5 (Small) Calm Dog Breeds: Perfect For Apartment Living and Company

by John Griffith

When you are a city dweller living in an apartment, finding the right breed of puppy can be somewhat of a challenge. In theory things are simple – you need a smaller pet that will feel good in the limited space of your home. However, something very important to take into account is that some small dogs are very energetic and can’t handle such spaces. On the bright side, there are some smaller calm dog breeds that will have no problem in an apartment, are very chill and love to hand out with you. Let’s check them out.

Finding the right breed of puppy can be somewhat of a challenge

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Small Calm Dog Breeds To Chill With

Unless you want a dog who is super high in energy and that will fit your lifestyle, it’s best to choose a dog that is less active. And if you want a dog that does fine in smaller spaces, it’s best to go for a smaller dog. Here are some small calm dogs.

It’s best to choose a dog that is less active for an apartment

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#Japanese Chin

It would not be an exaggeration to say that the Japanese Chin strongly resembles a cat when it comes to its temperament. These furry four-legged friends have the amazing abilities when it comes to climbing on top of your furniture and laying down in places, you would never think would be comfortable for a dog. But don’t worry, another common personality trait they share with cats is that they love to nap. The Japanese Chin is a friendly dog by heart, and although they take their role as guardian of your home quite seriously, their bark is relatively quiet, almost melodious. These dogs would have the time of their lives just snuggled up next to you, chilling and watching TV.

The Japanese Chin strongly resembles a cat when it comes to its temperament

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#Lhasa Apso

In their homeland of Tibet, the Lhasa Apso are considered sacred animals and for many years representatives of this breed were allowed to leave the country only if they were presented as a gift by the Dalai Lama himself. It is also believed that when their owner dies, the owner’s soul enters the body of their beloved dog. These small, but dignified small dogs are very playful, independent, and highly protective of their family. While they aren’t the biggest fans of strangers, it also doesn’t take them long to make friends. And if you are searching for a less active dog, this is the one for you. The Lhasa Apso are happy with more rest and less exercise.

The Lhasa Apso are considered sacred animals and for many years

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In the past, the Pekingese were bred to be faithful companions of Chinese emperors. They also had a prominent place in the royal court, most often – to be carried around in arms. Well, things haven’t changed all that much since then. The Pekingese loves to chill at home and to be treated as royalty. They have the appearance for it, and although they are small, stubborn, and temperamental, they actually make great watchdogs. Rest assured that if you have such a dog at home, they will make sure to alert you about every noise and potential threat coming from the outside. These dogs are very loyal and are ready to protect their owners at all costs.

The Pekingese were bred to be faithful companions of Chinese emperors

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#French Bulldog

Don’t get confused by their name. This dog breed actually originated from England. If you decided to take this puppy home, you can be sure that they will be more than happy to spend hours on end napping peacefully somewhere in your home. These furry four-legged friends are also quite stubborn when it comes to their temperament. This means that when they don’t want to go out (which will happen more often than you think), you may struggle a bit. However, once the Frenchie is out and about, these dogs are quite energetic and mischievous (even if it’s only for a short period of time).

This dog breed actually originated from England

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#Shih Tzu

These dog’s name translates to “little lion”, which explains to some extent why they love a good cat nap. These pets were not bred for any working purposes – not for guarding, not for herding and definitely not for hunting. The Shih Tzu was bred for only one purpose and that is to be faithful to their owners. These dogs are happy to follow their owners around for as long as they have the energy to do so. They don’t really need much to tire them out. A little physical activity in the form of games or a short walk will get the job done. And rest assured that you’ll have hours of blissful peace afterwards, because you’ll hardly hear a sound from the puppy snuggled up comfortably in your lap.

These dog’s name translates to “little lion”

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These were small calm dog breeds that do great in an apartment. They also make great snuggle buddies and company. We hope you found this article useful. Now you can pick the right dog breed for your needs.

These were small calm dog breeds that do great in an apartment

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John Griffith

John Griffith is a young, passionate journalist. Writing has been John’s hobby ever since he was a boy. He has worked in some of the UK’s most successful news portals over the course of his professional career but found his forever home at Archzine.