While pooches of all shapes and sizes are welcome at CLV Group’s pet-friendly buildings, there are certain factors that apartment-dwelling prospective dog owners might want to consider. Whether you choose a studio, 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom or three bedroom apartment or townhome with CLV Group, you may be contemplating different breeds. Living in an apartment community means neighbours residing in relatively close proximity. Apartment dogs will be exposed to all kinds of people – from young children to seniors and everything in between – so it’s important to choose a breed that’s polite with strangers and it’s imperative to socialize your dog (no matter what breed you choose!) from a young age so that they can get comfortable in a variety of uncertain situations. Luckily, CLV Group apartment and townhome communities are centrally located to provide you ease of access to local amenities including dog parks, leash-free trails, pet spas and more.
With all of this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of 8 dog breeds that are a good match for apartment lifestyles. If you’re looking to welcome a furry friend into your CLV Group home, check out the list below!
The Bichon Frise is a bundle of cheerful energy packed into a tiny body and makes a fantastic companion for any apartment resident! They’re highly trainable and generally get along well with other animals and people. They’re also an excellent choice for people with allergies, because they have a dense coat and don’t shed like other breeds.
Around the house, Basset Hounds are calm and easygoing – requiring much less exercise than many other medium-size breeds. They are affectionate with their families and do particularly well with children given their patient and friendly disposition. Averaging 50-65 lbs full grown, Bassets are a convenient size for a spacious apartment and make wonderful, loving pets.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is one of the most popular small breeds, due to their sweet temperament and unwavering loyalty to their families. Cavaliers are lapdogs by nature and are content to spend the majority of their time cuddled up indoors, however they are a dependent breed and can become anxious if left alone for long periods of time.
The Italian Greyhound has a gentle personality, loving and affectionate with family members but often shy and reserved with strangers. The smallest of all the greyhounds, they still require a fair amount of exercise and will enjoy long walks around the block as well as mental stimulation to channel their high intelligence.
The French Bulldog is small but substantially built with a stocky, muscular body. They are highly trainable, and form devoted bonds with their families. They love to play and generally get along with everyone, including small children and other animals. French bulldogs do not need a lot of exercise, but they do need daily walks to keep them at a healthy weight – because they love to eat!
The Papillon is an outgoing and energetic pup who’s known for it’s uniquely fringed namesake ears. Papillons are very social and love people, affectionately kissing and nuzzling family members and attentive strangers alike. Weighing a mere 4-9 lbs on average as an adult, the papillon is easy to handle and requires limited exercise, but they are dependent companions and demand substantial time and attention from their owners.
West Highland Terrier
A terrier through and through, the West Highland Terrier is highly intelligent and full of personality. Originally hailing from Scotland, this small-to-medium sized breed is distinguished by a fluffy white coat and pointed, upright ears. He’s a social guy who gets along well with people of all ages, strangers included, and he is not a one-person dog. The Westie has modest exercise needs and actually thrives in homes without a yard, due to his instinctive prey-drive and aggression towards small rodents like rabbits and squirrels.
The Havanese is a tiny companion who absolutely embodies affection and devotion, often sticking so closely to their owner’s side that they earned the nickname “Velcro dog”. One of the best choices for apartment living, this breed has a surprising amount of energy for their size, enjoys meeting new people and learns tricks and obedience commands quickly and willingly.
It’s important to note that while the breeds listed might be some of the most functional choices for an apartment lifestyle, with continuous obedience training and socialization a wide variety of different breeds can adapt to living in an apartment building. CLV Group is proud to be pet friendly, and if you’re looking for a new home for you and your best friend, make sure to check out our listings.