So you’ve decided you want to get a dog, but what kind of dog should you get? Dogs are amazing companions and can add so much to your life. Choosing a dog should not be taken lightly and some research should be put into this life-altering experience. There is a lot to consider from space to personality. We will go through different aspects of choosing the perfect dog for you and your apartment.
When you are living in an apartment, one of the most important things to think about is the space you are working with. How large is your apartment? Is there room to move around? Dogs of all sizes can live in smaller spaces as long as they are well exercised and taken care of. A good rule of thumb is to make sure that there is enough room for a bed where a dog can lay down flat on their side and stretch their legs out. If you are planning on having a kennel, the kennel needs to be big enough to allow the dog to stand up and easily turn around. Dogs can take up quite a bit of space just by laying down, let alone all of the supplies and food you need to be the best dog parent. If your space is very small, a smaller dog may be perfect for you. Breeds such as French Bulldogs, Pugs, and Chihuahua’s are known to be excellent dogs for apartment living due to their size and temperament. They will be perfectly happy in your cozy apartment.
Another thing to think about when it comes to bringing a dog into your apartment is to think about how much cleaning you have the time or effort to put forth. Most dogs shed, some more than others. Living in an apartment, dog hair can build up fast. If there is carpet, it may add to the frustration of having a dog that sheds. Excessive dog hair can also cause allergies for your or guests. This should be an important factor when thinking of dogs. Dogs such as Shih Tzus, Maltese, Yorkshire Terriers, and Miniature Schnauzers either shed very little or do not shed at all.
Outdoor space is a must for dogs. If your apartment is not near a door to the outside, you must be ok with making that walk several times a day when your dog needs to go pee. Dogs should be let out to go pee at least 4-5 times a day. Dogs also need a certain amount of exercise in order to be happy. Larger dogs, such as, Labs, Golden Retrievers and Australian Shepherds will need to either go on long walks or have an open space to run around. If your apartment has a dog park, that can also serve as a great place for dogs to play. If you enjoy being athletic or going outside to hang out with your dogs, looking for a playful energetic dog may be a great choice. However, if you do not have enough time or interest to spend a lot of time outside with your dog, you should consider a breed that enjoys having a less active lifestyle. Dogs like Bulldogs and Basset Hounds are on the sleepier lazier side and may be more likely to fit in with a less physical lifestyle. Always remember though, however lazy the dog, it will still need to go out several times a day.
Time is also an important factor in dog ownership. Taking the dog out and exercising the dog is only part of being there for your dog. Many dogs can suffer from separation anxiety when their owners are away for long periods of time. Dogs love their owners and depend on human interaction and care to be happy. Most dogs are left home alone up to 8 or 10 hours a day while their owners are at work. Most professionals say ideally, dogs should not be alone that long. It’s important to evaluate how much time a day you have to give to your dog. If you work all day or all night long, maybe setup someone to come let your dog out halfway through the day so they can get some interaction. There are even some apps out there that can make this easier for you. Some dogs are needier than others and may react more to their owners being away for long periods of time.
Dogs can be expensive. It is important to think about if you can afford a dog before you dive into owning a dog. On average, you can spend up to $1,200 in the first year of owning a dog and an additional $500 a year after that. Kennels, beds, food, vet costs, and grooming supplies can really add up. Some dogs will require extra training and classes to make them the best apartment dogs. Take a look at your budget and make sure you can afford all your other expenses before you take on the responsibility of owning a dog.
Here are our tips to finding the perfect dog for you and your apartment. Remember, dogs are a huge responsibility financially, can take a lot of time and effort, and need some space to thrive. That’s why you should really think everything through before deciding on a dog. That being said, Dogs are amazing creatures that can be excellent additions to your family. Whether you decide to adopt a dog from the shelter, or buy from a breeder, we wish you good luck with your new pet!