Best dogs for cities
City slickers looking for your perfect pup? These 10 breeds can all thrive in apartments, making them the best dogs for cities. If you want to welcome a new dog to the family, you may find the process of finding the perfect pooch for your lifestyle a little overwhelming – especially if you live in a city.
Getting a dog in a big city does come with it’s challenges as it usually means smaller living spaces, high-rise apartment buildings, plenty of noise and less outdoor space. Although some breeds definitely aren’t suited to city living and need a lot of space and exercise, there are actually a number of breeds that will thrive in a city.
We’ve compiled a list of breeds that are all well suited to city living.
Friendly, curious and spunky, these tiny dogs make great apartment pups as their short little legs mean that two walks every day of moderate length should be sufficient. Dachshunds love to be with their humans and have an average tolerance for being left alone, which is great for busy city dwellers.
As they are generally a quiet breed, this will no doubt please any next door neighbours!
Mood: Lively and Playful
2. Yorkshire Terrier
No garden? No problem! These affectionate and sprightly dogs can be exercised easily indoors due to their small size. A short walk twice a day will likely be enough for your Yorkie to burn off all that energy. Yorkie’s love their humans and are very eager to please which comes in handy when training, and their tiny size makes them great shopping buddies for trips to the park.
Mood: Energetic and Playful
3. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Affectionate and gentle, these dogs love cuddles and are very attached to their humans, meaning a smaller, city home is great for them.
Friendly with strangers and great with children, this breed will just as happily go on walks as they will curl up for hours on the sofa, and can be happily entertained playing fetch in a small space.
Mood: Loving and Playful
4. French Bulldog
A very popular city dog breed, with good reason. Their compact size, content and chilled out attitude, and relatively low activity needs make them great apartment dogs and city companions.
They love to be right by their human’s side and also make great watchdogs, rarely barking without reason.
Frenchies love to play and have an above average tolerance of strangers which will come in handy if you have lots of neighbours. Size: Under 28lb
Mood: Easy going and Sociable
If you love getting active, going for hikes outside the city, or running in the evenings, this breed could be a perfect choice for you as they are high energy and very active dogs. Intelligent, alert, fearless and friendly, boxers are instinctive guardians who love human affection and being close to their owners, and make great family dogs and loyal companions.
Mood: Devoted and Friendly
6. Boston Terrier
Compact and eager to please, this bright and amusing breed is a great apartment dog and can be lazy and quiet indoors when trained well.
Nicknamed ‘The American Gentleman’ due to their impeccable manners, this pup will always be up for playing, and brisk walks around the city.
Mood: Friendly and Intelligent
Handsome and dignified, the Standard Schnauzer is a very adaptable dog and can live as comfortably in a city apartment as on a large, country farm, provided they get enough exercise each day.
Exercise is key for a schnauzer to thrive in a city as they have a surprising amount of energy, so be prepared for plenty of time at the park to keep your new pup happy.
Size: 14–20 kg Mood: Loyal and Energetic
8. Bichon Frise
Playful and curious, but also adaptable and easy to train, this breed can thrive in smaller living spaces.
They do have short bursts of energy, so daily walks and play sessions are recommended to keep them content. Their small size, low bark-rate and friendliness towards strangers make them a great apartment dog.
Mood: Affectionate and Cheerful
9. Shih Tzu
Easy going and bred to be a house companion, short daily walks and indoor playtime will satisfy their activity needs, so busy owners don’t need to worry too much about long outdoor trips!
Training can also be very amusing as they know how to get their own way!
Charming and playful, this small breed is known to be especially affectionate with children and are more than happy to spend the day relaxing on your lap. Size: 9-16lb
Mood: Lively and Friendly
Born and bred companions, this calm, all-white breed is low-shedding so if you like a tidy apartment, they could be a great choice for you. Although they are full of energy, occasional exercise and daily walks will keep them more than happy. Affectionate and playful, they are known to suffer from separation anxiety, so are best suited for those who spend more time at home.
Mood: Alert and Active