Dog Breeds that Love You and Your Apartment

Five dogs sitting on the floor looking at the camera. From left to right: mastiff, cavalier spaniel, shiba inu, Yorkshire terrier, and a pekingese. If you’re a dog lover in the city, chances are you’re not going to buy a high-energy Golden Retriever. But that doesn’t mean that you’re immune to the charms of our furry friends. Who doesn’t want a little dog to go on walks with you, to greet you after a long day at work, and to help you ward off stress? Still, you don’t want to confine a dog that needs a lot of room to roam to your tiny apartment. Luckily, there are several breeds that are well-suited to apartment dwelling. Here are five types of dogs who would love to come live with you.

1. The Mastiff

A brown mastiff looking up at the camera. This gentle giant may not seem like an obvious choice for an apartment-dwelling family. In fact, though, this pup’s moderate energy level means that he is suited to apartment life, as long as you can give him a walk every day. Because of his joints, you’ll likely need to find a place with an elevator—and have on hand an endless supply of drool rags.

2. The Yorkshire Terrier

A black and brown yorkshire terrier, looking up at the camera.

On the opposite end of the spectrum is the tiny Yorkshire Terrier. Weighing in at only six to seven pounds, these little dogs are also friendly and adaptable, meaning that they’re pretty happy wherever you take them (yes, even in a purse). Just remember that Yorkies do love a lot of attention, so if you work really long hours, the Yorkie might not be the pooch for you.

3. The Pekingese

A white and beige pekingese with tongue out.

These adorable furballs used to be Chinese imperial dogs, but they’d rather get lots of affection from you than sit on a stuffy throne. The little dogs are happy to sleep all day, and require very little exercise. Better yet, they’re good watchdogs, but they won’t yap at every delivery person who comes to your door.

4. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

A king cavalier spaniel sitting on the ground looking up at the camera. Black and white fur.The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is definitely popular in urban areas. With a calm and easygoing disposition, they only weigh in at 13 to 18 pounds. They’re also great city dogs because they love dog parks—they’re happy to make friends with other dogs and with new people.

5. The Shiba Inu

shiba inu dog looking at the camera with mouth open. This Japanese dog was originally bred to hunt small birds and animals, but he also—as indicated by his looks—has a cat-like calmness around an apartment. Shiba Inus don’t need a lot of exercise, but they can be difficult to train, especially for first-time dog owners. If you can train them well, however, Shiba Inus are great at adapting if you travel or move often.