Alright, so you're living in a city and want a dog, but you aren't sure what dog makes the most sense for your lifestyle. City life often means small apartments, neighbors to consider, limited green space and challenging work-life schedules. So if you're thinking about adding a dog into the mix, but aren't sure which dog breed will do best in a city, The American Kennel Club says there are the 3 main criteria to consider:
- The dog's size - most dogs that do best in apartments are on the smaller side. That sounds reasonable enough. There are some exceptions to this rule with specific large dogs or specific large breeds that generally don't need as much space. The trade-off with low-energy large dogs is that many apartments will restrict dogs > 50 lbs. It's definitely something you can get around, but a limitation worth noting. Apartment hunting is hard as it is.
- The dog's activity level - you'll need a dog who's okay in a small space with more frequent condensed walks. Breeds like Border Collies and Golden Retrievers who need a lot of physical activity will end up bored and likely stress and destructive if they feel under-stimulated.
- The dog's overall temperament - will they be that dog barking at neighbors all the time? Or are they a dog that thrives around humans? Do they need constant attention or people to run their energy out? All dogs are social by nature, but some dogs do better with human interaction because they were bred for home-life/lapdog status.
And so, with that in mind, here are 10 breeds, in no particular order, that are known for being great city dogs:
- French Bulldog
- Bichon Frise
- Italian Greyhound
- Yorkshire Terrier
- Boston Terrier
- Shih Tzu
And one more wild card: a Great Dane. Yes, they're massive, but they're really homebodies. Great Danes don't need a ton of physcial activity and are known for being relatively lazy and quiet, so if you're looking for a couch companion, this is one to consider.