These Are The Best Dog Breeds If You’re Short On Space

If you’re short on space but feel like you need some TLC from a sweet little fur baby, look no further. These dog breeds are perfect for people who dwell in small spaces – i.e. city living in a tiny apartment that costs more than anything you’ve ever spent money on in your entire life.

The perfect addition to a new space is a dog, but before you go out and adopt, there are many factors to consider such as temperament, breeds that require less exercise, and ones that fit your own lifestyle. With all that in mind, here are a few breeds to consider. They’re not all small breeds either!

Corgis

Corgis

Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Who hasn’t seen a Corgi walking down the street with an owner who isn’t smiling? It’s impossible to not want to scoop them up and give them all the snuggles! These cutie pies are known as Pembroke Welsh Corgis and they actually make great alert dogs.

Easily trainable, Corgis are very affectionate without the needy part and are one of the most popular herding breeds. Surprisingly athletic, quick and agile for just short little legs, Corgis are equipped for just about anything.

Chihuahuas

Chihuahuas

Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images

These little cuties may need to be trained not to bark at every little thing, but they are a great choice for a small space. Known to be a bit shy around new people (despite the barking), Chihuahuas are actually quite affectionate towards their owners.

Chihuahuas are less likely than large dogs to need obedience classes, socialization, or excess exercise and training. With a natural, feisty energy that may inspire you to put on the sass more in your own life, Chihuahuas are a great breed choice for a tiny living arrangement.

Bichon Frises

Bichon Frises

Photo by Richard Stabler/Getty Images

If you’re looking for a little more poof in your life, look no further than the Bichon Frise. They may be small, but they stand among the world’s greatest dogs when it comes to personality. Another a plus? Despite their fluff, they actually don’t shed that much!

Know to be adaptable, friendly, and easy to train, Bichon Frises are hypoallergenic and they get along very well with other dogs and children. Alert and curious, they also make great watchdogs – a must for anyone who lives in urban areas.

Did someone say ‘hot dog’?

Dachshunds

Dachshunds

Photo by Frank Rumpenhorst/picture alliance via Getty Images

Usually known as the “hot dog,” Dachshunds don’t mind hanging out in smaller spaces. The best part of this breed? They’re big on cuddles and love giving and receiving lots of attention. If coming home to an adorable pup who just wants to sit in your lap while you watch Netflix sounds ideal to you, a Dachshund might be your new companion.

With little legs, Dachshunds don’t necessarily need much exercise, so it’s alright if you don’t have a backyard. Still, these little guys will love if you take them on regular walks or to the park for a game of catch. While Dachshunds may be quiet in nature, they’re known to bark at a knock at the door and bring out their spunk whenever necessary.

Pugs

Pugs

Photo by Matthias Balk/picture alliance via Getty Images

Pugs tend to be happy in small, city environments so it’s a no-brainer we added these little guys to our list! With great adaptability and a generally medium to low energy levels, Pugs make a great companion for those dwelling in small spaces.

While they may be charming and loving, Pugs can be pretty mischievous but that’s only another reason to adore them so much. They do best in moderate climates – not too hot, not too cold – and are happy in the city or in the country. An ideal house dog, indeed.

Yorkshire Terriers

Yorkshire Terriers

Photo by JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images

If you’re in need of a little guard dog that’s adorable yet feisty, look no further than a Yorkie. Yorkies are great at alerting owners of visitors – wanted or unwanted – and are quite dainty in their own right…but with an attitude.

Yorkies are also super portable, which means you can take them with you to the store in a doggy carrier. They do need an abundant amount of exercise so be sure to make time for a few walks to the park during the day.

If you’re laid back and live in a small space, you’ll definitely want to consider this type of pup.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

Photo by Chris Weeks/Getty Images

If you’re pretty chill, you probably want a dog that’s down for whatever, right? Look no further than King Charles Spaniels! They enjoy a quiet lifestyle and can be entertained by a simple game of fetch, even in a small apartment.

Not generally loud barkers, King Charles Spaniels are affection, gentle, and graceful in nature, making them one of dogdom’s noblemen. They can be upbeat or couch potatoes, depending on the owner’s lifestyle.

Shih Tzus

Shih Tzus

Photo by Richard Stabler/Getty Images

Luckily for Shih Tzu owners, these little bundles of joy don’t need many long outdoor excursions. While the breed is alert and active, they’re actually pretty great for short walks and leisurely trips to the park.

If you have little ones, Shih Tzus are known to be especially affectionate with children. As a small dog bred to spend most of their day inside royal palaces, they make a great pet if you live in an apartment or lack a big backyard. They’re also happy being a lap dog as well.

Boston Terriers

Boston Terriers

Photo by Paul Bersebach/Orange County Register via Getty Images

While terriers can be tricky due to their reactive, high-energy natures, with the proper training, they can be the perfect companion in a small space. While they are barkers, Boston Terriers will play for short periods of time when outdoors but can be rather quiet and lazy while indoors.

Want to know the cutest thing? They’ve been called “The American Gentleman” due to their impeccable manners. Too bad some humans can’t follow suit, am I right?

Malteses

Malteses

Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images

Sweet little Malteses thrive in smaller spaces due to their size and calm demeanor. Gentle, playful, and charming, there’s no going wrong with a Maltese as your roommate.

Maltese are low-shedding, long-lived, and happy to make new friends of all ages. Sometimes stubborn and willful, they respond well to rewards-based training, so be prepared to spend some quality time at the park training these little cuties. They’re also great alert watchdogs.

If you prefer bigger dogs but are short on space, consider this next breed.

Standard Poodles

Standard Poodles

Photo by: Arterra/UIG via Getty Images

Standard poodles are known to bark less so that’s a plus for any apartment complex. Also known for their intelligence, Poodles may need daily walks or runs but are very well-behaved once trained.

Poodles are energetic and sociable animals who require both physical and intelligent activities. A typical poodle should be reserved with strangers upon the first introduction, but after a while should slowly reveal a warm and personable disposition. They also love to be a part of the fun and dislike to be left alone.

Schnauzers

Schnauzers

Photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images

While most large breeds may be happier living in the country, other larger dog breeds have an easier time adjusting to city life. Schnauzers are a bit quieter and very athletic. The Miniature Schnauzer, the smallest of the three Schnauzer breeds, is a generally healthy, long-lived, and low-shedding companion to any small living arrangement.

Friendly, smart, and obedient, Schnauzers are the ideal family dog as they get along with children and other animals. They are also very home and family-oriented so they can make great watchdogs.

English Bulldogs

English Bulldogs

Photo by Joan Cros Garcia/Corbis via Getty Images

If you’re looking for mellow, look no further than the English Bulldog. They spend a lot of time sleeping and lounging so they’re great for city life being that they don’t need a backyard. Goals, huh?

English Bulldogs love going for short walks and are known to be courageous, friendly, and calm. They need regular, moderate exercise, along with a careful diet, to stay trim. But make sure your apartment has air conditioning as their short snouts can cause labored breathing in hot and humid weather.

This next pup is the perfect companion if you live in a big city!

French Bulldogs

French Bulldogs

Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images

You probably see a lot of people walking French Bulldogs in your neighborhood if you live in a city. They’re pretty perfect for city life and are great companions for weekend errands. These little guys don’t get frazzled easily and remain calm, cool, and collected within the hustle and bustle of city life.

They are content, quiet, and don’t require much exercise or activity either, so giving them a short daily walk should be great for them.

Coton de Tulears

Coton de Tulears

Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images

The sweet and always adorable Coton de Tulear (Coton for short) is charming, bright, and known to be happy-go-lucky 100% of the time. They’re especially loyal to their owners and will follow them around the house no matter where they go.

Cotons are especially aware of their person’s emotional disposition and are known to be sympathetic during those hard times. Is your heart melting yet? Their primary job is to provide amusement, comfort, and companionship – perfect for anyone trying to survive in a big city.

Pomeranians

Pomeranians

Photo by Richard Stabler/Getty Images

Cute, furry, and feisty, Pomeranians just might be the subject of your next Instagram search. Poms are intelligent and loyal but don’t let their cuteness fool you as they tend to have a mind of their own.

Alert and curious about the world around them, Poms are great city companions. Keep them in sight during walks as they tend to believe they are bigger than they really are, which can sometimes lead to them harassing other larger dogs.

Shiba Inus

Shiba Inus

Photo by TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images

Shiba Inus are known for their bold, fiery personality. They tend to be alert, attentive, and active, which is great for city life. The spirited, good-natured Shiba is the most popular companion dog in Japan.

The Japanese describe their mental traits as good-natured, alert, and with a spirited boldness. Combined, these traits make up the intelligent and strong-willed temperament of this breed. They do best in a home without other small dogs or young children, but consistent obedience training and early socialization can make all the difference. The breed also interacts fairly well with cats.

Work from home and short on space? This next dog might just be your new companion.

Bolognese

Bolognese

Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images

A member of the Bichon family, a Bolognese is playful, easy-going, and devoted. A small companion breed originating in Italy, the Bolognese is a calm, faithful dog who is rather serene and inactive. These traits mean they’ll be happy just lounging around the apartment all day. However, due to a proneness to separation anxiety, the Bolognese does not do well alone for long periods of time.

If you work from home, they can be great little work companions as they are ill-suited for those with a 9 to 5 workday. They excel at manipulation, so be patient and consistent when housetraining.

Basset Hounds

Basset Hounds

Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

Basset Hounds are easygoing companions who love to sniff around. Better suited for laidback park activities and long, leisurely strolls, these cuties love to explore at their own pace. They’re very playful and are known to be tolerant of other pets and children. They are extremely vocal and famously devoted to tracking.

Bassets tend to be social dogs that enjoy meeting people and may need to be taken care of during the day if you’re away from home a lot. Patient and low key, Basset Hounds can sometimes be stubborn but are always charming.

Greyhounds

Greyhounds

Photo by Richard Stabler/Getty Images

If you’re into larger breeds, believe it or not, Greyhounds might be your best bet. However, know what you are getting into as they tend to thrive with people who are familiar with the breed.

Retired racing dogs can be couch potatoes but they can be high maintenance and sensitive. They also may need some help adjusting to city life, but once trained, they can be quite happy. Gentle, independent, and noble, Greyhounds are a sweet-tempered companion.