Dogs to have in a small flat

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If you have a small apartment without a patio or garden, do not worry, because if you wish you can also welcome a dog, however, it must be able to adapt to a small space, without diminishing its quality of life..

Having a German shepherd or a Rottweiler in an apartment is synonymous with depriving an animal of the conditions it needs to be happy, on the other hand, there are many medium and small dogs that can fully enjoy a small space, always understanding that all dogs need daily physical activity and we must commit to offering them all the necessary walks.

In this AnimalWised article we mention which are the best breeds of dogs to have in a small flat.

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  1. Pekingese
  2. Dachshund
  3. Shih Tzu
  4. English bulldog
  5. Pug
  6. Bichon frize
  7. Maltese Bichon
  8. Yorkshire terrier
  9. Poodle
  10. Cocker spaniel
  11. West highland white terrier
  12. Chihuahua
  13. Haven't you decided on a specific breed yet?


Pekingese is one of the most endearing small breeds and known and without a doubt it is one of the best dogs to have in a small apartment, both pure and mixed breeds. Although he is an independent dog, he is also surprisingly affectionate and easily attached to home and other family members..

It is a very confident and courageous dog that acts like a exceptional watchdog, since it is not usually very barking but it is alert to the slightest suspicious noise. The Pekingese does not require much exercise so it is ideal for the elderly or those who enjoy a mostly home life.


Better known as the sausage dog, the dachshund is characterized by very short limbs compared to the proportions of its body, it is another of the dogs that can coexist perfectly in a small space. It's about a very intelligent dog that learns quickly, docile, protective and playful character.

Despite its small size, it is true that it needs an owner who has experience with training, otherwise, the dachshund can be a very stubborn dog and it is difficult to obey.

Shih Tzu

This breed is native to Tibet and due to its small size it is ideal to live in small spaces, although we should not underestimate it for its appearance, since it has always been a highly appreciated breed for its qualities as a guard dog. They are loyal, affectionate and sociable dogs, who are also alert to protect the home.

It is affectionate with people and other animals, so it is ideal when we have welcomed other pets or when we live with small children. Although this dog is ideal for a floor of reduced dimensions, it requires daily care, in this case we must dedicate to its beautiful coat.

English bulldog

Despite its appearance, the bulldog or English bulldog is a docile and calm dog like few others, that he is always in a good mood and does not skimp on displays of affection towards the people who live with him.

It is also a brave and self-confident dog that behaves peacefully and does not continually demand the attention of its owners, however, like any dog, it does need their presence..

It is a medium-sized dog, which does not require excessive physical exercise, and therefore is ideal for living in a small apartment.


Also known as a pug, this small dog originally from China, It is characterized by having a very affectionate and playful temperament, However, this cannot confuse us since he will need a much longer and more intense socialization from a puppy than in the other cases since he is quite shy and shy.

It is a lively and very active dog, so daily walks take on special importance, after its first years of life the pug calms down and becomes a very homey dog, ideal to have in a small space.

Bichon frize

It is a small dog with an endearing aesthetic. With proper socialization fits perfectly into the home environment and it is very suitable for living with children, being an exceptional companion animal.

Its temperament is very stable, being a very calm dog that is also especially recommended to live with the elderly. Its coat requires special and periodic care, it is necessary to trim the hair around the eyes and carefully clean the mites.

Maltese Bichon

It is a dog of small size whose weight ranges between 3 and 4 kilos, therefore, it is suitable to live comfortably in a home of reduced dimensions.

It is exceptional as a companion animal, since in addition to being intelligent, it behaves in a very affectionate and friendly way, and acts as a good guard dog, barking in case of hearing the slightest unknown noise. Needs little physical activity, so it is very suitable for living with older people.

Yorkshire terrier

The Yorkshire terrier is one of the most suitable dogs to have on a floor due to its small size, since its average weight is 3.2 kilograms. In addition, it is an excellent watchdog because it is always on the alert and warns us promptly with its barking.

Although it does not require much space, yes needs the continuous attention of its owners, It is characterized by being a tenacious dog, very brave and overprotective with its family.


The poodle or poodle is a dog suitable for confined spaces, in its medium-sized, dwarf or toy varieties. The poodle is a dog cheerful, playful, very active and that it has a lot of energy, therefore, it needs a lot of exercise to be disciplined, something that is very important, since although we are facing a very suitable dog to live with children, it can develop a destructive tendency if it is not socialized properly.

Cocker spaniel

Both the English Cocker Spaniel and the American Cocker Spaniel are medium-sized dogs very suitable for living in a small apartment. It is an athletic dog, so physical exercise is very important to him, Although it is also an excellent companion animal because it has a loving, obedient character, and enjoys the company of its human family.

West highland white terrier

This dog, originally from Scotland, also known as a Westie, has a body weight that ranges between 5 and 10 kilos, therefore it can adapt to the reduced space of a small apartment.

It is a dog that greatly appreciates the displays of affection from its owners, however, we are facing a very tenacious dog that has the temperament of a large breed, therefore needs adequate training based on positive training and moderate physical exercise.


This friendly dog ‚Äč‚Äčoriginally from Mexico will weigh at most 3 kilos, depending on the variety, so it can adapt perfectly to life in a small apartment.

Contrary to what you might think, it is a very intelligent dog and that he remains in a state of alert, although he also ends up developing a true devotion towards his owners, all this makes him a exceptional pet.

Haven't you decided on a specific breed yet?

If you are considering taking in a dog but do not know which is the breed that best suits you or your lifestyle, we recommend that you consult the following articles:

  • The most intelligent dog breeds
  • The most affectionate dog breeds
  • The calmest dog breeds
  • The best dog breeds for children

Remember that dogs are not going to behave in a specific way because they belong to a breed, on many occasions we find a very nervous English bulldog as well as a very calm cocker spaniel. It will depend on each case.

It is also important to note that large, medium or small breedless dogs are equally ideal for a flat. To do this, all you have to do is go to a shelter and check the activity level of the animal you fall in love with. Sometimes size doesn't matter but rather the individual behavior of each dog.

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