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Top 5 Breeds for Apartment/Condo Dwellers

By Victoria Swanson More Blogs by This AuthorFrom the Paws & Awws Blog Series

When choosing a breed for your lifestyle, consider not only your personal activity level, but your living situation. Unfortunately, many people relocate to a space that does not allow pets. Dogs and cats are not throw-aways. Shelters and rescues are running out of space to take on these pets that are constantly being given up due to this very reason. Before adopting a dog or cat, please ensure they will be included in your next move, no matter what.

The Greyhound, English Bulldog, Great Dane, Pug, and Havanese are well known for their friendly disposition, quietness, laziness, and generally laid-back attitude. They typically are not vocal dogs, they prefer lying around on a coach to chasing a ball, and being in close proximity in space won't faze them a bit. They don't need space to sprint, bounce, or tear around inside the living space. However, like all dogs, they still require a daily exercise program outside, which typically involves a walk around the block.

Great Dane


The Greyhound and Italian Greyhound (a smaller version) are excellent choices for apartment/condo dwellers. Although the Greyhound is known for their racing abilities (which I am highly against due to the abuse they endure at the races and ownership), they are not a constant on-the-go-type breed. They are just as content to lie around on the couch inside as they are to taking a quick sprint outside. They do very well with a 30 minute walk twice a day.



This medium-sized breed enjoys lolling around all day long. So much in fact, that sometimes the Bulldog has to be coaxed into a daily walk. Except for some snorting, drooling, grunting, and other unexpected smells, the Bulldog is typically quiet. A porch or deck is perfect for this content breed to lie around all day basking in the sun. Taking your Bulldog out for a daily walk once or twice is sufficient.

Great Dane


Yes, this giant breed is a perfect contender for apartment/condo dwellers. Obviously, the size of the living space should still be taken into consideration; less space won't be enough for both man and beast. The Great Dane is pretty low-key indoors and out. Expect to share your lap or coach space with this gentle giant, as they enjoy being close to their family. The Great Dane will enjoy their daily walk as part of their exercise program.



Pugs are the perfect size for apartment dwellers, as they are not too big and not too small. They enjoy hanging around their people and will follow you throughout the apartment, wanting to be close by. Having a balcony will keep the Pug especially happy. Plan to share your coach or chair space with this fur kid. Like the Bulldog, as long as you don't mind unpleasant noises and smells that come from the Pug, they too are fairly quiet. Don't forget, the Pug will still require a daily walk.



The Havanese size is a desirable one for apartment/condo dwellers. Although this adorable breed enjoys a good game of play, they are not wound-up like a Border Collie or Jack Russell Terrier and they will quickly settle down after a play session. The Havanese loves their family and will be actively seeking you out to curl up on the coach next to you. A daily walk is important to keep the Havanese content and happy.


There are many more breeds that I could have listed here - the French Bulldog, Boston Terrier, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel - that all fall in the above category for apartment/condo living. However, breeds like the Yorkshire Terrier, Chihuahua, Maltese, and Dachshund although perfect in size, are known for their constant yappy vocals. Many neighbors in close proximity will not enjoy this.

These breeds are available for adoption through various rescues and shelters - please check with these types of organizations first.

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