What Dog Breeds Are Good For Apartments?

Written by: Tiffany White

May 16, 2019

What dog breeds are the best for apartments?

The majority of dog breeds can adapt to any environment as long as they’re getting properly exercised. But when you’re living in an apartment, an overactive dog can make the space seems SUPER small. Sometimes it would be nice to come home and not be immediately greeted by an overactive pup that jumps all over you and just wants to PLAY PLAY PLAY. Fortunately, there are some dog breeds whose size and energy levels make them perfect for apartment dwellers.

***Note: Regardless of size or energy levels, ALL breeds require exercise, which should include daily walks & daily play.***

10 Lazy Dog Breeds That are Perfect For Apartment Living

Small Lazy Dog Breeds

1. English Bulldog

Bulldog With BarkBox Toy

Weight: 45 – 55 lbs
Grooming: Low
Why they’re perfect: These short, compact breeds might look like they mean business, but inside they’re just big, sappy babies who want to curl up with you on the couch. These dogs get hot and tired easily and prefer the indoors making them one of the best lazy dog breeds. They’re also just stocky and intimidating enough to ward off would-be thieves. With a short-haired coat that makes grooming practically unneeded, the Bulldog is the best roommate you’ll ever have.

2. Shih Tzu

Shih-Tzu and Human

Weight: 9 – 16 pounds
Grooming: High
Why they’re perfect: Don’t be fooled by the Shih Tzu’s, dare we say, “yappy dog” reputation. The Shih Tzu is actually a friendly and alert dog that can be the perfect pet with proper training. Small and not very fond of the outdoors, these dogs are the perfect lazy and low-energy dog who will be content with following you around the apartment all day as their daily exercise. However, their long hair means they shed a lot and will require daily brushing. But hey, it takes effort to look this cute.

Learn more about Shih Tzus.

3. Tibetan Spaniel

Weight: 9 – 15 pounds
Grooming: Medium
Why they’re perfect: Although not lazy per se, these dogs are alert and curious but don’t require tons of activity. Naturally born lap dogs, this ancient breed is happiest when in cool, indoor spaces or while napping at your feet. Additionally, their small size means they can feel comfortable in just about any living environment.

4. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Weight: 10 – 18 pounds
Grooming: Medium
Why they’re perfect: These happy, intelligent dogs get along with everyone, even your annoying neighbors. Unlike other small breeds, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is naturally quiet and is only prone to yapping if not properly trained. Its energy level only requires brief playful romps around the living room before collapsing into your lap to take a long nap.

5. Basset Hound

Weight: 45 – 65 pounds
Grooming: Low
Why they’re perfect: Unlike other breeds on this list, the gentle and laid-back Basset Hound is only lazy when he’s inside. Once outside, this breed can easily run and sniff for hours. After all, this breed was bred to hunt, and it wouldn’t be fair if they weren’t allowed to fulfill their primal instinct. So while they may be one of the most laidback dog breeds they’re certainly not the laziest dogs. However, as long as they get that daily walk, they’ll remain quiet and calm while inside. They also get along well with other animals.

Learn more about Basset Hounds.

6. Pug

Weight: 13 – 20 pounds
Grooming: Low
Why they’re perfect: Playful and always hilarious, the Pug doesn’t need much activity to have fun. Sensitive to extreme temperatures and prone to breathing problems, the Pug is happiest when frolicking around indoors. But beware — this breed is sometimes prone to overeating, and getting an overweight Pug to lose weight can be as hard as getting your landlord to fix that leaky faucet.

Learn more about Pugs.

7. Miniature Pinscher

Weight: 8 – 10 pounds
Grooming: Low
Why they’re perfect: Although not quite as low energy and lazy as other dogs on this list, the Miniature Pinscher’s small size is perfect for apartments. After zipping around the living room a few times, this dog is ready to curl up in a corner and take their eight-hour nap. Relatively healthy and easy to groom, it’s no surprise why the Miniature Pinscher is so popular with apartment dwellers.

8. Boston Terrier

Weight: 10 – 25 pounds
Grooming: Low
Why they’re perfect: Similar to the Bulldog, the Boston Terrier is a short, compact dog who’s friendly and easy to train. Indoors they stay pretty inactive, releasing all their energy outside during their short daily walks. Their small size also makes them perfect for tiny studio apartments.

Big Lazy Dog Breeds

9. Bullmastiff

Weight: 100 – 130 pounds
Grooming: Low
Why they’re perfect: Contrary to popular belief, these massive dogs are massively laid-back. Naturally quiet, calm, and yes, lower energy, this dog doesn’t require much activity indoors. As long as they have a place to nap, they’ll be happy. Plus, their huge size makes them the perfect guard dog. The only downside? Convincing your landlord to accept a 100+ pound dog.

Learn more about Bullmastiffs.

10. Chow Chow

Weight: 45 – 70 pounds
Grooming: High
Why they’re perfect: This dog, best known for its unique blue/black tongue, will spend more time on your couch than your unemployed roommate. Notoriously a low-energy dog that’s sensitive to heat, the Chow Chow prefers lying around in the cool indoors to running around and playing. However, their aloof nature means they might come across as too cat-like for some dog owners. But if your apartment is bigger than a closet studio, it can probably handle this dog’s 70 pound stature. Also: Chow Chows are great cuddle buddies.

For more, check out these articles!

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Written by: Tiffany White

May 16, 2019


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