The 10 Best Dogs for Apartments, According to Vets

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Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise: irresistible comedians, playful and low-maintenance. They don't shed much, great for small spaces and allergy sufferers.

French Bulldogs

French and English bulldogs are ideal apartment dogs—low exercise needs, easygoing, and couch-friendly. Frenchies are smaller, popular among city dwellers, love human interaction, and rarely bark.

Yorkshire Terriers

Yorkshire Terriers are independent and small in size, making them ideal for busy owners and apartment living

Cavalier King

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are apartment-friendly dogs with a moderate energy level. They are friendly, not prone to excessive barking, and adaptable to different activity levels.


Chihuahuas are tiny apartment-friendly dogs with a big personality. They require little exercise but have a loud bark. They are great for cuddling and can be potty trained for small living spaces.


Maltese dogs are small and low-shedding, but require regular grooming. They make great lap companions and adapt well to apartment living.

Toy Poodle

Toy Poodles are small, hypoallergenic, and intelligent. They require regular grooming and enjoy energetic playtime in parks.

Miniature Schnauzer

Miniature Schnauzers are intelligent, affectionate, and low-shedding. They are easy to train and require daily exercise. Ideal for apartment living.

Shih Tzu

Shih Tzus are affectionate lapdogs, well-suited for indoor living. Minimal shedding and popular with seniors.