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11 Best Dog Breeds For City Living

Are you looking for a pet than can share your space in the city? Not all dogs are suited for city life. Whether a breed can make it in the land of concrete and high rises depends on its average size, activity level, and even general mood. Check out these 15 dog breeds that are a good match for city dwellers.

English Bulldog 

The English Bulldog has little desire to run around and be active in a yard, making them a great pet for those who live in apartments. When brushed regularly, shedding won't be a big issue with this breed. Don't let the grumpy face fool you. English Bulldogs are generally affectionate and gentle pets that love humans.

Boston Terrier

Quiet and polite, the Boston Terrier isn't a dog that will have your close-by neighbors complaining about noise. The size of these small dogs make them a good fit for apartment residents, but they do need regular exercise. Find a dog park close-by to let your pet run and play, or get in the routine of taking daily walks through the city.

French Bulldog

If you love the small size of the Boston Terrier and the personality of the English Bulldog, a French Bulldog may be the perfect breed for you. The quiet and laid back breed is happy to hang out around the apartment and won't keep the neighbors awake with barking. Their appearance resembles the Boston Terrier and the similar small size makes them a great choice for those who live in small city spaces.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

You won't be able to say no to the adorable face of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. While the dogs were originally bred for royal palace living, they adapt well to small city spaces. The small dogs like to divide their time between chasing a ball at the park and spending time being lazy on the couch.

Labrador Retriever

Another not-so-small breed, the Labrador Retriever can be just as happy in the city as in the suburbs. The breed loves to be active, so be sure that you're willing to put in the time to run and play with your pet before taking in a Labrador Retriever. The sweet and loyal dog is a popular pet and will quickly win the title of your new best friend.


The Havanese is a dog that will keep you entertained every single day. The small breed only reaches 10-15 pounds, but packs a lot of energy in that small size. The Havanese will get most of its daily exercise just from running around your apartment. While the breed is small, it's not yappy. In fact, these dogs are relatively quiet. However, you'll be spending a good amount of time on keeping your pet groomed.


A list of city dogs wouldn't be complete without the Pug. The breed can adapt to nearly any location and is happy just to be where his owner is. Pugs are friendly and affectionate, enjoying plenty of downtime around the apartment. They also have lots of energy and will gladly accompany you on daily walks or play a quick game of fetch with their favorite toy.

If you're looking a pet that you can spoil and pamper, the Shih-Tzu is the breed for you. The Shih-Tzu is a bit high maintenance, requiring regular grooming for their long hair. The small dogs are also trusting, sweet, and calm, making it a great option for those living in a building with many other residents.

Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkie is a dog that will soak up all of the attention and affection you have to offer. The Yorkshire Terrier is a small breed that adapts well to the city environment. While the dogs don't require a lot of daily exercise, they do need plenty of love and guidance from their owners, to maintain a good mood and avoid negative behaviors.

Miniature Pinscher 

Do you love getting out of your cramped apartment to enjoy the outdoors and stay active? The Miniature Pinscher might be a great companion for you. The breed is small, but has a ton of energy and a curious nature, making him the perfect pet to take on adventures around and outside of the city. They also require minimal grooming.


The lazy attitude of the Pekingese is both a blessing and a curse. This quiet and low maintenance dog will happily nap away the day while you're at work. However, if you don't insist on at least a short amount of regular exercise, the Pekingese can easily become overweight. This is the perfect dog for anyone looking for an affectionate pet that's easy to care for.


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