We often hear that a dog needs a big space, a garden… to live comfortably. However, many people live in apartments nowadays, especially in the city.
So, can I have a dog in an apartment? Yes, but it depends on the dog. The amount of exercise and space a dog requires depends on the breed. How calm and quiet the dog also plays a major role before deciding to bring a dog home.
There are certain criteria to help you choose the right dog for you and how to make your apartment safe and cosy for your future furry friend.
If you are currently living in an apartment or flat, you don’t necessarily need to put your plans to get a dog on hold until your living arrangements change.
The size of the apartment that you live in isn’t as important as dedicating time and love along with care.
“Here at Blue Cross pet charity we don’t have any fixed rules about what makes the perfect home because every pet and their needs is different.”Nikki Smith, a rehoming operations manager at Blue Cross.
For example, although Chihuahuas are often thought of as a perfect dog for flats or small homes due to their diminutive size, they are quite anxious and are known for barking. Noise can carry easily in a block of flats and neighbours might become irritated by the sudden barks of an excited pup.
To make sure you consider the needs of your future doggy carefully, here’s a 4 point checklist:
First of all, no kidding about a dog being a huge responsibility. They simply are. Although once you go through what you need to know and do, their company is worth it. The challenge arises when you have a 9-5 job.
If you are looking to add a new dog to your home, take some time to figure out which type of dog will best fit your lifestyle and your apartment.
There’s no wrong or right answer, your goal is to look for a dog that is a good match with you by making conscious and informed decisions. If you want to read more about being a dog parent, check our First-time dog owner blog post.
It is a good idea to choose a dog based on where you plan to live. If you live in a small space, like an apartment, it’s generally a good idea to go with a breed that won’t get too big.
Smaller dogs need less space and they are easier to transport when going to the vet or on holidays. Also, they are easier to bring along in public transport.
Haven said that it’s not always the case that a small breed makes the perfect match for a flat. Greyhounds, for example, are very chilled for their size.
“Sometimes large, slow breeds can be surprisingly well suited to apartments, provided they don’t have a strong protective instinct”.Dr Starling.
The dog’s personality and temperament have a big role to play. A quiet and calm dog makes a great companion for living in an apartment.
When you live in an apartment, the walls are too thin and your neighbours will be close by. Unless you live in a building with excellent soundproofing, you should keep noise in mind when choosing a dog.
“Many herding breeds and hunting dogs such as terriers are also very alert and therefore likely to bark.”Dr Starling.
Different types of dogs have different levels of energy. When you live in an apartment, your dog probably won’t be able to move around as much as she would if she lived in a big house with a garden.
Rewardless of the dog breed, you still need to keep your dog mentally and physically active on a daily basis. If you want to read more about keeping your dog exercised, check our How often should I walk my dog blog post.
Here are some things that you can do to transform your flat into a dog paradise but also to establish some house rules.
Your dog should be comfortable, but that doesn’t mean that she gets to run the place. Here’s a list of things to bear in mind:
If you want to know more about making your apartment dog-friendly, check our How to make your home dog-friendly and safe blog post.
As you now know after reading this article, it’s not only about the space. However, you still need to check with your landlord or review your rent contract/agreement, to avoid breaking any clauses.
To prevent excessive barking, keep your dog active with walks, playtime and also entertaining toys when she’s alone at home. You can block certain windows if your dog likes barking to everything that moves. Finally, continue training her to improve her behaviour and always reward her achievements.
Here’s a list of mostly small and toy breeds that are good for living in a flat.
– Bichon Frise.
– Boston Terrier.
– Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
– Chinese Crested.
– French Bulldog.
– Manchester Terrier.
– Shiba Inu.
– Shih Tzu.
– Yorkshire Terrier.