When picking the perfect pooch for your apartment, you also should consider the dog’s activity levels, noisiness, and even sociability. Neighbors in close quarters might mean lots of entertaining and meeting new people and other dogs, as well.
If you're in search of a small and gentle dog, then let's tell you more about the Yorkshire terrier!
Yorkies are low-maintenance as they don't need much grooming or exercise, and they'll be happy just being able to rest on your lap for most of the day.
Shiba Inu has been called the ultimate family pet, as it can quickly adapt to new people, and bond with other dogs.
It's a very confident and independent breed, but still loves nothing more than spending quality time with its owners, even if that's inside all day.
If you feel like you just spend your time chilling on the couch, then a Pug is the perfect companion. They don't need much space and relaxing at home is pretty much their favorite hobby.
Pugs make fantastic pets for apartment dwellers, they're smart, friendly, easy to maintain, and quickly adapt to almost any environment.
Standard Poodles are very popular and for a good reason! It's one of the smartest dog breeds out there. You can have endless fun teaching them new tricks. And Standard Poodles naturally have a loving and tender nature.
Being a more independent breed, Standard Poodles love being around their human family and will do well as long as they get enough exercise.
The Italian Greyhound or 'Iggies' is the purest form of the Greyhound. It's energetic, slender, and muscular. The Greyhound's accentuated curved back gives it a royal appearance.
Despite being known as swift racing hounds, ironically, they are also a lazy breed. They'll be happy to just relax on the couch for most of the day!
West Highland Terrier
Terriers seem to be a popular choice for city dwellers. The West Highland Terrier is one of the popular ones since they have a pleasant temperament and are also good lapdogs.
This breed is suited for apartment living and only needs an hour of exercise every day. Despite their soft fur coat, you won't need to do too much grooming.
You may be just discovering this unique breed, and you'll be happy you did. The Biewer is a relatively small dog, well, one of the smallest in fact, but its heart is enormous.
Biewers are known for being very tender, intelligent, and playful. Despite their thick mane, they don't shed much. If taken good care of, it typically lives up to 14 years, so you'll have many years to spend together.
If you're looking for an affectionate and active dog, a Pomeranian could be a perfect fit for you! Their small size makes them great in small spaces like apartments, and even though it's fluffy, it hardly sheds, but you should brush it often.
And you'll have no trouble training a Pomerraninan because they're brilliant.
Yes, you read correctly, Peekapoos. You may not have heard of this breed, they're a crossbreed between two adorable dogs we've mentioned before, a Pekingese and a poodle! Like their parents, Peekapoos are smart, friendly, and affectionate dogs.
They will need more exercise so be sure to take them for plenty of walks outside your apartment!
This bundle of joy has fans all over the world. The Japanese Spitz is adaptable, friendly, and energetic. Their size ranges from small to medium making them suitable for apartment living.
Because of their thick mane, they should be brushed at least twice a week. But once you own a Japanese Spitz, you wouldn't mind even if you had to groom it daily.
The Manchester Terrier came to us from England, as their name suggests. The small petite and calm dog only needs a moderate amount of exercise and almost zero grooming.
Manchester Terriers are known for being affectionate, cheerful, and well-behaved. So, if those are traits you're looking for in a dog, then this one may be the one for you!
The famous English Bulldog makes an excellent pet and most people know that despite their bulky appearance, they are actually easygoing dogs, plus they're very loyal to their owner.
Bulldogs can be pretty lazy, so be sure to take your pup out a few times daily, and watch its diet. Hey, same for you!
Being very much like Labradors, Golden Retrievers are sweet and smart canines that are easy to train. They are very attuned to humans' emotional needs and very emotionally intelligent creatures.
Golden Retrievers thrive on companionship and have a lot of patience. You'd be one lucky person to own one. However, they need lots of exercise, so love you'll one if you live a more active lifestyle and can them out for regular walks.
Papillon (Continental Toy Spaniel)
Being a Toy' breed, Papillons are small, easy to bathe, and carry; you may have even seen one in women's purses.
Papillons are very intelligent, so you'll have no trouble training one. And they're entertaining, some would even call them silly. This breed can be quite possessive of its owners, so it's best not to have any other pets around.
Not to be confused with the Toy Poodle, these poodles are one of the smallest dogs out there. These tiny little pups are loyal and loving and can fit just about anywhere!
They grow to be no more than nine inches tall and can easily be carried around in a handbag.
Japanese Spaniels are dignified yet silly dogs, that'll keep you entertained during your newfound free time.
They're relatively low-maintenance as you only have to brush it about once a week, and this breed doesn't bark as much as other dogs, which is a plus if you have sensitive neighbors.
The Phalène is the earliest form of the Papillon dog breed, and they look quite similar except the Phalène has dropped ears. They learn new tricks easily. They are sociable with the family but reserved around new people.
They have enough energy to keep up with active families, but can also be calm enough to live in an apartment.
Labrador Retrievers, also known as Labs, are famous for being affectionate and intelligent dogs, and rightfully so. The qualities of Labs make them great companions for those living in apartments as long as it is provided the exercise it needs.
However, this breed is rather large and should not be cooped up in a small apartment all day. So, if you often take them out to the park, they'll be ecstatic. Labradors are very loving and loyal and will be excellent watchdogs.
The classic Sealyham Terrier, also known as the Welsh Border Terrier, shows off a lush wavy coat that comes in several colors. They can grow to weigh around 24 pounds.
This breed is suitable for those who enjoy their sofa time as these pups don't require as much exercise compared to other dogs breeds.
As their name implies, this breed originates in Ireland. While the Irish Terrier is known for being aggressive it's actually a great dog breed for smaller spaces.
It's loyal and independent, so if you happen to be the active type, this dog will make a great companion.
The strange-looking Chinese Crested requires no grooming at all unlike most of the dogs on our list. However, one thing different about this breed is that you will need to care for its exposed skin.
Chinese Cresteds have a moderate amount of energy but are also more than happy to sit quietly and chill with their owners.
If it's fluffiness that you're looking for in a domesticated companion, then look no further than the Keeshond. Say hello to the Keeshond. This is another unique-looking dog that has an impressive gray mane.
It's known for being obedient, clever, playful, and quick, so with traits like this, you're in for an entertaining ride getting to know and raise one of these furry fellas.
Brussels Griffons are known for being very clingy to their owners. So once this domesticated companion falls in love with you, you'll have trouble keeping it out of your lap!
This breed may feel overwhelmed by young children and tend to prefer the company of more mature individuals. Brussels Griffons are affectionate and relaxed, it may just be "the one" for you.
You don't have to spend hundreds of dollars on a purebred dog. Why not adopt a mixed-bred dog from your local shelter!
Mutts have benefits of their own, it usually experiences fewer health problems and lives longer than pure-bred pups. And you'll enjoy the best qualities of their parent's breed.
Originating from China, Shih Tzus, also called 'Lion Dog', are wonderful for seniors. These pups are loyal, friendly, and pretty relaxed, as it doesn't require too much exercise. And the best part is it loves to snuggle.
Surprisingly, despite their small size, Shih Tzus make for good guard dogs, and will gladly take the watch for you whether you live in an apartment or a duplex, they can adapt to any lifestyle!
Boston Terriers are often described as couch potatoes because they just love chilling and can spend all their time lying next to their owner. These Terriers have wonderful personalities, making them great dogs for people of any age.
What's not to love about their easy grooming requirements and relaxed nature?
This one may look very familiar to you because Toto from 'The Wizard of Oz' was a Cairn Terrier! These dogs aren't just great performers, but great companions as well.
It's said that it can be stubborn at times, but these Terriers are also friendly, cheerful, and love to socialize. So they do well with an owner who's firm yet affectionate.
Like the Havanese, the Maltese are another breed that is low maintenance and sweet-natured. They require less grooming and exercise and love their cuddle time.
Maltese adjusts well to smaller spaces like apartments. And did you know that they're often used as therapy dogs because of their calm personality?
The Bolognese has plush-like fur that won't leave traces all around the house like other breeds. They are also a very intelligent breed and easy to train as well.
It also has a naturally calm demeanor, so, if you're in search of a house-pup, this could be the ideal breed for you!
Originating from China, the regal appearance of the Pekingese is the reason it has millions of fans around the world. While its Chinese ancestor is the "lion dog," in nature, it's not lion-like at all. In fact, it's the ultimate 'lapdog'.
Pekingese are loyal, independent, and affectionate, and they need much exercise, only 30 minutes a day is enough to keep pups of this breed healthy. You could spend hours just brushing its gorgeous mane while it sits in your lap.
If you're living in a small space but aren't such a fan of lapdogs and prefer a real beast, then the Shar-Pei may be the perfect breed for you, plus it's one of the easiest to train!
Shar-Pei are loyal to its owners are not too fond of strangers, so they make for great watchdogs. In fact, there were used as fighting dogs. It's a very independent breed, making it a good choice for owners who leave the house for long periods of time.
The Lowchen originates from France and Germany and comes in an array of colors like brown, black, red, and even silver.
It can grow to be about 13 lbs.. so if you prefer a small dog that is also alert, then a Lowchen may be the breed for you.
This unique dog breed comes from Mexico and is also called also known as the Mexican hairless dog. It's one of many breeds of hairless dogs and comes in a variety of colors.
Being bred for thousands of years this breed is not as prone to health problems as others. Is personality is happy, friendly, alert, and only needs a moderate amount of exercise.
The Minature Pinscher is one affectionate tiny dog that would make a great for seniors who are looking for a feisty pint-sized companion. Miniature Pinschers are playful, curious, and independent. This breed shows limitless affection to its family but can be wary of strangers.
One thing to keep in mind is that they require a lot of activity, but because of their size, that can be done indoors or outdoors. They are also not too fond of cold weather.
Dachshunds or 'Weiner dogs' are cheerful little dogs with big personalities. They grow to be very attached to their owner and love their playtime. So get your tennis balls ready to play lots of games of fetch.
They're great in small apartments, and require minimum grooming, and you'll just be amused by their silly antics.
Dandie Dinmont Terrier
Another breed that originated from the United Kingdom is the Dandie Dinmont Terrier, it was bred as a hunter's assistant. Don't let that be offputting because their personality is golden! They are very affectionate, loyal, and sociable.
In fact, Dandie Dinmont Terriers thrive on attention! You will also admire their intelligence, which makes them easy to train.
Jack Russell Terrier
Jack Russell Terriers are one of the more popular breeds on our list, and their popularity is totally justified! They are full of personality and have a reputation for being mischievous at times. But that's only when you don't give them enough attention.
This breed of Terrier also makes for an excellent watchdog since they are usually very alert. This breed would be happiest with people who are active and enjoy exercising.
For some reason the Otterhound doesn't get as much publicity, so you may not be familiar with this exquisite breed. But they're such a great companion we just had to introduce them to you.
If you're pretty active during the day or want to become so, you'll love an Otterhound because it'll always be happy to go out for a stroll. It's also very intelligent, loyal, independent, and loving, you'll wonder how you've lived without one by your side.
Schipperke is another dog breed that would make a fantastic pet. These loveable dogs do however require that you devote some time to train them.
Since they grow to weigh around 12-18 lbs, they're suitable for both a nice-sized apartment and a house. They have an average lifespan of 15 years and are very lively and playful.
If you like to spend a lot of your free time outdoors, then the Skye Terrier may be the breed for you! You could spend time together at the park showing off its lovely bangs.
If you happen to be a cat owner, this isn't the dog for you, as Skye Terriers don't generally like cats. Otherwise, they're very dependable, sociable, and make for a great pet.
Welsh Corgi Pembroke
With their huge ears and squat bodies, the Welsh Corgi Pembroke is nothing short of adorable. No wonder it's the Queen of England's favorite pet. In fact, she's owned at least 30 of them.
Their great companions whether you live in a house or in an apartment Corgi's will fit just fine. However, keep in mind that it likes to move around, so it'll need plenty of exercise.
Beagles are quite notorious for being noisy, but in fact, many senior care experts recommend this dog breed to them.
Beagles are very playful, which will keep their owners active, and will keep the grandkids entertained. You also won't have to constantly be sweeping up fur and it requires minimal grooming.
Havanese is another breed you would appreciate. It's small, playful, and sharp. And it only needs a moderate amount of exercise a day. Havanese just adore their owners, so you'll have one cute clingy pet at your legs.
Its abundant thick fur is fairly easy to maintain with regular brushing. Fun fact, Havanese is the national dog of Cuba!
The Miniature Schnauzer can often be seen in big cities. While it's an active breed that needs plenty of exercise, it's very sweet and gentle.
These Schnauzers will also need some routine grooming in order to keep their coat clean and healthy.
When combining two affectionate dog breeds, it's hard to compete with the Goldendoodle. The breed is a mix between a poodle and a Golden Retriever, so you can just imagine what a gorgeous dog this is.
If you're not the outdoorsy type then we wouldn't recommend this breed to you because the playful Goldendoodle needs plenty of exercise, and should be taken outside rather often.
The popular Chihuahua is known for being 'tiny but mighty'. This faithful companion loves sitting in your lap and is very loyal to its owners. The long-coated Chihuahuas are super cute, and despite the extra fur, they require minimal grooming.
And because they don't require much exercise, short walks are perfect for them. Believe us, they'll get enough physical activity just by jumping up and down your lap.
Toy Fox Terrier
The Toy Fox Terrier can be a great option for people who aren't very active since they don't require much exercise or grooming. Another advantage is that they are fairly easy to train.
The little dog is spirited, playful, and very loyal. Because this breed is so intelligent, you'd want to provide it with plenty of mental stimulation.
The Lhasa Apso is a great dog to own at any age. This ancient breed has been making a great companion literally for centuries.
The average life span of the Lhasa Apso is 14 years, so you'll have plenty of years of quality time.
American Eskimo Toy
This small toy dog has a pretty impressive mane. The American Eskimo Toy is a sub-breed of the smallest type of American Eskimo. They're super cute and petite, and weigh about 7-8 lbs as adults.
It's a very affectionate and adaptable breed, that's fairly easy to train and bond with. The only con that we can think of when it comes to this adorable pup is the shedding that comes along with its admirable mane.
The Bichon Frise is a small and fluffy dog breed, that is happy, affectionate, and relatively easy to train. It can weigh anywhere between 7 and 12 lbs, making it compact and easy to raise in nearly any living condition.
They do need to be groomed every now and then and require a moderate amount of daily exercise, but otherwise, it's a pretty low-maintenance breed. It could become your new best friend!
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
With a name like 'Cavalier King Charles Spaniel,' it's no surprise that this breed has been a royal family favorite for centuries.
It makes a great house dog, as it usually doesn't grow past 18 lbs. And this breed is so affectionate, intelligent, and endearingly devoted, it'll conquer your heart in an instant.
These pups may look tough, but in actuality, French bulldogs are tenderhearted and loveable! According to experts, these are one of the most loving and lively dog breeds one can own.
If you prefer smaller dogs, or just live in a modestly-sized apartment Frech Bulldogs don't take up much space at all. And like Terriers, it too doesn't need much exercise or grooming.
Introduced to Iceland by the Vikings, the Icelandic Sheepdog has a soft, straight, and fluffy coat, which naturally comes with a bit of shedding.
If you don't mind sweeping up behind these cute pups you'll enjoy how clever, and playful they are.
Another Spaniel on our list is the Cocker Spaniel! Although it's popular as a children-friendly dog, it actually has the perfect temperament for adults.
It does require a bit more grooming than other breeds we mentioned, but Spaniels are so lovable that their owners just take it as more quality time.
The Welsh Terrier was bred for hunting, so you can imagine why it has a lot of energy and independent nature.
This breed could be a great option for active and able seniors because of its playfulness, spirit, and cleverness. It will keep you up and about and entertained. Your grandkids will fall in love with this breed instantly.
If you're looking for a dog that will keep you active, a Scottish Terrier could be your new workout buddy. It's a fan of long walks, not so much fast running though.
This breed adjusts well to apartment and house living, and don't let their size fool you — they make for good guard dogs.
Basset Hounds are easygoing and affectionate, and once it falls in love with you it'll be shadowing you closely. Don't let their 'down' face fool you, these pups are fun and playful.
Be sure to get your Hound enough exercise because Bassets tend to put on weight which isn't healthy for any dog.
Chow Chows are a popular choice of dog breed, we mean, who could possibly resist getting their hands on one of these puffy fluffballs? But when it comes to choosing a new companion, potential owners might want to look past all that pillowy fur.
The difficulty with Chow Chows is that these teddy bear-like dogs don't always understand how big they can become. At other times, Chow Chows can become a little too overprotective or overly attached to their owners and can have trouble with newcomers and other dogs.
American Hairless Terrier
The American Hairless Terrier is a bright, curious, and playful dog that's also hairless! He is a fine choice for allergy sufferers who want a dog with a true terrier disposition. The broad, wedge-shaped head is a hallmark of this breed with erect, V-shaped ears that frame the round, expressive eyes.
The American Hairless Terrier has only moderate exercise needs. Of course, they have to go outside several times a day, but brief sessions in a fenced-in park will also be fine. They enjoy some action but are also quite content to curl up and cuddle next to their owner.
Basenjis are known for being the barkless dog and that's something your neighbors will thank you for when they see you in the hallways.
As long as they get regular exercise, Basenjis will do fine in a smaller space. Left home alone with nothing to do, this breed will find things to get into. If you’re out of the house for long periods each day, this might not be the right fit for you.
Coton de Tulear
For the bright and beloved Coton de Tulear, the perfect day consists just of doing nothing but being close to their humans.
Whether they are lying at your feet while you work, following you from room to room—not even the bathroom is off-limits—or going for a ride in the car, Cotons love being close to their families like Velcro.
One of the best things about mixed-breeds is their adorable names. Introducing: The Schnoodle. Schnoodles are a cross between Poodles and Miniature Schnauzers, and they are unbelievably sweet. This breed takes on a loyal, gentle nature from their Poodle side while adopting the bold character of the Schnauzer.
Schnoodles are also known for their soft, silky coat that’s less prone to excess shedding than some breeds. They are also said to be terrific guard dogs, thanks to their attentive inherited nature. The Schnoodle is a very smart dog that can learn things very quickly.
The Maltese Shih Tzu
They should really work on coming up with a more creative name for this breed, which is a mix of a Maltese and a Shih Tzu. Why hasn’t anyone started calling these guys Maltzus or something? This breed is known for being very gentle and kind-natured.
Maltzus love to play, and they need to get exercise like all other dog breeds. However, they’re fairly low energy and, since they’re small, they do better in smaller homes or apartments than their larger brethren. Plus, did we mention how freakin’ cute they are?
This doggo is what you get with mixing a Poodle with a Maltese. Aside from Poodles being incredibly smart, they’ve also got great hair that is low maintenance and doesn’t shed. Malteses are also known for their coat, which has even been referred to as a “lion mane” for how long and luxurious it is.
When combined, you get this adorable, soft little ball of fluff. Maltipoos are known for being easy to train and get along with. They’re also especially great for cuddles since they fit nicely on your lap!
Chiweenies, AKA Chiwees, are short, stubby little mixes of a Chihuahua and a Dachshund. They’re even sometimes referred to as “Mexican Hotdogs.” Chiweenies tend to be very playful, so they do need attention and exercise, but since they’re so small they also make great pets.
One thing to remember, though, is that these dogs tend to be a pretty vocal breed, so expect a lot of barking from your little friend – it just goes to show how much they love you, and they want to alert you to any potential threats to keep you safe! Chiweenies are loyal and loving and enjoy spending most of their time by their people’s sides.
Cavachons are bred down from the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel mixed with a Bichon Frise. They’re small and spunky, and love to have fun with their families, whether it means going for walks or hanging out in the living room.
Because of their small stature, they do well for those who live in smaller houses or apartment buildings.
The Russian Toy is a small, lively dog. This breed loves to snuggle and be close to their human companions, although sometimes slightly aloof to strangers.
They will dash through the house or yard chasing toys as long as you can keep up, while many others are willing to do nothing more than lounge in your lap all day long, content in knowing that they are the prize jewel in your home. They thrive on human companionship and will let you know if they are feeling neglected.
Yorkipoos are small dogs with big personalities. They are a cross between Yorkshire Terriers and Poodles and are known for their high energy and their love of playtime. These guys can be pretty vocal, so keep that in mind as you’re searching for the perfect breed. Yorkipoos, who are also sometimes called “Yoodles,” are fiercely loyal to their owners, but aren’t particularly fond of strangers.
They can be stubborn, but they are very intelligent and easy to train once you’ve gotten past that. Yorkipoos are great for those that live in smaller environments.
The Tibetan Terrier, also known as the “Holy Dog of Tibet,” was a watchdog and companion in ancient Buddhist monasteries. A profusely coated, small-to-medium-sized dog with “snowshoe” feet, this breed is affectionate, sensitive, and clever.
Their name only gets it half right: Tibetan Terriers are Tibetan, but they’re not true terriers—not by blood or temperament. The name “terrier” was carelessly given to this typically Asian dog, and it stuck.
The Shetland Sheepdog, also known as the Sheltie, is an extremely clever, alert, and obedient herder dog from Scotland’s remote and rugged Shetland Islands.
Shelties bear a strong family resemblance to their bigger cousin, the Collie. Bright and keen, Shelties are easy trainers but they are also sensitive and affectionate family dogs, highly in tune with the mood of the household. If you do happen to live in a small apartment, you will have to take them for regular walks.
Despite their tiny size, Toy Poodles stand proudly among dogdom’s aristocrats. Beneath their curly, low-allergen coat lies an elegant athlete and companion for all reasons and seasons.
Forget the old stereotypes of Poodles as pampered dogs. Poodles are eager and incredibly smart dogs of remarkable versatility.
Australian Silky Terrier
Small but not weak, feisty but not yappy, pretty but not sculpted, Silky Terriers are 10-inch-tall energetic dogs, animated by curiosity and high spirits.
They are a charming member of the Toy Club, Silky Terriers are compact and glossy-coated, but still a true terrier of lively spirits. The Silky, a native of Sydney, Australia, is larger than his close cousin, the Yorkshire Terrier.
Norwich Terriers are fearless dogs named after their hometown in England. The old cliché “a big dog in a small package” was coined for breeds like the Norwich, who can be unaware that they are just 10 inches tall.
Happy-go-lucky, fearless, and sometimes even bossy, Norwich Terriers are energetic enough to play all day but affectionate enough to enjoy hours of lap time with their favorite human.
Graceful terriers in wooly clothing, Bedlington Terriers, named for the English mining shire where they were first bred, are pleasant companions, alert watchdogs, and cuddly TV-time companions.
Jolly and cheerful, Bedlingtons want most to be their family’s center of attention. If you're looking for a no-shedding, lively, and loyal companion, your search might end here.
Fans of the upbeat and agile Border Terrier cherish this breed’s reputation as a tough, no-frills working terrier. These spirited, playful, and affectionate dogs are popular pets in towns and countries.
The wiry coat is an easy keeper. Bred to be country dogs, Borders adapt well to city life—as long as they get enough exercise.
The Hungarian Pumi
You may think your dog is just the cutest little guy, but this newly introduced dog breed is about to give your best bud a run for their money. The Hungarian Pumi Club of America describes the breed as "an active dog, combining the biddability and intelligence of the herding dog.
They usually grow to a medium size so they will need regular exercise if they live in a small apartment.
When looking to adopt a dog, instead of looking for a newborn pup, how about making a home for a senior dog? Most of the older dogs in the shelters get overlooked because people prefer puppies, which is a pity because older dogs have their benefits too!
They'll stay their current size, they have passed their hyperactive pup years, and they just waiting for someone to love. So consider adopting a senior dog if you have a smaller apartment.
This little ball of fluff is a Shichi. He’s a combination of a Shih Tzu and a Chihuahua. These guys are known to have “small dog syndrome,” where they think they’re bigger than they really are. But thanks to this, they make great guard dogs and are super loyal to their owners.
They can also be very cuddly, and love to curl up on your chest and watch movies. Shichis are very sweet, and small, and should be kept away from rowdy children and larger animals. They do best in a home where they will receive plenty of attention and care.
Cairnoodles are a cross between a Poodle and a Cairn Terrier. They’re also referred to sometimes as Cairnpoos, Cairnpoodles, and Poocans. These guys are loving and affectionate and love to stay by their owner’s side, but they’ve also got the stubbornness that comes along with most terriers. Because of this, it’s wise to start obedience training with them when they are puppies.
Cairnoodles are the ultimate cuddle buddies, even for those with allergies, thanks to their hypoallergenic coat. They tend to suffer from separation anxiety when their people leave them for too long, so they either need to be crate trained or with someone who will be there most of the time.