Choosing the best dog to have when you live in an apartment can be a little challenging. While it is possible to have a Saint Bernard, it is unlikely to be a happy pooch unless it is in a large apartment, has low energy and you are able to walk it for long distances and regularly. It is also true that small dogs are not necessarily an automatic pick – Chihuahuas tend to bark a lot, which may not enamor you with your neighbors. There are a variety of breeds that are much better suited to apartment life, and ten of them are listed below.

  • Bulldog (English and French)

    Relatively small, with a surprisingly pleasant demeanor, these low exercise dogs are great for apartments. They also double nicely as guard dogs by their appearance alone, although many would not hurt a fly.

  • Terrier (Scotties, Yorkies and Tibetan)

    While Terriers can sometimes be yappy, it is usually for a good reason. If they are happy, have enough space to run around (being small, they do not need much) and lots of attention, they will love it wherever you live.

  • Spaniel (Cavalier King Charles and Tibbie)

    Equally happy with long walks or lazing around with you, these quiet, friendly, attention loving dogs are adaptable to any conditions.

  • Maltese

    A cute, quiet, cuddly dog that amazingly does not shed as much as you would expect. These small dogs are happy to be wherever their owner is, and they are nicely low energy too.

  • Pug

    A good character, a quiet guard dog and one that prefers to be indoors. They are playful, very affectionate, and really enjoy whatever it is their owners wants to do with them. They do have a habit of snoring though, a bad habit that is countered by that cute squashed face.

  • Havanese

    Always cheerful and affectionate, this dog will burn all its calories racing round the apartment. As an added bonus, they are non yappy, which will please the neighbors.

  • Toy or Miniature Poodle

    Highly intelligent, which makes barking training a lot easier, these fun dogs love lots of attention, but do not need as much space or exercise as their larger cousins.

  • Basset Hound

    A large dog, but calm, quiet, low energy and attention loving. If you want to take them out for a run in the park, they will have a blast, but they are happy hanging out at home too.

  • Greyhound

    After spending years chasing a rabbit on a stick, most retired greyhounds feel it is time to take it easy. They are happy being anywhere, even a small apartment. Just do not expect them to come running when you call them.

  • Great Dane

    The gentle giant surprisingly makes a great apartment dog, because they have low energy, quiet temperament, and need less exercise than you would think. They also make great couch warmers.

This is not an all inclusive list, and it really does depend of the temperament of the dog, but this should help you pick the perfect pup for you and your people.

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.