By Nancy Cope
When choosing a dog, consider one that best suits your lifestyle. If you live in a city, consider getting a smaller dog.
This spunky little dog is a firecracker in a tiny package. The Chihuahua is a breed of Mexican descent whose tiny stature (around 3-10 pounds usually) makes it a great dog for small spaces. The Chihuahua does like to play though, and has a lot of energy. Fortunately though, it is so small that a good walk around the block and some fetch will suffice. The Chihuahua is very loyal and usually devotes itself entirely to one person.
The Boston Terrier is a smart little dog who likes to play fetch and cuddle equally. They are best kept indoors because they get cold and overheat easily, which makes them an ideal apartment dog. Boston Terriers also get along well with older children, and make great play companions.
If you are looking for a funny fellow to join your life, try a pug. These dogs, with their scrunched up faces, love to please whether it be playing a game of fetch or watching TV with you. Pugs are a bit bigger than the previous two breeds (14 to 18 pounds) but this makes them better dogs for families with young children. Pugs do best indoors because they get overheated easily.
The Japanese Chin
The Japanese Chin is an excellent dog for those who love a constant companion. The Chin is devoted to his family and gets along well with others pets. He only needs a moderate amount of exercise, and does best indoors, making him the perfect apartment dog. Chins live to please and are fairly easy to train, though it is important they are properly socialized as puppies in order to make them sociable around strangers.
Of course, everyone has a breed preference, but these dogs are very well suited to living in a city. It’s important to find a dog that will be happy to live in a smaller environment and get less exercise, because an unhappy dog can be a destructive dog. Good luck finding the urban pooch of your dreams!
Nancy Cope is the owner of four rescue dogs and Pampered Dog Gifts.