People love dogs. They are truly man’s best friend. Canines offer love, companionship and loyalty to their owners. They can be the perfect addition to singles and families alike. For those who live in the city and want a dog, they may be unsure of what breeds are best suited for city dwellers. Some breeds simply do not have the temperament to adapt to the city while others need space to roam. Here the best dog breeds for city living.


Pugs are a wonderful breed. They are very playful and friendly. Although they do love a lot of attention they provide their owners with loyalty in return. Pugs really enjoy their meals and prefer to lounge around the home than roaming around outside. This breed does not require a lot of physical activity so it is important to feed them in moderation to control their weight.

French Bulldog

French Bulldogs are perfect for living in the city due to its laid back temperament. This breed is very calm and affectionate to their owners. As for exercise, a short walk around the neighborhood will do since rigorous physical activity is not needed. Residents of New York are quite fond of this dog breed.

Yorkshire Terrier

For city residents who want a cute energetic dog, the Yorkshire Terrier is for you. This breed has the ability to adapt to a variety of environments and are very brave. Although they have very great characteristics Yorkshire Terriers need to be displayed leadership by their owners so bad behaviors do not develop over time. In terms of grooming, they have to be trimmed and groomed weekly.

Labrador Retriever

This breed of dog are well suited for city or suburban families. Not only are they sweet with a stable temperament but they are extremely non- aggressive. Labradors do require a bit more physical activity than other breeds so an active owner is a good match.


Dachshunds are very well suited for apartment living due to their body shape. They are an extremely loveable breed that enjoys the attention of their owners. Although they do have to be groomed they do not shed excessively. Overall a very easy dog to care for.

Boston Terrier

Boston Terriers are a very intelligent breed. As a result of their intelligence they adapt easily to a variety of environments which include the hustle and bustle of the big city. They also have a very laid back nature and are non-aggressive.


Shih-Tzu’s, a Chinese breed, makes a great apartment pet. They are loving, loyal, trusting and enjoy living a pampered life. This breed does not require much exercise and live for the affection of their owners. Although loving and loyal they are a more high maintenance breed. Not only do they enjoy being pampered, but they require frequent grooming.

Overall, these are the best dog breeds for city living. These breeds are very calm in nature, require very little exercise and are able to adapt to almost any environment. Any of these breeds are well suited for city residents.

Neil Kilgore is the Jack of all trades at Greenfield Puppies in Lancaster Pa. He regularly blogs about dogs, breeders and puppies on the Greenfield Puppies website.