Too big, too small, or just right? Find the puppy that will be a perfect fit for your home.
Don't fall for those puppy dog eyes
Do not, I repeat, do not base this decision solely on the adorable little puppy you might be cradling in your arms. Puppies grow to their full size in a surprisingly short amount of time. So it's important that you don't get a large breed type dog now, with hopes of moving into a larger place later. Plans can change, and it is better to wait until you have moved into the larger space, than to find yourself and your mate crammed into a shrinking space.
The right breeds for small spaces
One option is to adopt a small dog that will be a better fit. The Dachshund, Pug, Chihuahua, Terrier, Chow Chow, Cockapoo, Poodle, Shitzu, Beagle, Jack Russell are all great apartment dogs. They
remain small and need very little space to run around while indoors. Some of these breeds do require regular exercise, but a daily walk or two around the block is more than enough to keep them
healthy and in good spirits.
Don't forget the noise factor!
You should also consider the happiness of your neighbors when you make your decision. A good nighttime watchdog can make for a daytime nuisance. So if there is no one at home to distract the dog
from barking at the occasional passerby or bird, you will likely get complaints. If you think your puppy will be a barker, be preventive. Look into a day care kennel, where you can drop your
"baby" when you go to work, and pick it up on your way home.