7 Large Dog Breeds For Small Apartments and Tiny Homes
You love big dogs, but your apartment or other
tiny home isn’t quite roomy enough for a
large canine cuddle buddy.
Or is it?
We’ve gathered together seven large dog
breeds that will fit nicely into your small
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The English Mastiff is enormous.
Growing to a height of 30 inches, these dogs
can weigh as much as 250 pounds.
Not exactly the dog you likely envision living
in a small apartment.
Believe it or not, this massive canine can
be an ideal apartment companion.
This easy-going, laid back dog only requires
moderate daily exercise, which can be acquired
through daily walks and occasional trips to
the dog park.
The rest of the time, the Mastiff will be
quite happy being a rather large sofa warmer.
OK, the Mastiff might be a bit big for your
But we have another surprise Mastiff breed
for you; the German Mastiff, aka the Great
Like the English Mastiff, the Great Dane probably
didn’t come to mind when you clicked on
But they’re actually very, mellow dogs.
Just be aware that a swipe of the tail can
clear your coffee table faster than a cute
cat video can go viral.
A regular walk will satisfy the activity needs
of most Great Danes, who will then be content
to lounge on your sofa watching Animal Facts
— even if only its head fits in your lap.
OK, you’re probably thinking, “Hey, the
Basset Hound is not a large dog.”
Well, yeah, Bassets seem smaller than they
actually are, because of their short legs,
but these short, but thick, scenthounds usually
weigh between 50 to 65 pounds or just shy
of the weight of a Labrador.
This laid back family friend is calm and rather
lazy around the house with moderate exercise
Bassets are hearty eaters though, so make
sure it’s getting some exercise or they
can put on a lot of unhealthy weight.
Their biggest faults are their tendency to
drool, the tendency to stink and to howl when
lonely or to sound an alarm.
If you can tolerate its quirks, the Basset
can make a wonderful apartment companion.
If the howling and smelliness of the Basset
are just a bit much for your small apartment,
perhaps a Standard Poodle would better suit
The Spoo can be an elegant addition to your
When they receive an appropriate amount of
attention and exercise, Standard Poodles are
usually satisfied to lounge during the day
while you’re at work or school and don’t
normally bark for attention.
Be sure you have a good dog groomer on speed
dial, though, to keep its coat properly styled.
The typically aloof and dignified Shar-Pei
was apparently designed for apartment living.
It tends to be a one-person dog, often has
a calm nature and generally house-trains easily.
A Shar-Pei is quiet in the house and is a
remarkably good watchdog, rarely barking unless
If you hear your Shar-pei woofie, it would
behoove you to go see what has caught your
A short, brisk walk satisfies your Shar-Pei’s
It typically doesn’t have a high activity
Choose an Irish Wolfhound only if you won’t
mind being stopped every few steps by people
wanting to know how much your dog eats, asking
if their kids can ride it (the answer should
be no of course) or jovially joking about
how you’re walking a pony.
A male Irish Wolfhound stands at least 32
inches tall at the shoulder and weighs at
least 120 pounds.
It will take up a lot of space in a tiny apartment,
but as long as you remember to step over it,
it’s generally a gentle and quiet companion.
Adult dogs usually enjoy walks, but they typically
won’t become restless if they have to miss
one because of the weather or a late work
Before we get to number one, let’s cover
some things you need to think about when deciding
to have a large dog in an apartment.
You need to be able to get your dog outside
quickly when it needs to go potty.
This is especially important when housetraining
And, please use poop bags, no one likes stepping
in a large pile of dog poop.
Do you have space to store a large amount
of dog food?
Unlike tiny dogs, you’re going to need to
buy 40-50 pound bags of dog food, which can
not surprisingly take up no small amount of
And most importantly do you have time to walk
your dog several times a day.
Even though your large dog can live happily
in a small apartment, it still needs to get
out and stretch its legs.
It can’t just burn off energy by bolting
around your apartment like, for example, a
Yorkie or a Chihuahua.
Your big dog needs to go for walks, which
isn’t all that bad for you as it turns out.
For the lover of Greyhounds, the fact that
the “40 mph couch potato” made it to this
list comes as no surprise.
Witnessing a Greyhound lounge on the sofa
for hours at a time, you’d never know the
dog could run faster than many deer.
Some owners even equate living with a Greyhound
to living with a really big cat.
Your Greyhound’s favorite place is often on
the sofa, and as a general rule, it rarely
Your Greyhound will enjoy a long walk, and
if you like to jog or run, will typically
be happy to join you.
But it’s usually equally satisfied with
a couple of short daily walks or maybe a chance
to run in a safely fenced area.
After a couple of spins around the park, he’s
typically done for the day.
With Greyhound racing falling out of favor
and becoming illegal in some parts of the
world, for now, there is no short supply of
Greyhounds needing forever homes.
Consider adopting one from any of several
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