10 Dog Breeds That Are Great For City Dwellers

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Not all dogs are natural city-dwellers. While some breeds have a suitable temperament, personality, and sociability that meets the demands of city living, others require large homes in suburbia, where there is plenty of room to roam in the great outdoors.

Since it can be tough choosing a companion that feels at home in an urban apartment complex, we’ve rounded up a list of 10 breeds that can adapt easily to a bustling city environment.

Norfolk Terrier

This affectionate breed is easy going, well-mannered, and very energetic.

According to the American Kennel Club, the Norfolk Terrier is characterised as a lively, spunky, and loyal herding dog.

These small terriers adapt quickly to different environments and have durable coats suitable for varying weather conditions.

Additionally, these pooches are compatible with other dogs, making them the perfect breed for families and social dog-owners.

Beware: Their coarse coats require plenty of grooming hours.


According to the American Kennel Club the pug is a friendly, spunky, and playful breed.

They're known to sleep near their master's feet and enjoy receiving lots of attention in exchange for loyalty.

They tend to be yappers, but their barks are bigger than their bites.

It is important to be mindful that they do not make the best watchdogs, as they have a very inviting and welcoming nature, even around strangers.

They relish lounging around and have a big appetite, but due to their small size, they do not need a whole lot of exercise as long as they are fed moderately for weight control.

Bonus: Although they shed, their short coats do not require a lot of grooming.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

This loyal toy breed is gentle, friendly, and has established itself as a traditional family house pet.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels enjoy lounging around the sofa as much as strolling outside for some exercise, making them excellent apartment-dwellers, reports the American Kennel Club.

Fun fact: The popular breed has appeared in a variety of films and television shows including Disney's Lady and the Tramp and Sex and the City guest-starring as Charlotte York's dog.

French Bulldog

A popular dog among New Yorkers, this heavy-set muscular breed is known for its affectionate disposition and companionship, reports the American Kennel Club.

Although they are alert, they do not require rigorous exercise.

They are primarily defined by their laid back, highly compatible temperament, which makes them perfect city pets.

Fun fact: The French Bulldog's origin is Nottingham, England. The breed was selected as a 'toy' bulldog, that adopted by the French and later renamed 'French Bulldog.'

Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkies might be small, but their brave, energetic, and intrepid nature makes them adaptable to a variety of environments, according to DogBreedsInfo.org.

Their tiny size does not require intense exercise, but they do require plenty of attention and long to prove themselves as durable companions.

Their long hair must be trimmed and brushed weekly.

Beware: They require leadership and guidance from their owners otherwise they can develop negative behaviours over time, such as disregarding their masters commands.


This loving, loyal, and prized Chinese breed is a popular apartment-dweller, reports the American Kennel Club.

They do not need strenuous activity and they enjoy being pampered and adored by their masters.

Be mindful that their long hair does require care and frequent grooming.

Their stable temperament is ideal for families, but note these high-maintenance pooches are not strong watchdogs, as they tend to exude a trusting nature towards all humans.

Fun Fact: The word Shih Tzu translates to lion, matching his defiant and brave nature.

Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever's sweet disposition, and stable temperament make it a versatile family pet suitable for both city and suburban environments, reports the American Kennel Club.

Their outgoing, friendly, and non-aggressive behaviour make them a wonderful pet for an active owner.

Bonus: This breed's companionship and loyalty towards their owners make them excellent guide dogs for the blind.

Miniature Pinscher

This spirited toy-dog is known to be lively, alert, and energetic.

They are great apartment companions as they require minimal exercise apart from a daily walk, according to the American Kennel Club.

Despite their small 10-12 inch size, they make decent watch dogs as a loud, brave, and clever breed unafraid to bark at intruders.

Bonus: Their short coats are not high-maintenance and only an occasional brushing and shampoo wash.


Dachshunds are a loveable hunting breed that relish basking in attention from their owners.

Their small size and elongated bodies do not require rigorous exercise, making them remarkable apartment-friendly pets, reports the American Kennel Club.

They do require grooming, but their shedding is not excessive.

Fun fact: Dachshunds have an acute sense of smell and serve as excellent hunting dogs because of their keen recognition of different scents.

Boston Terrier

Boston Terriers are a smart, easy-natured breed built with sturdy robust frames.

They make superb companions for versatile environments, because of their high intelligence, loyalty towards their owners, and compact build according to the American Kennel Club.

Additionally, they do not need intense activity and only require a small amount of grooming.

They were originally established in Boston, Massachusetts as fighting dogs, but don't be fooled by their exterior.

Their relaxed, easy-going nature is anything but aggressive.

Fun fact: They have been given the nickname 'the American Gentleman' because of their handsome, clean-cut appearance and strong build.

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