Buying a dog is a big decision and if you currently live in an apartment, or are planning on moving to an apartment, there are extra considerations to take into account.
The average size of the breed is important because you’ll need to make sure you have the space to accommodate your dog’s needs. In addition, you should choose a breed that’s generally relaxed; otherwise, your neighbors could quickly become your enemies.
With their inward noses and big eyes, Pugs may not be to your taste, but they’re certainly easy going and a pleasure to be around. Pugs are ideally suited for apartments because they have low energy levels and don’t need much space. Pugs will lounge around all day and be happy with just a quick stroll around the park once per day. Although they are known to wheeze and breathe heavily when they sleep, they are fairly quiet and generally only bark when agitated.
The Chihuahua always brings Hollywood to mind. Perhaps it’s due to their independence that makes them a favorite among celebrities? Chihuahua’s are affectionate and intelligent. They learn quickly and are known for their obedience. Chihuahua’s are fairly energetic and require regular play time to keep their energy levels under control. If not, they will bark and become agitated. Chihuahua’s require brushing at least once per week to keep their fur clean and shiny.
When you think of greyhounds images of canine athletes sprinting around a race track probably come to mind; however, in the right environment they can actually be the complete opposite, – quiet and lazy. Unlike smaller breeds, greyhounds require at least two 20-30 minute walks per day. Greyhounds have low grooming levels and no undercoat, making them an ideal breed if you suffer from allergies.
Boston terriers aren’t the most well behaved dogs, but they’re certainly handsome with their black and white coats. Some consider them to be too smart for their own good, which can lead to stubbornness. Boston terriers must be brushed once per week and, like pugs, should have their faces washed on a daily basis because their bulbous eyes make them prone to eye problems. They are very inactive indoors and will often spend days on end lazing around napping.
With their squashed faces and wrinkles the British bulldog is both adorable and intimidating. They are perfect if you’re after a dog that’s very low maintenance since they often need to be forced outside for walks. British bulldogs spend most of their time sleeping and are very quiet. The only downside is that they shed a little more than the other breeds.
When it comes to dogs and apartment living, it’s not just the breed you need to think about, but also the price. In Houston and Dallas many landlords will require an additional security deposit and possibly even pet-rent on top of your standard agreement.
If you’re moving to an apartment in Houston or Dallas, feel free to get in touch with us at Apartment Agents. We can help ease your concerns and get you settled.
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