House dogs: the best breeds to keep indoors

House dogs: the breeds that enjoy home life the most

When it comes to breeds of apartment dogs one immediately thinks of small dogs or toy breeds. However, you should not choose a dog to keep at home based solely on the size of the dog: you must also consider the character and nature of that breed.

Paradoxically there are small and medium-sized dog breeds that many people take as apartment dogs, discovering only later that they are very dynamic and that they need ample space to do a lot of daily physical activity and thus discharge all their excess energy (has anyone by chance mentioned the Beagle?) .

On the other hand there are large breeds of dogs which, given the size, apparently would not be the ideal ones to keep at home, but which in reality are so little active as a character that they adapt perfectly to domestic life.

Many ask which is the less demanding dog breed to keep at home: it does not exist. Each dog is challenging in its own way, regardless of breed. If you already know that you do not have much time to devote to your four legs, then it is better to opt for another less demanding animal species. Or rather: don’t take any animals if you know you can’t take care of them full time. In fact, even managing an aquarium requires some care.

The same applies to those who ask which is the best breed of dog or what is the quieter dog to keep at home: depends. It is true that there are breeds that are more docile and sociable than others, but it must also be considered that, within the same breed, there are considerable variations in the character of the individual. Without considering that the environment in which the puppy grows, the education that is given to him and the basic training can make a difference.

Characteristics of apartment dogs

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But which ones features must have the apartment dogs? We must dispel the myth according to which only small dogs can live well at home (by the way: here you will find info on small dog breeds). There are dogs of large breeds who spend their time sleeping happily and peacefully at home, happy to take their placid walks, but even happier to go back to dozing on the carpet at home.

In this case it is only necessary to consider whether there is actual space in the apartment for kennels and bowls, which will necessarily be larger in size. If you live in a studio where there are hardly two people, maybe including a Great Dane or a Saint Bernard is not really a good idea.

Basically, apartment dogs should be dogs belonging to breeds that do not require you to have to do a lot of movement during the day. inactive breeds in conclusion. This being understood that even these must still make their daily walks.

Many people ask what they are breeds of apartment dogs that do not bark. Notwithstanding that barking is part of the dog’s normal communication methods and that it is unthinkable to have a dog that does not, it is also true that there are some breeds that bark more than others. In this case, the request makes sense, especially if you live in a building or in an area with many houses: maybe the neighbors don’t like hearing the dog all day.

Another feature some people look for in an apartment dog is that don’t lose hair. If finding some hair in the house can create problems, then perhaps it is better to reevaluate the idea of ‚Äč‚Äčtaking an animal with you: it is inevitable that the hair falls and that it is found everywhere. If you really want an apartment breed that sheds little hair, then you should opt for either one of the naked dog breeds or even breeds like the Poodle or Maltese that actually shed little hair.

Dog breeds for apartments

Before going to see what some of the small, medium and large dog breeds for apartments, one thing must be considered: the dog does not care about the size of the house or the presence or absence of a garden. The dog is interested above all in the interaction and relationship with his humans. However, even inactive dogs who like to live indoors need to exercise every day and spend quality time with their family, doing many small activities that allow them to meet their physical and mental needs.

Small apartment dogs

Apartment dog: Chihuahua
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Here are some small dog breeds suitable for apartment living:

  • Poodle: Both Toy Poodle and Toy Poodle are perfect for home life. It sheds very little hair and is also suitable for families with children. Like many small dogs, however, it needs the constant presence of its human, so not suitable for people who work too many hours outside the home.
  • Dachshund: breed that adapts perfectly to living in an apartment, but that must do the right physical activity as it is very lively and in constant movement
  • Bolognese: sweet, bubbly, cheerful and very affectionate dog with his family. He loves to play and move, however he makes an excellent apartment dog. However, he too does not like his human being away from him for too many hours
  • Pug: funny, cheerful and sunny breed, it is perfect for living in an apartment. Seen the short hair it suffers from the cold, while being a brachycephalic with short muzzle it also suffers from the heat. Life at home, therefore, is ideal for him. He tends to get lazy, so you have to work hard to get him to do the right daily physical activity. He too can’t stand being away from his family for too long
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel: sweet dog, sociable and affectionate even with strangers. He lives perfectly in the apartment, but he must not be left alone for too many hours
  • Chihuahua: The smallest dog breed of all is the ideal apartment dog. Its small size makes it suitable even for smaller studios and it is a breed that suffers a lot from the cold, perfect for home life. The only problem could be the barking: despite its small size, it can stand guard by alerting with a piercing bark of any suspicious noise.
  • Maltese: cheerful and sociable small dog, he gets very attached to his family. He also loves to walk with his human, but lives quietly in the house
  • Pinscher: another classic apartment breed, it is a dog that is very fond of the family, but can be wary of strangers. He also tends to keep watch, so watch out for the bark if you live in an apartment building. It also has a very strong character, more difficult to educate than other small breeds
  • Shih-tzu: affectionate and docile breed, he too, like the Pug, tends to be quite lazy, so you have to make an effort to get him to do the right physical activity. It tends to be docile and is not a dog that barks a lot
  • Volpino: another ideal breed for the apartment, but not for those who want dogs that shed little hair. They are lively and cheerful dogs, they are very fond of their humans
  • Yorkshire terrierTerriers tend to be very active dogs, they need a lot of movement. If for a Jack Russell Terrier it is perhaps better to have a house with a nice garden where he can roam freely, being a breed with high energy levels, among other terriers here is that the Yorkshire also adapts well to life in an apartment. However, as with all other breeds, it is necessary to get him to exercise during walks

Medium-sized house dogs

House dogs
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  • Medium sized poodle: even the medium-sized Poodle adapts well to living in an apartment. Sociable, cheerful and affectionate
  • French Bulldog: medium-sized dog, sociable, cheerful, fond of his humans and with a constant need to be the center of attention. Not suitable for those who spend many hours away from home, it is intelligent and easily adaptable to apartment life, as long as you do enough physical activity
  • Cocker spaniel: breed of dog that needs its space and to do enough physical activity, but which also lives quietly in an apartment. Some subjects have a rather strong character, they must be educated carefully
  • Shar-pei: Dog suitable for living in an apartment as it is not very active, does not shed too much hair, but can be demanding as a character
  • Whippet: This medium-sized greyhound is suitable for both an apartment home life and a slightly sportier life. Unlike what is believed, in fact, greyhounds tend to love home life, sometimes getting too lazy

Large apartment dogs

Dog apartment: Bullmastiff
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  • English BulldogDespite its size, the English Bulldog is a dog very happy to live indoors. It is an inactive breed that does not like to do too much physical activity, so it does not need large spaces
  • Bullmastiff: maxi size, yet this giant is perfect for home life. Like many molossers, in fact, it is not a very active breed, it has low energy levels
  • Cane corso: another molosser who is perfectly suited to apartment life. After taking his walk, he will happily return to lazing as the Corsicans are not dogs with high energy levels
  • Golden Retriever: Like the Labrador, the Golden Retriever also easily adapts to life at home. It is also not a breed that has a lot, but watch out for the hair and its energies
  • Labrador retriever: the Labrador is one of the most versatile breeds, it also adapts to apartment living. It does not necessarily need to have a garden, but it can get too lazy, so it is necessary to carefully take care of the management of physical activity (it is a breed that tends easily to obesity)

What are the easiest dog breeds to keep in an apartment?

It is not easy to answer the question of what the dog breeds easier to keep in the apartment. Certainly it is worth choosing docile and easy to handle apartment dogs, especially if there are children around. Better to choose dog breeds with low energy levels, not hyper active and that adapt to a quiet life within the four walls.


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