The Best Dog Breeds for Apartment Living | Savory Prime INFOGRAPHIC

Apartment living doesn’t mean you have to become a cat person! In fact, many dogs – of all breeds and sizes – fit right at home in multi-family dwellings!

Just because you live in an apartment doesn’t mean you need to rule out having a dog, even a large one! It does mean you need to do a little research to make sure your pet will be as happy with their living arrangements as you are.

When choosing a family member to share your small space, take into consideration your lifestyle, your dog’s disposition, and activity level and compare those to amenities and lifestyle at your new apartment building: Does the complex offer an off-leash dog park or is it in a location that will allow for daily walks and exercise? Will a loud upstairs neighbor cause your dog to bark or will your dog be comforted knowing there are others residing nearby?

Courtesy of Savory Prime for this compiled infographic showcasing the best small, medium, and large breeds for apartment living:


Small Dogs 

Shih Tzu

Weight: 9 -16 lbs

Temperament: Playful, sassy, affectionate

Low-energy: It doesn’t need many trips outside, but it needs companionship

Chinese royals had them as house pets, and the little Buddha dogs were companions for thousands of years

On screen: The gay couple in “Best in Show” owned one. The Shih Tzu calendar shoot had dogs dressed as characters from the “Gone With the Wind” and “Casablanca”

Celebrity owners: Nicole Richie, Queen Elizabeth, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Bill Gates, Colin Farrell, Dalai Lama

***WARNING*** Its long hair requires grooming

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 

Weight: 10 to 18 lbs

Temperament: Friendly, eager to please

Gets along well with children and other dogs

Dates back to British royalty and King Charles its preference for little dogs

On screen: lady from “Lady and the Tramp” and in Sex in the City”, Chocolate adopted one and named it Elizabeth Taylor

Celebrity owners: Ronald Reagan, Frank Sinatra, Brad Paisley, Diane Sawyer, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Liv Tyler

***WARNING*** Long-hair coat requires good nutrition and care 


Weight:14 to 18 pounds

Temperament: Comical, playful

Relatively quiet compared to other small dogs

On Screen: Frank the pug in “Men in Black” Otis from “The Adventures of Milo and Otis” and the pug in “The Nut Job” voiced by Maya Rudolph

Celebrity owners: Paris Hilton, Jessica Alba, Kelly Osbourne, Denise Richards, George Clooney, Billy Joel, Valentino, Rob Zombie

Medium Sized Dogs

Basset Hound

Weight: 20-65 pounds

Temperament: Easygoing, good-natured

On Screen: Elvis Presley sang “Hound Dog” to a basset hound named Sherlock. Another hound named Flash was the sheriff’s sidekick in “The Dukes of Hazzard”

Celebrity Owners: Jennifer Lawrence, Clint Eastwood, Shakira, Marilyn Monroe

***WARNING*** It can be vocal 


Weight: 40-55 pounds

Temperament: Easygoing, mellow, friendly

More interested in the couch than the dog park

Low-maintenance and classic example of a city dog

On screen: Pete in the 1994 remake of “Little Rascals” and Gunner in “Cheaper by the Dozen”

Celebrity owners: Michael Jackson, Brangelina, David Beckham, Adam Sandler

Large Dogs 


Weight: 60-70 pounds

Temperament: Quiet, well-mannered, eager to please

Surprisingly lazy and happy to spend the day on your couch

It can be shy and prefers a calm household

It’s able to run at speeds up to 45 mph

On Screen: Bart Simpson’s dog, Santa’s Little Helper, and Julia Robert’s character has greyhounds in “Charlie Wilson’s War”

Celebrity Owners: Matt Groening (creator of “The Simpsons”) Pharaoh Tutankhamen, JK Rowling, Trent Reznor

***WARNING*** It has a strong chasing instinct 


Weight: 120-230 pounds

Temperament: Calm, good-natured

A gentle giant that’s instinctively protective of its family

Needs regular exercise like moderate walks and visits to the park

On screen: Hooch from “Turner and Hooch”, Hercules from “The Sandlot”

Celebrity owners: Marlon Brando, Bob Dylan, Christina Aguilera, Vin Diesel

***WARNING*** It slobbers and can be stubborn

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