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Which dogs can be kept in a small apartment? Is that even possible?
Yes, it is!
Not everyone has a big house or a large garden. A small apartment does not mean that you cannot have a dog. What matters is getting the right dog for the right living space.
Which Dogs Are Suitable for Keeping in The Apartment?
- Dogs that need minimal outings and movement
- Dogs with a balanced temperament
- Dogs with a low energy level
- Dogs that do not bark
- Dogs that are friendly and polite
Big Dog = A Lot of Space?
It is often said: a small dog can be kept in a small apartment and a large dog needs a large apartment or house (with garden).
But size reveals nothing about the nature and needs of a dog.
It is true that most dogs rest for 16-20 hours a day, take naps and relax.
But there are small dogs that would like to run around all day.
On the other hand, there are big dogs, who like to lie on their blanket in the living room to doze off comfortably.
Basically, dogs with less energy and a rather relaxed, calmer temperament are recommended.
Exercise as Much as Possible
Whether a dog is happy or not does not always depend on the size of the apartment.
The most important thing is that he gets enough outings and movement according to his needs.
Dogs that have been bred for long, enduring activities are more difficult to pacify.
These include shepherd’s and drift dogs.
Irish Setters, Border Collies, Golden Retriever, and Labrador Retrievers are known to have a lot of energy.
They need a lot of run-out every day. If they get it, they too can stay happy in a smaller apartment.
Case in Point – German Great Dane
At first glance, the German Great Dane does not seem to be the best breed for an apartment.
It weighs up to 50-80 kg and is over 70 cm tall yet needs lesser space than thought.
She is naturally quiet and enjoys lazing in her place.
What Should Pay Attention to When Setting Up a Home?
Dog owners, especially beginners, should make sure that the apartment is not saddled with too many things.
What can be stowed should also be stowed away. The less items on the ground, the better.
In the end, the dog has more space to move freely.
Dog Keeping in a Rented Apartment
Those who live in a rented apartment should also consider that large dogs are often not welcome by landlords because the apartment could be damaged, and neighbors could be affected.
Whether dog keeping is allowed or not, the landlord determines it beforehand in the rental agreement, and it is not always easy to find an apartment in which a large dog is allowed.
This could also be a problem, so it is recommended to check all these out before moving.
Sure, it is also an educational thing, but a dog living in a multi-level apartment building in the city should be especially friendly and polite.
This will make it easier to live together with your neighbors, who you meet quite often.
It is much more pleasant to meet a dog without barking, jumping, and/or snarling. This is especially true when you are in the elevator.