9 Best Apartment Dogs For Tiny Spaces [#4 Will Shock You!]

Best Apartment Dogs: Beautiful girl with a cute young dog

Are you looking for the best best apartment dogs? Do you live in a very compact space but still can't give up on the luxury of owning a dog? What if I tell you that there are a lot of compact spaces and apartment dogs to choose from?! What if you no longer have to choose between either burning your pocket for a large space or owning a dog?

There are a lot of good apartment dogs to pick up from. It is true and you will see yourself.

To make things easy for you, I've selected 9 of the best apartment dogs to choose from.

And to save you even more time, hustle and bustle, you can use the navigational menu below. This will make it easier for you to jump right to the section that talks about the dog of your choice. Otherwise, we can take a look at each of the 9 dogs separately to help you make the choice.


Let’s go!

Off to the very first apartment dog:

1. Basenji

Basenji is feeling sorry and shy

I am little shy huh!

The Basenji is the one you need to consider as the number one best apartment dog.

If your space is the excuse you have for not letting yourself enjoy the warmth and love a dog can give, its high time to let go of that excuse. The Basenji has rid you of that excuse.

The Basenji is a barkless dog. So no need to worry about your very close neighbors getting pissed off.

And the best of all is that he just doesn't get bored if left alone.

Just make sure you don’t leave him alone for too long. After all, he is there for you. Why would you leave him?!

And if you're worried about heights and weights, this dog is only 18 inches tall and weighs only about 24 pounds. He never grows past these numbers.

Check out more about this dog here.

2. Brussels Griffon

Small Brussels Griffon dog

I just don’t a give flying f**k about space!

See that funny face?! Cute, right? Wait till you see what this little creature has in store for you. I know the first thing you worry about is size.

And just to reassure you, this little creature is super small. But the love he will provide you with is unmatched by his little size.

But the breed is sometimes a little difficult to deal with. The Brussels Griffon sometimes loves to snuggle. But a dog without a little challenge? How boring!

Learn more about this dog here.

3. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel sad

Alright! Alright! I am an introvert. So what?!

And the third apartment dog to consider is Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

This dog breed is super convenient for very small spaces.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel loves to just hug and cuddle.

Space? They don’t give a sh**t about it!

The only issue you will run into when you decide to have Cavalier King Charles Spaniel as your apartment mate is the training. You need to spend a little time training them. But it is worth it.

Here is an article that we did on how to teach your dog the basic commands (sit, stay, lay down, come, and heel) EASILY.

Want to know more about this dog? This article will help you out.

4. English Bulldog

English Bulldog sleeping

Oh man! Just let me sleep!

How could you put this big dog in a list of apartment dog, you may wonder?!

Take it easy folks!

This dog breed HATES moving! He is just not bothered about too much space.

See now why I listed it here?! The couch is his heaven on earth! Make him a couch cozy enough and you won't have to worry about space.

The only thing that you need to consider before you think about getting an English Bulldog is the fact that they snore a lot! If you are fine with that, then go for it!

Here is more about the English Bulldog.

5. Chihuahua

Chihuahua cute small dog

Take me as your mate please. I am kind, quiet and not so much into outings!

If you live in a compact apartment and you are very tight on time, take this one as your mate. You won't regret it, believe me. He is just so laid-back.

They're not only so small and accustomed to very little space, but they also require very little to no exercise. Isn’t it just so awesome?!

A word of warning though! If you have strangers coming in and out of your apartment, watch out! Chihuahua is not so much used to having strangers around. But other than that, all is fine!

Check out extra information about this dog here.

6. Shih Tzu

Sad Shih Tzu about crying

I am all into small compact spaces.

This one is not only small in size but also super easy to maintain. Shih Tzu does not require you to spend too much time and energy to take care of her.

The main thing you should be concerned about if you choose to have Shih Tzu is simply her diapers. This is the only thing you need to take care of.

As for the nightmare of going for so many outdoor walks, you can just rest easy with this dog breed.

Here is more about the Shih Tzu.

7. Coton de Tulear

Coton de Tulear with his beautiful white coat

I swear I will not ask you out, just take me as your mate!

Their size and their friendly faces make this dog breed the best bet for people looking for apartment dogs.

Even though they love it when you take them out and play fetch with them, they just don’t mind if they stay in for the whole day. They literally understand that you're just busy. Kidding here! But who knows! For tips about accommodating your dog of any size, check out this article about designing a pet-friendly family room.

You can learn even more about the Coton de Tulear here.

8. Great Dane

Large Great Dane

I am tall! But not so tall that I can’t fit in a small apartment!

Remember what we said about the english bulldog? Guess what?! The same thing applies to the Great Dane.

Fellow Dane is the perfect roommate for you.

He is huge and may occupy extra space, but its size may be a blessing for you.

The Great Dane doesn’t move around for long. Sure. Sometimes he may get a little too energetic and hard to deal with, but most often the Great Dane is super calm, quiet and friendly.

Need even more info about the Great Dane? Head on to this article here.

9. Dachshund

Cute Dachshund walking

Look at my back! It bridges such a wide gap!

And the smallest among all of these is the Great Dane.

Great Dane belongs to the hound breed.

He’s got very tiny legs and a back that's quite long.

In addition to its super small size, its appearance will bring joy to your everyday life.

If you just take a look at them, your cheeks won’t help but go like HOW FUNNY!

Here is more about the Dachshund.

Want some multimedia? Here is a YouTube video about the best apartment dogs:


This is the end of our list folks! I hope that I succeeded in picking up the best roommates for you. These are the best apartment dogs you can choose from. Of course, you can’t have them all at once. I wish I could have many of them for myself. Anyway, let us know what dog you fancy as a roommate!

About the Author Youssef Arezdi

Hey world! Youssef here! I am a writer and a blogger, with keen interest in pets, dogs especially. Writing about those creatures make time melt like an ice cube in a desert! Dogs are just unbelievably amazing!

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All About Dogs says September 14, 2017

I think the French bulldog deserves one of these nine places. But seriously, great article!

    Youssef Arezdi says September 18, 2017

    Yes, you’re right, French Bulldog makes a great apartment dog. Will extend this list in the future for sure.
    Thanks for the comment AllAboutDogs.net 😉

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