If you live in an apartment and have been looking to add a dog to your family, but aren’t sure which breed would be the best fit, then worry no more! We’ve compiled a list of 10 lazy dog breeds that are perfect for living in apartments or townhouses. Read on to find out more about these pups, including their characteristics, pros and cons, and why they make excellent apartment pets!
1) The Basenji
The Basenji is a very energetic breed, but it can be trained to curb its enthusiasm. An excellent watchdog, it has a sharp bark that warns of approaching danger. Like all dogs from Central Africa, it does not like to be alone and makes a good companion if you’re single or live in an apartment. It’s extremely clean and easy to train and loves human interaction.
2) The Bloodhound
One of these dogs is bound to steal your heart! Originally bred to track humans, these hounds are known for their impressive sense of smell and incredible intelligence. If you’re an active person who wants a companion to enjoy a brisk walk around town with you, but can’t stand bringing your pooch inside at night, then a Bloodhound might be your ideal match. In fact, some consider them best suited for apartment living!
3) The Bulldog
This breed is a powerful, muscular animal. They may not be suited to small apartments or homes, but they are known to be among the laziest of all dogs. Their large size and laid back attitude makes them great apartment companions. Just make sure you have enough room in your heart and home!
4) The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
This King Charles Spaniel is known to be a happy, docile and playful breed. Affectionate and devoted to its family, it’s suited well to life in an apartment. They tend to like smaller spaces as they don’t require as much exercise as other larger dogs would.
5) The Greyhound
The Greyhound is a medium-sized purebred, originally bred for hunting and coursing game. They are large dogs, with males typically weighing from 27 to 40 kilograms (60 to 88 lb), females ranging from 21 to 30 kilograms (46 to 66 lb). While they need plenty of exercise, they make excellent companions and house pets due to their gentle nature. One or two short walks per day plus regular games of fetch should provide enough exercise for your Greyhound if it lives in an apartment.
6) The Chow Chow
Also known as the mutt that looks like a bear, The Chow Chow is a large breed of dog that looks more like it was created to survive in an arctic climate than in one of your standard city apartments. With its dense fur coat and flat face, it’s only suitable to indoor environments where it won’t overheat. Despite their big size and short legs, these dogs are incredibly nimble—they were even used to hunt deer in China until fairly recently!
7) The Pekingese
The Pekingese is an ancient breed with a chubby, lion-like face and a shaggy coat. The breed was named after its origin in China’s Forbidden City. The Pekingese is best suited to smaller homes. The breed is usually reserved, but has a sense of humor and likes to be around people. The Pekingese will only bark when it needs something or senses danger, which makes it ideal for tight spaces and quiet neighborhoods.
8) The Pug
Though Pugs don’t require a lot of exercise, they’re still happy to spend time outside. They love going on walks and exploring their surroundings, but only if it doesn’t get too hot or humid. Like other small-breed dogs, Pugs have trouble regulating their temperature and keeping cool in extreme weather conditions.
9) The Shih Tzu
These dogs are known to sleep as much as 18 hours a day, making them perfect apartment companions. They’re gentle and loyal, but they tend to bark a lot.
10) The Tibetan Terrier
As of May 2016, no breed has been designated as endangered by The Kennel Club. This is great news for all of us, but it means that some breeds are more rare than others. If you’re looking to add a new family member to your home, why not consider adopting a Tibetan Terrier? These pooches have been described as real teddy bears and known to fall asleep while still standing.