Best Dogs For Small Houses

The best dogs for small houses

If you’re thinking about adopting a pet and your house is small, don’t be discouraged, but there are a number of issues that you should consider when thinking about  the most recommended options for dog breeds for small houses.

And if you already have a furry friend and you’re moving to a smaller space, don’t despair either. With patience and love, the solution can be found so that the animal adapts to the new situation.

However, by no means should you think about looking for another owner for your furry best friend, let alone abandoning your dog.

Are there better dog breeds for small houses?

maltese bichon

Saying that one dog will fit better than another in a small house, or even an apartment, is a bit risky.

Assuming that the animal’s size or breed can determine better living conditions in confined spaces, we must also consider other factors, such as our lifestyle and the time we can dedicate to our pet.

While the ideal would be for both humans and dogs to live in large houses, with large yards and gardens, we must learn to accommodate ourselves to different circumstances.

And if you commit to meeting the needs of your furry one, it will certainly adapt to the size of your new home.

Tours and education beyond the size of your home

Regardless of the size of your house and the size of your pet, a dog needs to walk outdoors to, among other things:

  • To walk;
  • Run;
  • Play;
  • Relating to your peers;
  • Exercise your sense of smell.

In addition to all this, it is obvious that you must teach your dog basic rules of behavior and that, in this package, there must be control of the favorite activity of many dogs, which is barking.

This issue is even more important if you live in an apartment as if your dog barks all the time it can cause some inconvenience to the neighbors. Don’t forget: in these cases, always consult the building regulations.

In addition to the size or breed of the dog, we must consider factors such as our lifestyle and the amount of time we can devote to our pet.

boxer on the sofa

Some breeds that can adapt better to a small house

In some cases, reality imposes itself. If we live in a kitchenette, having a St. Bernard or a Grand Dane can be just as uncomfortable for us as it is for the animal.

For a reference, we’ll give you a list of the most recommended dog breeds for small houses, considering your pet’s size and personality.

In alphabetical order:

  • Maltese Bichón;
  • French bulldog;
  • English Bulldog;
  • Cocker Spaniel;
  • Lhasa Apso;
  • Pekingese;
  • Poodle;
  • Pug;
  • Shih-tzu;
  • West highland white terrier.

Other breeds that may be suitable for small houses

Below, we’ll give you another  list of dog breeds that are also recommended for you to adopt if you have a small house. But you should also know that these are breeds that bark more and are more nervous than the ones we indicated earlier.

For this reason, if they are not properly educated, they can cause inconvenience to neighbors if you live in an apartment. Then consider these other options as well:

  • Chihuahua;
  • Dachshund (Sausage);
  • Pomeranian;
  • Schnauzer Mini;
  • Yorkshire.

Large and mixed breeds in small houses

There are some breeds of larger dogs that, due to their characteristics, could also adapt, without major inconveniences, to confined spaces. This is the case of the Labradors and the Golden , the Greyhounds and the Boxer .

As for stray dogs, if you are going to adopt one, ask about his personality traits in the kennel where you pick him up, to see if he will be able to adapt, without much effort, to a small house.

responsibility and love

At the time of adopting a dog, we must always take into account that we are becoming responsible for a living being and assume a commitment that has to be for life all.

This commitment implies considering, a priori, meeting all the needs of your future friend. And this list is, of course, assessing whether there is enough space in your home for the animal to be comfortable without disturbing the rest of the family, for example.

Even though the house may be small, the heart must be very big. To love is also to guarantee quality of life for humans and animals.

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