While many people dream of having a canine companion by their side, they often feel as if their living arrangements are not compatible with being a responsible pet owner. Often, these circumstances arise for apartment dwellers who do not have large outdoor spaces to accommodate a canine. After several recent studies have shown the immense emotional and physical health benefits that pet ownership provides, however, pet-friendly apartment complexes are on the rise. Within these establishments, it is possible for you and your dog to live happily ever after in an apartment. The key, however, is to find the right one. While some may claim to be accepting of pets, be sure that they also include pet amenities, like an outdoor space or an Evolution Dog Wash.
Another important factor to consider is the breed of dog that you choose to welcome into your apartment. Some breeds are much more suitable for the apartment life than others, and you will need to take this into consideration to ensure that your pet will be happy and healthy in your home.
Unlike those who live in a traditional house, opening the back door and letting your canine roam outdoors all day is not an option for apartment dwellers. For those who do have limited access to outdoor space, or space in general, it may be wise to opt for a less active breed of dog. These dogs, naturally, will still need regular walks and exercise; however, in comparison to other breeds they have significantly less energy to work off each day. They are also generally smaller than average breeds, meaning that they do not take up much space and do not need large living quarters. While some of these breeds are more vocal and demanding than others, they are frequently fairly low maintenance pets for those who reside in apartment complexes. Some of the most popular “lethargic” breeds, include:
- English Bulldog
- Shih Tzu
- Basset Hound
- Miniature Pinscher
Another great option for apartment dwellers are active breeds that also do not require large living spaces. These dogs are a better choice for an apartment dweller who frequently hikes, jogs or has access to a large, pet-friendly outdoor space. Each one of these breeds has their own personality. Although in comparison to lazier breeds, they generally will be much more willing to join you on a hike or for a game of fetch. Other factors to consider for apartment living include the level of noise they are known to make as well as their general temperament towards strangers. These are crucial points to consider to ensure that you, your pet and your neighbors are all happy with your living arrangement.
- Yorkshire Terrier
- Boston Terrier
- Bichon Frise
Adopt a Dog!
After you have determined which breed is most suitable for your lifestyle and living arrangement, be sure to visit your local shelter. Shelters are often full of lovable dogs who are seeking a loving, forever home. Similarly, the employees at the shelter will likely be able to provide a lot of information on the dog you are interested in adopting and can help you to determine which canine is most suitable to join you in your home.
Contact us to learn more about adding an Evolution Dog Wash to your apartment complex.