Factors to consider while buying a dog in an apartment
Level and amount of barking by the Dog
Some dogs like Pomeranian bark a lot and some like Basenji almost don’t bark at all. Amount of intensity of barking is a crucial factor before buying a dog especially for apartments. Sometimes neighbours complain so much about night time barking that owners have to give up the pet they have kept and grown so fondly.
Amount of physical space required for physical activity by the Dog.
Sporting, Hunting and Herding dogs are typically large and require a large amount of physical activity daily. They are more restless in small confines as they cannot expend the natural energy that they possess.
Amount of shedding by the dog.
Some dogs shed a lot throughout the year. The amount of hair shedding becomes a big problem if you have small kids and especially if there are not open spaces in the apartment where the dog can spend some time.
Amount of dog proofing of apartment required
Dogs can be very naughty. They become bored when left at home and chewing things becomes their favourite past time. A larger and more energetic dog can reach places smaller dog’s can’t and break and chew a lot more things. Some amount of dog proofing would be required for any dog but it can be a lot more for a larger, more aggressive dog.
Following are some breeds suitable to have in an apartment –
Pugs are small and are great for families with children as they are always gentle and rarely aggressive. They are of calm temperament and spend a lot of time napping away. Pugs are famous for shadowing their owners, a behaviour that Vodafone adopted as a key theme in its ads. They adjust well with other pets at home. They don’t need a lot of space and don’t bark much as well. Not much dog proofing is required for Pugs as they are quite short and not aggressive. However they do shed heavily and almost throughout the year round.
Bulldogs are great apartment dwellers despite their slightly heavy built. They have a calm temperament, love to lie around lazily and don’t require a lot of outdoor exercise. Bulldogs are great protectors as well having one of the most powerful jaws amongst dogs. They seldom bark and shed moderately. Not much dog proofing is required for bulldogs on account of their lazy nature.
Dachshund is a short stature, long bodied, hound type dog breed developing originally for hunting small preys like rabbits. They are known for their devotion and loyalty to its owners. Dachshund’s can be difficult to train and are an aggressive breed despite the short size. Their small legs limit their ability to reach tall spaces and hence not much dogproofing is required. They do not shed a lot but can bark a lot if they are bored.
Pomeranians are playful, friendly and can sometimes also be aggressive. They are highly alert and can sometimes bark excessively even due to small triggers. Pomeranians are intelligent, easy to train and have an extrovert and social nature. They are a great family and companion dog.
Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dogs and is considered a perfect apartment dog. They don’t require much dog proofing and don’t need much exercise. However, they can be easily provoked to attack and hence are not quite suitable for families with small children. They are attention seekers but don’t bark much and shed moderately.