Q: We are looking for a new dog, but will probably be moving soon and will need to be in an apartment for some time. What kinds of breeds should we look for that would be good living in an apartment-type environment?

A: I’m glad that you are thinking ahead with your upcoming situation, because most people don’t and many of them get themselves in a bind by having a dog that will not fare well in that environment.

One thing to consider is the size of the dog. This simply has to do with restrictions that many landlords will place on you as to how big your dog can be to live in the apartment building. It doesn’t mean that some larger breeds aren’t good dogs in apartments, as many are, but they simply may not be allowed if they are over a certain weight. So be sure to check if there are any weight restrictions.

The next thing to consider, which is probably the most important, is how a dog does alone and how much activity it will need. A dog breed that is known to be a barker or have separation anxiety issues is probably going to be a poor choice as two things that landlords and other tenants can’t stand are noise and destruction of property. Also, some breeds, such as border collies or cattle dogs, need to have a large amount of daily activity, and being cooped up in a small apartment with little exercise is a terrible environment for them that can lead to physical and behavioral problems.

There are many good breeds for an apartment, such as bulldogs and King Charles Cavaliers, that are very much couch potatoes and will be more than happy to sleep the day away while you are gone as long as they get to snuggle up with you when you come home. Many other breeds, both small and large, will fit the bill as well for apartment living. Just do your homework beforehand, and don’t be impulsive, and I’m sure you’ll make a good choice.

 

Got a pet-related question? Send it to Dr. Anderson, a veterinarian at Hawthorne Park Animal Care Center in Bloomington, via email at features@pantagraph.com.

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