Size is not the only factor when picking a condo dog, so this list of the five best dogs for condos might not be what you are expecting.
What dogs come to mind when you are thinking about the best dogs for condos? Small dogs maybe? Perhaps a pug or miniature poodle would fit the bill? Those are both popular breeds, and both are well-suited to condo living.
What about larger dogs? You might be surprised to learn that size is not the biggest factor in finding the best dogs for condos. In fact, the most limiting factor in size is probably your condo association rules.
This doesn’t mean just any dog is among the best dogs for condos. Small dogs may fit the size rules of your condo association, but the barky types may not sit well with your neighbors.
Not every dog is suited for condo dwelling. Herding dogs that thrive on corralling cattle all day probably won’t be the choices. Consider your lifestyle and a dog’s temperament when thinking about adopting or purchasing a new pup.
While you may not be adopting an Irish Wolfhound, some of the best dogs for condos are not what you would expect. And if you haven’t lived with a dog before, there are some things to consider when adopting a dog, no matter the breed.
Are the best dogs for condos the best dogs for you?
The first thing to consider when adopting a dog is that you are making a commitment to love, shelter, and care for this dog for the next 10 or 12 years. Some dogs live longer, and some not as long, but you should expect this to be a long-term relationship.
Having a dog can also get messy. There will be mud on your kitchen floor, fur on your favorite sweater, and drool on your shoes. You will have to take your dog out in the pouring rain and freezing cold. And despite your best intentions, and your dogs best manners, at least once or twice you will find poop on the rug.
Have we scared you off yet? No? Good, because a relationship with a dog will change your life, and will give you far more in return than you can imagine. This post might be about the best dogs for condos, but remember that this isn’t just about the condo, it’s about you and your soon-to-be best friend.
That said, there are some breeds that are not great in close quarters. Beagles, for instance, can be wonderfully friendly dogs. They also tend to howl – you can hear them from blocks away! That’s something to think about when your neighbor is on the other side of your living room wall!
Training with positive reinforcement, building trust, and getting to know your dog will give you the best understanding possible of what your dog needs and expects from you. Still, we have to start somewhere, and there are some dog breeds that, in general, are better suited for condo living, as surprised as you may be with the list.
These five breeds are surprisingly among the best dogs for condos
If we listed Chihuahuas, Yorkies and a bunch of ten pound dogs on this list, it wouldn’t be a surprise that based on their size, they’re probably good condo dogs. But here are a few dogs you may have not considered, if you’re looking for a larger breed:
- Great Dane. It’s true. The Great Dane is actually one of the best dogs for condos if you are looking for a large dog. These gentle giants can easily weigh 120 – 180 pounds (54 – 81 kg), but if given enough exercise, they are perfectly happy to sit on your couch and watch a movie with you.
- Greyhound. The Greyhound is known for speed, but when they aren’t running around at the dog park (make sure you have a local dog park or plan to run with them daily), Greyhounds are more like big, 70 pound (32 kg) cats. They sleep a lot, and are fairly quiet. In fact, I’ve heard them called couch potatoes by more than one Greyhound owner. If you’re limited by size, the Italian Greyhound is a smaller sized version with the same temperament.
- English Bulldog. The English Bulldog doesn’t seem big, and they aren’t usually very tall, but they do weigh in the range of 50 pounds (23 kg). By all accounts, this dog is content to sleep and chew bones. They are usually good with kids and are generally friendly and calm.
- American Staffordshire Terrier. The AmStaff is well known for loyalty and playfulness. They typically weigh in the range of 60 – 80 pounds (27 – 36 kg), but some individual dogs can be much larger. They are also very muscular, and, like most terriers, they do need vigorous exercise. Beyond that, these dogs are master cuddlers and kissers. Martha Stewart points out that these dogs “believe they are cuddly little lap dogs.” Prepare to be loved.
- Saint Bernard. Does this surprise you? The St. Bernard is among the largest of dog breeds, and can weigh up to 200 pounds (91 kg). Despite their large size, this dog is known for its gentle nature and patience. They are also known for drooling, so if you are fastidious with your environment, the Saint Bernard may not be for you.
If you are lucky enough to adopt one of these dogs as a puppy, socialization and positive training will go a long way in keeping everyone happy and content. The same holds true if you adopt an older dog, you may just need to adjust your expectations.
With enough exercise and attention, almost any dog could be in on the list of “best dogs for condos.”
Do you need to talk to your condo association or property manager about dogs, or anything else? Contact us for a demonstration, and we’ll show you how we can facilitate communication throughout your condo association, from owners to property managers.
Do you live in a condo with a dog? What kind of dog do you have? Let us know in the comments.