5 Best Dog Breeds For Apartment Owners

Alice Nguyen | 05 July, 2022

            Female dog owner with her Maltipoo

Did you know that around 10% of Australians live in apartments?

As the cost of living increases, many of us have to delay our suburban dreams and live in apartments instead. But that doesn’t mean we should give up on owning a dog too! 

Apartments can still be a cozy home for your furry buddy. Just make sure that your landowner is on board with the idea too. Even though NSW has no law explicitly banning dogs in apartments, some landowners could opt to include a prohibiting clause in their contract.

If that’s settled already, you’re still left with one thing to worry about: dog breed.

Although issues of the dog biting or barking can be addressed through training and conditioning,  some dogs aren’t meant to live in apartments. Some are too big or energetic to be enclosed in a relatively smaller space.

Hence, we’ve come up with a list of 5 best dog breeds for apartment owners.  

1. Australian Terrier

Starting our list is the country’s national terrier - Australian Terrier!

Terriers are known to be playful and keen to chase rodents and other smaller animals, which could mean trouble for apartment owners. Well, this furry buddy moderately shares these characteristics. To moderate these potentially damaging behaviours, regular walks and socialisation would do.

What makes them ideal for an apartment set-up is their majestic coat. Even though it’s roughly 2.5 inches in length, it doesn’t shed easily since it’s also weatherproof and will only require combing once a week.

2. Greyhound

Remember Kermit, the soap-loving dog? Yep. He’s a Greyhound.

Although Greyhounds could run up to 45 mph, made possible by their tall and slim body, they’re still excellent and generally calm indoors. After all, they wouldn’t be considered the world’s fastest couch potatoes for nothing.

Greyhounds are independent but also eager to please those around them. They’re usually quiet and well-mannered. They’re also generally friendly with strangers and other dogs. But, it would still be best to allow them to socialise frequently. 

Maintenance-wise, Greyhounds are relatively easy to care for since they have short hair that only requires seldom brushing.

3. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Want to bring elegance to your flat? This breed is the answer.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel brings regal vibes with its slightly long body and silky coat. It's also very friendly to both people and other animals. Hence, late-night barking wouldn’t be a problem.

However, its coat requires regular brushing to prevent knotting and matting. 

4. Basenji

Basenji, also known as “barkless” dogs, are excellent apartment companions for many reasons.

Since its larynx is structured uniquely, this breed is only capable of occasional yodels instead of barks, which could be fun and beneficial for you and your neighbours.

Apart from this, Basenjis are cat-like in nature, which means they’re mostly independent and reserved, making them the best flatmates for quiet evenings. 

5. Bichon Frise

Last but not least is everyone’s favourite breed, Bichon Frisé!

With its small frame and fluffy white coat, this breed easily captures people’s hearts. But, what makes them extremely lovable is their happy-go-lucky and cuddly personality. They’re very affectionate and responsive to everyone, even strangers.

Bichon Frisé dogs are also delightful to style because of their puffy fur and generally agreeable temperament. NALZO’s handmade dog bandanas and hair bows would certainly look good on them!

Final Thoughts

Dogs have varying personalities and sizes that could fit or distort your apartment. But, the decision would ultimately depend on your lifestyle and preference. Ask yourself, which dog breed am I willing to adjust for?