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Best Dog Breeds for Apartments

  • 17 January 2018
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Millions of Americans agree that a household just isn’t complete without a loyal canine companion. According to a recent survey by the American Pet Products Association, 68% of U.S. households — or 84.6 million homes — have a pet. And the majority of those are “dog people,” with 60.4 million households including at least one dog, compared with 47.1 million households including at least one cat.

What to consider before adopting

Before anyone, homeowners and renters alike, bring a dog into their household, they should consider their lifestyle and whether they’ll have the time and money to devote to training and caring for a pet. If you know you can afford it, and have already made sure you can get home every four hours to let your pup outside, that leaves just two more hurdles for renters to clear: space and housing restrictions.

To protect their investments, many property managers don’t allow any pets in their buildings. But, fortunately, there many areas of Minneapolis have wonderful pet-friendly options — but it depends on the neighborhood. Apartments near U of M tend to be less accepting of dogs, while apartments in downtown or the North Loop will go above and beyond with pet washing stations and dog runs on-site.

If you have the right lifestyle, the right budget, and the right place, it’s finally time to find the right dog.

Best dog breeds for apartments

For renters, breed size should be a consideration, but not the only consideration. There are several large and medium breeds that are perfect for apartment life. For example, great danes, despite their horse-like stature, are docile and low-energy, making them great additions to any apartment that can handle it. Mastiffs and Irish wolfhounds are also both good apartment dogs for the same reason.

For medium-size breeds, greyhounds and basenjis are a great fit — and the latter has the extra benefit of being barkless, so neighbors will never have a reason to complain. Poodles generally do well in apartments as well, but can be hyperactive and troublesome in their youth.

Many small-breed dogs will fit into your rented home just fine, such as terriers (Yorkshire, silky, or Boston), bulldogs, corgis, pugs, maltese, shih tzu, or a number of others. Dogs this size also overcome many apartment complex dog restrictions, which often include that the dog is a maximum of 25 pounds.

What’s most important for renters to consider when they’re nearing adoption, perhaps more so than the breed of the dog, is that they make sure your pup gets regular exercise: Go for walks daily, and head to the dog park or out on a trail a couple of times a week, too. Bored dogs get restless — which means they can get destructive, as well as depressed. If you keep in mind what’s best for your new canine roommate, adding a dog to your renting household can be problem-free.

Lizzy Manthe, a contributing member of the marketing and communications team at ABODO Minneapolis apartments, is a guest blogger who frequently covers housing-related issues, including advice to help people find their best city.