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Best dog breeds if you live in a flat: 10 perfect pups for small spaces

The ultimate pets for smaller homes

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Nichola Murphy
Deputy Lifestyle Editor
October 28, 2021
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When it comes to dog breeds, you're spoilt for choice if you own a beautiful country home with sprawling gardens where your dog can run free, but what if you live in a flat or have a smaller living space?

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It's a no-brainer that having access to an outside space would be ideal if you have pets, but there are still plenty of dog breeds that would be suited to flat life – provided they are taken for regular walks, of course.

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Although the UK is very much open again following months of lockdown, many people could still find themselves working from home for the foreseeable future. 

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So if you're thinking about getting a furry friend to make your workdays and weekends a little brighter, take a look at the best dogs to own if you live in a flat…

Bichon Frise

bichon frise

Despite the fact they can look very fluffy, Bischon Frise don't shed too much fur which is not only a plus when it comes to cleaning up after them, but it means they're also suitable for those with allergies. Plus, they're a cute, huggable size!



Greyhounds don't spring to mind when you're thinking of small living spaces, but they are surprisingly calm and mellow – once they've let off some steam on their daily walk!

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

cavalier spaniel

If you're worried about neighbours complaining about your dog barking, then a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel could be just the breed for you.

The quiet yet ultra-friendly pups need relatively little exercise compared to other dogs and can be left on their own for short periods of time. But don't be fooled, they do need mental stimulation and a good brush now and then. 



Have you seen how tiny their legs are? Those living in a flat won't lose any space with a Dachshund, and their legs mean they're not built for long walks. But what they lack in size they make up for in noise – so don't leave them alone for long or you'll hear about it!



As well as their compact size, Chihuahuas love human attention so will be happy to cuddle up inside, no matter what size home you own. They're easy to groom and require minimum exercise.

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Shih Tzus

shih tzu

About as small as they come, there is potentially no better dog suited to apartment-living than Shih Tzus. They are largely friendly and affectionate, even to strangers and children, and they certainly won't say no to lying on your lap for a lazy cuddle.

Yorkshire Terrier


Understandably popular for those with small living spaces, Yorkshire Terriers are small, affectionate and intelligent. But you'll want to make sure they're well-trained – they don't like to be left alone and they're notorious for 'yapping'.



Bulldogs may look built to play and run but they're actually lazy at heart! Once they've had their 20-minute daily walk, they are likely to relax inside, so long as they have human company (and a lot of attention!). 

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Popular with apartment-dwellers are pugs, which love to sleep and eat – we know the feeling! But like bulldogs, their face shape means they're not suitable for living in hot temperatures.



The nickname ‘velcro dog’ says it all! Havanese are very affectionate and don't shed too much, especially if you choose to clip their fur short. 

However, it is important to remember that every dog and every living situation is different, so make sure you do your research before committing to a pet.

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