Many people dream of a four-legged pet that will become their best friend for many years to come – a dog. Not everyone decides to get a pet: often a person refuses such an idea, believing that the dog will not feel too comfortable in an apartment. However, there are quite a few breeds that can easily tolerate apartment living, and feel very comfortable indoors. Today we want to talk about such breeds in our ranking of the best dogs for apartments and houses. Before proceeding to consider the characteristics of each of the breeds, I would like to give a number of useful recommendations regarding the choice of a dog.
How to choose the right pet dog in 2022?
In general, all dogs are conditionally divided into three groups – small, medium and large. It is quite natural that large animals will not feel very good in apartment conditions, so it is best to abandon the idea of having such a pet. Usually, such animals include shepherd dogs, alabai, huskies, and so on. Medium-sized breeds of the house will be much more comfortable, especially if the apartment is spacious. The fact is that the dog is quite an active animal, so she needs to move a lot. In cramped conditions, she will not be able to fully expend her energy through movement. In this case, there are two options for the development of events: the dog will become less active and more prone to diseases, or it will simply begin to spoil things – shoes, furniture, room decoration, and the like.
For small apartments, it is best to purchase small breeds – pygmy poodles, Pekingese, schnauzers. They do not need a large amount of free space, they are able to throw out the accumulated energy even on a small area of the floor. In addition, a small square in the immediate vicinity of the house is enough for their full-fledged walking. However, there are exceptions to this rule. Take, for example, Beagles – a very mobile breed that needs a long walk every day. If you decide to acquire such a breed, then there should be a spacious field, forest or park nearby.
Be sure to pay attention to the natural characteristics of the animal. It is undesirable to keep hunting or guard breeds in apartments, as these are quite strong individuals who need regular physical activity. In addition, their coat does not respond well to temperature changes. Behavioral features also require special attention. There is such a situation when the animal likes to bark, and the soundproofing of the apartment leaves much to be desired. As a result, this can lead to conflict situations with neighbors.
Some breeds require specialized grooming, for example, there are dogs that require regular trimming. You need to carefully analyze your free time and financial capabilities – whether you are ready to spend several hours from time to time and give a certain amount so that the dog can feel as comfortable as possible. If the animal spends a lot of time alone, when all the household members are at work, at school, and so on, then you need to buy a calm breed – such a dog can easily spend many hours alone.
When we chose the breeds for our review, we took into account all the above features of the animals, paid attention to the cost of the dogs themselves and the reviews of the owners. The rating includes quite popular pets that do not need specialized care and are relatively unpretentious in relation to food.
The smallest animals
Such a dog has an original character, very small size, which allows you to keep it even in the smallest apartment. The animals themselves are of two types – long-haired and short-haired. It is worth noting that the latter shed much more often, besides, there is fluff in the structure of their coat, which needs to be combed out periodically. Long-haired individuals outwardly look a little larger, but this is the most common optical illusion – their hair is quite fluffy, and can literally hang down to the floor. Such animals will need to be sheared from time to time. The breed belongs to centenarians – the average life expectancy of this pet is about 15-16 years, but it is not uncommon for an animal to reach 20 years of age. This indicator is directly affected by the atmosphere in the apartment, the features of maintenance and nutrition. If you decide to get a female, then remember that the number of births also affects life: if a dog gives birth quite often, she will live for about 10 years. The fact is that childbirth really depletes the pet’s body, the animal recovers from them for a very long time.
The dog should be vaccinated against various diseases, and the first injection is given at the age of about 8-9 weeks, that is, at two months. Vaccinations can protect the animal’s body from diseases such as distemper, adenoviruses, leptospirosis, and viral hepatitis. Vaccinated against rabies at the age of about a year.
- At home with the owners, the animal behaves very affectionately;
- The dog gets along well with small children;
- Live long enough.
- If necessary, the pet can even be carried on hand.
- During the walk, it barks literally at every moving object;
- Quite whimsical in terms of nutrition.
2. Russian toy terrier
Another breed of miniature size – the height of the animal at the withers does not exceed 26 cm, the mass of an adult animal is about one and a half kilograms. These are rather graceful dogs, which are distinguished by thin bones and not too strongly developed muscles. Animals are characterized by a high degree of mobility and activity. The head is small, the muzzle is pointed, a bit like a fox, so many owners say that the dog has a sly look. The nose is straight, the transition from the skull to the muzzle is clearly expressed, the frontal lobes are well developed. The dog has bright and very expressive eyes. The ears stick up all the time, so there is a feeling that the dog is on the alert all the time. The body has a proportional size, the neck is long. The chest is shallow, usually slightly rounded or flat. The back is slightly shortened, the loin is pronounced.
The dog’s coat is short, smooth and straight. It is quite thick, but the pet cannot withstand severe frosts, so the animal will need to buy special clothes. The length of the hair is 3-5 cm, the hair fits snugly together. The character is very active, despite their small size, Russian toy terriers feel like big and strong dogs, they can bark and even attack a larger animal, which is why they often suffer. Perfectly suited for keeping in an apartment, they need regular training and long walks, it is undesirable to allow prolonged exposure to the sun. Wool does not need special care.
- Enough obedient animals, easily amenable to training;
- High activity and curiosity;
- Brave dogs – will protect the owner to the last, regardless of the threat.
- Weak health;
- If not trained, it may bite. Although it is almost not painful, but not too pleasant.
Russian toy terrier
1. Yorkshire Terrier
Another fairly popular miniature dog, whose weight usually does not exceed 3 kg, and at the withers it can reach 20 cm. The breed is very compact, the constitution is dry, the head is not too large. The muzzle of the animal is slightly pointed, not too long, the forehead is well developed, the ears are small, protruding. The chest is often barrel-shaped. The body and tail are covered with long and soft hair, which grows quite quickly, it can even go down to the floor, but the undercoat is practically not developed. With age, the color of animals can change. These dogs have a calm disposition, behave quite balanced, but are always ready to frolic, be active, especially when walking. The breed does well in urban environments. Dogs are not socialized very well – they are afraid of strangers, they can only play with household members. They interact well with children. It is almost impossible to meet a biting Yorkshire terrier.
Pets do not need long walks and serious physical exertion; in wet and cold weather, a dog should be walked in overalls. What requires close attention and regular care is the coat of the animal. It must be washed regularly with shampoo and conditioner, combed with an exceptionally soft brush, long hair also needs to be cut. Dogs are prone to diseases of the teeth and ears, for prevention, you should visit the veterinarian regularly.
- Has a cheerful and calm character;
- Does not need long walks;
- Small size allows you to keep even in cramped apartments;
- Long life span – about 12-14 years;
- Beautiful appearance.
- The coat should be carefully looked after;
- The animal is susceptible to various diseases.
Very cute dogs, they have a very friendly character, they are strongly attached to domestic ones, they do not even behave aggressively with strangers. They are too friendly to strangers, which can eventually become a serious problem. During training, the dog should be taught not to respond to outsiders’ commands, not to take food from them. Pugs love to sleep very much – they spend most of their lives in a dream, and snoring amusingly. The activity level is quite low, but the animal will never refuse to play with its owner, especially if the dog is still young. The maximum height at the withers is 28 cm, the weight of an adult reaches 8 kg. On average, pugs live from 12 to 15 years, and there were dogs that lived 20 years or more. The coat is quite soft, smooth, the animal practically does not shed. The pug is a balanced breed – it is stocky with fairly strong and well-developed muscles. He should not be obese or malnourished.
A dog can easily explain to his owner what he needs at the present time, and pugs are very persistent. During the training process, you should not raise your voice, as this irritates the pet and can lead to the opposite result. There are quite stubborn animals, which will be very problematic to accustom to something.
- interact well with humans;
- Smooth coat, molting was not noticed;
- funny animal;
- Calm character, but will never refuse to play with the owner.
- Care should be taken in the choice of food;
- Protect your eyes from any sharp objects.
Today this breed is represented by a very wide palette of colors, ranging from black to deep red. In most cases, the coat is solid, but you can also find a spotted individual. Its length is insignificant, there are many folds on the skin, as if it is excessive for the size of the organism. The tongue and mouth have a blue tint. An adult dog can reach 20-30 kg of weight. Therefore, it is necessary to select food not only depending on the age of the animal, but also on its weight. If the food from the first months of life was chosen correctly, then the dog will be able to maintain its natural potential for a very long time. According to cynologists, sharpei have a fairly calm and balanced character, however, this breed has a waywardness, so the dog should be trained from childhood. For the most part, individuals are kind, affectionate and playful, however, there are still exceptions to this rule. If you gain authority from the dog, then it will willingly carry out any commands of the owner and protect him.
Caring for an animal is not too difficult – it is enough to feed it properly. The dog needs a walk twice a day. The coat is short, relatively hard, it needs to be combed periodically with a soft brush. It is desirable to socialize the animal – to allow him to communicate with other dogs. Twice a year they go to the veterinarian for the timely detection of possible diseases and vaccination, with the onset of the warm period, they are treated for ticks and fleas.
- Very cheerful and calm animal;
- Looks nice;
- Differs remarkable mind;
- Pretty easy to care for;
- With the right food, activity is maintained throughout life.
- Life expectancy is not too long;
- There are wayward and characteristic dogs.
According to its temperament, this breed of dogs belongs to the group of phlegmatic. However, this is in theory, but in practice, each animal is unique and unrepeatable. Overall dimensions are small, which makes it easy to keep such a dog in a small apartment. By its behavior, this dog stands out among other breeds – it has aristocratic manners and manners, as well as an exaggerated sense of self-esteem, and sometimes grandeur. Animals have the makings of a watchman – with their loud barking they are able to protect not only themselves, but also the owner. At the heart of the nature of the animal is the need to take the lead and try to dominate all that live in its territory. Pekingese independently chooses a place for himself, while he likes to be in comfort. He will never run to food, but will walk majestically and calmly.
In addition, Pekingese are very jealous, so it is difficult for them to get along in the same room with other pets. They do not like children, especially if the latter regularly pester them. These pets have simply unimaginable stubbornness. If there are problems with the animal, then you should immediately contact an experienced dog handler. An ill-mannered dog is a real hurricane. A Pekingese can get into a fight with a larger and stronger dog, which in most cases ends in failure.
- Looks very nice;
- Clever, but rather on her own mind;
- Not too picky about food.
- Long coat and very thick undercoat that should be brushed regularly;
- Complex and difficult character.
1. Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Very cheerful and cheerful animals that easily find contact with people. The body of the dogs is elongated, the paws are rather short in comparison with it, the ears are large, erect, the tail is also short, docked. The color is different, but most often the yellow color of the coat predominates. The nature of the dog is soft and very playful. Pets easily get along with all family members, first of all, this applies to small children, they get along excellently with cats and other dogs. Corgis have a good memory, besides, the animals are very inquisitive. They learn even quite complex commands or tricks in the shortest possible time. Dogs are cunning. Professional cynologists do not recommend excessive pampering of these animals, as they can simply begin to abuse it and expect encouragement from a person in the form of various tasty treats. Such pets do not know the measures in food, which ultimately can lead first to gaining excess weight, and later to obesity.
They treat strangers neutrally and calmly, but at the slightest threat to their master, they selflessly rush to his defense. Depending on its mood, the animal can make a variety of sounds: the dog can bark, whine, grunt, grumble and even squeal. Corgis are often used as hunting dogs when hunting small game, in addition, they can act as helpers for people who are hard of hearing.
- Oriented to people, feel great in society, love children;
- They love increased attention to themselves, but they do not particularly require it;
- Unpretentious in food and care – perfect for beginner dog breeders;
- Trained and socialized almost instantly;
- Very smart animals.
- They are expensive;
- prone to obesity;
- Very cunning, and this trick is not so easy to recognize.
Welsh Corgi Pembroke
Medium breed dogs
3. Labrador Retriever
It is best to keep such a dog in a two or three room apartment, as it is significantly larger than all the previously discussed breeds. She has well developed hind legs. The straight line of the forelimbs makes the paws stronger and more resilient. The coat is short but very thick. There is a dense undercoat that does not let water through. The maximum height at the withers for this breed is 58-59 cm. The classic color is black, and the healthy coat of the animal looks very beautiful – shimmers in the light, literally glows. A small light spot located directly on the chest is acceptable. There are field colors of various shades, ranging from cream to brown. The dog is very active and agile, especially its tail. At the height of the animal, it is better not to keep fragile things, as it can inadvertently demolish them with this very tail.
Excellent with the elderly and children, animals of this breed simply adore water, so the door to the bathroom must be kept closed at all times. Otherwise, sooner or later the dog will guess exactly how the tap turns on. The Labrador of this species is very easy to teach everything, he is also very cheerful and optimistic, he coexists well with dogs of other breeds.
- Very mobile and active animal;
- Gets along well with family members;
- The dog is smart enough – quickly learns any commands.
- Due to the high popularity of the breed, it is quite problematic to find a purebred dog;
- Too fond of water.
They are distinguished by a proud posture, a significant level of activity and endurance. Another name for this breed is the Scottish Sheepdog. Dogs have both long and short hair. The body build is proportional, the animal is slightly longer than it is tall. The head is not too large, the skull is rather flat. The bite of the dog is correct, the eyes are medium in the form of tonsils. The back has a slight bend, the transition to the lumbar region is smooth. The tail is medium, in most cases it is lowered down, and the tip is bent up. The limbs stand correctly, they are strong and muscular. The maximum height of the animal at the withers is 0.6 m, the weight is in the range from 21 to 28 kg. Coloring can be different – there are tricolor dogs, with a marbled coat, as well as light red. There is always a white collar, socks or stockings on all paws, the tip of the tail also has a white spot.
Before acquiring this dog, it is necessary to allocate a place for it and put a special mattress there. It is recommended to start a collie if there is a calm atmosphere at home, raised tones in conversations occur, but do not prevail. The animal is not too fond of long walks and active outdoor games. Wool needs regular care. It is advised to comb the dog every day – so the hairs and undercoat will not fall off. If the coat is not paid attention to, it will become dull, the dog itself will look worse, as a result, this can even lead to the occurrence of diseases. Bathe with special shampoos. In food, the dog is unpretentious.
- Very friendly animals;
- Differ in mind and ingenuity;
- Faithful and devoted friends;
- They do not show aggression towards people and other animals at all.
- During the molting period, the animal’s hair will be absolutely everywhere;
- Cannot stand loneliness and prolonged separation from owners;
- If someone from the family has an allergy, then this breed will not work.
One of the smartest dog breeds in existence. Only the German Shepherd is considered smarter than a poodle. Poodles are distinguished by their elegant and intelligent appearance, the animals have toned limbs, an almost straight top and a slightly rounded croup. Legs are straight and slender. Despite the small amount of muscle mass in them, they are very strong. All musculature of animals is dryish. The muzzle and head are elongated. The eyes are slightly slanted, the eyelids fit tightly. The ears hang down, widening at the bottom. Ideally, their tips should reach the corners of the lips. The coat of almost all dogs is curly, there are as many as six color options – black, red, white, blue, apricot and chocolate. By size, dogs are also divided into groups: royal, small, dwarf and toy.
Poodles are dogs for any family composition, regardless of age category. Animals are quite active, they need not just a regular, but an intensive walk so that the pet can fully throw out the accumulated energy. If the dog is not fully tired, then its character may change, and for the worse – it begins to gnaw on objects, bark for no reason, and disobey the owners. The character of each animal is individual, but all poodles are friendly.
- Very loyal and devoted animals;
- There are different sizes;
- They look beautiful;
- Do not require special care;
- They remain active throughout their lives.
- Strongly attached to the owner, it takes a very long time to wean if the owner changes.
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Our roundup of the best dog breeds in 2022 for apartments is nearing its end. We tried to consider each of the animals from all sides – appearance, common character traits, resistance to diseases, food preferences, and so on. All this was done so that your future dog and you become friends with each other for many years. If you have already kept a man’s best friend in your apartment, share your experience in dog breeding with our readers. This is very convenient and easy to do in the comments to this article.