When it comes to apartment pets, size does matter. Giant paws and long legs don’t always mix well with tiny living spaces. Temperament, bark-levels and a low-energy count are all good qualities to look for when on the hunt for a suitable dog, and some breeds are more inclined to display these traits than others.
Below is a list of the top breeds to consider when looking for a new best friend to fill your tiny home.
This breed has recently skyrocketed in popularity with metropolitan millennials, but Frenchies were popular even in Paris all the way back in the 18th century. A brisk walk each day will sufficiently keep them in shape, and they rarely bark.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Charlotte was onto something in Sex and the City by adopting a Cav. These toy dogs enjoy walks around the block — and then a place in your lap, of course. At 13 to 18 pounds, even a tiny studio can make room for one of these silky beauties.
This all-white dog can weigh half the size (under 7 pounds, compared to up to 13) and hails from the Mediterranean. They're born-and-bred companions that exude a playful charm. As for the long coat, Maltese actually shed infrequently.
If you're looking for something with a much shorter coat, you're in luck. Nicknamed "the American gentleman," the Boston terrier is deserving of its citified name. This small breed is lively and amusing, yet still compact and eager to please.