What Are The Best Puppies For An Apartment?

One of the facts about adopting a new puppy many people forget is that they don’t stay small forever. Like a human baby, your puppy will grow in height and weight, often significantly. Of course, they grow and mature much faster than a human baby, but still, it’s similar. That makes the choice of which puppy to adopt essential because its final size will no doubt impact whatever living space you can provide.

For example, if you live in a loft in Manhattan, adopting a Great Dane puppy might not be the best plan. A smaller dog like a Chihuahua, Pomeranian, or Whippet would be preferable. That way, the tiny amount of space you’re sharing won’t get overcrowded as your puppy turns into a giant dog.

If you live out in the suburbs with a big yard, you can certainly adopt a bigger puppy that will become a bigger dog. With all that extra space, the only differences you’ll notice are extra food to buy and poop to clean up.  However, the smaller your living space gets, the smaller the puppy you adopt should be. Remember, big dogs need a lot of room to run around, play and get regular exercise.

I was thinking about this subject the other day when one of my neighbors asked me about buying a puppy for her daughter. She lives in a two-bedroom apartment with her husband and their son, a relatively small space for a dog, no doubt.  My neighbor asked me a question I hear from readers all the time; what are the best puppies for an apartment?

The easy answer to this question is that a smaller dog is usually best in an apartment. That being said, there are several other traits that you would want in a dog if you live in an apartment. For example, a calm puppy that doesn’t bark a lot and a dog breed that doesn’t suffer from separation anxiety problems would all be great ideas.

It would likely be a good idea to adopt a relatively low-energy dog, especially if they will only be getting walked once or twice a day. A high-energy puppy will not have a great time living in a small apartment and likely make a mess of the place any chance it gets simply because it’s bored.

So the answer to the question “what are the best puppies for an apartment?” is that the best puppy is one that’s small-ish, calm, stable, well-adjusted, and has low-ish energy. 

Knowing this, I’d bet your next question will have to do with what type of dog breeds meet all of the above requirements. If so, please keep reading. I’ve got the answer to this question and several more that will help you adopt a puppy that will have a great life in your apartment.

(I figure this answer is more about what TRAITS you want in an apartment dog, then the specific dogs can be in the expansion below)

Best Small Dogs for Apartments

Best Medium Dogs for Apartments

Best Large Dogs for Apartments

What Dogs are Bad for Apartments?