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The best dog breeds if you haven’t got a garden

If you think you’re home is too small for a dog or you’re worried about not having a garden, don’t worry.

You can still bring your new best friend into your home!

There are a variety of dog breeds who are suitable for an apartment, all ranging from pups who love an afternoon nap to those who will jump on your bed at 6am.

Don’t let your home stop you from sharing your love, check out below the ten best dogs that are suitable for an apartment.

1. Pug

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Pugs often are described as a lot of dog in a small space – and we can see why!

They are the most loving, carefree pooches and all they want to do is play.

Pugs are known as the clowns of the canine world because they have a great sense of humor and like to show off.

They’re great for anyone who lives in an apartment they grow to about 18lbs (as long you don’t overfeed them!

Make sure to take your little friend on daily walks to keep him fit, and before you know it their little wiggle will be the talk of the town.

Just be careful not to exert him. Because of their brachiocephalic (fancy way of saying flat-nosed) faces, pugs can have breathing issues, especially in warm weather. So when you’re outdoors, watch your pug carefully for signs of overheating.

Grooming level required: High. This guy needs you to clean out his facial wrinkles on a daily basis to remove dirt and debris, and also requires daily brushing. Pugs shed a lot, so invest in a decent vacuum cleaner!

Noise level: Medium. Pugs aren’t going to bark without good reason.

Kid friendliness: High. If trained well, pugs enjoy children!

Exercise: Low. Don’t overwork or overheat this little sausage!

2. Bichon Frise

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Bichon Frise are a cheeful, small dog breed with a love of mischief and a lot of love to give.

With their black eyes and fluffy white coat, they are almost like little, cuddly teddies.

They are also happy dogs with plenty of enthusiasm and brains to boost, making them easy to train.

But make sure you give them plenty of attention as these dogs can suffer from separation anxiety.

Grooming level required: Low. The Bichon’s coat barely sheds, so this breed is good for people with allergies. Bichons do need daily brushing to keep their fur from matting. Also, a monthly bath is required to keep your dog’s coat white.

Noise Level: Low. He’s not prone to yippiness like the poor excuse for a dog that belongs to that crotchety old lady down the hall.

Kid friendliness: Medium. Bichons are good with children, but puppies should be handled by kids only under adult supervision.

Exercise: High. Get your Bichon out of the house regularly for a game of fetch, and practice teaching him tricks at home.

3. Chihuahua

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If you’re looking for a compact dog for your place, a chihuahua is certainly one of the smallest breeds out there.

These little guys weight between 2 to 4lbs, which explains why Paris Hilton often carried her pooch in her handbag so much.

But just because they’re small doesn’t mean Chihuahua’s are quiet – they make up for their size with their personalities!

They can be divas at times so make sure you put the foot down and show them who’s boss.

Chihuahuas also love going for walks but because of their big personality, make sure you keep them back if they start a fight with a German Shepherd.

Grooming level required: Low. You only need to brush once a week.

Noise level: Medium to high. These dogs like to talk!

Kid friendliness: Low. It’s too dangerous to have these tiny dogs around children under the age of eight, because your Chihuahua might get injured. But do socialize her around kids.

Exercise: High. Chihuahuas need 20-30 minutes of daily exercise, and are eager to keep playing, so make sure your dog doesn’t wear herself out.

4. Greyhound

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Greyhounds are one of the bigger dogs that are suitable for apartments.

If you’re looking for a dog that’s great for a hug in the morning, greyhounds can be one of the cuddliest dogs.

Even though we often hear of Greyhounds being used for racing, when they get the chance to lie down and sleep, they will!

They are just as happy to chill for the evening watching Netflix with you as they are to go for a walk around the park.

Because the greyhound weighs in at 60-70 lbs, you should probably consider a different breed if you live in a studio apartment.

Grooming level required: Low. The greyhound has a short, smooth coat and no undercoat. This is a good dog to have for people with allergies.

Noise level: Low. He’ll bark occasionally, but nothing major.

Kid friendliness: Medium. Greyhounds can tolerate little ones and become great companions. But if you’ve adopted a retired racer, he may have never seen a kid before. (Now imagine how traumatic that would be!)

Exercise: Medium. You’ll need more than one walk a day if you don’t want a smelly present to come home to. This is true for all dogs. Teach the command to potty!

5. Mastiff

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We love these dogs for the squishy faces – how cute are they?

But they’re also great dogs if you haven’t got a garden, despite their size.

These furry babies can grow to 130lbs but as long as you have enough space for Mastiffs to nose around and be curious, they’ll be happy.

This gentle beast has a low energy level because he’s so big, so make sure he gets plenty of walks in so he doesn’t have to go on Doggy Operation Transformation.

Mastiffs were bred to attack intruders. If someone tries to steal your precious flat screen TV, your dog will be a lot more frightening than the feisty Chihuahua.

Grooming level required: Low. The mastiff has a short coat and doesn’t shed very much.

Noise level: Low, except when creepy dudes are trying to climb in through your window!

Kid friendliness: High. They’re great with kids if raised with kids. But when a mastiff has never seen a child before, he gets freaked out by how loud and unpredictable they are!

Exercise: Low. Be sure to take this guy on long walks so that he doesn’t get fat, but you don’t need to run marathons together.

6. Shiba Inu

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You might have seen a few of these dogs on the internet lately.

But these Japanese dogs are some of the friendly and most intelligent out there.

They’re known for their fun personality, pointy ears and agility.

Weighing in at 20 lbs, they’re nimble, quick, keen and alert. Shiba’s are fiercely independent, which is a great quality but it’s important you make sure they mingle with other dogs early on.

Grooming level required: Low, though she’ll shed heavily twice a year. Ready to splurge on that Dyson vacuum yet?

Noise level: Medium. She shouldn’t bark unless something suspicious is going on, or another dog is making her feel threatened.

Kid friendliness: Medium. The Shiba Inu will be friendly towards children as long as they treat her with kindness and respect. No tail pulling!

Exercise: Medium. Getting outside is important for this breed. Make sure she gets a good daily workout.

7. Chinese Crested

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These dogs get a paid rep for their appearance but if you like lazing around in bed all day, a Chinese Crested is your best friend.

This 12 lb sack of love will fall in love with you, make you her world, and never leave your side.

If you’ve just gone through a soul-crushing breakup, the Chinese Crested will nurse your broken heart back to health.

These unique pups love lounging around in the heat and having a lazy day.

But don’t leave them on their own too long because, just like Bison Frises, they suffer from separation anxiety

Grooming level required: Medium. Even though he’s hairless, the hair he does have needs to be trimmed. Also, he needs to be bathed regularly.

Noise level: High. Yep, this guy’s a talker. He’ll bark to protect his home, and sometimes he’ll sing!

Kid friendliness: Medium: They do well with kids, but small children could be a danger to the dog because he’s so tiny.

Exercise: Low. Chinese Crested dogs will tire out after about 15-20 minutes of play time and want to go back to their den. But they can jump over low fences, so be careful not to let them escape!

8. Boston Terrier

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Boston Terriers are a very handsome breed. We love their mini tuxedo style!

But don’t let their style fool you, they are one of the most stubborn dogs out there.

Weighing 10-25 lbs, these little fellas can be hyperactive and maybe even a bit bold.

Despite this, we can’t be mad at those big round eyes! They’re also very loving and affectionate.

Because they’re in the same class of dogs as pugs (brachycephalic), these guys are prone to over heating.

Their funny antics will amuse all your friends, as will their snorting, drooling and flatulence.

That’s right- don’t get a Boston Terrier if fart jokes make you uncomfortable.

These dogs are usually quiet, but like a true Bostonian, they’ll get scrappy if another male invades their territory.

Grooming level required: Medium. Brush your Boston weekly and wash his face everyday, to check his eyes for redness or irritation. Like the pug, these big-eyed dogs are prone to eye problems.

Noise level: Low, except when another male is on his turf.

Kid friendliness: High. Bostons love children!

Exercise: Medium. These dogs are fairly inactive indoors. He’ll take a walk with you, and he loves to play, but then he’ll tire out and take a nap.

9. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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You might recognise this pup from Sex and The City.

The adorable Elizabeth Taylor was Charlotte’s prized pooch who came to her in a time of need.

Even though Charlotte lived in a far grander apartment than most people, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels do make excellent apartment dogs.

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is intelligent, sweet and tail-waggingly cute.

These dogs become very attached their owners and like to be spoiled.

But they don’t like to be alone, so would suit someone who works from home or a home with a few people there so they’re never alone for too long.

Grooming level required: Medium-High. Brush their coat 3-4 times a week and bathe the dog when necessary.

Noise level: Low. The Cavalier might bark when someone comes to the door, or she’ll just ignore it and keep quiet.

Kid friendliness: High. She’ll sit on your daughter’s lap while watching Spongebob.

Exercise: Medium. Take her out for walks, but don’t let her off the leash. This poor little princess has no street smarts whatsoever, and might run in front of a car.

10. English Bulldog

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These guys are one of the tougher and stronger breeds of dogs out there, but they are also absolute sweethearts.

The laziest of dogs, this 40-50 lb guy is perfect if you want someone to cuddle with.

Though they’re courageous and protective of their families, bulldogs are also friendly and playful.

Be mindful of their health because even though you think their little snore is cute, it may be because of of the many respiratory problems they’re prone to.

Also start hitting the gym – these guys are heavy and you’re going to have to lift them if it’s time for a walk or the vet!

Grooming level required: Medium. Brush his coat once a week and clean the wrinkles of his face every day with a damp cloth. He’s an average shedder: brushing more than once a week will reduce the amount of hair.

Noise level: Low. They are too lazy to bark. In fact, he’s probably asleep.

Kid friendliness: Very high. This tolerant sweetheart will let your toddler torment him.

Exercise: Low. He won’t want to go on a walk, but you need to take him anyway. Once a day is fine. But keep him away from swimming pools and hot tubs. He can’t swim!

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Source: https://www.rsvplive.ie/life/family/best-dog-breeds-you-havent-13266138

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