Guide to Pet Dog Breeds
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Choosing the right pet dog breed for families with children

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Choosing the right Dog for flat or apartment dwellers
Any dogs living in apartments or flats will need some form of daily exercise. Small and “Toy” breeds can get by with chasing a toy around the flat. Bigger dogs must however visit outdoors daily for walks, runs or games. A flat or apartment is fine for sleeping and eating in, but don’t leave your dog there all day. Dogs kept in flats or apartments should
tend not to bark excessively, be relatively quiet, friendly animals that can have their exercise needs met within the flat or with several outings for jogging or walks.
If you live in flat there is a suitable breed for your lifestyle. Check our list:-
Best Dogs for flats









Some suggestions for Best Dogs for flat dwellers.

Dog Breed
 


Bedlington Terrier
As with many terriers can be fiesty and tenacious. When socialised they become sweet natured and affectionate family members. Generally good with other dogs and pets but sometimes reserved with strangers which can make them ideal watchdogs for people living in flats and apartments .

Bichon Frise -
Good natured small dogs that make excellent pets . Very attractive and distinctive with a predominately white coat and a pocket-sized appeal, they do not need particularly long walks and make excellent gentle and loving companions that are quite happy to live in flats.

Boston Terriers -
Small impressive looking dogs who often prefer the company of their owners to other dogs. Not demanding with a gentle demeanour. They are gentle and friendly dogs who are easily housetrained making them an excellent choice for flats where space may be at a premium

Cairn Terrier
The cairn is typical terrier; plucky, spirited, inquisitive, hardy, clever, stubborn and scrappy. It is responsive to its owner's wishes with a desire to please. It enjoys playing with children and is tough enough to withstand some rough friendly play.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel -
A great dog to own if you live in a small house or flat they are generally playful dogs that likes human company, but are sometimes reserved with strangers. Affectionate and devoted to owners and children, good with other pets and friendly towards unfamiliar dogs, thrives on human contact and will love being part of your family and will be happy to just lay around your flat all day.

Chihuahua -
Alert, spirited, bold little dog that is also friendly and affectionate.Devoted to owners and usually good with children and other pets Chihuahuas have strong personalities and tend to bond with one adult. Their tiny size makes them easy to handle and ideally suited to living in flats or small houses.

Dachshund

Available as long or short haired varieties, Small but active little dogs. Friendly with family and other pets but can become a "one man dog"
. Playful, friendly, brave and fearless.

Dandie Dinmont Terrier
It is a loyal companion suitable for people of all ages, but it does need daily exercise to keep it from becoming frustrated. It is intelligent and very independent. It tends to be reserved with strangers and can be aggressive toward strange dogs.

Maltese -
The Maltese is a tiny, docile breed that is extremely affectionate and loves to be pampered it is among the gentlest mannered of all little dogs, and its trust and responsiveness are appealing Easy to train, they love to play fetch and learn tricks. They do not shed but require regular brushing to keep their coats from matting. Like other non-shedding dogs, they are a good choice for allergy sufferers. A good pet in limited accommodation such as apartments and flats, the Maltese's exercise needs are minimal

Papillon -
A small pretty and lively dog ideal as a companion or as a loving easily socialised dog for families Its beautiful coat is prone to frequent shedding and needs to be combed at least daily. These dogs make wonderful lapdogs, and they are relatively quiet, compared to other small breeds.The breed is also relatively hardy and one of the best dog breeds for living in flats or apartments.

Pekingese -
Small affectionate little dogs with long silky coats and a shortened pug like face. They are affectionate but have independent personalities. They are suited to most environments making the ideal pets in flats and small houses.Pekingese usually get along well with other dogs and people, but may be wary of strangers making them good watchdogs. They need regular grooming but require little exercise.

Pinscher (Miniature)
Feisty, independent, brave, curious dogs that are constantly busy, Intelligent and easy to train, a good family dog easy to train and god with children and other animals

Pomeranian -
These vivacious, extrovert little dogs will bring a smile to any face, although sometimes they can be noisy. They just love to snuggle up and nap in a person's lap. They usually prefer adults to children and get along well with other pets. They are intelligent, feisty dogs and have a low need for exercise. Despite having fluffy coats they do not need much grooming.


Poodle (Miniature) -
The miniature poodle is lively, amiable, playful, eager to please, responsive and obedient making it one of the most popular varieties of dog. Quite sensitive, tending to be devoted to one person, may be reserved with strangers. It is good with children, other pets and dogs. Some tend to bark a lot, which could limit their suitability for flat dwelling.

Pug -
A small dog that is sociable, homely, companionable and friendly , their playful and clownish nature makes them ideal family pets.
Not overly intelligent which means patience is required when training..Has a low exercise requirement but can be high-energy dogs that love to cuddle. Can shed quite a bit which mighy require regular grooming.

Shih-Tzu -
Active, friendly, alert little dogs with an independent nature.Affectionate and devoted to their owners, good with children and other animals They live for human companionship; and have a have a sweet, gentle disposition Their long coats can require high-maintenance grooming, or they can be trimmed in a "puppy cut" which requires less.
They make great dogs for flat or apartment owners because they will get along with neighbours and animals alike.

West Highland Terrier
Very popular pets, active and playful they can sometimes be feisty and independent but they are also affectionate and loyal.
Alert dogs they make good watchdogs.
Affectionate and loyal towards owners and great with children if raised with them.
Friendly with strangers and other dogs if well socialised.
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Whippet
A sleek, handsome and very fast sight hound which makes an excellent family pet. Gentle, affectionate, friendly, and easy-going, very good with children but can be difficult to control on walks.

Wire Hair Fox Terrier
Very terrier like, quick, alert and feisty. Freindly, extrovert, curious and often quite stubborn. Moderately easy to train, good with kids and great watchdogs but can be aggressive with other dogs.

Yorkshire Terrier -
Small but feisty, tenacious and courageous.
Popular dogs that are intelligent and easy to train, learning commands quickly .They love human companionship without being too clingy Good with children and strangers. Not generally known to be barkers making them ideal for flat owners.
Very affectionate and loyal. Their long coat can be trimmed to a shorter length for ease of maintenance. They do not shed and are good low-allergy dogs.


















There are some basic areas that anyone, whatever their lifestyle requirements, should consider before making the choice of what type of dog would be most suitable.
These start with details about your lifestyle:- (Previous dog owners will probably have assessed these points already but their lifestyle and requirements may have changed).

Our Guide to Choosing a Pet Dog contains a further, broader, range of information that you should consider before choosing any new pet dog.


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Dog Breeds that will best suit your needs (little or lots of exercise, little grooming, elderly owners, easily trained, suitable in flats etc.)