loud or sudden noises. This breed requires a more consistent level of exercise than many other breeds, but they are excellent apartment dogs due to their low energy levels and moderate barking. These dogs also do not shed much and keep clean, but they are not recommended for apartment living due to their small size.