The 12 Best Dogs for Apartment Dwellers

“Best apartment dog” can mean a number of things, depending on the person. For some, it’s purely a dog that can live quietly and happily in a smaller space. For others, it might be a dog that can go out and be active with them on weekends, without feeling cramped or unhappy during the work week.

Finding the right dog to share your apartment space with you (while still being a considerate neighbor) can sometimes feel limiting. Apartment size, location, and even your neighbors can all become factors in determining what kind of dog suits your situation. Regardless of your lifestyle, there’s sure to be a dog that can fill exactly the roll you want while still living comfortably in your apartment.

“Larger dogs can live happily in an apartment,” says Dennis Riordan, DVM, of the Riordan Pet Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. “But they’re going to require more compromise from their owner.” Expect to spend more time out on walks, training, and giving your dog the mental and physical exercise they need.

With that in mind, here are 11 of the best apartment dogs.