10 best dog breeds for city life

10 best dog breeds for city life

If you are living it up in the big city, presumably a small apartment with little green space you might think having a dog is just a dream. That’s why we rounded up the 10 best dog breeds for city living. You might think all dogs deserve a garden. I agree. The best you can provide your pup is a great big garden where they can roll around in mud. Nonetheless, some pups are perfectly happy with a daily visit to the dog park. Then they spend the rest of their day on the couch. This is not necessarily breed specific, rather pup specific.

There are, however, a few breeds you might want to consider to adopt or buy. These are the dogs that often require less exercise, and thus don’t need a huge backyard or ten trips to the park per day. They also include dogs that tend to be mellow, since city life can be a bit loud and overwhelming. So you wonder what these pups are? Let’s dive in!

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

These beautiful and friendly dogs have the sweetest countenance. They are calm, usually quiet and are perfectly happy left alone in the apartment. Cavalier King Charles spaniels like a quiet lifestyle and can be entertained playing fetch even in a small apartment. Daily walks in the dog park will keep them happy. They stand at 30 cm, which makes them one of the best dog breeds for a small apartment.

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I’m sure you don’t need another reason to love pugs, nonetheless they make the perfect city dog. They have medium to low energy levels, that works in your favor. You need to walk them regularly and give them the right toys to entertain themselves, and they will be very happy as city dogs. Mind you, they shed quite a lot.


If you’d like a larger breed, then a greyhound may be a good idea. Retired racing greyhounds absolute couch potatoes. You however, should know what you’re getting yourself into. They tend to be high maintenance and need someone who is familiar with this breed. Since they can be sensitive, they may need a little help getting used to city life. But once you do that, they can be quite happy.


Just like greyhounds they make the perfect apartment dogs. A quick spin in the park in the morning, and they’re ready to snooze on the couch for the rest of the day. As greyhounds, they can be quite sensitive and in my experience they are not much for toys.

French Bulldogs

French bulldogs are the sweetest pups. Their mellow personalities fit right in with your needs. They were bred as companion dogs, and they will be happy to accompany you on your errands. Their size, and low maintenance coat makes them one of the best dog breeds for city living. Make sure to leave them with plenty of entertainment when you leave the house, and they will be content until you get home.

Standard Poodles

Standard poodles are some of the best dog breeds for apartment living, as they bark less. They are quiet, intelligent and really well behaved. It’s easy to train them and to keep them happy with regular daily walks to the park. Grooming is necessary, but they don’t shed so it makes them great city dogs.


If you’re looking to keep your neighbors happy, then opt for a basenji. They are ‘barkless’ and hypoallergenic, meaning they are perfect for those who have dog hair allergies. These playful pups are independent, and often quite stubborn so they’re ideal for people who can be firm and consistent with their training.

Boston Terriers

Terriers can be tricky, as they are barkers by nature. So if you opt for one be sure to train them consistently and from a very young age. Otherwise these sweet pups make the perfect house mate. They are cute, cuddly and playful and if you opt for two instead of one they will make each other the perfect companion.

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Bichon Freese

These cute little fur balls love to play and need daily exercise but are perfectly happy in an apartment. Even at their largest they are not taller than 30 cm, making them ideal for apartment living. They don’t shed, so they are perfect if you have dog hair allergy or just want to spare time on cleaning your place.

Yorkshire Terriers

If you’re in the market for a little guard dog, consider a Yorkie. They’re great at alerting you of break ins, or anyone knocking at your door. They’re also portable, which means they can easily travel with you into stores. Just make sure you give them ample stimulation, and exercise, and you should be all set.

I hope this list helped you decide on your next bestie. If you are planning to adopt, which I highly recommend then don’t be too hung up breeds. Instead, make sure you tell all about your living circumstances to the shelter staff and they will be able to help. After all, they know their pups the most.

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