Best Dog Breeds for Apartments

Are you thinking about adding a dog to your family? Red Oak Apartments understands how important your furry friends are and we want to help you find the BEST dog breed for apartments living! There are so many different and adorable dogs available out there, so how do you choose? We have some handy tips below to help you find the best dogs for apartment living.

Best dog breeds for apartments

labrador retriever

1. Research

Know Red Oak’s pet policies. We have property-specific weight and breed restrictions. Please check the Pet Friendly page on our website for lists by property to learn what breeds are allowed at our locations.
Once you know which dogs are allowed in your apartment, check out this great article from that walks you through a dog adoption checklist to help prepare you for the responsibilities of being a dog owner, and how to best organize your home and family for your new dog’s arrival.

2. Know Yourself and Your Lifestyle

Of course, we all know that cuteness is super important but your lifestyle/activity level is most important and will impact your life and your neighbors as well. Do you love being cozy on the couch? Do long and frequent walks sound like a chore? Then consider a dog that doesn’t need a lot of exercise and is content to lay by your feet! A high energy dog that is matched with an owner who is not active could lead to barking, chewing and other avoidable bad behaviors.  If you love going for runs, hikes and being active overall, look for a 4 legged friend that matches your enthusiasm. It could be a match made in heaven!

yorkshire terrier

3. The AKC’s List of the Best Dogs for Apartment Dwellers

According to the American Kennel Club (AKC,) “The best apartment K9 companions/neighbors will be quiet, friendly and adaptable to living in smaller spaces”.

  • Bichon Frise
  • Havanese
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 
  • Maltese
  • Chinese Crested
  • Pug
  • Greyhound
  • Shih Tzu

4. Where to look?

There are many places to find your new forever friend: your local animal shelter, rescue groups or breeders. One of the best resources is This website allows you to enter your search criteria, such as breed, age and size, and will list all available dogs in your area that matched your criteria, along with contact information. This website also contains many articles on pet care to guide you through your first few weeks. Most groups will call Red Oak Apartments to confirm that dogs are allowed where you live so make sure to do your homework!

Making the decision to add a dog to your family should be a thoughtful one. It is a serious commitment that requires a huge investment of time and money. There is a wealth of information on the internet on how to provide your pet with everything he or she needs to be happy and healthy. Other great resources are books, speaking with other pet owners, or even local veterinarians. The more education you can acquire before actually bringing your new 4 legged friend home, the easier the transition will be for all involved. You will be snuggling with your new buddy in no time!

 Red Oak Apartment Homes are Pet Friendly!

We love your furry friends!  Our apartments all welcome your cats and over half of them welcome dogs of varying sizes.  Southern New Hampshire and the city of Manchester are great places to live.  Need an apartment that welcomes your pets?  Red Oak can help you find your perfect place.

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