Top 10 Small Dog Breeds for Apartments

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You might be desiring a furry canine companion for your apartment. Take a look at the following recommended dogs wherein one just might be the perfect fit for your own temperament and also for your living accommodations.

Basset Hound 

They stand no more than 14 inches at the shoulder. They are mild mannered, which makes them agreeable for apartment living. You will be amused at how they look. They have a large domed head with very long velvety ears, sad eyes and brows with wrinkles. 

They may be small but they are heavy boned with strong little legs and large paws. But they have the strength and stamina of big dogs. They weigh between 40 to 65 pounds and their lifespan reaches up to 12 to 13 years. 

Basset Hounds have some of the best smelling abilities and are highly trainable. They bark in a loud and echoing manner. They are very loyal to their owners, although they may not be that demonstrative in showing that they care. 

Biewer Terrier 

They are quiet dogs because they don’t constantly bark. But you will be comforted with their jolly, childlike and lighthearted personality. It can entertain you for several hours, making it a pleasant companion in your apartment. 

They attain a cute height of 7 to 11 inches and a huggable weight of 4 to 8 pounds. They have a relatively long life expectancy of 16 years. They belong to the Toy group of dogs. 

They are long haired toy terriers with 3 color hues on their fur. Their destiny in life is to love and be loved but their athleticism also makes them ideal companions for long walks. 


They are very tranquil and don’t like to move much, which makes them custom fit dogs for your apartment. And these miniature, stocky and squarely built canines are loyal to their owner and family. But they are shy when it comes to strangers but warm up quickly when given attention. 

They don’t like it when they don’t have human company for long hours, so if you’re a work at home person, they will be very delighted. They have a pure white coat that is long and fluffy and expect them to stay 12 to 14 years with you. They grow only up to a manageable 12 inches and can weigh between 6 to 9 pounds. 

Boston Terrier 

The mere fact that these dogs are named for a city makes them excellent urban pet companions in your apartment. They have impeccable manners, which earned them the appropriate title of The American Gentleman. They are adjustable, prone to socializing with people, and are always eager for a brisk stroll to the park or to their owner’s favorite outdoor coffee shop.

They grow to heights not more than 17 inches and they weigh between 12 to 25 pounds. And they live up to 13 years. Be careful not to fall in love with their large round eyes. Look into them so you could predict what sort of mischief or curiosity they’re up to this time. 


They can weigh up to 50 pounds, but they’re so lovable that you can’t help but allow them to curl up on your lap when they want to. If they can talk, they would plead with you to let them stay in your apartment with its air conditioned rooms because they can’t stand hot and humid weather. 

You’ll know bulldogs when you see them because of their forever sour faces and their thick set, low slung and muscular brawns. They’re 14 to 15 inches tall as adults and as mentioned, can weigh up to 50 pounds. But their life expectancy is a rather short 8 to 10 years. 

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 

They are very adaptable dogs. The Cavalier could be your pleasant couch potato companion while you Netflix the whole day in your apartment. They could also be your strolling buddy when you want to breathe in fresh air at the park. 

They live from 12 to 15 years, weigh 13 to 18 pounds, and grow to a cute 12 to 13 inches height. The Cavaliers have an elegant grace and classic beauty that could have made them favorites of British aristocracy. But their even temper and child friendly demeanor have made them in demand pets too for apartment living. 

French Bulldog 

They look like miniature bulldogs, except for the large and standing bat ears that are the French Bulldogs’ one identifying feature. They’re not much of barkers but they’re very alert watchdogs. These characteristics make them perfect for apartments which demand quietness from the neighbors. If you’re away for long hours from your apartment, you’ll be happy you have your own watchful French bulldog. 

They weigh under 28 pounds and grow up to 13 inches in height, a perfect dog size for your apartment. They will keep you company for up to 12 years and will not badger you too much for outdoor exercise.


They are compact and stocky toy dogs with a coat that is typically long at the neck and shoulders. This is their immediately recognizable Lion’s Mane. Their coats come in various shades of red, from the brighter reds to the darker shades. 

The Pekingese were one of various breeds of canines that were bred for the royalty of ancient China. They weigh up to 14 pounds and grow to a height of up to 9 inches. They have a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years. One unique and amusing feature that they have is their rolling gait which seems effortless. 

You will be glad to have the Pekingese in your apartment because they are also alert watchdogs. 


Multum in parvo. That’s the Latin motto of Pugs which means A Lot in a Little. It’s small, growing only from 10 to 13 inches in height and weighing only 14 to 18 pounds. But it’s a bundle of joy, despite its small frame, during its approximately 13 to 15 years of keeping you company in your apartment. 

You can’t help but be enamored with them when you see their big sparkling eyes and their wrinkled brow and snout. They’re adorable and patient with both kids and adults. But take care to give them living conditions in your apartment that have moderate temperatures. If they’re comfortable, they’ll give you long hours of affectionate fun. Pugs are highly recommended small dog breeds for apartments. 

Tibetan Spaniel 

They were bred centuries ago to work on the walls of Tibetan monasteries. Now, they’re well recommended as apartment pets because these frisky and curious creatures are very much capable of forming a tight bond with their owner. 

They have this distinctive Lion’s Mane around their neck and a plumed tail that curves over the back. They have a blunt muzzle and large expressive eyes. They grow to a small 10 inches maximum height and weigh 9 to 15 pounds, perfect fit for your apartment. They’ll keep you company for as long as 15 years.

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