Top 10 best Apartment-Friendly Dogs

What’s interesting is that size doesn’t matter when it comes to looking for the best apartment dogs, even if you live in an East Brunswick townhouse. It’s important to make sure you find the perfect dog match, so please do your research wisely as this is a lifelong companion.

We suggest having a list of what you are looking for and that way, you can start to cross off dogs that may not suit your lifestyle. Good temperament, low bark levels, and typically low energy dogs can make up for the best apartment dogs. Depending on the size of your apartment, these factors are all good qualities to look for.

Below is a list of breeds to consider when looking for your new furry best friend to make your apartment whole.

Bichon Frise

OMG, these might be the cutest fluff ball going around. They are tiny and weight a small 3 to 5kg, meaning, they will not take up any room and be super easy to move around as you come and go from your apartment. Believe it or not, but this breed sheds very little (that’s a tick), easy to train and require a daily walk. This is important for you and your dog.

English Bulldog

Don’t let this adorable face confuse you, the English Bulldog is a super happy dog that is totally cool with Netflix and Chill. They are the kings of napping, so make sure you’ve got a comfy couch for your pooch to laze on. They very rarely bark and even with their stocky build (can weight up to 22kg) are super gentle with children. English Bulldogs do shed more than the Bichon Frise and the can slobber a bit. All in all, an amazing apartment dog.

Yorkshire Terrier

Let’s get the downside out of the way, they can be yappy so if you are concerned for neighbors or you want a more ‘chill’ dog, then you may need to move on from the Yorkshire Terrier. With good training and early socialisation, they can actually be controlled and perfectly suited to an apartment. They have minimal shedding and are tiny weighing just over 3kgs. They don’t need heaps of exercise but a walk a day is advised.


Most people think of high energy dogs, but you are wrong. Greyhounds are an amazing dog. They are very calm and gentle, require only one walk a day and it’s a small walk. You will find them sleeping for most of the day, which equals great apartment dogs. There are plenty of ex-racing Greyhounds that are looking for homes, so if Greyhounds interest you, please look at adopting a Greyhound that needs a home.


One of the worlds most polarising dog breeds, you will either love or hate the pug, we love all breeds so certainly in the love column here. Pugs are an incredibly social breed, and in their ideal world, they will either have another dog with them or be around humans. If you are planning on leaving your dog at home, alone, then please pass on the beautiful Pug. They don’t shed too much, are pretty quiet and easy to train. They just want to be around you, so get ready for lap cuddles and snuggles.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel’s don’t mind staying inside all day so if you are a busy person that works long hours this breed might suit you more. Just expect to be licked and cuddled as soon as you get home from work. They are quiet, tame and make friends with everyone. They weigh between 5 to 8kgs which makes it nice and easy to move up and down in your apartment, as desired.


Firstly, if your apartment has a lot of stairs we would suggest you don’t own a Dachshund, or if you love Dachshund’s you may need to reconsider your apartment.
Stairs and dachshund’s don’t go very well. They can be difficult to train, but once trained they are pretty awesome and obedient dogs. They only require a small amount of exercise as well.

Boston Terrier

We love Boston Terrier’s and they are a wonderful dog breed for apartment living. They will require a daily walk, so perfect for the apartment dweller that likes to keep fit and active, yet small enough to not require too much room. They are super affectionate and whilst indoors remain fairly relaxed.


Whilst the standard Poodle size is a little too big for apartments the Toy or Miniature poodles are a dream pairing for apartments due to their size. They are incredibly intelligent, which makes them super easy to train and they only require small walks. They prefer to be held and carried around. We’re all in when it comes to Toy or Miniature Poodles for apartment living.

Shih Tzu

If you’re looking for a lapdog, then the Shih Tzu is for you. They have a lovely coat of hair which adds to their demeanor, but this does also mean they shed. Not a lot but it’s worth noting. They will require a small walk daily, and will happily nap throughout the day.

This, of course, is not all breeds, but some of our favorite breeds. Good luck on the hunt for the best apartment dog for you and if you’re also in the market for an off the plan apartment in Melbourne that is pet friendly then why not register your interest!



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