Skip to main content - The Animal Encyclopedia for Kids

  • See All Dog Topics

Dogs That Are Suitable for Your Home

What dogs can you keep in small apartments? Is it even possible? Yes, it is!

Not everyone has a big house or a huge backyard. A small apartment doesn’t mean that you can’t have a dog. There are even “apartment dogs”, dog breeds that do well without much space. These four-legged friends should ideally be quiet and not bark much, not need too much exercise, not shed a lot and be very low-maintenance. Dachshund, French Bulldog, Chihuahua and Havanese, for example. You will find the complete list at the end of this article.

Which Dogs Are Suitable for Smaller Homes?

  • Dogs that don’t need a lot of exercise
  • Calm dogs
  • Dogs with low energy levels
  • Dogs that don’t tend to bark
  • Dogs that are polite and friendly

Golden Retriever Golden Retriever - Photo: Pressmaster/Shutterstock

Do Large Dog Need a Lot of Space?

It’s often the case that small dogs can be kept in small homes, whereas large dogs need bigger apartments or houses (with a backyard). But size doesn’t dictate anything about a dog’s demeanor or needs.


It’s true that most dogs relax, lounge around and nap for 16 to 20 hours a day. But some small dogs love nothing more than spending all day running around like crazy. And some large dogs want nothing more than to snooze on their beds in the living room, dozing all day long. Generally, dogs with less energy and a calm, relaxed temperament are more suitable.

Do Apartment Dogs Need Exercise?

Whether a dog is happy in a home doesn’t depend on its size. The most important thing is that it gets enough exercise to meet its needs.

Dogs that have been bred for long, tiring activities will be harder to satisfy. These include sheepdogs and cattle dogs. Irish Setters, Border Collies, Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers, for example, have extremely high energy levels. They need a lot of exercise every day. As long as they get this, they will be happy in a smaller home. But this would take a lot of effort, so is not the best idea.

Even calm, small dogs need to “stretch their legs” and get some fresh air, sniffing other dogs’ markings to get the “news of the day”.

Do Large Dogs Fit in Small Homes?

Large dogs like Great Danes don’t seem suited to apartment living at first glance. They can weigh up to 50 - 80 kg and grow to over 70 cm, but don’t take up as much space as you’d think. They are generally quiet and relaxed dogs that enjoy lounging around.


Things to Keep in Mind When Decorating Your Home

Dog owners should make sure that their homes are not full of stuff. Anything that can be put away should be put away. The less on the floor, the better. This means your dog will have the most space possible to move around in.

Dogs in Rented Apartments

If you live in a rented apartment, you should know that renters often aren’t allowed very big dogs as they could damage the apartment and impact neighbors. Your lease will say if you’re allowed a pet dog or not, and it’s not always easy to find an apartment that allows big dogs. It could also be a problem if you need to move house.

It’s also a matter of training but a dog that lives in an apartment block in the city has to be especially friendly and polite. This makes it much easier to live with your neighbors, and you’ll run into each other often. It’s much nicer when you can pass by each other without a dog barking, jumping up and/or growling. Especially if you need to take the elevator together.

Dogs That Are Suitable for Your Home:


See all topics on