The 7 Best City Dog Breeds

When choosing a city dog you will have to consider different factors such as the size of your home, the grooming needs of the pet, the level of energy, the rules of the landlord and ultimately consider only pets that are more suitable for city living. There are a few breeds that are mostly recommended when living in the city.

1. Basenji

The Basenji is a hunting dog, but can do well in a city. The dog won't bark, so he will be ideal for apartment complexes. The dog is smart and can learn easily.

2. Boston Terrier

The Boston terrier is a short haired breed that will be very happy in an apartment. He will need minimum amounts of exercise, but they require some attention, so if you work long hours he may get bored or stressed staying on his own. Similar to the Boston terrier is the pug or the French bulldog, which will have the similar exercise needs and will also be suitable for city life.

3. Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise is a small dog breed and will be easy to train. He will adapt to apartment living and won't require a lot of exercise. The exercise can be performed indoors. Similar breeds are the Havanese and the Maltese, which are also suitable if you have children.

4. Cocker Spaniels

The cocker spaniel is a medium sized dog and can be suitable for apartment life. The dog can exercise indoors and won't have high exercise requirements. However, the dog will be happy if taken to parks and on trips. The spaniels may shed, but regular grooming will prevent the gathering of excessive amounts of hair in the home.

5. Dachshund

The Dachshund is a small city dog that will be easy to train. Despite their high energy, the dog will be able to live in an apartment. The dog can adapt to city life. However, you need to watch his diet, as he may become sedentary and gain weight easily. 

6. Italian Greyhound

The Italian greyhound is a good choice if you live in an apartment. They need only limited amounts of exercise and prefer quiet, so if you are a quiet person, this pet is ideal for you. The greyhounds are very loyal and friendly and they will be easy to train. The amount of hair shed is minimal. Even though they don't require a yard, they like to run, so this should be considered when getting such a pet. The Italian greyhound is sensitive to cold, so you need to provide him with a warm environment and when taken outside during the cold months, you should give him a sweater. The whippet is a miniature greyhound and may also be suitable for city life.

7. West Highland Terrier

The west highland terrier, or the westie, is a dog that will do well in a city and an apartment. This city dog may need more exercise, but 30 minutes of walking twice per day will meet his exercise requirements. The dog is very affectionate and can adapt to your lifestyle.