How to Choose a Dog for an Apartment. City dwellers need companionship, too. Finding a country dog is easy, because all you need to do is find a dog that likes to romp in open spaces. An apartment-dwelling dog will need to meet specific criteria. When searching for just the right companion to while away the nights and morning in an apartment, here are a few things to remember.
Search in shelters and local pounds. Unless you have your heart set on a new puppy, check around for an older dog that needs a home. Adopting an older dog will give you all of the love and devotion, without having to worry about house training and chewed shoes.
Think high and low. High-energy dogs are best left to the suburbanites. Low- to medium-energy dogs are best for an apartment. Choosing a dog for an apartment means that you need to find a breed that can be enclosed daily and can run off energy on daily walks and trips to the park. See the Resources below for a list of high- and low-energy dogs.
Find a breed that suits you. If you are an outdoor fanatic, choose a dog that will enjoy those things with you. For those who want long stretches of quiet time, get one that will enjoy it. For every breed of human, there is a breed of dog.
Get prepared before you bring the pooch home. No matter which dog you choose, being prepared to have an apartment dog will help ease the animal into a life in an apartment. Begin with a sturdy leash for frequent walks, plenty of water and treats for training and lots of toys to keep them occupied.