Sunday, February 8, 2009

Top 10 Apartment Dogs

Looking to adopt one of man's best friends? Here's a list of the best breeds to raise in an apartment.

1. Pug - The pug is a great apartment dog. It is relatively small and barely sheds at all. It is also a rather friendly breed and will treat strangers well.

2. Sussex Spaniel - This friendly breed deals well with being home alone, requires little space, and is remarkably intelligent. It is one of the breeds most recomended for new owners.

3. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel - This breed (my favorite) is great for apartment life. It is small, but not pocket-sized, and quite intelligent. They are easy to train and ideal for first-time dog owners.

4. Miniature Schnauzer - These dogs are playful and friendly with strangers. They are also small enough to thrive in an apartment.

5. Pomeranian - Very active indoors, these dogs don't need to play outside. They should, however, be kept cool in warm climates and are best for people who do not have kids (as they can become jealous).

6. Yorkshire Terrier - These playful little dogs are great for a mostly indoor life. They don't like the cold, though, so keep them bundled up in the winter.

7. Lhasa Apso - Although they require a bit more grooming than other breeds, these dogs are extremely devoted and obedient. Plus, they are nice and small; perfect for an apartment.

8. Chihuahua - These small dogs are fashionable in Hollywood and work well in small spaces. Plus, they do not shed (great for those with allergies) and don't need much space to be active.

9. Havanese - If you can deal with a long-haired dog, these are great companions. Exceptionally friendly and compassionate, they are great with strangers, easy to train, and don't run around much.

10. Basenji - You may not have heard of this breed, but its a winner for apartments. The basenji can be left alone and doesn't need a lot of space. However, it can be playful and is quite intelligent. It may also be a little stubborn to train.

Still unsure what pup to get? Try this quiz.

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